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What kind of damage by the Genuine Harley Frame Bag?

  • Belt Guard only

    Votes: 12 8.6%
  • Frame only

    Votes: 10 7.2%
  • Belt Guard and Frame

    Votes: 25 18.0%
  • None

    Votes: 16 11.5%
  • Don't have the bag on my bike

    Votes: 76 54.7%
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Just a little poll to see how many of you have also had damage to your V-Rod by the Genuine Harley-Davidson Motorparts Frame Bag.
 

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Damage was minor and I was able to clean it up with a cleaner/wax on the frame and metal polish on the belt guard (I hand polished my stock guard. The aluminum is very soft so anything touching it will scratch)

I plan on contacting a local dealer and buying some small strips of the 3M clear coating before I put the bag back on.

http://cms.3m.com/cms/US/en/2-168/clelFFC/view.jhtml
 

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I got the bag as a gift from a friend, however, I haven't installed it due to it can't be mounted with the chrome tank inserts. :(

-Bry
 

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Kind of interesting that every person with the bag has damage of some kind or another.

Maybe the MoCo will see this and it will trigger them to do something.

Ken
 

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Sorry to hear you guys with the frame bag are experiencing problems. Like already said, perhaps the MoCo will do something about it since there are so many of you.

Just as a note, I went with a custom made bag on the side of my bike. I did it for two reasons - better quality and I could place it where I wanted it. I've had my bag on for over 6 months and haven't had any problems at all. Just thought I'd mention this in case anyone else wanted to make their own custom bag.

Craig
 

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Mine came with three little clear adhesive plastic strips, but the fit still isn't the greatest. I have yet to drive anywhere wiitht the bag on, so I can't say if the strips do anything or not.
 

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brendon said:
Mine came with three little clear adhesive plastic strips, but the fit still isn't the greatest. I have yet to drive anywhere wiitht the bag on, so I can't say if the strips do anything or not.
Brendon,

The strips do their part but any area without the strips gets scratched.....:(
 

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I had installed mine EXACTLY as the instructions say including the plastic strips and on the frame everywhere I didn't have the strips is scratched. The belt guard is wore right through the paint and has put divots in the aluminum it wore so hard.

I was thinking of stripping and polishing the belt guard but too much aluminum is worn away to be able able hide it.

Ken
 

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The harley dealer told me that the factory wont do much about damage due to parts installed after the factory no matter who made them.I put my own choice of bag on and just ordered 2 extra pieces of clear tape from Harley.The stuff that is just below the key switch. What about the frame being rubbed just under the front of the seat?


Elrod on the V-Rod
 

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I took my frame bag off yesterday to mount the Rizoma belt guard and was horrified by the damage to the frame it has done. :sad: This must be the worst accessory ever made :tmbsdow: I won't even sell it on eBay, I'm gonna burn the damn thing :bash:

Anyways, I tried to polish the paint with Magic Mix Metal Polish (it says it's safe on paint) to no avail, then switched to Nevr Dull. The latter got rid of the ugly black marks but left it's own whitish residue that won't come off (still looks better than the black marks). What do I do now short of chroming/repainting the frame? :helpme:
 

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fehrc said:
Sorry to hear you guys with the frame bag are experiencing problems. Like already said, perhaps the MoCo will do something about it since there are so many of you.

Just as a note, I went with a custom made bag on the side of my bike. I did it for two reasons - better quality and I could place it where I wanted it. I've had my bag on for over 6 months and haven't had any problems at all. Just thought I'd mention this in case anyone else wanted to make their own custom bag.

Craig
Fehrc's bag is nice from what I saw in pics before (I think on V-twin forums) but I think a little pricey.

I just bought a 100th Softail windshield bag for mine and modified to mount just like his. Currently, it's held on with nylon zip-ties, but I've got some leather strapping made up with velcro ends so I can make it removable.

All I did to the bag was remove the outside metal frame (drilled the rivets out) and put a couple horizontal slits on either side of the inside metal frame. Put the zip-ties through and I was done.

I have the frame bag too, and it ruined my stock belt guard (stripped it down to bare metal in one spot) and also left some discoloration to the frame where it was rubbing. I have since replaced the guard and re-installed the bag, however I used some aluminum muffler tape to protect the new gaurd and the frame tubes. With the bag in place, the aluminum tape is not visable.
 

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I will bet that HD just put their brand on a product designed and made by a third party and did so with out testing it, or giving any thought to what damage it could do mounted above a belt guard that moves up and down constantly. If I had a $129.00 chrome belt guard I would be very pissed. As it is, I can paint my black one if I take the bag off, and planned on a chrome one someday anyway. If HD monitors this site, perhaps they will withdraw it, or provide more vinyl tape to protect the frame and guard with the bag. Already made my comments known to HD Customer Service. No sympathy there.

Fred
 

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Come on guys, what do I do to fix up that frame?
Nothing....Mine got damaged as well. I buffed out what I could. Gotta live with the rest or put the bag back on to hide the damage.
 

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V-Man: Sadly Tbag809 is correct, if you use scratch remover or polish you take the finish off the frame paint. Check in the owners manual. It says not to even use wax on it. I used a cleaner wax anyway and it helped slightly. You will get a black residue on your rag like when you use billet polish on the wheels. Must be a soft metalic powder like finish (powder coat?). Don't rub hard, or I assume you will rub it away.

Could use it as an excuse to chrome the frame.

Fred
 

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Scotch automotive tape

Is it safe to use this stuff on the frame and/or belt guard? I have damage on mine also and was going to use this to prevent more but will the adhesive damage the powder coat?
 
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