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post #1 of 3 Old 12-14-2007, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Soft Bag Permanent Mount

Had a guy in a previous thread wondering about mounting soft bags in a way so as not to rub the side panels or be a PITA to put on. I'll show some pics of a bracket my buddy came up with for his Dowco side bags. This is based upon relocating the turn signals to the underside of the rear rack, found here: http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.p...ght=rear+light
Remembering that this is not the fix all be all for everyone, it is just something that will work for us just fine. The bags have a hard plastic backing and sides to help them retain their shape even when empty. We built the brackets to fit the back of the bags, giving them support when loaded. Three holes were drilled into the back of the bags, two at top and one mid ways down. These will be shown in the following pictures. I personally would have cut the large straps off he has going across the rack, but he wanted them as a back up to hold the bags in case something came loose or broke. Hope this gives someone out there incentive to use or improve upon. I am also not opposed to advice in insight as we have not made a set for mine yet. I am torn between soft bags and or using mermite cans with much greater capacity.




























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post #2 of 3 Old 12-14-2007, 07:26 PM
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I like that a lot. Been considering how to handle the exhaust heat cause I'd like the bags as snug to the bike as possible.

Good job and thanks for letting us see this.
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No problems with heat. Also he simply removed the rain covers and he keeps them in the main compartment now.

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