Hello everyone, I just received Cortech 2.0 sport saddle bags and would love to use them on my '09 KLR. I'm having issues keeping the bags away far enough away from the muffler. I tried searching the forum but nothing of use came back. Are saddle bag racks an unavoidable purchase?
I think racks are the sensible option. So, naturally, I don't have them.
The PO had some aging saddle bags on the bike when I bought it. There was no rack, but they seemed fine.
Then after two years of normal operation, on a well-laden trip, part of my side panel and part of the bag decided to melt away. Maybe one of the standoffs finally got pushed close enough to the exhaust, or maybe the bag sagged close enough to restrict airflow. I don't know.
I bent out the standoff for the side panel a little, and then built another standoff out of a piece of metal and a hose clamp. On top of all that, I put a $5 silicone hot pad, attached to the bike with a twisted up paperclip. I believe that's what they use on BMWs, as well.
My aging bag is sagging more, especially since the plastic backing decided to bend up in the heat. I carry a short 1x4 for hoisting up the bike for flats, and I stand that up in the bag to prop it out a bit, as well.
Basically this is all adding up to me eventually buying replacement soft bags and probably a rackójust as soon as I run out of paperclips and duct tape.