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post #1 of 23 Old 07-07-2010, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Added a trunk

Getting ready for a ride through Yellowstone with my son and wanted to add a trunk with a backrest (mainly for my peace of mind). I ordered one from a1hardbags.com and just installed it.

I like it.
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post #2 of 23 Old 07-07-2010, 11:27 PM
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It looks really nice!

I like the back rest.

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post #3 of 23 Old 07-08-2010, 05:55 AM
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That is a nice looking trunk! I think they are one of the handiest accessories you can put on a bike. I have saddlebags as well, but after I put the trunk on I took the saddlebags off because I wasn't using them anymore... I'll keep em around though in case I go on a longer trip

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When are you going to Yellowstone? I've got about 10 more sleeps and I'll be there too.
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Yeah, that thing is sweet! Never seen one like that on a KLR.




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I like that. Which one is it on the web site? Did you need a mod kit to attach it to the KLR?
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post #7 of 23 Old 07-09-2010, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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I'm headed to Yellowstone on the 30th of this month.

The model of trunk I purchased is the DMY with the lower backrest. I took both my 11 year old and my 9 year old for a ride and they love it. It's a big box - supposedly holds 2 full size helmets.

It comes with a "universal" kit, but it doesn't work quite right on the KLR's wide shelf. So for now, I've attached it using Lockjaw's zip tie method (fat, black zip ties purchased from Lowe's). It's actually attached pretty securely with the ties. Doesn't move at all. It will do until I have more time to figure out how I want to attach it permanently.
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...So for now, I've attached it using Lockjaw's zip tie method (fat, black zip ties purchased from Lowe's). .. It will do until I have more time to figure out how I want to attach it permanently.
Um, LJ told me that zip ties were permanent.

Have I been led astray?

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I like it. Looking for something like that as well for my wife. What type of tank bag are you using?
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post #10 of 23 Old 07-26-2010, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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The tank bag is a Fieldsheer Contour bag with the magnetic base. The base slides under the upper fairing, almost like it was designed to do so. It is expandable, which is nice, but I've never had to use it that way yet. The only downside is there is no gas tank access, so you have to pull the magnets off the tank on one side and fold the bag over to fill up, but it's not hard and only takes a second. I use the tank bag more than the trunk. It's easy just to throw my sunglasses, hat, wallet, gloves, and whatever else in the bag and head out.
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