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« on: March 15, 2012, 11:44:12 AM »

How do you keep them from bowing in and rubbing on the rear wheel?  Brand new bags and they are already just about worn thorough by rubbing on the rear tire.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 12:24:25 PM »

on bikes that don't have anything that prevents that (like yours, it seems) a simple rack of round stock can be fabricated to keep the bags outa the wheel . . .. . doesn't need to be big, or particularly strong, either . . . .
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 02:11:40 PM »

+1 on the mounts above.  Please don't continue to ride with the bags rubbing against the wheel!  Crazy Crazy  A strap or loose piece can easily get pulled into the wheel and tangle up, causing a bad crash.  
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 02:29:37 PM »


+1 on the mounts above.  Please don't continue to ride with the bags rubbing against the wheel!  Crazy Crazy  A strap or loose piece can easily get pulled into the wheel and tangle up, causing a bad crash.  


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I have a Versys that I'm going to fashion something for the same reason. Right now the idea is to get a piece of say 1/4 plastic and have it be say 4" or so in the middle and an inch or so at the two ends where I'll attach it. Still tossing it around.

Maybe some round stock would be the easiest. It would be stronger, just need some convenient attachment points.

Well good luck with it... and heed Poof Smile
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012, 02:37:33 PM »

you can often find convenient mounting points under the tupperware . . . . this kinda thing would make a great first fabrication project for someone with little expeience at this kinda thing . . .

a glance at some of the options Frenchie posted, above, show a piece of round stock, bent into the right shape, heated with a mapp gas torch, and flattened on the ends . . . this is about all you'd need . . . .3/8 or so would suffice, and yield enough of a flat spot to attach to the bike . . . . . .
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2012, 05:39:37 PM »


How do you keep them from bowing in and rubbing on the rear wheel?  Brand new bags and they are already just about worn thorough by rubbing on the rear tire.

I was going to suggest a Thigh Master but I guess the steel tube contraptions above would net faster results.
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2012, 05:49:56 PM »

I put my soft bags over a dry bag I use for stuff I don't want to get wet.  
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2012, 08:13:08 AM »

Ted,
+1 on all the above.  I have simply welded and bent round stock to make a rack like others show and attached it to a washer to slide under some mounting bolt.  I'm sure you have access, but if you don't, swing over here some Saturday and we can make a set in no time.   Thumbsup
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2012, 08:25:49 AM »

That's why I don't use soft saddlebags anymore. I watched a fellow rider leave a rest stop, the bike went a bit sideways on some gravel and straightened up when he hit the pavement, which snapped one saddlebag down against the rear wheel, and could have gotten sucked in and caused a lockup.

I use the Ventura rack and bag system now. Very happy with it!
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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2012, 11:12:57 AM »


Ted,
+1 on all the above.  I have simply welded and bent round stock to make a rack like others show and attached it to a washer to slide under some mounting bolt.  I'm sure you have access, but if you don't, swing over here some Saturday and we can make a set in no time.   Thumbsup


Name the saturday that you are free and I will be there.  Thanks Clay.
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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2012, 12:13:40 PM »




Name the saturday that you are free and I will be there.  Thanks Clay.


No problem!  Now a Saturday...  Bigsmile  Prolly three weeks from tomorrow?
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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2012, 12:31:16 PM »

Ok, thanks again Clay.
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« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2012, 02:32:59 PM »

PM sent.  We should be able to knock these out in an afternoon easy.   Thumbsup
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« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2012, 04:10:50 PM »

I work afternoons now.  3:00 to 11:00 pm  Sad

So a saturday would work best, or possibly this monday afternoon as I am off.
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« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2012, 06:07:33 PM »

So I had it in my head to do some nice ones out of round stock- Ted just needed them for a 3 week trip, so flat stock it was.  Simple, quick, and painless:
http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l58/clay_lubbers/IMAG1363.jpg

A little paint and they'll be perfectly functional.   Bigok
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« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2012, 06:48:24 PM »

Very nice work.
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« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2012, 08:15:21 PM »

I will post up pics of them painted in the next few days.

 Big Thanks Clay.

Zack and I appreciate the effort.

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« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2012, 09:28:32 PM »


plus 1 to your rep.  Bigsmile


 Lol   Bigok  Anytime.  
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« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2012, 10:11:22 AM »

Nice. I have a set of oxfords that are great but starting to sag. making some brackets sounds like a great idea. Smile
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