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« on: September 23, 2017, 06:09:45 pm »

I was getting a spare bike key made at a locksmith for my Gen 2 FJR1300 and I was checking the new keys in each lock when I realized my left bag lock wasn’t working
very well, it was sluggish and rubbery. I looked underneath at the latch and realized that one latch screw was missing, and the other was loose.

This has all been said before in other posts, but when I ran into this problem on my bike, I read other posts and put it all together in one place.  
I also put it in a PDF so pictures won't ever go away.  It's stored on my Google Drive account, so as long as Google nor I die, we're good for awhile.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B56gUaQgPCkJenlNd0UwdDRON2c/view?usp=sharing

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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2017, 11:59:35 pm »

You're lucky you didn't see the bag tumbling down the road in your rear view mirror!  This is often the result of not checking those screws.
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2017, 12:07:44 am »

I'll take luck when I can get it, but in this case I had a zip tie securing the saddlebag to the bike when I arrived at the the locksmith,  and 2 zip ties on it when I left there, so I was pretty sure it wasn't going to fall off.
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2017, 11:06:48 am »

Just bought a new FJR - and likewise, hadn't heard of the saddlebag latch problems until after I got the bike home. Nice job bringing all that information into one place with a clear right up. I haven't done it yet but it's on my list for this fall.  PDF yoinked.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2017, 04:33:25 pm »


Just bought a new FJR - and likewise, hadn't heard of the saddlebag latch problems until after I got the bike home. Nice job bringing all that information into one place with a clear right up. I haven't done it yet but it's on my list for this fall.  PDF yoinked.  Thumbsup


This is common knowledge if you're on any of the FJR-specific forums - it's pretty much the first thing that's mentioned when someone posts up saying they just got a new FJR.

Do yourself a favor and locktite those screws ASAP.

I did come across a PDF a while ago that someone posted where this procedure is part of the documented set-up process that the dealer is supposed to follow.  It seems 99% of dealers completely overlook it though.
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2017, 03:29:51 pm »

Odd thing is I red all about the saddlebags falling off maybe, but didn't see anything on the screws until mine were coming loose.  Then I found loads of threads on that.  I guess it's because they were older, like 2008.  Th're loctited pretty securely now, as well as still having a black zip tie on each one for luck.
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2018, 10:59:48 pm »

It's unlikely anyone would ever want to intentionally take that apart, but I would still never use red / Permanent thread sealer on anything that I couldn't put a torch to in order to remove. Blue is more than strong enough.

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