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Old 09-18-2012, 06:04 AM   #1726
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Thinking about buying an 883 iron but concerned about carrying campping gear on a sportster. Does any one have pics or ideas on carrying campping gear?





Cheap set of throwovers with homemade supports and a couple of dry bags. Under $200 for enough storage to do a couple of weeks on the road. This setup has worked fine for the last 3 seasons and I can swap from my Sportster (the black one) to my KLX300 in about 15min. It has also worked out fine for my dad (blue bike) even during a month long 7200 mile trip. If hard bags are your thing there are quite a few manufacturers with them but they tend to be spendy.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:24 AM   #1727
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Thinking about buying an 883 iron but concerned about carrying campping gear on a sportster. Does any one have pics or ideas on carrying campping gear?
It sounds low-tech, but having a backrest opens up a lot of possibilities, from t-bags to just having another rigid place to strap stuff to.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:59 AM   #1728
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Adding a sissybar makes it go from before to after in about 5 minutes max.





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Old 09-18-2012, 11:22 AM   #1729
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Yeah, IIRC there's a torx on the top and bottom
And be careful when tightening them down -
it's the first fastener I've stripped in 4 years.
God damn housing is made of cheese.
What's the torque spec, 7ft/lbs?

I bought an in/lb torque wrench for working on my XLH.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:55 PM   #1730
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Cheap set of throwovers with homemade supports and a couple of dry bags. Under $200 for enough storage to do a couple of weeks on the road. This setup has worked fine for the last 3 seasons and I can swap from my Sportster (the black one) to my KLX300 in about 15min. It has also worked out fine for my dad (blue bike) even during a month long 7200 mile trip. If hard bags are your thing there are quite a few manufacturers with them but they tend to be spendy.
Don't forget a tank bag: there is not a speedo or anything dumb like that on the tank, and it makes a handy place for wet weather gear, money and camera.
Just don't get one that is too big: they bump against the starter switch in low speed turns!
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:14 PM   #1731
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Thanks for feed back

Thank you for ideas. When I go to most rallies I take, a days food, water, billy ( for boiling water ) , tent, sleeping bag and my new down inflable mat. . I have been riding a ktm 6
40adv and using tank bag, top bag and a pair of soft sadle bag. Will that weight be a problem. I like ralies but the ktm 640 sucks on the highway ( but great on the shorter mor
e dirt type rilies ) . Time to expand fleet I think.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:28 PM   #1732
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cheap tank bag and a wolfman duffle.
no bike mods.
Packed for 5 days camping, could've had room for double easy.

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Old 09-18-2012, 04:20 PM   #1733
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Thats it

5 days camping, spot on. Looks like your sadle bags are shorter and top bag ( dufle bag ) wider than mine. I gess I just have to stop making excusses it only money.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:03 PM   #1734
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And er Bloodster; you could have mentioned drying your wet shirt(?) while riding along!
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:06 PM   #1735
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cheap tank bag and a wolfman duffle.
no bike mods.
Packed for 5 days camping, could've had room for double easy.

And, er, Bloodster, you could point out the clothes-drying facilies, while riding along.
Versatile bikes, these Sportsters. Moto - Laundries.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:07 PM   #1736
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its all one unit back there.
its a duffle with sides that hang down like saddlebags.
Inside is my tent, sleeping bag, food, mess kit, booze' an atlas, rain gear
and maybe a pair of underwear.

It's a rocking bag, that wolfman.
Ebay find for $100

Isn't that how everyone dries their shirts?
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:09 PM   #1737
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its all one unit back there.
its a duffle with sides that hang down like saddlebags.
Inside is my tent, sleeping bag, food, mess kit, booze' an atlas, rain gear
and maybe a pair of underwear.

It's a rocking bag, that wolfman.
Ebay find for $100

Isn't that how everyone dries their shirts?

Exactly what I do!
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:42 PM   #1738
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I'm slowly working my way through the 50+ page Sportster luggage thread on the XL Forums and I had a thought...is there anything that would stop someone from mounting up aluminum adventure-type panniers using something like the Ghost Bracket or Easy Bracket? This is going to be my everyday bike and I've gotten very spoiled by the toss-in-and-go convenience of the big, waterproof aluminum case I have on the Nighthawk. I know they wouldn't be pretty, but if I want to go impress someone I could just pop them off.
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:53 PM   #1739
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I think they would have to sit really far off the bike to clear the shocks.
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:44 PM   #1740
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I'm slowly working my way through the 50+ page Sportster luggage thread on the XL Forums and I had a thought...is there anything that would stop someone from mounting up aluminum adventure-type panniers using something like the Ghost Bracket or Easy Bracket? This is going to be my everyday bike and I've gotten very spoiled by the toss-in-and-go convenience of the big, waterproof aluminum case I have on the Nighthawk. I know they wouldn't be pretty, but if I want to go impress someone I could just pop them off.

Should be a piece of cake.Remember that you have those really strong fender struts to mount to.
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