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Old 03-14-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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WIll lowering my bage help with handeling

I was wondering if lowering the mounts for my side bags would make much of a difference in handling? They sit pretty high up, and I don't ride that hard when I have them on so I am not worried about dragging them. Just curious if its worth the extra effort to go down an inch or two. I keep them pretty well loaded when I use them ( a couple times a month) so I am guessing it will help a little. Just wanted to check on here since the collective knowledge available is far greater than my own could ever be.

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Old 03-14-2013, 10:23 AM   #2
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Any closer to the muffler on the one side could be trouble,heat is no good for plastic.

I ride like a fool no matter fully loaded or not and just about ground holes in the Pelican boxes on my DR.
I raised em up some.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:30 AM   #3
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Any closer to the muffler on the one side could be trouble,heat is no good for plastic.

I ride like a fool no matter fully loaded or not and just about ground holes in the Pelican boxes on my DR.
I raised em up some.

Oh, good point. I have about 4-5", just looks closer in the pic. I could always make a heat shield and spin the outlet to go down and out rather than just down. Honestly the can doesn't get that hot, and neigher does the exhause, but I also have no way to check that temp while I am at 5,000 RPMs all day..lol.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:57 PM   #4
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i guess you already know, but you should always put the heavy things in the boxes as low as possible. and its kinda funny, you wonder about lowering your sidecases while your top box is up high and far back.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:57 AM   #5
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:58 AM   #6
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Yeah, that top box is a killer, especially if you have anything with any weight in it. But if you need it you need it. You will just have to deal with the small compromise in handling. I don't think lowering the side bags would make any noticeable difference.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:54 AM   #7
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WIll lowering my bage help with handeling "

I think spell check would help the whole situation.

Or shod eye say hole siduashun?
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:33 AM   #8
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I'd aproach lowering the side bags with caution. Trail riding and such seems to always have the boulders and tree stumps on the ground. And for those areas where I'm snaking through, I don't want things down closer where they can catch.

For the tail bag, I've long thought most are too high, and too far back. I tend to use a stuff sack and lash it to the rear seat area instead. I can't say I've ever really noticed much difference in the bike handling from loading the trunk, or not. Though I do try to keep it light.

The biggie, and you don't have it, was the front fairing and stuffing things into that. Especially an old Vetter Windjammer. Lots of weight, up high and in front of the steering head. Oh those made life entertaining. Now that was a storage compartment that was very sensitive to weight.
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:39 AM   #9
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Fuhgettabout it.

Track day or cross country?

If your that concerned about handling you wouldn't have all those bags on in the first place.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:26 AM   #10
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If your that concerned about handling you wouldn't have all those bags on in the first place.



Jebus man, what on earth do you need to carry around with you every day that requires that kind of storage?
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:20 AM   #11
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Jebus man, what on earth do you need to carry around with you every day that requires that kind of storage?

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and every damn thing else the National Guard issues and makes me tote around...lol.

I don't use it everyday, but usually twice a month I have to drag it out.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:21 AM   #12
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WIll lowering my bage help with handeling "

I think spell check would help the whole situation.

Or shod eye say hole siduashun?

LMAO!!! True...lol.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:23 AM   #13
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i guess you already know, but you should always put the heavy things in the boxes as low as possible. and its kinda funny, you wonder about lowering your sidecases while your top box is up high and far back.

Oh, I am very well aware of it. Actually I pack the heavy things low and towards the front of the bags. The "trunk" is usually empty, I stick my helmet in it to keep it locked up, dry, and clean while I am away from the bike
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