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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Bloodweiser, Dec 20, 2010.
Made in Japan, I think.
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.
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.
Adding a sissybar makes it go from before to after in about 5 minutes max.
What's the torque spec, 7ft/lbs?
I bought an in/lb torque wrench for working on my XLH.
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!
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.
cheap tank bag and a wolfman duffle.
no bike mods.
Packed for 5 days camping, could've had room for double easy.
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.
And er Bloodster; you could have mentioned drying your wet shirt(?) while riding along!
And, er, Bloodster, you could point out the clothes-drying facilies, while riding along.
Versatile bikes, these Sportsters. Moto - Laundries.
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!
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.
I think they would have to sit really far off the bike to clear the shocks.
Should be a piece of cake.Remember that you have those really strong fender struts to mount to.
I had them on mine and they are not that hard to put on and work well. Still narrower than the handle bars. I used the tallest bags and lower my exhaust to fit. if you used the standard teton bags that is not an issue
Sounds like two for and one against. Any other input? I'm not worried about the width, the soft bags I have on now are 8" wide or so and sit outside the shocks.
Berto, that's pretty much what I had in mind. It looks like all of the leather bags with the stiffeners in the back just bolt to that seat rail/fender strut.
John, that's a fantastic looking ride!