Looking for cruisers with top boxes or sissy bar bags

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Sir Not Appearing, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Sir Not Appearing

    Sir Not Appearing That's no ordinary rabbit

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    I have a 2007 Suzuki Boulevard S50 (aka Intruder 800) that I am removing the saddle bags from because of my new super-cool upswept exhaust I'm installing and never thought about the possible interference :lol3

    Anyhow, I've got a rear rack in the mail and I'm going to either get a top box or a sissybar bag. I know I don't necessarily need the rack if I go with the bag, but I just feel safer keeping the bag up off the tail light. I think the sissybar bag would look more "cruiser-ish" but I really haven't seen that many top boxes on cruisers other than the bigger touring rigs that come with them. I have a JC Whitney top box on the EX500 and love it and will be putting one on the Versys this spring, but I'm afraid something like that will look odd on the S50.

    Maybe if you guys have pics of decent looking top boxes on cruisers you can talk me into getting one for it ....or those with sissybar bags can post pics in support of that choice too :D

    EDIT: For those with sissybar bags, give me an idea of what amount of stuff you can pack in your setup.
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  2. andoulli

    andoulli CAJUN

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    Here is my 2007 Shadow Spirit that I sold a year and a half ago. I put the three LeatherLyke locking hard bags and Mustang seat on it and it made a passable tourer, until my back cried uncle. Back to dualsport and sport touring for me. Anyway, these are mid-ling quality, and if you are into the drugstore cowboy look they come with studs and tassels.

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  3. Durangoman

    Durangoman Yeah its me!

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    I use a T-bag on my R1200C. This model attaches to my backrest but others attach to sissy bars.

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  4. NikolaTesla

    NikolaTesla n00b

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    Hi Durangoman
    I would realy like to see details of your rack holder. I am searching the web for long time and now I decided to make one on my own.
    BR Nikola Tesla
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  5. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    $99 leather cheapo sissy bar bag.

    Took me through years of commuting, 2 years of school and didn't need a single repair. Holds a bunch of crap.

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  6. 2tallnwide

    2tallnwide Long timer

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  7. GS750T

    GS750T GS750T

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    Hows this for odd. It's an adventure bike also, you can tell by the sticker. This is the universal mount Carabou 36L

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  8. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    I have both -

    A Route-66, T-Bag -

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    and a Happy Trails top box -

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  9. DynaSport

    DynaSport Been here awhile

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    I have bought several bags that fit over my backrest and sit on a rack or my back seat if solo (which is most of the time). I first bought a T-Bag, which was great, but expensive. It held up pretty well for several years though (only complaint was that it faded somewhat in the Florida sun after a few years). Then I crashed and the bag was damaged. I then bought one of the $99 leather bags someone else mentioned in this thread. I am glad they had a good experience with theirs. Mine was crap. I used it for one trip and the bag tore through the leather at a seam. I wanted to go back to a T-Bag, but the one I wanted was really expensive, so I bought a similar one by Tourmaster. It was much cheaper, but has held up very well.

    I guess if you want something made in America (which I normally do) get the T-Bag if you can afford it. If you need to spend less, don't hesitate on the Tourmaster. I can NOT recommend the cheap leather bag.
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  10. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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  11. cycleman2

    cycleman2 Been here awhile

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    I use an expandable T Bag on my 08 Heritage Softail. I found that if the bag was fully expanded the sides would fall down past the rear carrier on the Harley, onto the licence plate etc. It was clear that the bag wouldn't last long if subjected to this abuse. So I cut a fairly large piece of aluminum and bolted it to the top of the rear carrier. It gives a much large platform for the T Bag to sit on. The plate is easily removed if you are not touring. Solved the problem completely.

    Top box's are OK but they do put weight high up on a bike and you are carrying it all the time, wheither you need it or not. Having had bikes both with & without a top box I find the T Bag type of setup works really well for an all around bike.
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  12. TheDogWeed

    TheDogWeed Adventurer

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    From a week long camping trip last summer, simple expandable T-Bag. Comfy to lean against.
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  13. DynaSport

    DynaSport Been here awhile

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    Oh, here's my obligatory picture of my bike with the Tourmaster bag on the back seat for comfort.

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    Mostly I ride a bike with a top box now, but it is not a cruiser.

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  14. Dismount

    Dismount Boring bastard

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    I have a C50 with a cheap sissy bag. I didn't bother with the rack and just shoehorned it behind the plate.

    Don't think I have any pics.
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  15. Durangoman

    Durangoman Yeah its me!

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    If you are asking "what is the make of my luggage rack?", Renegade Styling (from Belgium), item/part number BIBM 0107.

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    The chrome helmet lock is something I added.

    Hope this helps!!
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  16. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    30 years ago I rode around the US, and then again the following year. No real "gear" just an aluminum framed backpack strapped on my backrest. At a fuel stop, an old timer commented on it being high (CG referral) and he was running leather bags. I quickly dismissed it, because, at that age being ten feet tall and bulletproof, I knew better. I realize now, he was trying to give some sage advice. Keep the load low if you can. Even if you need to re-think the Horton Hears a Who pipes. JFWIW
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