Old School Luggage

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by James Adams, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    Nothing fancy, just some locally made fibreglass panniers from the '70's, but they work well for back road day trips or weekend. More ambitious trips and I fit the standard seat and 35 litre BMW panniers.

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  2. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    those were made by Enduro, same as the teardrop bags seen on many /2s.
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  3. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Posted elsewhere, but they seem to fit here too. I don't know who made the bags, but they work well and (IMHO) fit the bike nicely. On the Trans-Lab the ruts vibrated the mounting bolts right through the fibreglass, but it was an easy fix with couple of sticks and some zip-ties.

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    performing critical duty near home
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  4. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    bump for cool old saddlebags ...
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  5. Penderic

    Penderic Format C:/u

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    These are the side loading Craven Golden Arrow panniers - very classic looking - I had a set of the top loading Craven Comets panniers in the 1970's but I prefer the look of these.

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    My friend from the 70's had these on his bike - got banged up and put behind a woodshed for years until I found them. Spent some time and money restoring them to current condition ... almost done!

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    I made up a modified copy of the Craven mounting system, to fit my 2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic. Very easy to secure and remove quickly.

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    Work great! last year - carried heavy stuff, stuffed them, over stuffed them, and almost no effect on the handling.

    I get lots of compliments on the look. Just need to fabricate some nice looking limit straps for the lids and I'm finished.

    http://velobanjogent.blogspot.ca/2010/12/craventhe-luggage-equipment-for-british.html

    http://www.cravens.org.uk/
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  6. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    Agreed - did you ever get a response on this?

    Calling Cigars&Scotch, calling Cigars&Scotch.... :D
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  7. husqzilla

    husqzilla Been here awhile

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  8. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

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    The craven rack and mounting system may look quite odd but it was very tough and stood up to adventure type travelling very well, my Craven comets were bought in Australia were fitted on a 75/6 and ridden back to the UK, after a couple of years to earn some cash they went onto a R80/7 and went down through north and south america, in Equador the rack needed a bit of welding. The bike was sold in Bolivia, I sent the Cravens back to Australia where they were put on a R90/6 and punted around Australia. The other advantage of the comets was when you were camping, you could sit on them. The fibre glass was thick and if required they could be fixed in the field. Compared to the Krauser panniers that came out in the 70s, the Cravens felt and looked a bit crude, but they worked very well.
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  9. ooweel

    ooweel Jobless, Its OK!

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    [​IMG]May not lock or be water proof, but they add to the patina and are still in use.

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  10. Penderic

    Penderic Format C:/u

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    Wow! You must have been riding through a forest fire for the bags to melt like that! :huh
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  11. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    VERY NICELY DONE SIR! :eek1....a work of art IMHO. (& Bike too! )
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  12. ML WYDELL

    ML WYDELL NED

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    Story has it these came off an Indian. "Fibre Mold" not sure of the company, says California??

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  13. Fudge

    Fudge Adventurer

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    I really like the Hepco & Becker Strayker bags for their retro look.

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  14. 1f2frfbf

    1f2frfbf full-time fool

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    Since I'm currently unemployed with nothing better to do, I dragged the ol' XS650 out in the the chilly No. GA weather for some beauty shots (This is for you, Baza!):

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    The bags are surplus Swiss Army Ammo bags, I riveted a belt to the back and hold them on with nylon straps. Not hurricane proof, but hold my tool roll and a few odds and ends for my weekend travels. Most importantly, they give off the Sopwith Camel vibe my cranky bits & chunks bike deserves.
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  15. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    I've got some cool old school luggage that I picked up this past summer. I just don't have an old's cool ride to put it on:

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    and a tail bag.

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    The tailbag has a hard plastic bottom with grooves in it to fit the old tube racks.

    If anybody is interested in the bags, let me know, I don't think I'lll have a cool old bike to put them on for a long time. :cry
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  16. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Pack-mule special :lol3
    Cheers
    Baza
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  17. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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    I'm not sure but those bags look similar to the stuff that Jimbo makes in Beijing.
    He's got a pretty popular website and does some fantastic BMW/URAL/ChanJiang conversions over there.
    And he's got a leathermaker too. Good looking stuff.

    here's his address:
    http://www.bmwsidecar.com/





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  18. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    Looks like I found a match for my cases - maybe the are Australian. Look pretty identical to me - mine were originally white with a BMW logo.

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  19. terisda

    terisda Been here awhile

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    Another +1 for Cravens... I got in touch with original owner of my /5, He asked if I wanted the BM toolkit and panniers that had been in His garage since '75 (!), They even have the protective film still on the aluminium banding.. and all f.o.c., what a Guy [​IMG]
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  20. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Buco 's here.
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