SW-Motech Mounts on a Tiger Tank Bag

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Stretch67, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. Stretch67

    Stretch67 Mad Scientist

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    I recently picked up a Triumph Tiger tank bag off eBay. I love the bag (nice medium-size, but expandable to Huge. Lots of pockets, clear map pouch, a pocket that zips-off into a fanny pack, rain cover, etc.), but didn't like the attachment system.

    The bag quickly attaches and disconnects from the base pad with nylon quick-release buckles, and several square inches of velcro keep the bag from shifting around on the base pad.

    The foam and nylon base pad is secured with 1-inch nylon straps and buckles. It's not permanently-mounted, but it may as well be. You have to remove the seat to thread the straps into the frame, and it's also a pain in the keister to secure the front of the pad.

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    If it's that much of a pain to remove and re-install, I can see that I probably wouldn't remove it often to clean under it, and the paint on my tank would suffer for my laziness.

    There has to be a better way.

    Enter SW-Motech's gascap ring mounting system.

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    I like this system, but not their bags (very few have a see-through map pocket), so I decided to use the SW-Motech mounting system on my Tiger bag.
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    I made this base plate from .125 aluminum. The box on top is so that I can recess the mount, allowing the base plate to sit as low as possible.
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    The underside...
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    Painted, with bag attachment hardware and velcro...
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    The finished product installed...
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    The SW-Motech parts are:
    RAM base, part # TRT.00.475.225 $38.00
    Triumph Gas Cap Ring, part #TRT.00.475.160 $25.00

    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/

    Twisted Throttle Ltd
    1080 Kingstown Road, Building 2
    Peacedale, RI 02879

    Phone: 401-284-4200
    Fax: 707-922-7276

    Office Hours
    9:30 AM - 6:30 PM (Eastern Time), Monday - Friday
    6:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Pacific Time), Monday - Friday


    Cupholder, made from a scrap of one-inch aluminum and a plastic Jif peanut-butter jar.
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    Cupholder installed...
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    I use a 20-ounce Coca-Cola bottle because they're more slim than others. I drilled a hole in a cap and made a non-disposable straw from a sixteen-inch length of plastic tubing. I bent the end into a 90-degree mouthpiece so I can slip it under the chin guard of my full-face helmet.

    The insulator is a neoprene beer bottle sleeve. I have it attached to a retractable key ring. I once lost one of these on the road when a truck passed me and the wind gust blew the bottle out of the cupholder. So now I have a retractable lanyard.
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  2. Cos

    Cos Re-Greekified

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    You're my new freakin idol Stretch :lol3
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  3. Stretch67

    Stretch67 Mad Scientist

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    Well, thank you.

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    :D
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  4. EagleFeather

    EagleFeather Flyin' High

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    Dude, you are like the "Mad Scientist" of motorcycle accessories :lol3


    Can I schedule my tigger for some upgrades too?

    :D
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  5. Stretch67

    Stretch67 Mad Scientist

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    Heh heh. :lol3

    Funny you should say that. I've been calling my 'BMW to Tiger' Jesse bag mods "FrankenJesses". :D

    The name will be quite apparent once I post pics of the 'During' stages. :yikes
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  6. speedjunkie

    speedjunkie Been here awhile

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    Genious!! Shear genious!! Very well done indeed! I may have to do something like that myself!




    Mike
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