Just scored some great packs for panniers

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  1. marine_mike

    marine_mike Banned

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    I just scored (2) waterproof swiss rucksacks on ebay for about $35 a piece. These things are outstanding! I'm going to connect the shoulder straps together under the seat. Good thing is, there are additional straps the buckle to the frame. Only thing I have to work out is keeping the right bag from melting on the exhaust. I wouldn't say they'd hold up to a low slide, but they'll hold their own if/when that happens. Any ideas on how to "melt proof" the backsides?
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  2. CycleDoc59

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    Looks a worthy find. Harley and other cruiser types
    often use a simple stiff rod loop stand-off, that holds
    soft bags off shocks/exhausts/etc. Perhaps you can
    fab something of the sort... Here's one type:
    http://tinyurl.com/cvlv2rr
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    I've got something similar, just in the shape of an "L". The packs are a really thick rubber. I'm just not sure if the spacing will be enough to keep the heat off the bags.
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    GETTHUMPER2 Been here awhile

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    Why not try "foil coated adhesive backed insulation" usually found in the HVAC or Plumbing sections @ stores like Lowes, Home Depot, OSH, etc...
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  5. dcwn.45

    dcwn.45 Frozen Rider

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    how about a piece of leather?
    hot glue or have it stitched on perhaps by a shoe repair shop
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    +1 for the reflective, sticky, foam sold at the home stores. I got some at Lowe's for <$10.00 for the bottom of my old Bagman throw-overs. Works fine & still sticking after 2 years. If it does come adrift I've got enough left over to replace it 3 more times.
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    Guess I could wrap the exhaust also.
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    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Those look like they would be great hanging off my "Harley". Do you have the dimensions or a link?
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  9. marine_mike

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    Roughly Measures 18" wide x 22 " high. They are Swiss Army M90 Weather Proof Backpack/Rucksacks. I got the last two from this particular buyer. Actually I just saw that the seller has one up for bid. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Swiss-Army-...800?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53f745d670

    There's also these
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Swiss-Army-...009?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53f70c6ff1
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    Great bags - I think mine were 25 bucks for 2 shipped and they were described as Swedish in the eBay ad I got them from.
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    How'd you keep the right side bag off the exhaust? Got a picture of it?
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  12. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    You can't really see it in the pics but I have a rack the PO built and fitted. That said, my buddy has the same bags and the same bike and he bought some sort of shield type thing that keeps the bags off the exhaust/side panel. Pretty sure he got them from eBay.

    I have seen an exhaust shield that Great Loop (IIRC) sells that might work ?

    Edit: Found it, it's Giant Loop - here
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  13. 9Realms

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    A bit of KLR tech here, but a old license plate or so is a nice flexible material to hand-form a heat resistor plate against your after-burners. Couple pop rivets and some washers, etc. Warm up a nail with a propane torch, it will melt through your fabric bag and make a nice hole that is sealed during the melt-through from the nail.

    Seen it done with a WR250R as well


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    Thanks for the advice, but I'm not to keen on punching holes in the bag. I'm in the process of finding the right size self adhesive heat mat.
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    Am looking at the M90 bags now. Just wondered how they've worked out. Also, could they be mounted to side racks? And if so, what kinds? Would appreciate any advice since I need the room, but don't want to fork out hundreds for panniers. I ride a KLR650. Thanks.
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    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    The spider webbing in the center is to hold your helmet, should fit a beanie perfectly. Not that I advocate wearing a beanie but I used to keep one in a small side case in case I picked up a passenger, she would get my lid and I'd wear the shorty.
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  20. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    You might consider just making a larger heat shield to replace the factory one (if there is one) as I did on my XL600

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    Or, probably better protection would be to make some simple pannier racks, or buy some cheap ones to hold the bags away from the bike. I added an aluminum plate to mine to reflect as much exhaust heat as possible. The racks give you more attachment points to keep your bags from flapping in the breeze, too.

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