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Old 25th December 2008, 21:53   #1
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Default Saddle bags. Make it yourself.

Buy two large backpacks from an army canteen or surplus stores.
Cost about 270 each.

Then get them to guy who has a large sewing machine preferably with a electric motor.
Stitch them together like this.
Those shiny bits are rivets.
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The top flaps are connected to each other.
The bottom flap of one bag connects to the top flap of the other bag.
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For the bag on the silencer side without any saree guard for support the strap connects back to itself using the buckle removed from the flap that went on top.

The lower straps will go around the stays for support.
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Old 25th December 2008, 22:08   #2
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Thats super innovation.

Now please mount them on the bike, load them up with luggage and lets see what it looks like.

Are you coming for RM this time?
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Super that's ingenious man!
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bblost,
With what can be called as the next best invention since sliced wheat bread, you might have just put Cramster out of business
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LOL nice man. But there are cheaper versions

there's a full cramster types saddlebags available in gzb for the delhi folks - used to cost 1100 and designed for pulsars - tested across ladakh etyadi.

The cheapest one are some schoolbags a friend tied up on the corners 150 apiece but yeah, yours has added stability.

Ofc, for someone seriously touring, no point cutting corners - go get a proper saddlebag. Hey, it increases the beauty of your pics too
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The idea is not mine. Belongs to a dear friend of mine.

His bags are about 6 years old.
Been to Goa, Ladakh (2 0r 3 times), Chennai etc.

Only one issue with his bags was once being improperly loaded the silencer left a burn on the bottom of one side.

For extra stability, I will be using bungee nets/ cords to secure them firmly.
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bblost,
You can put a card board piece on the bottom to give them a flat base and also avoid the chances of burning due to sagging.

Taking this a step further, if you place 4 such peices (on the back, sides and bottom) of the bags, and there you are. Rock solid bags, expandable, dependable and not expensive.
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Ha ha, super. Actually if you care well and put a cardboard or mica sheet at the bottom, it can serve as good as a cramster. And the canvas bags of green/khakli color give a more macho look too.
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Only thing to worry would be rains. Not if you pack everything in polythene covers before putting it into the saaddle bag.
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Inreresting!
wanted to see how it looks on your bike.
please post photo if you have any.
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Wonderful idea.
Could help a lot of travelers.
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Wow that's some good DIY.

Thanks for sharing bblost
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Nice Innovative idea.

But I would think twice before using such bags in rains
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Old 28th December 2008, 20:12   #14
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All things that need to be safe from water will be in those large black plastic bags commonly sold as garbage bags.

Am thinking of adding reflective stickers to the bags.
I will try and fabricate a frame for the inside of the bags.

Some more pics with the bags on the bike.

When loaded I will be wrapping them inside a bungee net.
There is only one saree guard and its on the left hand side.
This provides excellent support to the bag.
Getting tempted to get another fitted on the right as well.

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Hey the bags look nice and seem to be strong enough to carry the load..
Thanx for sharing bblost.
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