Fellow camper. Your setup looks very similar to mine. I think the benefit of yours is with that spreader bar. My bags stay secure with the motech system, but probably don’t look super straight. 😆 Gonna get you a nice tank bag setup?The SW Motech bag supports showed up from @PotholeDodger today. Thanks again,man!
This is how they want us to mount the clips? No! That's not discreet at all! I can see my snagging expensive riding pants on those.
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So I rejiggered those buckles to just mount to the removable support arms so they don't stay on the bike always. As it worked out, it clips the bags directly to the support arms, so no need to disconnect the buckles anymore. Twofer!
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I didn't like how the bags rode on the body of the bike( bought these 4 years ago when I got my 07) using the throwover Velcro ear things. Gravel dust is gnarly and I don't want my bags eating by bike up. Made those support plates that have stems that protrude to hang the bags on ( stems are machined down 5/8" bolts).
Those stems fit in to this cross tube. The stems lock in to the cross tube with aircraft t-handle pin thingys. I really don't know what they're called.
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Turned up those little pass-thru spacers and hung the cross tube off the rearmost factory luggage rack mounting points. Pretty discreet once the bike is on the ground, and the bags standoff from my paint. Oughta re-machine this dude and countersink those bolts.
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Rocked this setup on my 07 for 20,000+ miles. It's solid and the most discreet luggage mounting setup I could come up with.
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Ready to weld up the luggage rack, but was out of argon. Doh! Rained out of working so got plenty of time to get the luggage situation sorted out this week. It's needs doing because camping season is here NOW!