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Saddlebag Support Bars

Post #1 by cameron987 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:35 pm

I've been looking to add some simple leather saddlebags to my 78 GL 1000 and I need some advice. I think I need some kind of support bar system for the bags, but I'm not having any luck finding anything online.

Have any of you done anything like this? Any recommendations?

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Post #2 by Sagebrush » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:16 pm

You will have to fabricate something from scratch or heavily modify something from a different bike. You certainly won't find anything made to do what you want.
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Post #3 by Sidecar Bob » Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:23 pm

Here are a couple of pics of my GS400 with the bags I made for it. The first time I rode it with the bags they were just hanging and the lacing on one side snagged on the lower shock nut. I didn't get hurt but I realized they would need something to keep the bottoms of the bags away from the moving parts.

I had some 3/4"x1/8" steel strip so I bent up supports from that. If you look closely you can see where they bolted to the rack at the top/rear and the passenger footpeg mount at the bottom/front. These bags were made from fairly soft leather so I also made hoops of steel strip to support them inside (you can see the bolts where the hoop bolts to the bag below the reflector on the front of the bag) and bolted the hoop to the support. Its been a while so I can't remember off hand whether they have any other internal support but if you are interested I can dig them out and take pics.
This was quite adequate to keep the bags out of trouble, even when I brought home groceries in them.
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Post #4 by cameron987 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:26 pm

Thanks, guys. Surprised there isn't something premade out there. What do most people use for Throwover bags?

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Post #5 by Sidecar Bob » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:56 pm

If you threw those bags over the seat they wpiuldn't hang down far enough to get into trouble. If they are mounted below the seat you'll need to do something like I did.
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Re: Saddlebag Support Bars

Post #6 by cameron987 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:37 pm

Did some more digging and answered my own question. Found these brackets that seem to be exactly what I'm looking for.

https://www.jpcycles.com/product/840006 ... t-brackets


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