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Old 11-07-2017, 10:34 AM   #1
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Default Best soft bags for Pre-Kat?

I'm planning for next summer when my Kat is ready for the road. What's a good solution for saddle bags and maybe a tail bag? The Nelson Rigg bags seem decent. I'd likely fab up a simple side rack system to strap to.

What do you guys use for luggage on your pre-Kats?
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:27 AM   #2
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Loaded up for 3 day 500k trip with the mrs
Dririder soft bags and hard tail bag/case on custom packrack (Cause I didn't like the standard fitting packrack one)

Bags didn't scratch the paint secured well and have plastic over bags they and had plenty of room left over didn't need any side frames at all.

Packed here is two sleeping bags two person tent double air mattress and just enough clothes for relaxing in and still not expanded.

Traveled well




BTW I made up a little flat bracket to move to turn signals a couple of inches back.

This is the rack I made up with some SHS tube welded together which bolts to the pillion grab rail mounts.



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Old 11-18-2017, 10:26 AM   #3
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Loaded up for 3 day 500k trip with the mrs
Dririder soft bags and hard tail bag/case on custom packrack (Cause I didn't like the standard fitting packrack one)
That looks really good. I like how you fitted the rear box. Great job on that!
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:37 AM   #4
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I have a pair of Oxford expandable throwover panniers. They were cheap but they can carry loads and they're quite rugged. I was so impressed and find them so useful, I've left them on my post 750 for the last few months!
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Old 12-14-2017, 02:41 PM   #5
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i have a pair that i picked up from walmart about 6 years ago for 45$ shipped. they adjust to almost any bike. had them on my 03 ninja 250 first then my 98 katana 600 afterwards. have took them to the dragon a few times and have been going 100mph+ with them on and had no problems. i cant find the exact link for them but these look just like them.

They came with rain covers that work pretty well and they connect together and carry easily.


heres the link to the ones in the pic
https://www.coleman.com/motorcycle-s...000012670.html
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Old 12-17-2017, 04:09 PM   #6
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I'm pleased with my Fieldsheer bags. Have had them for several years with no problem except loosing a rain cover at 75mph.
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Old 12-23-2017, 02:39 PM   #7
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Thanks all for your input. I'm looking at a cheap used tank bag tomorrow, and hopefully some nice looking Cortech soft bags as well if the seller returns my message. I really like that rack for the hard bag! Seems easy enough to build something similar, I think I'll likely do something like that.
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Thanks all for your input. I'm looking at a cheap used tank bag tomorrow, and hopefully some nice looking Cortech soft bags as well if the seller returns my message. I really like that rack for the hard bag! Seems easy enough to build something similar, I think I'll likely do something like that.
I used to use tank bags when I first started riding. In all honesty I dont like them any more. Any of the big ones that can actually hold stuff get it the way and the ones that dont IE joe rocket stingray sized are just too small to hold anything of import. I stopped using tank bags the day i installed some saddle bags. I realized how much storage i could get and how it wasn't in the way, never looked back.
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Old 12-27-2017, 01:52 PM   #9
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I used Nelson-Rigg bags...four of them. Tank bag, saddle bags, and the larger trunk like bag across the saddle sideways behind me bungeed perfectly to each saddle bag. I would say it was a perfect system for the 1400 mile each way trips I took from the New Mexico border of Texas to the Dragon.

Now, no longer riding because there are lions, tigers, and bears, and tourists here in the Rockies, I use these bags for wonderful suitcases. And people see me sporting them in airports and think I'm keen.

They are among the best products for what they are meant for that I have ever bought. Swell, eh?
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I used Nelson-Rigg bags...four of them. Tank bag, saddle bags, and the larger trunk like bag across the saddle sideways behind me bungeed perfectly to each saddle bag. I would say it was a perfect system for the 1400 mile each way trips I took from the New Mexico border of Texas to the Dragon.

Now, no longer riding because there are lions, tigers, and bears, and tourists here in the Rockies, I use these bags for wonderful suitcases. And people see me sporting them in airports and think I'm keen.

They are among the best products for what they are meant for that I have ever bought. Swell, eh?
you ever make that trip to the dragon again let me know, you gotta pass through my neck of the woods to get there, ill gladly come with! and if i have my garage / guest house finished by then even provide you a place to crash for a night or two
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