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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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Originally Posted by Lachie View Post
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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