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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-15-2017, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Mounting drybag on rear seat/fender

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I am planning to do a 5000km (3100 mile) trip next summer and was wondering if anyone has experience with mounting a duffel on the back seat/fender of the 500?

I am looking to buy this:
https://www.amazon.com/SW-MOTECH-Bag.../dp/B00HHUCC0W

I currently don't have any brackets or anything, just the stock 500 with a rear seat. Was wondering if this bag would be able attach if i buckle it to the frame?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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It looks a little bulky. I'd go for a proper saddle bag with straps that can be attached to fender or saddle. Got a 25L saddle bag I'm very happy with. Maybe you could combine it with side bags for extra storage without loading the bike too much in one spot!

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I'm not a big fan of what the bike looks like with saddle bags to be honest, plus it will cost a lot more to get saddlebags/brackets for them. This is a cheap way of getting storage just for this one trip. After the trip the bag will come off and be put into storage until another long trip.
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I'm not a big fan of what the bike looks like with saddle bags to be honest, plus it will cost a lot more to get saddlebags/brackets for them. This is a cheap way of getting storage just for this one trip. After the trip the bag will come off and be put into storage until another long trip.
Understood. My main concern here is how to safely fasten the duffle you're interested in to the bike. maybe adjustable straps will do the trick. Sorry I can't offer better insight

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Understood. My main concern here is how to safely fasten the duffle you're interested in to the bike. maybe adjustable straps will do the trick. Sorry I can't offer better insight

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I honestly appreciate your input! I will definitely use some straps that connect to the D-rings on the bad. Apparently they are a solid way of securing the bag down. Maybe even a bungee cord or two just to be on the safe side
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Sorry for my shorter reply earlier - was away from my computer. Have a look here - https://www.jpcycles.com/motorcycle-travel-bags

I believe you'll be able to find a good solution that'll provide sufficient storage along with proper mounting and hopefully good looks.

Would love to see what you ended up choosing, and what it looks like when mounted on your bike
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Hi,

I am planning to do a 5000km (3100 mile) trip next summer and was wondering if anyone has experience with mounting a duffel on the back seat/fender of the 500?

I am looking to buy this:
https://www.amazon.com/SW-MOTECH-Bag.../dp/B00HHUCC0W

I currently don't have any brackets or anything, just the stock 500 with a rear seat. Was wondering if this bag would be able attach if i buckle it to the frame?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
I think that's too much bag for the rear. It would have to mount sideways, and being a soft bag it would need to be properly packed so that the contents didn't all move to one side on that tiny little pillion seat.

A smaller stiffer bag on the back and a tank bag would be a better choice IMO.

I would also fit four anchor tabs to the fender bolts so you have somewhere reliable to secure your straps and strap up cross wise as well as straight side to side.
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This one would be my choice as inspired by Zohrarad

https://www.jpcycles.com/product/831...ort-tunnel-bag.

You can mount it securely, stack another bag on top.

That and a tank bag would distribute the weight more evenly.
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I agree with Jim here, and looking a bit closer at the bag selection on JP Cycles, here are a few other options you might want to consider:

https://www.jpcycles.com/product/831-535
https://www.jpcycles.com/product/805-069
https://www.jpcycles.com/product/247-026

The last bag could also be mounted along the bike, rather than sideways, so you retain a slim profile, for lower wind resistance.

Either way, getting a rack might be a good idea. I got one from webike Japan that I'm very happy with - https://japan.webike.net/products/23431980.html - Fantastic value for money, and arrived very quickly with DHL.
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I agree with Jim here, and looking a bit closer at the bag selection on JP Cycles, here are a few other options you might want to consider:

https://www.jpcycles.com/product/831-535
https://www.jpcycles.com/product/805-069
https://www.jpcycles.com/product/247-026

The last bag could also be mounted along the bike, rather than sideways, so you retain a slim profile, for lower wind resistance.

Either way, getting a rack might be a good idea. I got one from webike Japan that I'm very happy with - https://japan.webike.net/products/23431980.html - Fantastic value for money, and arrived very quickly with DHL.
You guys made some really valid points, the bag may be too large to fit on the back without some sort of support. I really like the rack you have, would you be able to tell me the length from the back of the drivers seat to the end of the rack?
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