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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-Bags-Connection-Drybag-35-Liter-Roll-Top/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-Bags-Connection-Drybag-35-Liter-Roll-Top/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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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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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?
It's 22 inches on the mark

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It's 22 inches on the mark

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Thank you for such a quick reply!

The bag I posted in my original question is only 22 inches long. With this rack, do you believe ill be able to mount it? I looked at the website you provided and it said that the rack has a weight limit of only 5kg, thats not very much but i am assuming the bag will also sit on the passenger seat so that will take some of the weight also.

I would mount it length wise so that it is more aerodynamic. I will also be getting a tank bag that will hold around 10L.
 

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Thank you for such a quick reply!

The bag I posted in my original question is only 22 inches long. With this rack, do you believe ill be able to mount it? I looked at the website you provided and it said that the rack has a weight limit of only 5kg, thats not very much but i am assuming the bag will also sit on the passenger seat so that will take some of the weight also.

I would mount it length wise so that it is more aerodynamic. I will also be getting a tank bag that will hold around 10L.
Personally, I'd avoid installing such a long bag. I'd go for something shorter, that perhaps goes over the sides as well, as per Jim's recommendation. Feels like the weight distribution would be better - long and narrow and tall, might change the bike's gravity center to something a bit more awkward, whereas short, wide and over the tail will distribute the weight more evenly.

I think that the best mounting setup for about 15kg (~30lbs) of luggage, is over the rear fender (i.e. closer to the bike's center), and over both sides of the bike, so weight is distributed evenly sideways and close to the bike center to avoid extra pressure on the rear end.

If you're not using the pillion seat, then you could remove it and go for two racks - one instead of the pillion and one behind the rear fender, that will provide two stable mounting points for two bags.

You also want to consider getting a tool bag with easy-to-reach emergency kit (flashlight, hex, wrench, flat tire quickfix, possibly an air compressor), water and snacks.

If I were in your shoes, I'd go for the following:
* 25L Tail bag on luggage rack for day-to-day stuff + water & snacks
* Sidearm / front fork tool bag
* 2 saddlebags on universal mounting points / 1 bag that goes over the pillion seat and sideways as Jim posted
 

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And don't forget the rolled up sleeping bag strapped over the top of the headlight with some old occy straps.

Half the time I didn't even use mine as a couple of hours knocking back beers around the campfire at the end of a days riding, with a nightcap of some Stones Green Ginger wine, I ended up sleeping like a baby on the grass (like most of us did)

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Hi,

What have you used to extend the fender bolts ?
 
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