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I've done the unthinkable, my dark secret, saddlebags!

Discussion in 'General' started by Twisted, Jul 24, 2017.

  1. Twisted

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    I'm sure a set could be found but would be more than I could spend. They would look great though, although I never liked the tail lights on the big dog bags. Mold in some different tail lights and it would be awesome.
     
  2. Twisted

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    So your saying none on the rear fender? Just keep it all black? Hmmmm, interesting, never considered that.
     
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    Got ya! Thanks for the input Paul. Going batty thinking about this and sometimes you need other opinions. Last stage in the project and the outcome can ruin in all.
     
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    Why aren't you suggesting backwards flames? :whoop: :willynilly: :oldhardlaugh::sorry: Naw...
     
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    Yeah I know, and I'm just as nervous doing it this time,lol. Real problem is, I have improved a little since then and prefer it a little different now, but for this I have to try to match up with the rest of the bike. Just like last time, I'll be sitting there with the airbrush trying to figure out how to lay it out and once i start spraying I'll be fine, the first drop of paint is the hardest, after that your committed and just go with the flow.
     
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    I agree with Paul less flames on that rear fender and bags. Less is More they say!
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    Remember you are your worst critic and from what I've seen what you have done, I'm sure it will come out great
     
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    Look at your tank, then at your fender. It's not balanced. Little les on the rear of the bike than the front. And the skull isn't that bad.
     
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    True, but that's human nature.
     
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    Thanks for the input. I guess I'm seeing as just a big surface and my mind is thing big surface, alot of flames. But you Paul and Eric are right, needs less. Thinking about it, the rear should really be the trailing edge of all the fire, not a whole new inferno. :old2:
     
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    Agreed. Anytime I just start going with no plan or if I know it's not important, usually ends up being my best stuff.

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    My first Big Dog K-9, I tried soft saddle bags one year and they worked but still wanted lockable hard bags.
    The second year I did Tail of the Dragon, I had hard lockable bags but I took what I think was an easier approach.
    I bought an extra set of struts and a pair of easy brackets. I took the struts and drilled out 2 of the holes all the way thru the strut and completely tapped it. Swapped struts and used some longer bolts -- Instant removable, lockable saddlebags! Worked like a charm, came off easily and quick and barely noticable when they were off.
     
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    I remember you saying you did something like that and I thought about just doing that. But I decided I wanted something where the fender would match the bags and if it works out I'll probably keep it on most of the time till I can pick up a second bike. Taking it to work everyday and running errands with bags will make life alot easier.

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    My current projects for the current K-9 is a locakable fork bag and I'm working on a lockable hard "tour pack" for the sissy bar.
    Made great progrss a little while ago on the fork bag but stalled for a bit for some re-eval of the route I was taking, about to restart that up again and hopefully make it so it is easily and inexpensively re-producable for others.
     
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    Nice, can't wait to see it.

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    For the flames I'd follow what the tank/fender/covers look like. Looks like they sort of quit about halfway down the individual part. Otherwise the shape etc. look great! Wish I could paint...I can't even paint in MS Paint and I've never opened Photoshop :oldbang:
     
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    Heck---just follow Shannon's example....his bike has been down more times than a bad girl's drawers. Every year or two he shucks it down to the frame and re-does the whole shebang.
    Just go with your gut and f you aren't pleased, just do it again! No matter how good it is, you'll get tired f it anyhow.
     
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    More positive feedback for ya man. Set up looks great well thought out and the ability to switch back and forth with minimal effort...bad ass

    Nothing ever wrong with making it easier to use you bike more often
     
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    I might be crazy but my K-9 has saddle bags. They came from Donna. I tour on it and need the storage.
     
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