Travel Luggage - Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-10-2010, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Tang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 123
Travel Luggage

I have a 2010 Custom SE and have gotten tired of wearing a backpack on long trips. I do not currently have a sissy bar or luggage rack of any kind, just the stock custom seat.

Would something like this http://www.newenough.com/parts/lugga...cycle_bag.html stay on the 2 up portion of my stock seat?

Otherwise are there any other comparable bags that would stay put?

Thanks.
Tang is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-10-2010, 04:16 PM
Top Contributor
 
Pretzel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,554
You can get a short sissybar/rack combo that will help out greatly (it's what I did with my custom), but it will look odd until ya get used to it. I love mine now! Or... you can get bungie cord posts to replace the mounting bolts on the side of the trim pieces on your back fender, and strap something down to the back seat that way.

I've also seen a couple of folks that just attach their bungies directly to the rear fender by hooking right under the fender edges, but that just makes me cringe.

IMO, go for a sissy bar and rack if you're going to be hauling a bag on a semi-consistent basis.

BACA Pretzel - Flyin' the highways in OK!
'08 Vulcan 1600 Nomad - "Grace"
Metallic Diablo Black/Candy Fire Red
LED Run/Turn/Brake
Vance and Hines Duals
Dobeck TFI
Kuryakyn Flame grips with Throttle Boss and Stiletto endcaps
Kuryakyn Longhorn offset highway pegs
Vista throttle lock
OEM light bar and luggage rack

B.A.C.A. Member, Oklahoma Chapter

Out to pasture - 2008 Vulcan 900 Custom: Redemption
Pretzel is offline  
post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 01:17 AM
Senior Member
 
mbwarner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Northeast Oregon State
Posts: 451
I saw a guy who had bungie posts on his fender mounts, and laid an army duffle bag across the passenger pillion, and used two rubber truck type bungies to hold it onto the seat. Looks a little odd, but you can be set up for $20-25 bucks plus the cost of the bungie posts. Military duffle has shoulder straps and a carry handle.

2007 VN900LT, red/titanium
OEM highway bars and luggage rack
OEM WS lowers
4.5 inch pull back risers
Kuryakin highway pegs
Stebel air horn
Utopia driver backrest on OEM seat
OEM gel seat for about town, and hauling grandkids
ISO grips
Jardine light bar
K&N air filter
Brakeaway cruise control
mbwarner is offline  
 
post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 08:59 AM
Top Contributor
 
Jeep Pirate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 782
That is a great looking bag, but you have to strap it to something. If you have hard mount saddle bags, then you probably can hook bungies or straps to the bag mounts and let the bag ride on the passenger pad. If not, you need to add the bungee knobs like the ones at the link below. I have a classic with saddle bags and I often strap down a back pack to sit on the passenger pad. You can also strap down a 12 pack of your beverage of choice or maybe a can a coffee for the next morning!

Bungee Knob Link

'07 VN900 Classic
Horsepower is an illusion.
Torque is the source of all good things.
Jeep Pirate is offline  
post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Tang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 123
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeep Pirate View Post
That is a great looking bag, but you have to strap it to something. If you have hard mount saddle bags, then you probably can hook bungies or straps to the bag mounts and let the bag ride on the passenger pad. If not, you need to add the bungee knobs like the ones at the link below. I have a classic with saddle bags and I often strap down a back pack to sit on the passenger pad. You can also strap down a 12 pack of your beverage of choice or maybe a can a coffee for the next morning!

Bungee Knob Link
Thanks for the insight. My next question was going to be where I could get the knobs
Tang is offline  
post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 09:32 AM
Lifetime Premium
 
Telly's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Freeport, IL
Posts: 135
I purchased a Kuryakyn GranTour Bag for some extended overnighters this summer. Although I have a luggage rack/sissy bar on my LT, this bag doesn't require either of them. It comes with a mounting pad that goes underneath the passenger pillion to connect to the bag on top. When you set it up like this, it also works as a padded backrest.

Very happy with this bag and the room that it has.

Telly
2011 Voyager 1700 ABS
Patriot Guard Rider
iPod Adapter
OEM Comms
Kury ISO Grips
Kewl Metal Helmet Locks
Racn' Ray's Throttle Mod
Kury Longhorn Offset Dually Highway Pegs
Cobra Luggage Rack
Cobra Saddlebag Lid Guards
Stebel Compact Nautilus Horn
Clearview Tinted 17" Shield
Sagebrush Designs Tank Bib
Marvellas Passenger Pegs
Telly is offline  
post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Tang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 123
Quote:
Originally Posted by Telly View Post
I purchased a Kuryakyn GranTour Bag for some extended overnighters this summer. Although I have a luggage rack/sissy bar on my LT, this bag doesn't require either of them. It comes with a mounting pad that goes underneath the passenger pillion to connect to the bag on top. When you set it up like this, it also works as a padded backrest.

Very happy with this bag and the room that it has.
Well that solves my issue. I know what bag i will buy now. Thanks!
Tang is offline  
post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 10:44 AM
Top Contributor
 
Pretzel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,554
Here's a nice youtube link showing off Kury's grantour bag

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huebFSiQdRo

Notice the way it mounts under the seat if you don't have a backrest. It may not be so secure for a Custom, as there's no latch or set screw at the back of the seat. With a backrest, though, this is one fine lookin' bag! I may be sold on one myself now instead of holding out for the Biker's Friend bag.

BACA Pretzel - Flyin' the highways in OK!
'08 Vulcan 1600 Nomad - "Grace"
Metallic Diablo Black/Candy Fire Red
LED Run/Turn/Brake
Vance and Hines Duals
Dobeck TFI
Kuryakyn Flame grips with Throttle Boss and Stiletto endcaps
Kuryakyn Longhorn offset highway pegs
Vista throttle lock
OEM light bar and luggage rack

B.A.C.A. Member, Oklahoma Chapter

Out to pasture - 2008 Vulcan 900 Custom: Redemption

Last edited by Pretzel; 08-11-2010 at 10:51 AM.
Pretzel is offline  
post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 12:26 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 147
Tang, I was in a similar situation earlier this year. I have a Custom, I do not want a sissy bar, I need a passanger seat once in a while and I wanted a decent-size luggage. I did a lot of research and poking around.

Finally, I found a near-perfect solution in the following combination:

- Custom World Intl. luggage rack (I got the oversized model, although I would have been with the regular too, I am sure. Anyway, it's like a $25 difference or so...) it's the rack only, although you always have the option to add a sissy bar later.

- Bestem hardbag - It mounts on the rack with a mounting plate, everything fits very well and it is trivial to install and mount. It is a big size, 50+ liters or something like that, it fits 2 large helmets comfortably. It is lockable, it has a light (can be either running or brake), it is like a Givi knock-off, I was told, cheap but indeed inexpensive, and it works perfectly).

I got both on eBay. The installation increased the utility of the bike many-many times over. I can fit a relatively large pile of groceries in it. (OK, not a 24-pack of Bounty rolls, that's for sure...)

The hard bag has a handle and it can be detached in a few seconds. One of the best additions I could have made. IMO.

'07 Vulcan 900 Custom, Candy Fire Red
'05 Suzuki DR-Z 400s
bass567 is offline  
post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Tang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 123
Thanks for the advice everyone.

I also came across a bag that has an under the passenger seat mounting system called the Saddlemen BR3400. Since it has a laptop compartment I may go with this bag instead.

Decisions decisions...

Last edited by Tang; 08-11-2010 at 01:41 PM.
Tang is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Desert travel michaelingeorgia Vulcan 500 12 08-02-2012 08:54 PM
Is the 1600 Nomad much better for two-up travel then the 1600 Classic? Humbucker Vulcan 1600 10 02-26-2011 12:16 AM
Can i travel the world on Vn900 ?? fysl Vulcan 900 12 01-18-2011 10:44 AM
Your brake lever travel? bdman Vulcan 500 5 07-19-2010 11:04 AM
Travel - Georgia Touring Riston Vulcan 900 5 07-10-2010 06:02 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome