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Looking for saddlebag covers, I found lots of sources to choose from. They all looked like great products, but none seemed to fit the Voyager 1700.

I contacted a custom leather worker who has made and sold vinyl covers for various bikes in the past. She never made one for the Voyager 1700, but being an adventurist, she is willing to begin producing covers for our saddlebags if the demand warrants it. Selling price would be $150/ pair, plus $15 shipping.

To help her determine if there is enough demand to begin production, I told her I would spread the word to forum members. I have no stake in this product at any level otherwise. I just wanted to buy a set of covers and her products looked good.

If you think you may be interested, check out her website below. Please contact her if you have any questions.

http://www.acehighleathers.com/motorcycle/other-cool-stuff/
 

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Thanks for this post! I have been looking for some covers for mine. My 11 year old son is always hitting the right one with his boot!
 

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When I asked Nanci how many pre-orders would be needed to begin production, she said would need at least four (4) orders to get started.

I am in line already, so if three,(or more), riders are interested, we can have saddlebag covers by riding season, (unless you happen to live in all-year riding country!).

Since my bike is white, I am planning to go with plain tan covers, but the colors and options are almost unlimited.

I offered to mail in my saddlebag lids for her to use as a template. If someone else lives close to her in Montague, CA and would like to stop by, that would be even better.

Considering the higher price on the chrome plated racks available for our bikes, I think these vinyl covers are a great alternative.
 

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I've been looking for someone who makes covers for my Nomad saddlebags. I'd like to see how your covers turn out. Hopefully you'll post photos after you get them. There are enough of us out there, so I'm sure you will get the 4 you need. Please keep us up to date on how it goes for you.
 

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I'll be glad to post photos after installation, I am imagining them to resemble those shown on her website.
 

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What holds the covers on to the bags?
 

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Keep in mind, these saddlebag covers have not yet been produced. Since they are a new item to the vendor, a minimum of four orders is needed to begin making these, (hint, hint).

However, the vendor has made several of these type covers for Yamahas and those photos are available on the website.

The design calls for J-Hooks to hold the covers in place, no velcro or glue is required, easy on/easy off.

There is a possibility that optional covers can also be made, using only a solid strip down the top center of the saddlebags. Not only would this design be easier to create, it would also reduce costs.

Again, at this point, everything is on the drawing board, nothing has or will be started until the minimum quantity of orders is met.

This is a great chance to offer creative ideas, with quality work and good pricing.

Here is a link to the website which shows the J-Hook and other photos.

http://www.acehighleathers.com/motorcycle/other-cool-stuff/
 

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Two sets? Now we're talking!

I know the vendor is excited about starting on these and is very open to ideas and suggestions from everyone.

I am willing to ship my lids there for a prototype fit-up for the Voyager, which may take a couple of weeks, at most. (Hopefully, our snow levels will be lower by then).

Afterward, orders should be filled straightaway. From a business point of view, though, at least (4) orders are needed to get the ball rolling...we're 3/4 of the way there.

I was told that just about any color is available, with or without studs, etc.
 

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I emailed Nanci with some questions have, before I commit to an order. I also posted a link to this thread on another Vulcan Forum I belong to, hopefully it will help get the orders needed.
 

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Thanks for passing along the info to other riders.

I find it almost amazing that these covers have not been in circulation already. I found some for Harleys, Victorys, Vaqueros and others, but couldn't find any for the Voyagers. I'm not familiar enough with the Nomads, do they have the same saddlebags as the Voyagers? If so, even better!

After seeing how Nanci's covers look on other bikes, I am sure they will certainly enhance the appearance on our bikes, as well as provide some scuff protection.
 

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"Tantasquit" thanks for volunteering to send your lids. Way to step up!!!! The covers would be amazing. The minute I saw them on my friends stratoliner I immediately looked for them, and could not find them. Just confirmed I'm in for two in black.
Fyi- the covers would be the same for:
2009 - present Nomad
2009 - present Voyager

Let me know what the next step would be.
 

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At the moment, Nanci is working on a prototype cover.

She told me that due to the curvatures in the lid, she'll begin with a single wide strap on the top of the lid, (similar to the Vaquero version, only with a cut-out around the handle).

These lids are more complicated than the Yamaha lids, so she will be working to create an affordable piece that will protect the top of the cover from boot marks and look good, too.
 

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Saddlebag lid covers update

For those curious about the progress of the lid covers, we have an update.

Nanci from Ace-High Leathers mailed to me a prototype/mock-up for fitment on the Voyager.

After trying it on the saddlebag, I made some fitment comments and mark-ups and then returned it to her. It is in the mail as we speak, er...read.

She was recently swamped with orders for chaps, which understandably took precedence over our request, but is now focused on the covers.

Will keep you posted of any developments as they happen, but wanted you to know that she hasn't forgotten us.

Ride safe!
 

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So going by the website a set would be $165 shipped? If I could get a set Maroon for $175 or less I'm in.

By the way the bags have not been altered since 2009 so the covers should fit both Voyager and Nomad from 2009-2015.
 

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Burgundy sounds pretty cool. Nanci said a ton of colors are available, but also that we could ride our bikes to a local upholstery shop to match colors if we like. We could either buy the material from them, or get the manufacturer's part number and she would order it for us.

The original plan was to cover the entire top of the saddlebag, but because of the many curves, we settled on a top strip that runs from front to rear and is held in place by plastic clips.

Will post photos of the covers when they are done.

Ride safe.
 

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I really interested in seeing what these look like as well. Touch up paint is expensive!
 

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By the way the bags have not been altered since 2009 so the covers should fit both Voyager and Nomad from 2009-2015.
At first, Nanci and I worked with a template that I made from my Voyager saddle bags and then sent to her. She mailed me the prototype for fitment, etc, which I marked up, commented on and returned to her.

Since we are on opposite coastlines and have to deal with delivery time, I sent her a saddlebag from a 2009 Nomad, (based on input that it also fits Voyagers), to have in her shop to work with.

The original plan was for a top strip for its simplicity. The price for those will probably be less than what the Yamaha covers on her website sell for. (Don't quote me on that!)

If she were to eventually create and develop a cover for the entire top of the lid, it raises the time, material and costs involved, because of separate panels required.

First things first, and that is to get the top strip going. I will keep you up to date of any progress. In the meantime, if you are in the market for anything leather for your bike, her website is full of ideas. (I like the water bottle holder.)

Ride safe.
 
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