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    I needed luggage quick

    I decided at the last second that I would take a 3 day trip into the woods on the TW. Problem was that I had no way to carry my camping kit.
    Good news was that I also tour on a bicycle . I have a few sets of bicycle panniers so I converted 1 set to fit the bike.
    Built the struts from 1/2" cold role.....
    I'll get into the specifics later . Thought I'd throw up a couple of pics before I leave.....Have a great weekend.

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    That'll work, nice!
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    I was going to say the exact same thing as RBM, then I read his post...ha ha

    Fine job Sir!! Fine Job!!

    *with over 40 years of fabrication experience, I think, just maybe, even I, could make those!! ha ha Great Job bro. Let us know how they perform on your trip. I may just have to get out the tools bro...I like it, I like it a lot!!

    Have fun on your excursiones into the woods.!!
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    That is exactly what I've been trying to picture! I knew there was a way, can't wait to hear some specifics, 'cause I'm stealin' this!

    Have a great weekend!
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    Nice. Is wonderful to see a fellow TWer make a system that fits like it should have been there all along. Very well done.
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    Good job! Yours are even simpler than mine...

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    Looks great
    I saw the funniest luggage idea yesterday. A guy had one of those triangle aluminum trailer tongue boxes mounted on the back of a KLR.
    If he falls over with that thing, he'll be one hurting unit...

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    I have looked at those for my trailer...a bit heavy to hang on the back of any bike...too much weight that far back.
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    I've had bicycle panniers hanging off the front cyclerack for years now. They work great, even at freeway speeds. Although a gallon of milk in one and a box of wine in the other makes for interesting steering. Luckily, the grocery store is right around the corner.

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    Had a good trip (Hot) but good . Rode all of the Nicolai Mountain riding area.
    The cargo system worked really well for a system designed and assembled on the fly.
    The bags are M-Wave bicycle bags that were modified to sling over the seat of the TW.
    The stock bags are designed to fit a 5 " bicycle rack . The TW requires 14" sling over once the bag struts are installed. It's a good thing that I know how to sew.

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    The luggage itself is a fairly inexpensive 2 piece set consisting of the saddle bags and a top suite case style bag that buckles to the tops of the saddle bags with adjustable straps once the bags are hung on the bike.

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    This allows me to strap my tent and sleeping bag between the 2.

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    Then my bed role and stool behind the bags on the rear rack.
    The bike rode really well with the added weight , better than I expected , on and off the road. (50 lbs )
    I will admit that it feels a bit crowded with all of the gear behind me on the bike. I had to adjust my riding style on steep down hills. I guess that's the price for turning a TW into a mule....
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