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TW200j.jpg Well, my cyclerack arrived today and I installed it. Easy job. I then tooled around with my Versapacks horse saddlebags a couple different ways to see how I can best make them work. This is what I came up with. This plus some heavy duty zip ties in a couple places should work but I still have 2 issues to contend with: 1) the proximity of the right side bag to the exhaust, and 2) the proximity of the left side bag to the rear tire. Someone mentioned that there were extensions available for the cyclerack to support saddlebags/panniers and keep them away from the exhaust, etc. Does anyone have a link to where I can find them? I did find the trick someone shared about putting plastic buckets inside the saddlebags to improve their look/function. Nice idea.
 

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You have a few choices.

1. Buy the Cycleracks supports. About $70, this a nice simple setup, easy to install and remove without tools and lighter weight than the next option.
2. Buy the Tinman Tim pannier supports, I think they are about $110 or so, these are heavier and require tools to install and remove.
3. Make or have someone make custom supports, cost and weight unknown.

I chose the Cycleracks for simplicity, cost and overall weight. But many people have chosen Tinman Tims setup for their own reasons.

As for keeping the bags nice and squared up, I made some wooden containers out of 1/4 sanded plywood that slip in and out of the bags to square them up, I then made notches in the top of on and the bottom of the other and I can nest them together to make a wooden motorcycle stand or a seat if I chose. I will be posting a thread on that project in a few days.

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I would think a small plastic waste container designed for the bathroom would be perfect. I would try to find a good name brand like Rubbermaid. Should the bike fall, you want the container/sleeve to give, not crack. Years ago, I met a fellow that was selling a complete touring set-up designed around small Rubbermaid trash containers. The system looked very nice, strong and functional. Gerry
 

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View attachment 16712 Well, my cyclerack arrived today and I installed it. Easy job. I then tooled around with my Versapacks horse saddlebags a couple different ways to see how I can best make them work. This is what I came up with. This plus some heavy duty zip ties in a couple places should work but I still have 2 issues to contend with: 1) the proximity of the right side bag to the exhaust, and 2) the proximity of the left side bag to the rear tire. Someone mentioned that there were extensions available for the cyclerack to support saddlebags/panniers and keep them away from the exhaust, etc. Does anyone have a link to where I can find them? I did find the trick someone shared about putting plastic buckets inside the saddlebags to improve their look/function. Nice idea.
Here are some idea's for you to ponder and keep you awake at night thinking about!:p

I made my saddle bag supports. Bought some rod, measured, cut, heated with a torch and bent. Doesn't look professional, but hey, they're hidden under the saddle bags.

I was worried about placement as well and put them farther back on the rack.

I use empty kitty litter containers for saddle bag inserts. Gives you the visual of what Gerry mentioned. For me they don't need to protect anything, are light weight, and flexible. And they are reasonably cheap to replace if damaged beyond usefulness.

Saddle bags and supports can be added and removed within a couple minutes.

Good luck and take care.



Don't get distracted by the tire chains, that's for another season:D




I prefer kitty diggin's They're the best!:p




These bags look better when viewed through the dust.


And in action from last weekend. Been using them for a couple years now.
 

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That last picture makes me want to ride. Bad.
 

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I really like my tin man Tim pannier support. They are tool less too if you use the knobs he provides. They are a little heavy but built very sturdy. If you plan on going off road s lot they are a good option as they will easily survive a drop. My girlfriend has dropped hers hard a few times and the supports have held up perfect.
 

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Whatever supports you choose, you should definitely use supports. There was a guy here in Oregon not long ago who wrecked and died because his saddle bags got caught in the rear of his ride and took him down. Keep 'em out of that area at all costs and don't have any loose straps dangling around.
 
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About 10 minutes ago I completed my online order from cycleracks.com for new bag supports. My new MadDog/Coleman seat pad just came today too.
 

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I made my saddle bag supports. Bought some rod, measured, cut, heated with a torch and bent.
Saddle bags and supports can be added and removed within a couple minutes.



Don't get distracted by the tire chains, that's for another season:D
Those look great. You should go into production. It almost made me wish I got the cycleracks.
 

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My bag supports just came from cycleracks. Time to see how they fit.
 

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I have a Cyclerack and a pair of VersaPacks, tried the Cycleracks side supports but decided I really needed the Tinman Tim side racks. When they came I did some customization of the VersaPacks. For one, I don't use the padded center thing - a horse may appreciate the padding but the Cyclerack doesn't care. Then I fabricated some tiedowns from webbing and plastic buckles, a set to hold the bottom down, and a set to cinch down the pack when it's packed. It's worked pretty well so far.
 
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