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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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"Drooping" soft saddlebags...

Over the years I've read a few posts asking if anyone has a solution to the dreaded saddlebag "droop". My Vs have the saddlebag hard-support that a lister from central AZ made and sold a few years back, but my 'bags (FIELDSHEER) STILL droop, seemingly from the hard supports in them 'folding', but I have found a solution - and here it is, with pics!


Get a belt, or webbing with plastic ends that 'snap' together (mine are about 42" overall length), and attach it through the handles of the bags and tighten it OVER your seat as necessary to stop the droop. (The belt in these pics cost all of $2!)
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 12:26 PM
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Ta Da! Great Idea!

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 01:59 PM
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I would swear I was looking at the end of my '08. I love your solution. I can't wait to try it.
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I have the Dirt Bagz on my Versys, they come with the supports and have straps across the seat like you are doing. They work great, never flop around, even flying over speed bumps in Mexico.
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Givi make soft saddle bags for the Versys that solve this issue.

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Like how Ed solved the problem with the drooping bags. So i gave it a shot but didn't want any straps over the seat. So i got a strap off of one of the sets of bike luggage and set it up like Ed but put the strap under the seat. Well the strap has a plastic buckle so it was a pain getting the seat on and once on the mid to rear of the seat was a little higher because of the buckle.So i had a little foward slide on this last ride i was on. Thought about it some but still didn't want anything over the seat, So went to Harbour Freight and got some heavy duty zip ties. Put the seat how i wanted then zip tied it up used 2 ties just for the heck of it. Seat went on easy just need to adjust a little the right is a smidge high just need to level them up.


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Played with it a little more.....


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Cold showers stop drooping bags too
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Oh if only you had posted this before my Vance & Hines shredded my Nelson riggs right side bag Mostly my fault though, i loaded them poorly. Still, thanks for the solution!

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Oh if only you had posted this before my Vance & Hines shredded my Nelson riggs right side bag Mostly my fault though, i loaded them poorly. Still, thanks for the solution!

The bags in the photos are loaded down with tools,air compressor,electronics,etc. All the stuff i carry for a breakdown or roadside maintenance.

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Glad MY solution gave you "food-for-thought" to come up with something better, Joseph!



I (personally) HATE trying to get the seat to "seat" when there's something under it....

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Glad MY solution gave you "food-for-thought" to come up with something better, Joseph!



I (personally) HATE trying to get the seat to "seat" when there's something under it....

Yea at first you have to play around with it. But i like it under the seat so noboby can just walk by and snatch the bags off.

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Yea at first you have to play around with it. But i like it under the seat so noboby can just walk by and snatch the bags off.
Weljo I just put my soft bags on and did the same as you! Ran the straps under the seat and it worked like a champ! Thanks!

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Weljo I just put my soft bags on and did the same as you! Ran the straps under the seat and it worked like a champ! Thanks!

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Weljo, you don't have grab rails on your bike do you? They kind of get in the way a little with my soft bags.

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Weljo, you don't have grab rails on your bike do you? They kind of get in the way a little with my soft bags.
Yea i took those off awhile back. Don't really have a need for them.

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