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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-26-2009, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Tail bag tip

I searched long and hard to find a nice tail bag to sit on the rear seat as a cheap option to a topbox just to use back and for to work.

I settled on a buffalo tail bag and fitted it lovely, it also looked quite cool.

Now then the problem is, Im 6 foot 4 and im really really struggling to mount
and dis-mount the bike, due to my leg hitting the back.

Trying to get off the bike with all my leathers on is surly going to end up with me falling off in front off 50 bikers outside a cafe.

So unless your 6 foot 6 plus think first before buying a tail bag.
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How Tall Is Your Tailbag?

PantsDavis,

If you're 6' 4" and having problems, I gotta know how tall your tailbag is.

I'm about 6' 3" and here is my setup. I do have to make an effort to clear my bag, even though it is only about 4" tall.



I find it helps to bend a lot at the knee.

Another option is to just lift your foot up over the seat. It's a bit of a stretch but it works!

As a final option, you can stand on the foot peg and then throw your leg over.

Best of luck. Post a picture if you can!

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tailbags are the go...
I'm 5' 9" and can swing up ok, though after a days riding and with the topbox on as well, I
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stand on the foot peg and then throw your leg over.
, especially as I've just welded a small plate to the bottom of the kickstand.. super stable..
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I just ordered a Cortech Sport Tail Bag, made from Tourmaster, yesterday. I have been using a backpack secured by my bungee net. As i commute on my V daily, it was convenient, expect when i needed to take my laptop home.
Also - i didn't have enough room to carry my rain gear and other things.
This new tail bag i purchased looks to be big enough to satisfy my needs. I too thought about the problem of swinging my leg over it, but i am willing to put up with that little problem.


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PantsDavis,

If you're 6' 4" and having problems, I gotta know how tall your tailbag is.

I'm about 6' 3" and here is my setup. I do have to make an effort to clear my bag, even though it is only about 4" tall.

I find it helps to bend a lot at the knee.

Another option is to just lift your foot up over the seat. It's a bit of a stretch but it works!

As a final option, you can stand on the foot peg and then throw your leg over.

Best of luck. Post a picture if you can!

Monte
My Tail bag is about the same size as yours, my first thoughts were " This is hard work cocking my leg over, but 2 weeks on, im thinking its easier to get on than get off.

When i first put the bag on I had leather trousers on, thats when it gets hard to dismount the bike, you have to hop sideway to the left keeping your right leg at right angles to the floor, I just had visions of me falling backwards outside a busy biker cafe.

Its a lot easier woth my other material biking trousers, but i do think one day im going to hit the dirt with the leathers on
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Try getting on and off with a large Ventura on the seat side

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-14-2009, 09:48 AM
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Take it from a shorter guy, the foot peg
technique works great! Kinda like using
the left stirrup to mount a tall horse...
(Funny image of a cowboy falling over
the opposite side of his new mount...)
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