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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-18-2016, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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"15" 650 LT Bags rattling badly

Searching for a solution here really didn't produce specifics regarding the bags rattling on this bike.

The problem: The rear bags rattle like a hurdy gurdy monkey with a tin cup.

I have bent the brackets with the rubber wedge so that the bags are tighter but eventually the rattle returned. Next I glued two ply's of rubber inner tube cut to match the mating surface of those wedges. Didn't work.

Every bump, every corrugation produces either buzzing or rattling.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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I would take it back to the dealership and let them fix it under warranty.

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This does not make me feel good about the bags I just got

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I have upgraded my bags with a quick pull down strap. A bit less ratting, but looks like I got them from Sandford and Son.
In the winter I will upgrade to better bags.
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So, you are running a strap from the grab rail around the bags and back to the frame somewhere? That would be effective but suck.

This really has me stumped. My latest effort at repairs stopped the bags from rattling at the bottom but now they rattle at the installation points at the top of the bags. If I didn't want the ability to remove these bags I would through bolt them at the bottom where the rubber wedge is. But, that is a really stupid fix.

Rattles completely abate when there is a slight load in the boxes but I will be damned if I am going to carry around a 5# weight in them until they are needed. I do most of my shopping using this bike because places like Walmart allow motorcycles to park in the hash marked area of the parking lot. Easy in and easy out. But if I have to have weight in the bags that takes up space. Yeah, I know I could leave them home but the rattle really sounds bad.

I'm thinking better earplugs or louder music.

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I will be damned if I am going to carry around a 5# weight in them until they are needed.
I do most of my shopping using this bike because places like Walmart allow motorcycles to park in the hash marked area of the parking lot.

I'm thinking better earplugs or louder music.
Put bags of water in then just let them drain when u get to Wallies.

Don't shop at Wallies & try Countrymart.

Do they actually sell hash at Wallies?

Forget Countrymart & go to the hash stand at Wallies.

You won't hear anything then except sweet music!

Try AC/DC or Motorhead on your headset.

Buzzing bags????..............No idea mate!!!
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My bags don't rattle except when the little rubber spacer fell off. Sticking it back on solved the problem. This is a rubber bit which is stuck to the top of the bag which wedges it so it doesn't rattle.
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I have a 2016 Versys 1000 LT and the OEM bags fit pretty good. I noticed a slight rattle at the upper rear mount. It didn't bother me but I didn't want the movement. I cut a 1" x 1/2" piece of rubber, about .100" thick and just shimmed it in there...problem solved.

I rode again yesterday and one thing I did differently was "seat" the bags with a little tap from my closed hand...I just kind of tapped them fwd into the rubber front rubber cup mount. This also seemed to let them ride well...

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My 2015 saddle bags fit snugly with no hint of rattle. There are foam pads on the top of each case that stabilize when mounted. See photo. Placement of pads seems critical. The pad on the right is a little higher, and you can see there is more wear on that pad, and that case fits more tightly on the bike and takes a little more effort to remove. You should also have little stick-on friction pads in the case mounts on the bike, shown in second photo.
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