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I have the sw-motech alu-rack and givi monokey plate (was NOT a fan of the quick release pins, so replaced with stainless bolts and cap nuts) with a V46.

For multiple overnighters, though, I wanted some more storage. This forum was a great help with ideas for DIY supports for soft bags. I have some givi silver something-or-others (forgot model number), and I made these supports out of 1/2" steel with nothing more than some MAPP gas, a bit of railroad track as an anvil, a pipe for bending around, and a 2lb sledge.

These are yet to be painted, but this was my first fitting to make sure the support was in the right place. Flat black paint coming soon.

Here is the right side support:


Here is the whole luggage solution:


And here is the whole bike:


Question#1 - I just threw the bags over the top of the seat for the photo, but does anyone have luck getting such velcro straps underneath the seat?

Question#2 - should I apply automobile primer to the raw steel before I paint?
 

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You can get the straps under the seat but you have to work at it to get the seat to latch.
 

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Good work. Something I love about the V is the mufler downthere. It let you have saddle bags/side cases tight to the bike, with muflers up and high you end with one side of the racks further away from the bike (I like things simetric)

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Good work. Some etch primer and Black Satin paint is the way to go. Black Satin matches the frame better and adds a bit of class.
 

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Hi,

I wish to make homemade soft saddlebag holder so bags don't move.
It should look like on picture, it look perfect for soft saddlebags.
Only i wish to make that with aluminum rod 8 mm. (I can also use 10mm for extra safety)
What you think will aluminum hold, and not break on road?
I will weld aluminum with torch, and drill hole and add screw and bolt glue for extra strength, on connecting places.
 

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Good work. Something I love about the V is the muffler down there....
When I helped "GraemeD" set-up his new-to-him V1000 (a '12 I think) a few days back, I was surprised how MUCH the muffler (right-side) intruded on the area where you would have to work to adjust the chain, but we did NOT have to adjust it, so weljo can chime in on whether it's a challenge or not.

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So steel should be better for this.

I will try to make 1 side with aluminum for testing, when I ride to work and something like that without anything on them.
I think that aluminum will survive If I on place where are weld I drill hole, cut the thread, and then add screw in 12.9 quality. 100% that screw will survive, and hold aluminum rods on place. (picture how I will try to do this)
Funny part is that probably screws will cost more than aluminum rod haha.
I can make this from aluminum so I have pattern for steel. If that look nice I can make whole 2D and place here for other members.
 

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So steel should be better for this.

I will try to make 1 side with aluminum for testing, when I ride to work and something like that without anything on them.
I think that aluminum will survive If I on place where are weld I drill hole, cut the thread, and then add screw in 12.9 quality. 100% that screw will survive, and hold aluminum rods on place. (picture how I will try to do this)
Funny part is that probably screws will cost more than aluminum rod haha.
I can make this from aluminum so I have pattern for steel. If that look nice I can make whole 2D and place here for other members.
I would think a soft steel would be better so you can bend it in a pipe bender to get some radius bends that would look nice. You figure it isn't taking much weight. just keeping the bags from flopping into the wheels.
 

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So steel should be better for this.

I will try to make 1 side with aluminum for testing, when I ride to work and something like that without anything on them.
I think that aluminum will survive If I on place where are weld I drill hole, cut the thread, and then add screw in 12.9 quality. 100% that screw will survive, and hold aluminum rods on place. (picture how I will try to do this)
Funny part is that probably screws will cost more than aluminum rod haha.
I can make this from aluminum so I have pattern for steel. If that look nice I can make whole 2D and place here for other members.
This is what I had on my '07 Ninja 650R.

https://www.twistedthrottle.com/givi-case-holders-saddlebag-guard-rails-kawasaki-ninja-650r-er6f-er6n-06-08
 

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It is great, little steel, but excellent support for soft bag.
I find few saddlebag support, but it is expensive for 1 metere of steel which they spend on that.
I try to find for my Versys 2018 anthying but everthing is expensive to me. (or they don't send to my country, or import will cost fortune.)
Why not use imagination and create unique saddlebag support for 70% less money, or more.
 

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It is great, little steel, but excellent support for soft bag.
I find few saddlebag support, but it is expensive for 1 metere of steel which they spend on that.
I try to find for my Versys 2018 anthying but everthing is expensive to me. (or they don't send to my country, or import will cost fortune.)
Why not use imagination and create unique saddlebag support for 70% less money, or more.
Go for it, which is why I sent the link to give you some inspiration.
 
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