Luggage Help

by Robin C

My husband and I are going on my first long road trip in July. I have saddlebags on my V Star 650 Classic, a single seat and a small chrome rack on the back fender. My saddlebags are good sized, but by the time I pack all my bike gear I'm a little short on space for clothes! Can anyone recommend to me the type of bag that will be best for me to mount on the rear fender rack? I would like to get something that at least looks like black leather so it still goes with the bike, hopefully something easy to remove when we stop for the night, and roomy enough to hold my clothes and personal items. The little bag that Star sells for the rack just isn't gonna cut it!


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May 04, 2010
Thanks so much, I got one!
by: Robin C

Ladies I really, really appreciate the help! I bought a Kuryakyn Mini grantour bag that mounts right on my rack. Its expandable so it will accommodate various trips.

Lori- beautiful bike! We are going to Star Days in Chattanooga, and this will be my first big trip riding my own bike instead of as a passenger, and I am really excited!!

May 03, 2010
Rev Pack
by: Lori

I just realized I gave you the general site. The specific bag I'm talking about is here: http://www.revpack.com/motorcycle/products/TourPack.html

I got mine in black. Here's a picture of it on my bike (the riderless chrome one): http://motordolls.blogspot.com/2009/07/day-nine-south-fork-co-to-bluff-ut.html

...and here: http://motordolls.blogspot.com/2009/08/day-twelve-pioneertown-ca-to-home-in-oc.html

Where are you heading on your trip?

May 03, 2010
Check out Rev-Pack!
by: Lori

Last summer, I did 2400 miles on my Sportster... no saddle bags. I got a bag from Rev-Pack (http://www.revpack.com/motorcycle/main.html) and it worked PERFECTLY! Mounted over the rear rack. Tons of room for clothing. Easy to unhook and carry in to the room. I highly recommend their stuff. Have fun!

May 03, 2010
by: Sue Reis

Depending on how much weight your luggage rack can hold, you could try one of the trunk bags from Kuryakyn or Iron Rider. I really like the looks of their bags and they don't collapse when they're empty. You may have to set them on your rear fender and bungee it down. That way the top of the saddlebags would also support the trunk bag. I would put something like the Rubbermaid cabinet liner on your fender. I have a set of Kuryakyn Gran Tour saddlebags that hold a ton and found out the hard way that I needed to protect my paint. I have Bikers Friend Barrel bags as well so when I'm fully loaded I can go quite a ways. Good luck with the search.

May 03, 2010
No Sissy Bar
by: Robin C

Hi Ladies,

I appreciate the suggestions, and have been looking online, but all of the T bags and barrel bags I've found are designed to mount to a sissy bar. Do they make them for other mounts? Am I just looking in the wrong spots?! I don't have a sissy bar, or a back seat on her. The little curved rack on the back fender might just be useless :)


May 02, 2010
by: Anonymous

Have you thought about a T-Bag? I always put my sleeping bag and a waterproof bag with extra stuff behind me on my Monster and use a cargo net. That way you can shove anything you pick up along the way under the net.

May 02, 2010
Luggage Help
by: Rocco

Get a barrel bag. They look really nice, and you can get them in leather. And don't forget to put something soft on the pass seat behind you. I rode a 650 v-star to Sturgis one year with a sleeping bag and pillow behind me. It was like riding in a recliner all the way! The most comfortable on a bike I'd ever been!

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