Adding Panniers

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Adding Panniers

Post by bgenest » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:19 pm

Hi All,

I am looking to add some panniers to my 2015 Patrol but the bike is in storage for the winter and I do not have access. Can anyone in the collective tell me the distance between the right rear shock and the tub? I want to be sure I have enough room to use the bags I have squirreled away in my basement.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Adding Panniers

Post by ArgonV » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:56 pm

I too would like to add some vintage looking brown leather ones to my Retro. Any suggestions out there on brand and ways to mount? I have the rear luggage rack installed on the fender. Perhaps a way to mount off of there?
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Re: Adding Panniers

Post by rivers » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:07 pm

You got about 10" between. Depending how deep your panniers are, I think the u-joint guard will be a bigger issue. It comes up from the frame about 6" and then back about 6"
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Re: Adding Panniers

Post by rivers » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:26 pm

ArgonV wrote:I too would like to add some vintage looking brown leather ones to my Retro. Any suggestions out there on brand and ways to mount? I have the rear luggage rack installed on the fender. Perhaps a way to mount off of there?
Royal Enfield sells some classic looking stiff leather panniers. A bud has a set on an 07 RE. His sit in the RE cage though. You'll have to figure out/fab your own custom mounting system. Hard to design custom mounts w/o having the exact bike to measure from.
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Post by dogboy443 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:24 pm

I'm running a nice leather saddlebag on my left side and it's attached to the grab handle. It hangs down and sits against the shock. I'd like to buy a brace like the Triumph Bonnie has. Would the Bonnie brace work? I might have to bend it to fit. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WqKtRaySxZ8/V ... rademe.jpg
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Re: Adding Panniers

Post by dogboy443 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:10 pm

That's great. When it gets warmer I'll try it.
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Re: Adding Panniers

Post by bgenest » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:52 am

rivers, thanks for that measurement! Could you give me a measurement from the top of the fender to the top of the u-joint guard?

I have a set of viking bags off of my suzuki. The tops of the bags are curved and match the curve of the rear fender on the patrol.

doughboy, those are some nice looking mounts and they seem fairly easy to fabricate. But for the reason stated below I think I need to go in another direction. I might possibly be able to use a bracket like that on the inside but I will need to wait until the bike comes out of storage as I need to see how the bags line up with the fender curve.

I was looking at gobium's LeMoto site (look under accessories) and I liked the practicality of the bracket he created. I checked with gobium and he is okay with others using his design. This spring I will contact a metal fabrication school and see if they would fabricate a set. Unless one of the collective, who has metal fabrication skills, is willing to to fabricate a set for some $.

I hope to travel this summer on the Stickee Monkee and I am concerned that if I need to remove the rear wheel then I will need to remove the saddlebag bracket. Looking to keep it simple and I think gobium has the solution.

If anyone\e is interested in this type of bracket let me know and I will post here again next spring with the cost.

Thanks for all your comments.

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Re: Adding Panniers

Post by gobium » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:30 am

Things to consider:

1. Easy to mount and not interfering with wheel removal.

2. Bag must not make contact or rub against shock, you will wear a hole in bag on long trips

3.Get panniers, sadle bags first and then make brackets. Get good quality bags, cheap bags? You will be making brackets again

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Post by dogboy443 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:00 am

Good advice Gobium.
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Re: Adding Panniers

Post by rivers » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:23 pm

bgenest wrote:rivers, thanks for that measurement! Could you give me a measurement from the top of the fender to the top of the u-joint guard?
On mine with fender rack it's 13"
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Re: Adding Panniers

Post by bgenest » Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:07 pm

Okay, Thanks rivers.

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Re: Adding Panniers

Post by dogboy443 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:02 pm

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