Gazzaroadmaster
I am glad to say I bought my first Indian bike two months ago and am amazed how great the Roadmaster is to ride. The great news is the missus loves the lounge chair and heated seats so much shes happy to go on longer rides now. (Occasionally even nodding off to sleep)  I was worried about the weight of the bike and the handling for about the first 10 minutes, then when the wheels start turning everything is perfectly balanced. We are now getting ready for a Tassie trip and I am wondering whether to buy the Indian travel bags that fit into the panniers and trunk, or just make some up?
GW
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Hunter
Congrats on the new bike and welcome to the tribe. As for the bag inserts, I've read a lot of differing opinions but if you are capable of knocking up your own set you'll probably be better served by doing that than spending the large amounts of cash required for OEM pieces. Either way have fun in Tassie. 
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BigTone
Hi Gazzaroadmaster. Congrats on the purchase. I have used the bags for the panniers and have been very happy with them. My wife and I have been on several long trips and the bags force you to both pack lightly. We put clothing in the bags and throw shoes and other bits in the truck as I didn't buy the trunk bag. The bags are expensive, but the quality is good so if you can afford them go for it. When you get off the bike at your accom, it's great to just reach into the panniers and grab his and her bags. Hint: keep them thinly packed.
Cheers,
Tony
St. Kilda  Victoria
IMRG: 20380071
Current Ride: 2020 Dark Horse Challenger 
Previous Ride: 2015 Roadmaster
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crash
Gazzaroadmaster wrote:
I am glad to say I bought my first Indian bike two months ago and am amazed how great the Roadmaster is to ride. The great news is the missus loves the lounge chair and heated seats so much shes happy to go on longer rides now. (Occasionally even nodding off to sleep)  I was worried about the weight of the bike and the handling for about the first 10 minutes, then when the wheels start turning everything is perfectly balanced. We are now getting ready for a Tassie trip and I am wondering whether to buy the Indian travel bags that fit into the panniers and trunk, or just make some up?


Welcome Gazzaroadmaster, I think we all have a bias so "congratulations on the best ride" [biggrin]
re the bags.  I have all three, as bigtone suggests they are expensive but I have had mine for 18 months (or more) and I use my topbox bag for my daily commute carrying gear to and from work each day.  I have had a zip replaced once but the bag is extremely sturdy and well constructed.  The canvas that they used in mine is very thick and durable and can withstand a significant amount of abuse.  When I go away, I use all three and as BigTone suggests, it is great to be able to pull the bags out of the panniers and topbox and you are done.  It also makes packing a lot easier, because of the sturdy nature of the canvas, it does help define how much stuff you can force into the bags [smile]

Just be a little careful of the stock tires - they can be a little bit twitchy in undesirable weather (read's slippery when wet)

Have a great ride around tassie.
Ulysses #30673
IMRG #AU100394
Current: RoadMaster (ebony and ivory)
Highett Victoria Australia
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Gazzaroadmaster

Thanks everyone for your comments, I will try out a combination of self made and bought ones. We are also doing some smaller rides to try and prepare the correct amount of clothing and stuff to take with us. Of course I can just take a few pairs of underpants so my wife can fill all three with all her gear. Hope to catch up with other owners in future Victorian rides. regards Garry.

GW
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V-Twin
Welcome Garry and congratulations on your Roadmaster.  It seems to be very popular.  Where are you traveling in the States?
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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gazman
Welcome to the forum Gazza roadmaster. 
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Indian Motorcycle Tasmania
Gazzaroadmaster wrote:
 We are now getting ready for a Tassie trip 


If you are down in Hobart please stop in to say hello to us at Indian Motorcycle Tasmania! 
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deano27970
Hey bud,
ive got all three genuine bags, love em, end of story lol. 
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