I get a lot of people commenting on the saddlebags I put on my Scout. They come from Bibblebar.com, a supplier in Brisbane named Joe Daniels. Here's a pic.
The bags I show here were the end of Joe's shelf stock of a previous line. He now sells what looks like the same design bag but with embossed Indian pattern on the leather instead of his metal Bibblebar eagle.
His bags come in two grades. Tech leather is 'pretend' leather and 'premium' leather is real leather which is, importantly, cut from the outer layer of the hide and not the inferior inner layer. He says you can't tell by looking but the premium is heavier. It also takes more care to keep it looking good after a few years of use. The tech leather needs less maintenance and keeps its appearance better.
These are matched to the the Indian tan leather, have conchos and tassles, and match the retro appearance of the bike. They have a quick release clip underneath the decorative buckle. He also has them in black.
The bags are made of a strong plastic sheet with the leather glued and stitched onto it. The result is a strong shell that does not sag out of shape like those made from only leather. Under the top flap is a lid on the bag that zips from each end. The zip handles meet up and have holes for a small padlock. There are D-rings fore and aft to attach the carry straps that are included.
The back of the bag is not leather covered and is made from a stronger plastic panel. They are fitted to the bike with adjustable brackets that Joe sells for all his bags. The brackets come with spools that replace the fender bolts of the bike. You fit the spools, fit the bracket, and then mark where the bag should be drilled to suit. Each bike is different so they do not come pre-drilled. It's an easy operation for the handyman but positioning the bags to allow suspension movement means it takes a bit of time and patience. I started with the bags too low and they hit the shock spring. So I filled the holes with black mastic and redrilled.
The brackets are marine grade stainless and highly polished. At $200 a pair with bag purchase they seem expensive but they are a better product than similarly priced painted brackets. The brackets are adjustable to fit any bike's spool distance and once bolted to the bags there is no more work to be done.
The brackets lock to the bike with a key and are easy on and off the bike so you can just take them into the motel room with you.
A word of caution to other Scout riders. The rear fender is not parallel along the sides but bows out slightly in the middle. This means when you put the spools on the bike they are pointing slightly apart. The bracket doesn't like this and refuses to play. I removed the spools and ground off about 1mm from one side of the surface that contacts the paint, just enough to make them align. I notched the spools to show the edge I'd ground down. The spools went back on and were parallel with each other and the bracket is happy.
Joe sells a range of bike items and I found him friendly and cheery to deal with. You place the order on the website and he rings you once he's worked out shipping cost.
Here are a bunch of other pics of the bags on the bike from different angles.
In the following pic you can see how I've ground the spool on one face to make it sit properly for the bike.
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