V-Twin
Hi all,

Have you dropped or lost your leather saddle bags?

In June 2016, a group of Indian & Victory riders rode out to Alice Springs and back.  In that 11 day trip, two saddle bags fell off.  One of them, in Northern Territory (speed limit 130kph+), right as the rider was merging back from over taking a few riders. What followed could have been very nasty but instead, just made few riders' heart skip a beat or twenty as the fallen saddle bag bounced off someone's front tyre, then the next and another... much like a pinball. It was a miracle no one fell.

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(Photo: Curtesy of Pcorp)

I have heard several forum members mention this in the past.  Either their bags fell off or nearly fell off.

Indian dealers maintain that it is 100% user errors and nothing to do with the design of the locking mechanism.  

We know at least one member here who picked up their brand new Vintage from a dealer and on their ride home, a saddle bag fell off.

I personally never took the bags off until my recent trips to Brisbane and Alice Springs.  After a service by the Melbourne dealer on my previous Indian (2015 Vintage), I caught one of the bag just hanging on (the metal clip was not on properly).

For those who are not 100% sure how to attach their saddle bags, please see this post.

So it might be a human error that causes bags to fall off but not always the owner's fault.


TIPS FOR PREVENTING BAGS FROM FALLING OFF
  • When you pick up your Indian from a service centre, always check your bags.
  • This next point is the main reason for this post.  Even if you have checked your bags, if you are stuffing your bags while touring, the bags can be 'unseated'.  How?  I was touring with my wife and I stuffed one bag with jackets and soft bag.  I really had to push them in hard to fit them. Which meant that, when I got to the destination, I had to pull them hard to get them out. This is the problem!  When you inadvertently lift the saddle bag, it can come off metal clips (even if the locking mechanism is in 'locked' position). Lucky I checked those clips the next morning, after I stuffed them full of stuff again.  
Others might have other tips but that is all from me!
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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Black Widow
tech tip#66 buy a chieftain
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V-Twin
Black Widow wrote:
tech tip#66 buy a chieftain
Huh haha! Well those hard bags are bolted to the exhaust bracket so... (Edit: Hard bags are NOT bolted... just sits on the bracket that is welded to the exhaust).
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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telescopes
I always check my bags after I reinstall them for this very reason.  It's easy to make a mistake and not get them secured properly.
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Dr.Shifty
V-Twin wrote:

Huh haha! Well those hard bags are bolted to the exhaust bracket so...


They're not bolted, they just sit there on the stand-offs with a rubber foot underneath. The expansion clips inside the bags are the only thing holding them to the bike.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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V-Twin
Dr.Shifty wrote:
They're not bolted, they just sit there on the stand-offs with a rubber foot underneath. The expansion clips inside the bags are the only thing holding them to the bike.
You are right... I stand corrected. 
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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kimosabe
wow, i don't suppose Indian sells just one bag?
Chief Classic 2017
Burgundy Metallic over Thunder Black

Sydney

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V-Twin
kimosabe wrote:
wow, i don't suppose Indian sells just one bag?
I believe they do now... $1,500 each in Australia.  

Meanwhile, they sell for USD$1,350 a PAIR in the States.  That’s a retail price of < AUD$1,800.  Many US dealers sell accessories for 10% less so about AUD$1,620.
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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