Indian Scout Genuine Leather Saddlebags Review

Indian Scout Genuine Leather Saddlebags review

Between the revvy nature of its engine and low-slung stance, the Indian Scout is a solid everyday solo rider. But every now and then, a rider could use a little extra storage space for running errands around town or when traveling longer distances. Indian offers a solution with its easy-on, easy-off Genuine Leather Saddlebags for the Scout.

2016 Indian Scout with Genuine Leather Saddlebags

When it’s time to go exploring on the Scout, the leather saddlebags are a welcome addition.

When we say easy, we mean it. Indian has made installation as painless as possible because there’s already two mounting points in the Scout’s stock rear fender. Simply remove the two hex bolts on the side of the fender, screw the mounting spools into their place, and slide the posts on the back of the saddlebags into the holes on the spools. Then open up the bag, flip the latch down to secure it, and you’re good to go. The only time you’ll need a tool is during the initial installation to remove the hex bolt and to tighten down the ones in the center of the mounting spools. After that, removing the bags is as easy as flipping up the latches and pulling them off. The mount isn’t oversized so it doesn’t detract from the look of the bike without the bag. They do stick out about an inch-and-a-half but it only takes a few minutes to take them off and replace them with the stock bolts which sit flush on the fender.

The mounting spools for the Scout's leather saddlebags bolt right in to preexisting holes.

The mounting spools for the Scout’s leather saddlebags bolt right in to preexisting holes.

The factory Scout saddlebags feature a plastic shell interior while the outside is wrapped in weather-resistant leather. Using hard plastic for the inside helps the bags maintain shape. We’ll vouch for its ability to keep contents dry after getting caught in a couple of summer time storms. On the exterior, the tan leather and dual buckles give the bags a vintage look, as do a couple of shiny Indian headdress medallions. The metal buckles and leather straps are just for show as the real latching system comes in the form of a plastic clasp and nylon strap hidden underneath them. The plastic clasp is quick and convenient to use. There’s also snaps at the front and back of the lid to ensure it doesn’t blow open once a rider’s up to speed.

Indian Scout saddlebags plastic clasp

Beneath the leather strap and buckle of the Scout saddlebags is a plastic clasp and nylon strap that expedites access.

At 4 inches, the Scout Genuine Leather Saddlebags aren’t overly wide. Lengthwise, you’ve got 16 inches to work with. The bottom of the bags are contoured slightly in order to provide a little space between them and the pipes. They’re the perfect size to stuff a riding jacket in and have been useful for carrying cameras and GoPro’s for photo shoots. They’re big enough to hold enough stuff for an overnighter but not big enough for a multi-day trip. There’s also no way to lock them to protect your valuables.

Indian Scout saddlebag latch

Once the mounting spools are in place, removing the Scout’s leather saddlebags is as easy as flipping this latch up and pulling them off.

The Genuine Leather Saddlebags are available in Desert Tan or Black for $999.99 and come with a one-year warranty. The traditional styling complements the Scout well and they rate high for being easy to install and remove. The one hitch is you have to purchase the mounting spools separately for $149.99. Considering the bags already cost a grand you’d think they’d be bundled into the overall package. Granted, they’re not cheap, but the cost becomes easier to swallow every time a rider doesn’t have to throw on a backpack for runs to the store or long day rides.

Indian Motorcycles headdress medallion

Indian headdress medallions add a little style to the factory accessory leather saddlebags.

Harley Downtube Bag for Sportsters/Dynas Review

While our 2004 Sportster XL1200C project bike has served us well, it’s always good to have a few basic tools with you when you ride for those unpredictable roadside emergencies. And while we wished we could bring a few along, we’ve spent a lot of time hot roddin’ the Sporty up and didn’t want anything big and bulky detracting from its racy disposition. We found a solution in Harley’s Downtube Bag (Item #93300044 – $149.95) for Sportsters and Dynas.

Harley Downtube Bag for Sporsters

The Harley Downtube Bag is small and indiscreet but will hold enough tools to help get you through a jam.

The bag itself is 10-inches long and 4-inches deep. The back plate is hard plastic while the rest of it is leather. It has two exterior buckles that are more for show as the main storage compartment has a zipper, too, to ensure your tools don’t go tumbling down the road when you hit the bumpy stuff. Overall the storage compartment is fairly small, so make sure you grab the sockets you use most frequently because there’s only enough room for the essentials. The maximum recommended load is five pounds.

While the kit came with an assortment of hardware so it can be mounted on Dynas and XLs, all we needed for installation on the 2004 Sportster XL1200C were four bolts, two nuts, and two mounting brackets. A drill is required though to punch holes in the back of the bag to run the bolts through. At first we wondered why it didn’t come pre-drilled from the factory but then realized it mounts up differently depending on whether it’s a Dyna or Sportster and whether or not the motorcycle has engine guards.

Harley Downtube Bag for Sportsters and Dynas

The backplate of the Downtube bag has to be drilled out to run the bolts through the mounting bracket because it fits both Dynas and XLs. Luckily, the hole locations are already marked.

Of course, the drill bits Harley suggested using are off-sizes, 13/32 and 9/32. Those bits cost $10 a-piece at our local hardware store, so we used the 3/8 and 5/16 bits we already had in our toolbox instead and manually made the hole’s circumference a little bigger so the bolts would fit. With the holes drilled, we lined up the first mounting bracket on the exterior of the back of the bag and inserted two button head bolts. Then we opened up the bag and inserted the second mounting bracket, lining it up with the two button head bolts that were already in place. Those two bolts were secured into place from the inside with two locking nuts tightened down to 60 in-lb. Next we pushed two hex head bolts through the upper holes of the inner mounting bracket so the ends were sticking out the back. One of the holes didn’t line up perfectly even though we drilled exactly on the pre-designated spot, so we had to widen it just a touch. We added a couple drops of Loctite to the bolts then screwed them in to holes in the lower frame crossmember, tightening them down to the recommended 25 – 35 lb-ft. Done in less than 15 minutes.

Harley Downtube-Bag-Max-Load-5-Lbs

The maximum recommended load for the Harley Downtube Bag is five pounds.

We like that the downtube bag sits low and is indiscreet. Sitting right behind the front tire, it’s going to get filthy. Luckily, Harley included a little leather conditioner in the kit. Having a handful of tools and a roll of duct tape at our disposal when we ride definitely adds a little peace of mind.

Harley-Davidson Downtube Bag for XL/Dynas $149.95

Harley-Davidson Downtube Bag for XL/Dynas $149.95

Küryakyn #THEXKURSION Sturgis Social Media Contest

THEXKURSIONtoSturgisSOMERSET, WIS, JULY 1—Are you riding to Sturgis? Küryakyn™ is recruiting five road-trippin’, social-media junkies to join our crew that will be documenting their adventures on “#THEXKURSION to Sturgis”—and they want YOU to be part of the ride!

Küryakyn has a team of riders from across the States and beyond making the trek to the Black Hills showcasing the new XKürsion™ luggage line. Sturgis-bound bikers who plan on making their journey to the 75th a road trip to remember can enter for a chance to receive an all-new XKürsion gear bag and share their adventure throughout the rally via Küryakyn’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Winners will also receive a VIP package and special product discounts when they visit the Küryakyn trucks during the Rally at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City.

To enter for one of five free XKürsion bags, a VIP swag package and the chance to share your Sturgis expedition with the world, visit the Küryakyn Facebook Page and comment on “#THEXKURSION to Sturgis” post by answering the four required questions:

  • Why do you love to ride?
  • What do you ride?
  • What’s your starting location?
  • Do you have mobile access to Social Media?

The five winners of #THEXKURSION contest are expected to post at least one photo per day to the Küryakyn social media pages throughout their 75th annual Sturgis Rally Experience. Each comment entry will be judged by Küryakyn, so don’t hold back. Prove you’re passionate about riding and score some new gear for your XKürsion to Sturgis!

Deadline for entries is Monday, July 6 at 11:59pm CST. Winners will be announced on 7/7/15.

Motorcycle Bags: ROADGEAR Tailbag

A motorcycle bag that carries it all

The old saying “It’s in the bag” definitely applies to the ROADGEAR Jumbo Sport tailbag (#SL787/$99.90), at least for me. Though designed for sportbikes, I’ve been using a ROADGEAR tailbag on trips for years, be it to the next state or across the country, on bobbers, choppers, Dynas, Softails … you get the idea.

Since it’s large enough (11″W x 15.5″L x 10″H) to engulf a full helmet, the Jumbo gets to carry all my rain gear: gloves, clear glasses, pants (rolled up), and jacket (ditto). Maps (in a zip-lock plastic bag) go into the top expandable, zippered compartment. My disc lock, sun block, etc. go into the large, expandable, zippered rear (or front) pouch. There are two more expandable, zippered side pockets, but I rarely use them.

The whole shebang gets secured to the bike with four retractable bungee cords that are fitted with plastic hooks at the end. Once you find suitable places to hook them (not to moving parts please!), bag installation and removal is an under-a-minute affair. At the end of the day, just unhook it, tuck the bungees inside the paint-protective sheet on the bottom of the bag, and carry it by its handle.

The Jumbo, like many ROADGEAR bags, is constructed of DuPont 1000 denier Cordura Plus, which has endured lots of nasty weather conditions on my trips (get the optional rain cover) and is still in excellent shape. (No wonder it has a 10-year warranty.) Though I opted for all black, the
made-in-US Jumbo is available in an assortment of black, blue, red, silver, and yellow.
Sportbikes, remember? AIM
–Chris Maida

SOURCE
ROADGEAR Inc.
206 W. Elgin Dr., Dept. AIM
Pueblo West, CO 81007
800/854-4327
www.ROADGEAR.com

Chase Harper Motorcycle Tailpack Review

Motorcycle Tailpack From Chase Harper

When you need a way to carry stuff on a motorcycle, there is nothing quicker or easier than strapping a tailpack to the back of your ride. The beauty of this type of luggage is that it comes in all shapes and sizes and can fit almost any type of bike. I have been using tailpacks for as long as I can remember and my go-to company has been Chase Harper. All of its packs are well designed, have a sturdy construction, are made in the good ole US and come with a limited lifetime warranty.

There are a couple of Chase Harper bags that are my mainstays. The Hideaway tailtrunk (#4200/$62.99) and the Super Deluxe Hideaway (#4250 /$88.99) bags are the easiest things to bring along because they’re designed to tuck away into their own built-in carry pouches. Although not luggage, another CH product that I don’t leave home without is the Chase Harper Dry Bag (#3636/$19.99). Whether it’s my camera equipment or my clean clothes, this bag never fails to keep things dry.

This leads me to the greatest addition to my mighty tailpack collection, the Chase Harper Super Sport tailtrunk (#4650/$122.99). Shown here, this bag is made up of one main compartment as well as separate side- and end-zippered compartments. It has the capability of swallowing a good amount of stuff while still leaving it accessible. Like the Hideaways, this pack mounts easily due to twin adjustable bungee cords that stash in their own compartment. Thanks to a shoulder strap, this bag also doubles as luggage when off the bike.

Since I’ve gotten the Super Sport tailtrunk, I’ve found myself using it a lot. It’s perfect for long weekend trips because it can carry everything I need, including my foul weather gear. Having it has changed the way I pack for bike trips and that’s a good thing. Now wherever I go, I’ve got junk in the trunk. AIM

–Joe Knezevic as published in American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley magazine.

SOURCE
Chase Harper
877/965-7977
www.ChaseHarper.com