Homemade Saddlebag Supports

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Homemade Saddlebag Supports
Saddlebags make it easy to carry gear on your motorcycle. (motorcycle image by Goran Bogicevic from Fotolia.com)

Saddlebags are helpful carriers for motorcyclists travelling with luggage. Motorcyclists attach saddlebags to various places on the motorcycle and fill the bags with clothing, groceries, toiletries or camping equipment. Unfortunately, saddlebags have a tendency to slip when the motorcycle is moving, especially at fast speeds. Saddlebag supports can cost upward of £32 in 2011, but homemade saddlebag supports cost considerably less and are easy to make.

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Things you need

  • Five feet of 3-inch-by-8-inch steel tube
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Vice
  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • Drill

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of the seat of your motorcycle and mark the distance in the middle of the steel tube.

  2. 2

    Measure the distance from the edge of the seat of your motorcycle to where the handle of the saddlebag will attach to your motorcycle. Add two inches to this measurement and mark the distance on the steel tube beginning with the outer marking from the seat measurement on both sides.

  3. 3

    Use a saw to cut the tube at the outermost markings (where the saddlebag will attach). Use a vice to close the hole of the tube and hammer flat. Using the hammer, bend the tube at the innermost markings until the tube resembles an upside down U.

  4. 4

    Measure one inch from the bottom of the tube and drill holes for the saddlebag screws. Make sure you drill the proper size holes for the screws.

  5. 5

    Place the holder on your motorcycle and make sure the fit is snug; the round part of the U should fit across the width of your seat. Secure the holder by drilling screws into your seat or the body of your motorcycle. You can use primer and paint to paint the tubing the same colour as your motorcycle if you wish.

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