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New to the forum. I’m buying a SCR online, should take delivery within a few weeks. I’m looking for leather or soft saddlebags that will work on the SCR. I’ve got some Nelson-Riggs on my Versys without support racks. Looking for something more vintage style in keeping with the scrambler look. Looks like the SCR would need supports. I’d prefer not to clutter the bike up with supports if possible. What do you guys use?
 

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New to the forum. I’m looking for leather or soft saddlebags that will work on the SCR. What do you guys use?
I have the Pony Express Bags. Same link as the previous post. They fit perfectly in place of the stock plastic side plates. They tuck into the frame and you won't even notice them unless you overstuff the bags. Keep in mind that they are narrow compared to typical saddle bags. So they don't hold as much stuff. But I like the way they look and they carry my essentials for daily commuting. Rain suit, hand towel, iPad, phone, hearing aids, kickstand pad, ear plugs, power cord and adapter plug, etc. Let me know if you decide to buy these bags because I can share some pointers/suggestions.
 

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What size are the bolts for that mount for the rack?

What size are the bolts that fit that luggage rack in the empty mount in our bikes?
New to the forum. I’m looking for leather or soft saddlebags that will work on the SCR. What do you guys use?
I have the Pony Express Bags. Same link as the previous post. They fit perfectly in place of the stock plastic side plates. They tuck into the frame and you won't even notice them unless you overstuff the bags. Keep in mind that they are narrow compared to typical saddle bags. So they don't hold as much stuff. But I like the way they look and they carry my essentials for daily commuting. Rain suit, hand towel, iPad, phone, hearing aids, kickstand pad, ear plugs, power cord and adapter plug, etc. Let me know if you decide to buy these bags because I can share some pointers/suggestions.
 

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Shu --

I just ordered a set of the pony express bags - can you please share some pointers/suggestions?

Thanks
Will do. Let me take a few photos to go with the suggestions. I have my bags off right now which will help because some of the suggestions are more like preparation to avoid wear marks and chaffing in certain spots of the frame, belt guard, battery cover, etc. I will try and get to it in the next couple days. Bad weather anyhow, so it will give me something to do.
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Shu --

I just ordered a set of the pony express bags - can you please share some pointers/suggestions?

Thanks
The photos below show some suggestions that you might want to try when mounting your Pony Express Bags. These are quick and simple things, but by no means are they mandatory. I simply attached the bags and logged about 1,000 miles before I ever removed them for cleaning and detailing. That is when I saw a few things that I could've done differently when I first mounted them.

Be sure to remove the side plates even though you have the option to lay them over the side plates. If you lay them over the side plates they will leave dull spots where they rub and chaff the surface. I had removed mine so this was not a problem, but it would have been.

I would wrap black electrical tape around the frame tube where the leather straps attach and even where you tie the leather cords. All of those points had worn to a dull finish on the powder coated frame. I was able to get the shine back with polishing compound but one small spot had worn thru to the metal.

Also put a strip of black electrical tape along the upper belt guard where the bag lays against the raised edge of the guard. Mine had worn a dull light colored stripe into the plastic along that raised edge. Same goes for the other side where the bag touches the plastic battery cover. Mine had worn a dull light colored spot similar to the belt guard.

The only other thing is to be aware that it will be difficult to access the retaining bolt that holds the seat in place. I ended up cutting a small hole on the inside of the bag so that I could slip a socket and extension thru the hole from the inside of the bag. This works fine to remove the bolt, but then it has a tendency to drop out of the socket and fall into abyss somewhere under the seat. I resolved that problem by turning the hole in the seat tab into a slot that is open toward the rear of the bike. Now I simply loosen the bolt and then slide the seat forward while lifting upward. The bolt stays threaded into the frame. You simply reverse the process to install the seat. I also changed the hex head bolt to an allen head bolt with a little more thread length.

Please don't interpret these items as being negative feedback. These bags are great and they are the only bags I was willing to put on my bike. I just don't like typical saddle bags even though they hold more than the Pony Express Bags. I use my bike as a commuter along with occasional all day rides on the weekends. If I had intentions of taking long trips over several days I would never have chosen the SCR.
 

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Thanks for the tips - Krixtoph is finishing up my bags I ordered from him. Perfect timing. I too am not a huge fan of traditional saddle bags and the SCR would not be my first choice for a long, multi-day road trip.
 

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Shu - Which windscreen are you running and how do you like it?

Rob
It is the National Cycle deflector and it works well. I wasn't too crazy about the handle bar clamp mounts when I first installed it because they flex quite a bit. I resolved that problem by adjusting the deflector so that it also rests against the turn signals giving it two additional anchor points. I slit a short length of rubber vacuum line and slipped it between the lexan and the turn signal to acts as an insulator. No more flex!

https://shop.revzilla.com/motorcycle/national-cycle-deflector-screen-dx-windshield
 
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Just got the Saddle bags installed. I did incorporate many of the suggestions from Shu. The only thing I did differently was cutting the hole for the Seat Screw access. I cut a semi-circular flap about the size of a quarter. That way I could easily access the Screw, but also keep some of the dirt out of the left saddle bag. I might also up grade the leather thongs on each bag to a thicker leather. I think it might be more secure that way.

Love the bags - Krixtoph does an awesome job - Can't wait to try them out with some stuff in them

I'll post pictures of the bike in the sun tomorrow.

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The only thing I did differently was cutting the hole for the Seat Screw access. I cut a semi-circular flap about the size of a quarter. That way I could easily access the Screw, but also keep some of the dirt out of the left saddle bag.

Rob
Great idea leaving the flap to cover the access hole. I ultimately changed mine to use a homemade shoulder bolt using bits I had laying around the garage.
 
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The Motech bags definitely look the part, but yeah, they're pricey.

If you get the OEM saddlebag support brackets, they mount with two bolts, and are quick to install and remove. You can use them as stand-offs for any soft bags, or even bolt your soft bags to the brackets. Or hard bags, for that matter.

Charles.
 
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