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Old 10-05-2018, 11:54 AM   #21
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Re: Saddlebags too close to exhaust? Solutions?

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I am in, a fabricating job is for me. Let us know, I will show up and annoy Mitch during the process. It is one of my favorite things.
Got to go with what you are good at ... Doug will probably by everyone's lunch.
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Old 10-05-2018, 01:34 PM   #22
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Hahaha

Well I decided to skip those specific soft bags and get larger panniers for ADV touring and look at soft bag options in the future. Thanks everyone for their feedback.
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:59 PM   #23
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Re: Saddlebags too close to exhaust? Solutions?

Welp, the SWMotech Trax Adventure cases weren't the right fit for the bike either so I'm getting a Happy Trail rack for soft bags that sit higher on the bike and hoping I can mount the Givi bags with plenty of space. Looks like this will work! I'll tell you friday.
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Old 10-17-2018, 04:04 PM   #24
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Welp, the SWMotech Trax Adventure cases weren't the right fit for the bike either so I'm getting a Happy Trail rack for soft bags that sit higher on the bike and hoping I can mount the Givi bags with plenty of space. Looks like this will work! I'll tell you friday.
That sucks! I hate trying up money just to see what will work and what wont.

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Old 10-18-2018, 12:25 PM   #25
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That sucks! I hate trying up money just to see what will work and what wont.

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Yeah. I also learned the return process on Revzilla is much better than Twisted Throttle.

On Revzilla you can do it on the website with a simple click, and you get a return label for cheap (around 7 bucks). They return the money pretty quick as well.

For Twisted Throttle I had to call to tell them the issue, and even then they wanted to try a couple of things after I felt I had already exhausted all possible action without severe modifications. They ultimately gave me return labels but only because I asked for them. No way I'm shipping back huge boxes on my penny. I'm fine if they charge me a little (but they waived the fee cuz I wasn't warned the stuff won't fit my bike), but Fedex/UPS would've probably charged me $50+ per box cuz of the size. They have yet to get all 6 boxes I sent back, we'll see how long it takes for the refund to show up.
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Old 10-18-2018, 12:42 PM   #26
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Yeah. I also learned the return process on Revzilla is much better than Twisted Throttle.
Totally agree. I have purchased a lot of stuff over the years from RZ and have found their customer support to be top notch. Returns have always been hassle free and quick.
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On a related note: how many run hard luggage for offroad trips around Texas? I have decided to return this bags and look for another set of hard bags that fit the Givi rack and maybe get some smaller soft bags in the future?
I had hard aluminum boxes on my KLR - Happy Trails I believe. They were the smaller of the two sizes I have seen. The KLR spent lots of time off road, but no bad crashes. A couple of times I did get my foot caught on something only to have it momentarily cram my leg against the box.
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Opinions?

I would seriously consider a light piece of sheet metal to place behind this mount and bend it out over the exhaust to serve as a shelf for your bag to rest on.

This shelf would keep your bag off the exhaust and also have the benefit of not being a heat shield clamped around the exhaust that could act as a heat sink.

This would be an easy fix or trial. It would not have to come out very far either. While it may be wide at the top and bottom, you would probably only need to bend a smaller width out between the two bumps on the mount for a shelf.

Hope I painted a good picture to follow my logic with.
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