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Welcome to the forum.

I do a fair amount of touring on my 2006 Roadster and have made the modifications I needed to support that habit, err use of my bike. Ok, maybe some would say I do more than a fair amount

Seriously, I have 225,000 miles on my sporty and have gone through several iterations until I got to the current configuration. I run the Express Rider bags from HD mainly because they are square and have the cutouts for the shocks. They are not waterproof, however they do keep most of the rain out. I keep mainly tools in one and oil/other stuff I may need in the other.

I've added a Tour Pak for my clothes which makes is simple to stow my clothes, simply use a gym bag and toss them in. I also keep gloves and other odds and ends in there

One of my uses for my bike that some say may be a bit extreme is I use if for rallies (24+ hour scavenger hunts) where I am on the road through the night with the exception of 3 to 4 hours sleep and I cover 1,000+ miles. I've also ridden in one 6 day long rally (5700 miles) and completed the 2015 and 2017 Iron Butt Rallies (8700 and 9200 miles respectively) For those I carry enough tools to do anything I can imagine to my bike, with the exception of one socket needed to replace a stator which I ended up needing

Seat - I use a Mustang Vintage Wide with a backrest. It took 1000 miles to break in however I now have no comfort limits on how far or long I can ride

Shocks - Presently have air shocks in the rear, however I am considering an upgrade of the winter but have not decided what

Fuel - swapped out my tank for a 4.5 gallon tank and added a 6 gallon aux fuel tank

Lights - Added some really bright LED lights from LEDRider. I can turn the 1/4 mile in front of me to daylight and anything reflective gets lit up from over a mile.

Electric stuff - Two GPS units and have pigtails for heated gear and battery jump start/battery tender. Connectors to plug phone into either to charge

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Well I posted a rather long reply yesterday but cant find it. I thank all for their input. Parrothead that is an awesome setup, I am thinking of tour pack but really want locking bags because that is what I use for everyday stuff. Really don't want pack on all the time. Only do a couple of long events a yr. Great aux. tank set up--I can see the need.

Crusty you have a great set up and that is what I am thinking would be my goal. I looked at the rack you used previously. I have the rack for the Givi 37 liter panniers and the latches and bottom mounting points are just bolted on to the tubing. I noticed that you ran a support around the rear which is probably easier than running something from the passenger peg mounting points. Bags definitely need something more than two point system--very surprised that stock bags do so.
Looked at Kury and the quick mount as suggested but not what I am thinking.

Again Thanks to all for the input, suggestions and pics. I really appreciate it. If I just had access to a mill and lathe life would be simpler. I was an engineering lab/wind tunnel model machinist in earlier life. Never could weld but I am sure I can find one.
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Well I posted a rather long reply yesterday but cant find it. I thank all for their input. Parrothead that is an awesome setup, I am thinking of tour pack but really want locking bags because that is what I use for everyday stuff. Really don't want pack on all the time. Only do a couple of long events a yr. Great aux. tank set up--I can see the need...
They also make a lockable version of those bags as well. Probably more of a deterrent than anything. I used to have the hard leather covered bags which are very similar to the ones on the SLT. They were lockable but due to the teardrop shape they had less useable space so I opted for the express bags.

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... Again Thanks to all for the input, suggestions and pics. I really appreciate it. If I just had access to a mill and lathe life would be simpler...
I am selling the equipment out of my father's machine shop, what do you want?
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They also make a lockable version of those bags as well. Probably more of a deterrent than anything. I used to have the hard leather covered bags which are very similar to the ones on the SLT. They were lockable but due to the teardrop shape they had less useable space so I opted for the express bags.



I am selling the equipment out of my father's machine shop, what do you want?
yeah on the space and value of locks. The stockers only have enough space for a rain suit and a make-up bag or in my case a jet boil and some ramen noodles. I want everything in the shop but reality is, well reality, but thanks for the offer.
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I may have to take a welding class.
I thought of it many times. I worked in a union shop as an apprentice and asked a welder if he would show me how to put down a bead during lunch sometime. One day he offers to show me and as soon as I picked up the rod a steward appeared and told me if I wanted to be a welder than I should become a welder apprentice. Probably a set up but down went the rod. Geez. It is a good trade.
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I'm a little confused as to what the OP is looking to change with his LowT?

I thought the LowT came with bags and a shield?

If you're looking to change bags, then of course there are lots of options, but many aren't cheap.

I'm a real fan of the Hepco and Becker stuff. I used the Juniors (side bags like Crusty) on my Guzzi. And I use HB topcases on all of my rides (except Jenn's Duc).

There are a number of options for HB topcases, some less expensive than others.

For side bags on the Sporty I use LeatherLykes. They could be bigger and they're not as spacious as even the 30L Hepco and Beckers, but they are as rugged which I like.

Hepco & Becker DO make racks for the Sportster, but not for their Juniors, only for their C-Bows. The racks are nice since they are pretty unobtrusive and they have a large variety of bags (not cheap) that you can attach to them. You can also buy the mounting points and attach them to the bags of your choice (within reason).

For other "touring" needs I've added:

Mustang Touring Seat
Detachable hardware with luggage rack and docking point for the topcases.
Memphis Shades shield in OEM quick-release brackets/hardware.
OEM crash bar (I keep thinking of removing this and fitting sliders, but then I think in winter I might get those soft lowers that snap over it).
Additional brake lights (OEM kit)
and a bunch of other sundry


Here it is in various configurations:





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I'm a little confused as to what the OP is looking to change with his LowT?

I thought the LowT came with bags and a shield?

If you're looking to change bags, then of course there are lots of options, but many aren't cheap.

I'm a real fan of the Hepco and Becker stuff. I used the Juniors (side bags like Crusty) on my Guzzi. And I use HB topcases on all of my rides (except Jenn's Duc).

There are a number of options for HB topcases, some less expensive than others.

For side bags on the Sporty I use LeatherLykes. They could be bigger and they're not as spacious as even the 30L Hepco and Beckers, but they are as rugged which I like.

Hepco & Becker DO make racks for the Sportster, but not for their Juniors, only for their C-Bows. The racks are nice since they are pretty unobtrusive and they have a large variety of bags (not cheap) that you can attach to them. You can also buy the mounting points and attach them to the bags of your choice (within reason).

For other "touring" needs I've added:

Mustang Touring Seat
Detachable hardware with luggage rack and docking point for the topcases.
Memphis Shades shield in OEM quick-release brackets/hardware.
OEM crash bar (I keep thinking of removing this and fitting sliders, but then I think in winter I might get those soft lowers that snap over it).
Additional brake lights (OEM kit)
and a bunch of other sundry


Here it is in various configurations:





Thanks for input. I really am just into new bags, now. Stock are incredibly small. I have Givi outback 37 liter bags I would like to try and adapt. Stock shield is fine which surprised me. Tour Pack is a possibility later. FWIW, got the SLT because it was the only way that I could get ABS brakes around here and I do like the low aspect and thought it could make a nifty little one up tourer. I really enjoy it. And price was right. I knew bags would need changing. I have L knee injury that made it a real 'pain' to stand up my Vstrom especially with it loaded and my short inseam. I was afraid of blowing it out completely somewhere away from home. If my injury was the R knee it would not have been a problem and I would still be riding it. More than you wanted to know. Thanks again.
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No, thanks... That's a great explanation.

So basically you're looking to replace the OEM bags. To be honest yeah, other than custom mounting some GIVI or HB there aren't a lot of options that have much more room.

I'm surprised though, I always thought the OEM bags weren't bad, but then again the LeatherLykes are even smaller so I guess it's all a matter of perspective.

I feel like the new FLH bags are something crazy like 60L or something like that. When I'm on the FLHP I almost feel like I don't need the topcase.
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