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I purchased a SLT in June to set up as a tourer as well as normal ride and ran into this forum just today. Previously toured on GWs and a Nomad.I tried to set up a Vstrom in a big way but couldn't make it work due to left knee problem. I knew the Sportster had potential (low ride height) and the price was right. Also, just one up now. I hope to find some info on the continuing project here. Experience is invaluable and hard to get sometimes. I knew that you where out there somewhere (Sportster tourers) but it took a while to find you, lol. I did a 4.5k in Sept. with the new bike. I wanted to go a lot further but the time and money--money really-- wouldn't allow it. What fun. Put some Pilot 4s on after trip to start getting ready for the next one. Put first cord of firewood on back porch yesterday so there is plenty of planning time ahead. Riding will be grab it when you can for a while.
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I have an Eglide for long rides but have my Sporty setup to tour too.



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I like the tour pack and looking into that after the side bags. I think that it will be easier to do. Having the glide is a nice option.
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Welcome to the forums!

The Sportster is a great platform to build all types of bikes from. I purchased a 2016 Superlow for touring and I am almost done with modifications to support that endeavor. I still want to upgrade the suspension to Roadster levels and the saddle bags are two small for two up touring. I believe the best quick release bag for the Sportsters are the Leather Pros. Another possibility I am considering are the Küryakyn XKursion XB Fast Lane Saddlebags. They are 1/3 the price of the Leather Pros. I am not sure I like them? I just installed Heat Demon heated hand grips this week. They look great on a Sportster and no wires hanging out. I haven't been able to fully test them yet do to rain. Money is holding me up from any further mods, after Christmas now. I have kids and grandchildren so many gifts to buy.

Let us know what mods you are considering and you will find lots of peeps here will share their opinions.
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Welcome to the forums!

The Sportster is a great platform to build all types of bikes from. I purchased a 2016 Superlow for touring and I am almost done with modifications to support that endeavor. I still want to upgrade the suspension to Roadster levels and the saddle bags are two small for two up touring. I believe the best quick release bag for the Sportsters are the Leather Pros. Another possibility I am considering are the Küryakyn XKursion XB Fast Lane Saddlebags. They are 1/3 the price of the Leather Pros. I am not sure I like them? I just installed Heat Demon heated hand grips this week. They look great on a Sportster and no wires hanging out. I haven't been able to fully test them yet do to rain. Money is holding me up from any further mods, after Christmas now. I have kids and grandchildren so many gifts to buy.

Let us know what mods you are considering and you will find lots of peeps here will share their opinions.
I have looked at Leather Pro and could be it but first I want to look into adapting the givi panniers that I have. I really don't like leather luggage. I think the shocks will be a problem--would love a mono setup on this bike. I already use Gerbing gloves-I live with the wires when I need them like yesterday. May finally end up with a vest, too. I will look into the Kury bags. In the past I haven't been a fan of Kury stuff but I am open minded-some product line may be better. Money is a hang here too. Living on retirement funds which are on the bottom end of the scale. Time is not a problem!
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Also retirement funds here too.

Leather Pro also make a non leather detachable bag for the Sportster. There strong point is the detachable part, they appear to currently have the best system for the Sportster. However if you like your current bags you could look at Easy Brackets or something like them. What I didn't like about them is they push the bag out wider.

Make sure you share so we can see the developments.
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I adapted a set of Hepco&Becker mounts so I could put a set of H&B Junior bags on my Roadster. Hepco doesn't make hard bag mounts to fit a Sportster, so I watched Fleabay and got a set of mounts for a Honda for short money. Then I went to a welder and had him cut off some of the tabs and weld on new tabs so they fit on the Roadster. The end result is a set of hard bags that are waterproof and look good. The beauty of the Junior bags is that I can use 30 liter bags most of the time, which look good or I can use 40 liter bags (which are wider) when I'm living on the road for a longer stretch of time and need the extra room.

Here's a picture of the Roadster with the 30s from last weekend at the Buellvemberfest rally in Georgia:



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Crusty,

Are those quick release or bolted on? Do you have a picture from the rear? I suspect they are a little wide to clear the shock since there is no cutout in bag for the shock. I am looking for less expensive options to the leather pro.
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Are those quick release or bolted on? Do you have a picture from the rear? I suspect they are a little wide to clear the shock since there is no cutout in bag for the shock. I am looking for less expensive options to the leather pro.
The 30s don't stick out that bad. The bags are quick release, the mounting frames are bolted to the bike. I'll check and see if I can find a picture of the bike without the bags on.

I found one. This was taken when I was doing the engine swap last year:



As you can see, the mounts are just outside the shocks. They don't hit or rub on the shocks, but the bags don't look bad.
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Thank you, I see now.
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