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Old 01-30-2011, 03:26 PM   #1
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Looking for cruisers with top boxes or sissy bar bags

I have a 2007 Suzuki Boulevard S50 (aka Intruder 800) that I am removing the saddle bags from because of my new super-cool upswept exhaust I'm installing and never thought about the possible interference

Anyhow, I've got a rear rack in the mail and I'm going to either get a top box or a sissybar bag. I know I don't necessarily need the rack if I go with the bag, but I just feel safer keeping the bag up off the tail light. I think the sissybar bag would look more "cruiser-ish" but I really haven't seen that many top boxes on cruisers other than the bigger touring rigs that come with them. I have a JC Whitney top box on the EX500 and love it and will be putting one on the Versys this spring, but I'm afraid something like that will look odd on the S50.

Maybe if you guys have pics of decent looking top boxes on cruisers you can talk me into getting one for it ....or those with sissybar bags can post pics in support of that choice too

EDIT: For those with sissybar bags, give me an idea of what amount of stuff you can pack in your setup.
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:06 PM   #2
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Here is my 2007 Shadow Spirit that I sold a year and a half ago. I put the three LeatherLyke locking hard bags and Mustang seat on it and it made a passable tourer, until my back cried uncle. Back to dualsport and sport touring for me. Anyway, these are mid-ling quality, and if you are into the drugstore cowboy look they come with studs and tassels.

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Old 01-30-2011, 10:14 PM   #3
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I use a T-bag on my R1200C. This model attaches to my backrest but others attach to sissy bars.




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Old 03-03-2012, 12:46 AM   #4
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Hi Durangoman
I would realy like to see details of your rack holder. I am searching the web for long time and now I decided to make one on my own.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:09 AM   #5
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$99 leather cheapo sissy bar bag.

Took me through years of commuting, 2 years of school and didn't need a single repair. Holds a bunch of crap.

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Old 03-03-2012, 05:12 AM   #6
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These belong to one of the members on http://www.intruderalert.com/cafe/index.cfm?page=home



Plenty of info there for your bike as well....
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:19 AM   #7
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Hows this for odd. It's an adventure bike also, you can tell by the sticker. This is the universal mount Carabou 36L

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Old 03-03-2012, 06:11 AM   #8
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I have both -

A Route-66, T-Bag -



and a Happy Trails top box -

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Old 03-03-2012, 07:58 AM   #9
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I have bought several bags that fit over my backrest and sit on a rack or my back seat if solo (which is most of the time). I first bought a T-Bag, which was great, but expensive. It held up pretty well for several years though (only complaint was that it faded somewhat in the Florida sun after a few years). Then I crashed and the bag was damaged. I then bought one of the $99 leather bags someone else mentioned in this thread. I am glad they had a good experience with theirs. Mine was crap. I used it for one trip and the bag tore through the leather at a seam. I wanted to go back to a T-Bag, but the one I wanted was really expensive, so I bought a similar one by Tourmaster. It was much cheaper, but has held up very well.

I guess if you want something made in America (which I normally do) get the T-Bag if you can afford it. If you need to spend less, don't hesitate on the Tourmaster. I can NOT recommend the cheap leather bag.
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:06 AM   #10
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:40 AM   #11
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I use an expandable T Bag on my 08 Heritage Softail. I found that if the bag was fully expanded the sides would fall down past the rear carrier on the Harley, onto the licence plate etc. It was clear that the bag wouldn't last long if subjected to this abuse. So I cut a fairly large piece of aluminum and bolted it to the top of the rear carrier. It gives a much large platform for the T Bag to sit on. The plate is easily removed if you are not touring. Solved the problem completely.

Top box's are OK but they do put weight high up on a bike and you are carrying it all the time, wheither you need it or not. Having had bikes both with & without a top box I find the T Bag type of setup works really well for an all around bike.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:55 PM   #12
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From a week long camping trip last summer, simple expandable T-Bag. Comfy to lean against.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:52 PM   #13
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Oh, here's my obligatory picture of my bike with the Tourmaster bag on the back seat for comfort.



Mostly I ride a bike with a top box now, but it is not a cruiser.

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Old 03-06-2012, 10:30 AM   #14
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I have a C50 with a cheap sissy bag. I didn't bother with the rack and just shoehorned it behind the plate.

Don't think I have any pics.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:29 PM   #15
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Hi Durangoman
I would realy like to see details of your rack holder. I am searching the web for long time and now I decided to make one on my own.
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If you are asking "what is the make of my luggage rack?", Renegade Styling (from Belgium), item/part number BIBM 0107.





The chrome helmet lock is something I added.

Hope this helps!!
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