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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-04-2015, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Default Dropped my saddlebag....ugh

So I decided to due some minor changes to my XC today.

Changed out the bar ends. Pics will follow another time. That was super easy. I pulled off the stock ones with my hands.

Then I was going to put on the shorty antenna that I got.

Unhooked the saddle bag latches and was having a bit of trouble unhooking the electrical connector for the MP3 hookup. Reached over to grab a small screwdriver which was just out of reach and....

BAM! Saddlebag felt to the concrete, disconnecting the connector in the process.

So now I have a bike that I just bought, that can't ride due to the weather, and it now has a scuffed up saddlebag all along the top lid edge and I think the connector is broken as well.

Not sure why I'm posting this........just to vent my frustration I suppose.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-04-2015, 04:15 PM
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we feel your pain!

Hope it isn't too bad and can be touched up or repaired easily.


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i had mine standing up on the ground first week i bought the bike, seemed stable so i turned my back, bang, right on some fresh asphalt, mine is on the backside of the lid, so its not so noticeable, but yes it sucks!

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That's what touch up paint is for. Hate it when it happens but it can be fixed. When all else fails, throw a bunch of money at it and it will work itself out!
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-04-2015, 06:19 PM
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This should ease the pain a little. I had my bike about 6 months and was in the garage working on my wife's bike. I moved my bike up a few feet just so I wouldn't scratch it. Set the kickstand and walked away. I for some reason looked back and saw my bike literally falling in slow motion. It fell so hard that it sprung open the saddle bag! As I was standing my bike back up I didn't notice that the lid was caught under the other bikes front tire. SANP! I cracked the bag and put a 6" - 8" crack right down the front of the bag. Needless to say its still there. One day when I have a extra 600.00 I'll get it fixed. Moral of the story? Move your bike totally out of the way and make 100% the kickstand is down and locked in.
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Oh these stories hurt!!

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Whenever I start to do a "why me" thing, I turn on the evening news and I see many who have it many times worse. Tonight's headline; a 7 year old girl who survived a plane crash that killed everyone else in her family. Yet, dressed only in summer clothes, she walked through a mile of extremely dense woods, in freezing weather, to a house and refuge. I'll bet she'd gladly trade a damaged case to have her family back.

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I know how you feel. History has taught me to cover everything. I gift a bunch of moving blankets real cheap at Harbour freight and made covers for tank, fenders and the bags. So when I take the bags off there is a blanket underneath so is i drop them, they won't get damaged. Then I put them in a 'blanket saddlebag bag' while I work on the bike.

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Astra , contact Goody2667 on this forum . For minimal shipping , you could send him your bag lid and I will bet you for a very fair amount he will refinish your lid and send it back to you like new . He did work for me and I know he stocks your color . Tell Him I sent you . His work is ridiculously good , and he is a great guy , easy to do business with .

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Not long after I got my '12 XCT, I had the bags off, resting more or less straight up on some carpet pieces in the garage. One tipped over when I was far away from it, and scratched and chipped the lid on the concrete. I ordered a replacement lid from some dealer on ebay; I believe it was a factory second, but it's pretty close to new looking (except in a few very tiny spots).

It was during that parts search that I discovered that if you have to replace the parts on a SINGLE bag -- hinge, lid, bottom -- because, say, a car hit you on one side, it was cheaper (or at least right around the same price) to a order a SET of new bags. When I was looking -- this was a couple years back -- a set of two was around $900+; I was tempted to just buy a set, and keep most of it in the basement, for future problems.

I haven't had the bags off since (I don't do my own tire changes, for instance).


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