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Default Best way to attach a touring bag on XCT?

How does one typically attach a standard touring bag to the XCT when the trunk is on? On my VTX I have a passenger backrest and luggage rack with no trunk, so it is really easy to put the bag on the luggage rack and strap it to the backrest. With the trunk on the XCT the best spot seems to be on the passenger seat (assuming 1-up riding) but it doesn't look like there are many places to strap the bag to. Are there some slots built into the trunk for the bag's straps? Something simple to put them around? Or is the trunk so cavernous that you folks just put a duffel bag in the trunk itself?

I just got my XC in November and don't have the trunk yet so I can't play around with options... Figured I'd ask here to see what others do.

By the way, I'm referring to something like this type of bag:


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Bungee Cords!

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Are there good places to hook a bungee under/around the passenger seat area?

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I bought the Victory bag that fits the luggage rack and so far, I have not had (in 30,000 miles) had to use any other bag. However, I do strap my rolled up leather jacket and sometimes a cooler on the back seat. When I do that...I bungee the coat/cooler to the trunk mounting bracket and it works fine.

For a big bag like that, I would strap it down with the bungee cords to the bracket and then also over the top and to the luggage rack. That should secure it pretty good.

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What Arkie said. If you have the passenger grab rails, they work great for attaching the bungees.
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I use a bungee cargo net. You can hook it under the trunk on either side to the brackets that hold the trunk on. I also carry a cooler sitting on the passenger seat and fasten it the same way. Never had an issue at all. I think I got the bungee cargo nets at Wallyworld.

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You're solo......you want the two saddlebags, the trunk, AND this bag? That's a lot of stuff.........how are you going to open the trunk with this on the back seat?

I'd try packing smarter, lose the bag, or not buy the trunk.
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Or get a roll bag.

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CCT here, also. I normally camp with a 2 man tent, lg sleeping bag( covered by a 30gal plastic bag) and lg 3 1/2 inch thick sleeping pad( us old guys gotta have our comfies) roll strapped on the passenger seat. I use 4 bungees. Two go over from hand rail to hand rail. Two, front to back, hand rail to trunk rack. NO PROBLEM opening the trunk for access! It will open about 1/2 way with this setup, depending on how high your stuff sits in the passenger seat.
Come to think of it, have not had to strap anything on top of the trunk rack, except my little Sturgis devil ducky
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You're solo......you want the two saddlebags, the trunk, AND this bag? That's a lot of stuff.........how are you going to open the trunk with this on the back seat?

I'd try packing smarter, lose the bag, or not buy the trunk.
I agree.

I don't agree with bungee cords. Bungee cord hooks can pop off, hit you in the eye or go into the rear wheel. They also flex; which makes the wiggle and or fall off.

I use ratchet tie-down straps. I put the hook over the the saddlebag quick release knob on each side and loop the strap around the back. Each bike is a bit different where the straps will go. I also sometimes use a loop of 3/8" nylon rope in some places too.

When my wife and I are traveling we do both motel and camp, so we have lots of gear. The tent, pads and sleeping bags are on top of the trunk. The trunk is over half empty, so if we want to put the jackets in it there is room. She gets the right bag and I get the left.



When traveling alone (no wife) sometime I use my dry bag on the seat, sometimes just put my lightweight sleeping bag in the trunk.



You only need to bring 3 or 4 changes of clothes, no matter how many days you are traveling. Try to bring an extra of pants that are not jeans (some lightweight type of fabric).
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