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Well I've been hunting around without success. I sure would like to find a pair of old fashion leather bags that would fit. I don't care for the hard shell bags. When I bought the bike, it had the suitcase deal attached to the rear of the bike. I hated it.
 

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Chris -

That's odd - I just threw away a Tandy catalog that had several sadllebag kits suitable for our bikes.
Just went to their web site and didn't see any !!!

Well, they'll send me another catalog before long, and I'll go through it and look for them.

You could always just get some heavy leather and make them - shouldn't be all that hard, they're pretty simple, Tandy sells all the stuff necessary (I do some leather-working).
 

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I paid someone to make a saddlebag for me, custom, for my 450. A bag, not hard side or anything. Cost me about $200 for one side. And frankly, it isnt that hard now that I have seen it done. Make a template of what you want. The leather is around $50 for heavy chap leather. Cut out the leather. Chap leather cuts out with a utility knife or scissor. Punching holes is a bit tricky. You want to make them evenly. You can either get a "fid" - a dohicky that will punch a number of holes at the same time. You stick it in the last two holes and then it pokes two new holes. You just keep doing this as you go around. Or you can be cheap like me and make a template out of scrap leather and then use that to poke your holes. I just used brads and a hammer. A bit tedious. Then you just lace it up. You can nylon straps to attach it and put two straps around to attach it.

If you want to buy one, I like the one from Licks:

http://www.lickscycles.com/catalog/defa ... e57b1824a7
 

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No problemo, Chris -

The bags at these links are all pretty affordable - I knew you didn't want to spend $300-$400 or more on the things.
In fact, I'm considering some quick-release bags for Wifey's CB200, since I can't seem to find a luggage rack for it.
Most of them can attach to the bike via a big strap that runs under the seat, which locks of course.
 

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Hey Chris -

I just ordered a pair of bags from the LeatherUp place - $69.
Now Wifey can carry all her crap around with her on her CB200.
I'll shoot you some photos when they get here.....
 
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