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Those RKA saddle bags look like they were made for the FJ. Very nice alternative to the hard bags if you only occasionally tour like me.
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2015 FJ-09, Seat Concepts seat cover and foam, Cal Sci medium screen, rim stripes, factory heated grips, Cortech Dryver tank bag ring, Modified stock exhaust, FlashTune with Graves fuel map, Cree driving lights, Aux power socket.
2012 Street Triple type R (Wifes)
2007 FJR1300 (Sold!)
 
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This might be a dumb question but are there additional mounts you need to buy or do they attach directly to the bike?
The soft bags sit on top of the rear seat and strap to whatever you can find. The lower mount is only required for the factory hard bags.  
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Bikes:
2015 FJ-09, Seat Concepts seat cover and foam, Cal Sci medium screen, rim stripes, factory heated grips, Cortech Dryver tank bag ring, Modified stock exhaust, FlashTune with Graves fuel map, Cree driving lights, Aux power socket.
2012 Street Triple type R (Wifes)
2007 FJR1300 (Sold!)
 
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I have my soft bags under the rear seat that way no need to strap any place.
I've done that with my above RKA saddle bags on a different bike. But I still attached the front straps of the bags to the passenger peg holders, and the strap at the rear of the bags to the license plate holder. I don't want the bags flapping around (possibly into the back wheel??), or able to move forward or backwards. Side view of right saddle bag strap to passenger peg:http://i.imgur.com/DZGZV0u.jpg
View of rear strap from left bag:http://i.imgur.com/5vaU4Gm.jpg
View from the back:[/url]http://i.imgur.com/WX8ZdwH.jpg?1
(slight IMGUR weirdness with last pic: edited it to crop license plate and now will not imbed photo in post.)
 
 
 
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In that pic the dry bag is just sitting on the passenger seat, not tied down. I don't like using bungee cords with hooks for many reasons. Instead I use 'infinitely' adjustable non-stretching straps that pass through something on the bike. So I had this 1/4" aluminum plate made:
http://i.imgur.com/op9Y0YQ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/wI0CrJo.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/s42LNW2.jpg
I'll paint it flat black. That should blend it in a little, I hope. ::)
 
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In that pic the dry bag is just sitting on the passenger seat, not tied down. I don't like using bungee cords with hooks for many reasons. Instead I use 'infinitely' adjustable non-stretching straps that pass through something on the bike. So I had this 1/4" aluminum plate made:
http://i.imgur.com/op9Y0YQ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/wI0CrJo.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/s42LNW2.jpg
I'll paint it flat black. That should blend it in a little, I hope. ::)

Nice little tail rack.  Nice and clean looking too.  Good Job.  How much did it cost to get it made?  

Ken, Candy Ass L.D.R. Sleeps 8 hours
(2)2005 FJR1300abs:  230,000 m
2015 FJ-09:  106,000 m (Lost compression in #2 Cyl.)

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One could easily mimic that aluminum rack using a trusty cutting board which is strong and sturdy. Cut it to size using a chop saw, and drill/file the strap holes.
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Bikes:
2015 FJ-09, Seat Concepts seat cover and foam, Cal Sci medium screen, rim stripes, factory heated grips, Cortech Dryver tank bag ring, Modified stock exhaust, FlashTune with Graves fuel map, Cree driving lights, Aux power socket.
2012 Street Triple type R (Wifes)
2007 FJR1300 (Sold!)
 
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http://i.imgur.com/s42LNW2.jpg
I'll paint it flat black. That should blend it in a little, I hope. ::)

Nice little tail rack.  Nice and clean looking too.  Good Job.  How much did it cost to get it made?  
CDN $66, about US $53. Including the massive amount of 1/4" aluminum.  :) 
It's now primer grey. I'll post a pic of it flat black in a few days, on the bike.
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The tie-down strap mini plate painted flat black:
http://i.imgur.com/fSUeOlw.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/GunV5lN.jpg
With my luggage:
http://i.imgur.com/KEIWvaZ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/8guWd9C.jpg
(those 2 rear straps for the dry bag are far too long, I'll cut them down.)
http://i.imgur.com/6L4G6cu.jpg
I didn't bother painting the bottom:
http://i.imgur.com/UGXaaWn.jpg
Having that little tie-down plate made was a bit pricey considering I also had to file & sand the edges, and paint it. But it's exactly what I wanted, so I'm  :)
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I was concerned about the rear of the RKA soft saddle bags getting too close to the wheel over hard bumps: wheel rises up AND saddle bags swing in at the same time. Thought about some sort of support guards attached to the fender support, but that seemed fiddly. Decided on a simpler and cheap solution, a coat hanger.
In this pic you can see the RKA bags have a rear 'flap' of folded material. They allow flat things up to 1" wide to pass through.
http://i.imgur.com/PWtLCCS.jpg
See the gold hanger wire going through each of the saddle bag flaps? It's 11" wide at the bottom, whereas the bike's tire is about 7.25". Hopefully the extra nearly 4" will keep the top bag off the wheel when hitting a bump in a corner. There are 90 degree bends at the top of the wire, the ends stick out 3/4". I may increase the bends downward another 10 - 15 degrees.
Underside view:
http://i.imgur.com/lZUnA9D.jpg
Top view:
http://i.imgur.com/wdrlfVI.jpg
Takes about 5 seconds to insert or remove the wire, done whenever installing or removing the bags.
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Back Roads. Period.
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I don't think the coat hanger is going to be strong enough. You might want to p/u 3/16"- 1/4" round stock at the hardware store. Attach it to the turn signal frame work and make new holes in the RKA bags at the slots. Use a soldering iron to melt the fabric for the holes. If you stick with the coat hanger, at least attach it to the turn signal frame to shorten the lengths and stiffen it up.

Ken, Candy Ass L.D.R. Sleeps 8 hours
(2)2005 FJR1300abs:  230,000 m
2015 FJ-09:  106,000 m (Lost compression in #2 Cyl.)

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I was concerned about the rear of the RKA soft saddle bags getting too close to the wheel over hard bumps: wheel rises up AND saddle bags swing in at the same time. Thought about some sort of support guards attached to the fender support, but that seemed fiddly. Decided on a simpler and cheap solution, a coat hanger.
Another option is to source some long tie down straps from a local climbing store (we use REI) and criss cross the straps on top of the bags from one bag to the other. This will limit the travel down (I have done this on previous bikes of mine on long trips with soft bags). Basically, you attach the strap from the lower-aft-outboard side of the left bag, route over the top of the bags, and attach the other end to the lower-forward-outboard side of the right bag. Do the opposite with the other strap starting from the lower-aft-outboard side of the right bag, etc... Of course, this is dependent on your bags have multiple tie down points like mine do.
Clear as mud aye?
 
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
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Bikes:
2015 FJ-09, Seat Concepts seat cover and foam, Cal Sci medium screen, rim stripes, factory heated grips, Cortech Dryver tank bag ring, Modified stock exhaust, FlashTune with Graves fuel map, Cree driving lights, Aux power socket.
2012 Street Triple type R (Wifes)
2007 FJR1300 (Sold!)
 
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I don't think the coat hanger is going to be strong enough. You might want to p/u 3/16"- 1/4" round stock at the hardware store. Attach it to the turn signal frame work and make new holes in the RKA bags at the slots. Use a soldering iron to melt the fabric for the holes. If you stick with the coat hanger, at least attach it to the turn signal frame to shorten the lengths and stiffen it up.
If I attach anything to the bike I'll probably use angle metal and attach it to the forward (lower in the pic) 2 bolts (and use longer bolts) in this pic:
 
http://i.imgur.com/dGGk2lD.jpg
Then instead of having it go through the RKA bag 'flaps' I would attach 3 x 3" flat rounded plate that the bags butt against only if the bags flexed in significantly, maybe within 1/2" of the tire?
 
The best solution would be to replace the 2 heavy plastic pieces on each side of the seat that have the hard bag top mounts and tie-down hooks. Replace it with metal, and including a piece that goes straight down near the rear of the soft bags. Right now I only leave the 2 plastic side pieces on because it's a wider perch for the top of the saddle bags.
 
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Just checked the bolts mounting those 2 plastic hard bag mounts, they are long and pass through a spacer sleeve. I think I will replace them with flat metal bars including a downward flat piece for saddle bag backing, and reusing the bolts and sleeves.
Recommendations for metal? Steel? What thickness?
 
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