Saddlebags for Norton

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I am going on a moto trip with my 850 norton. I need some storage space. Does anyone know of some saddlebags that will fit? Thanks
 

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Colorado Norton Works used to make a neat set that followed the upsweep of the peashooters. They don't advertise them anymore, but you might contact Matt Rambow there to see if they are still available. Also RKA luggage has a set of 33 liter bags that will clear the upsweeps, though look a little small.
( http://www.rka-luggage.com/pages/14gall ... orton.html )

I have an old set of Tourmaster soft bags that work, but come a little close to the top of the mufflers. I've never had a problem, but they make me a little concerned. Of course these days, touring is done on my BMW.
 
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I just contacted Doug, formerly with CNW, last week and he is still making the bags. You can get just the saddle bags or a sport rack with a roll bag on top of that. The bags and brackets are about $350, the full setup is like $450. Doug was just leaving to Europe and will be gone until the end of April. I'm definitely gonna get a set for my trip from Chicago to Maine this Summer.

Doug's phone: 866-736-0862
email: dougsnortons@hotmail.com

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luggage for Commando

Chris Barrett said:
I just contacted Doug, formerly with CNW, last week and he is still making the bags. You can get just the saddle bags or a sport rack with a roll bag on top of that. The bags and brackets are about $350, the full setup is like $450. Doug was just leaving to Europe and will be gone until the end of April. I'm definitely gonna get a set for my trip from Chicago to Maine this Summer.

Doug's phone: 866-736-0862
email: dougsnortons@hotmail.com

-chris[/img]

Does anyone have a photo or two of "Doug's bags" on a bike? Thanks.

Tobin
 

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The following link is to a pic on the CNW site, probably Dougs bike?
http://www.coloradonortonworks.com/abou ... mg=002.jpg
I have a pair of the CommPac bags that are a few years old, unless the design has changed they are small, 9 litres each from memory. For comparison the panniers on my MTS are 34 litres each.
I like the Commpacs but they are more day trip bags than touring, although mine predate the roll bag so there may be a decent capacity in that?
 
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Ron L said:
Also RKA luggage has a set of 33 liter bags that will clear the upsweeps, though look a little small.
( http://www.rka-luggage.com/pages/14gall ... orton.html )

i have these bags and i like them as they can easily be thrown on just about every type of bike (my Duc 900ss, laverda, and norton) and still be fine - they are NOT a full touring bag though - if you need that - maybe you need a BMW - :lol:
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I got a pair of stiffer leather slant type saddle bags that clear the peashooter just fine and have a reasonable capacity. I paid somewhere under $100 from JC Whitney. I don't see how everybody gets along without some nice little saddle bags for every day riding. There're awfullly handy for tools, water bottle, snack, something to clean the bugs etc. Mine originally had some other sort of pin (decoration) so I took that off and replaced it with a Norton pin. This is all mounted under the stock seat on an Interstate. The biggest problem I had was mounting them so they would hang straight down instead of going in towards the rear wheel. I accomplished this by putting a piece of rubber belting (like used on a treadmill) under the bags which holds them out and the lacing is used to pull them straight. I have an abbreviated cowling and it all seems to go well with the Interstate.
 
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