| Whenever I wanted
to clean the bike up it was always a pain to have to unbolt the bags off
the supports so I could clean in behind them. I thought of these pins and
tried them out. Turns out they work great and it's now a snap to remove the
bags for cleaning or for taking them inside while traveling.
All that's needed
are 8- 6mm bolts that are long enough to provide the pin length needed, 8
small hairpins and 8- 6mm nuts. Any hardware store should have all of these
I screwed the
bolts into the bag brackets and run the nuts up the threads on the backside
to lock them into place. Now just measure the lengths according to the drawing
and cut them off with a hacksaw. Clean the edges up with a file and drill
the 3/32" holes in the top pins. You might want to mark the top pins and
then remove them for drilling.
the bags you are going to have to push on the top of the bag to get the top
pins to align with the holes in the bag. The bottom pins are only there to
hold the bag in position and the top pins do the actual fastening of the
bags. Use the large washers from the original hardware on the top pins and
install your hairpin….Done.
I've been running
with this setup for 31,000 kms with no problems or rattles. Hope someone
can find this information useful.