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Brukus Motorcycle Products "Saddlebag Secure"

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 1:49 pm
by Gummiente
It’s amazing how a solution to a problem presents itself before you are even aware the problem exists in the first place. Such is the case with the “Saddlebag Secure” system I installed on my Road Glide today. Up until now I had been motoring along blissfully unaware that the OEM mounting system for Harley FL series saddlebags are not the best design when it comes to matters of theft and security. I figured that with the saddlebag lids closed and locked, all my belongings and valuables inside were safe from prying eyes and light fingers. Well... I was wrong. The literature that came with the kit claimed that once installed, there would be “No more concern your saddlebags will be popped off with a screwdriver”. Say what?! I had never heard of this issue before, so I wandered out to the garage and grabbed a screwdriver to see how it could be even remotely possible that a closed and locked saddlebag could simply be “popped off” the bike. And less than a minute later I had made a startling discovery... it is in fact very easy to do just that. And suddenly I saw why Brukus had developed this product – the solution to a problem I had no idea existed until now.

Installation was very easy and quick, even the most mechanically disinclined person should have few problems following the simple instructions. First step is to remove the OEM quick release “twist pins” from the inside of the saddlebag and then remove the saddlebag itself...
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Then the OEM spring retainer clips are removed...
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And the Brukus threaded inserts installed in their place...
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Then it’s simply a matter of installing the tamper-proof screws with the special tool included in the kit and presto – the saddlebags are now theft proof...
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The only downside I can see to this system is that the saddlebags can no longer be quickly removed when it’s time to check the rear tire pressure or when washing the bike – but the trade off is that nobody can bugger off with them when you’re not looking, so I’ll happily take security over convenience. And besides, with the special tool it takes less than a minute to remove the screws, so there really isn’t that much loss of convenience, anyway. If you own any year of Harley FL series touring bike, you really should think about getting this kit for your saddlebags. They make a locking version for the Road King Custom style of saddlebags, too. Check them out at: http://www.brukus.com

Re: Brukus Motorcycle Products "Saddlebag Secure"

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 3:11 pm
by HYPERR
Gummiente wrote: The only downside I can see to this system is that the saddlebags can no longer be quickly removed when it’s time to check the rear tire pressure or when washing the bike
You have to remove the saddlebags to check the rear tire pressure? :shock:

Re: Brukus Motorcycle Products "Saddlebag Secure"

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 4:38 pm
by Gummiente
HYPERR wrote:You have to remove the saddlebags to check the rear tire pressure? :shock:
The bags hang low over the rear tire and with the large muffler and large brake rotor in the way, it is awkward to access the valve stem with a tire gauge. It can be done, but it's a PITA, which is why it is much easier to just remove the right side saddlebag.

Re: Brukus Motorcycle Products "Saddlebag Secure"

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 5:00 pm
by High_Side
Nice review Gummy

Re: Brukus Motorcycle Products "Saddlebag Secure"

Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:21 am
by CentralOzzy
Indeed.

Re: Brukus Motorcycle Products "Saddlebag Secure"

Posted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:36 pm
by BrukusMotorcycle
Thanks for the great review! We get emails daily on bags falling off or being stolen. You can check out our website - brukus.com. You can also check out ALL the positive reviews / comments at: http://brukus.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-custom ... page=13393

Re: Brukus Motorcycle Products "Saddlebag Secure"

Posted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:08 pm
by crazy5dave
or i take a 7/16 inch wrench and take the two bolts out of the mounts.......