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LeatherLyke Problems and Modifications
I have had some problems with my Leatherlyke bags . . . and overall am not real happy with them. However, I have elected to keep them and make some modifications and repairs instead of sending them back for a refund. This is because I am simply out of time, cannot afford the next step up in bags, and I do like the size/capacity of the Leatherlykes.
First, the right hand bag cracked around the mounting pin. This happend at about 2 months use, and 4000 or so miles. The bags say they are good to carry 20 pounds, and I had my toolkit in this one. It weighs 14 pounds so should have been fine.
To fix the cracked mount, I took some 1/16 steel plate and beat it into submission . . . fashioning a bracket to spread the load around the entire bag instead of concentrating it at the pin points. I made these for both bags. It is shown here mounted:
The bracket is shown here sitting on the outside of the bag so you can see fit and function:
Next, the lock broke out of one of the bags. It is simply bolted through the plastic on a very thin edge, and it just pulled through the bag. I was also not happy with the bag tops, as they were so flexible that the locks pretty much just barely held the top closed. A little pull on a corner and they opened right up! Of course, the bag top had to flip open on the highway in this case, so I actually lost the darn lock to the road gremlins.
Of course . . . to fix this I could have just cut a small piece of steel and put the appropriate sized hole for the lock. But, alas, I seem to be a glutton for punishment and can never do anything just the easy way. I elected to brace the whole top to make it a little stiffer, and felt that steel straps or whatnot would just be to utilitarian for my tastes. See, I have a plasma cutter and for some reason felt I needed to use it.
So, of course . . . I did it the hard way.
I had my friend Ron draw me a dragon. Then I scanned it into my computer (in two pieces, it was too big for one scan), resized it, printed it out, cut it out of the paper, transferred the design to a piece of steel, and cut it out with my plasma cutter. Then I welded studs to the back to attach them to the bags, ground everything clean, and had them powdercoated.
Of course, they point the direction of travel.
I like 'em...but then again, I'm biased. Advantages? They are water and dust proof...they hold plenty...and with my mods they work fine.
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