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I recently bought my first GW, a 2018 DCT. When I was thinking about purchasing it, I noticed there were no tie-down points that were easy or obvious. I decided to try a simple hack on my first trip with the new GW and it worked great!

I took two lengths of paracord, one for each side. I added two alpine butterfly loops about 6" apart. And then wrapped the cord around the passenger hand grips and secured. I then used the 2x butterfly loops on each side as the tie down points for my bag.

I just came back from a 4 day trip and this simple expensive hack worked great.

For the trip, I simply knotted the loops under the grips. Upon return, I wanted to enlarge one of the loops and created a new length. This time, I secure that side with a Nite Ize Cam XT fastener. It allows for a tighter loop, likely even more secure. But I worry a bit about the metal cam scratching the surface of the bike ... will see.
 

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Nicely done and hope you had a great trip

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I noticed there were no tie-down points that were easy or obvious.
They are there, they just work a bit differently. If you notice at the end of each grab bar there is round slot for the cord. You run the cord section of the bungee cord under the rail and up and the hooks fasten to the bag or hooks from the other side that have been stretched over the bag. Not sure if that explanation made much sense but instead of hooking the grab rail, you hook the bag or a hook from the other side. You just need to purchase the longer cords to secure whatever you plan on putting in the seat. I ordered a Kuryakyn Momentum Wanderer touring seat bag for mine and will see how it goes when it gets here.
 

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Thought I would drop this in the same thread I mentioned it. Just in case anyone is looking for an additional bag to carry some stuff, I received my bag today. I selected this bag because it sits further back in the seat pocket than some of the others so it makes a little bit better use of available space. You can also still use a backrest if you like and the bag will still fit





Another feature that is nice is that I don't have to remove the bag if I want to put the OEM cover over the bike. I discussed in another thread of how I removed the elastic band on the bottom of the cover to make it fit better and even with the bag on the bike, the cover fits nicely over the bike and covers it well. Now I just need to strap the bag down and take it out for it's initial run and see how it goes. I am sure the wife can send me someplace to pick up something...





Anyway, just passing on some info in case someone out there might have been looking at this bag and wondered how it would fit on the bike.
 

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Good ideas guys, thanks for that.
 

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Does the seat need to be protected when using luggage? I guess it is some kind-of vinyl? I used non-adhesive easy grip shelve lining on a leather seat to protect it. This is a great bag for the solo rider, it is 60 liters and fits perfectly @ 12" deep.
 

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Great ingenuity there guys!
 

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Im looking at using the paracord idea also , but went with this bag
Seems to Fit pretty good and huge with some insulated front pockets
Saddlemen BR4100 Dresser Back Seat Bag 3501-0322

Was onEbay for $147 + tax
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I have the Saddlemen Seatbag that has 4 tie down loops on each side. Because the bag fits on the passenger seat between the cubbys, I do not need a lot of tie down. I also use the bag as a backrest. What I did was make a buckle loop for each passenger handle and use the forward lower bag loops to attach to. That is quite enough to hold the bag in place. Also what I like best about this arrangement for attaching the bag is that I can rotate the bag over the driver's seat without touching the tie downs allowing me to fully open the trunk. The front lower loops of the bag becomes the pivot point.
 

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I have the Saddlemen Seatbag that has 4 tie down loops on each side. Because the bag fits on the passenger seat between the cubbys, I do not need a lot of tie down. I also use the bag as a backrest. What I did was make a buckle loop for each passenger handle and use the forward lower bag loops to attach to. That is quite enough to hold the bag in place. Also what I like best about this arrangement for attaching the bag is that I can rotate the bag over the driver's seat without touching the tie downs allowing me to fully open the trunk. The front lower loops of the bag becomes the pivot point.
Didnt think of the trunk but great idea,
Its pretty secure with my big body in front of it just sitting there.
Dam thing didnt come wit ha rain cover, they said they can make one and send it to me.
Great idea until they said $30 dollars for a plastic bag LOL Ill pack my dry stuff in bags if needed , doesnt rain that much in this area of Texas
 
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