Thanks to Mark "Dutch"Haaland for his photos, descriptions and reverse engineering efforts
Ok, here's the problem...
You have a beautiful set of hard bags on your bike and every time your passenger climbs aboard they hit the bag with a boot and now you have another mark or, worse, a scratch. You need to protect the top of your bags.
And the solution?
There are a few options commercially available ranging from Kawasaki's own Fire & Steel bag protector bars (see them and installation instructions here) to less expensive (and less beefy) bars from J.C. Whitney, Cobra and maybe others. You can also attach fender bibs from Mustang Seats to your bags which will look pretty good but may not provide as much protection as you want.
Here's the "complete protection" option you can make yourself if you have a sewing machine or can borrow one from a neighbor.
What you'll need
- Vinyl or leather, enough to cover the top of both bags as shown in the photos below
- Edging made of same or similar material
- Sew on type Velcro
- Strap as shown
- Buckles as shown
How To Do It
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|The plastic buckle on the back of the chaps.|
|This is showing rear of the chaps and strap.||Another shot of the strap. The nylon cord ties around the mount at the bottom of the bag.|