My New Fieldsheer Contour Saddlebags and Roll Bag (And how to attach them)
February 19, 2010 at 12:07 am #3710
In preparation for some of my touring plans for this summer, I got the Fieldsheer Contour Saddlebags and Roll Bag to attach to my FZ6R. Right now you can get all of it on clearance from newenough.com pretty cheap. It set me back $123 shipped to my door
(OK it set the boss back, aka social director or girlfriend if you will, as it was my birthday gift).
Now the problem is that these bags are discontinued, and the little tag on them when you get them is to look on Fieldsheer’s website for instructions on mounting them. When you get to their website, you find that there are no such instructions…
So I figured I would write a quick how-to incase anyone was scratching their heads about how to get these guys on your bike and secure.
When you get your bags out of the box and sort out all the little stuff you need to find the neoprene pads and 4 small nylon loops with plastic clips on the ends. The neoprene is to make sure your paint doesn’t get scratched, and the loops are to provide points of attachment for the bags to secure to your bike. (notice how 2 of the loops I have attached together, you need that later)
The neoprene pads just velcro on to the back of the bags, and onto the straps.
Once you have adjusted the 2 velcro straps holding the saddle bags together to be the right width apart, you can begin attaching the bags to your bike. I chose to use the first 2 loops to attach to the passenger pegs on the FZ6R.
The last 2 loops, I attached together under the tail.
The nice part about the roll bag is that it has it’s own elastic cords and neoprene pad so it can stand alone if you want.
It also has a set of clips to attach directly to the saddle bags making everything nice and easy.
Once everything is clipped on and secured, you have a nice amount of space to store stuff on the back of the bike. The bags are fairly rigid and hold their shape well, but aren’t going to save your bike in the event of a tip over. Make sure to stash a parking puck for your kick stand in one of the bags, as the added weight may make your kick stand sink into the ground.
Now the great part is once you are done with your ride, you only have to unsnap 3 clips and the whole thing comes off to carry with you.
If you don’t have the roll bag, there are handles that velcro together to make carrying the saddlebags easier.
Hope this helps anyone with questions about saddle bags. I wish you happy trails and SAFE riding to everyone! (when we thaw out here in the north east)February 19, 2010 at 5:28 am #24593
Nice looking bags and excellent write up. They don’t look very big though. I guess you sportbike guys need to pack lightFebruary 19, 2010 at 11:12 am #24594
But they are enough to stash plenty of clothing and gear to get away for a week in the summer (if all you are wearing is shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops when not riding, and are not shy about wearing some things a few times).
The nice part about these is the shape and size of them means you don’t have to worry about them sitting on your turn signals on many bikes.
Here is the feedback from someone who had them for a Ninja 250, as I know a lot of people on here have those.
I guess they stated they had to play with it so it didn’t interfere with the turn signals.
When you add the roll bag, you gain quite a bit of room. It’s about the size of a normal duffel bag. I forgot to take a pic of it, but the roll bag unzips on the ends and expands out.February 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm #24595
I’m sure you can get enough stuff in there. I’m just spoiled by my 46L top case and large underseat storage. The amount of crap I carry with me seems to expand to fill the space I have. Have been considering more but I have all I really need, considering I can strap down a large bag on the seat behind me.
What kind of range do you get on your bike? I’ve been considering getting a 1 gallon fuel cannistor just to be on the safe side. I don’t really need it (I should manage about 180 on a tank) but when travelling in unfamiliar areas it would be nice.February 19, 2010 at 8:59 pm #24605
The FZ6R has a 4 gallon tank, and I get about 45mpg. I’m basically going to be carrying mine and my girlfriend’s clothes and toiletries on the back of my bike, and we are thinking about getting the Napier Sportz X-Treme PAC 2—person Camping Set to go on the back of her bike. I saw a few reviews on it online, and it seems to be pretty good. It’s not too badly priced, and I like that it all packs up into a fairly small bag that would be easy to strap down.February 20, 2010 at 12:38 am #24607
Look at Helen’s stuff.
You can put EVERYTHING in a bag with plenty of loops to lash it to the big. I absolutely recommend here stuff. Very nice detail that makes a big difference on motorcycles.
The XL is GYNORMOUS. You ought to be able to get everything you need in there…February 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm #24611
I have a similar setup on my bike although I don’t have the roller bag on top I have the tailbag instead. Great products for sure
BenFebruary 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm #24649
You also have that nice givi top case as well…
I like hard luggage, but its pricey and you have all those racks on the bike that I would wanna tear off. Maybe someday when I have a dedicated touring bike…
(queue bike fantasy sequence)August 17, 2010 at 4:06 am #28112
I’m far from a new rider, but joined this group just to thank you for the great pics and write-up on installing the Contour saddlebags. I guess I’m not huge on patience when it comes to putting together things w/o instructions and none were on the Fieldsheer website, as you wrote. I didn’t know where to put those two narrow pads (that go across the seat), so I left them in the bags for a day-trip, yesterday (Sunday) — my first time using them after receiving them on Friday. Also, I didn’t realize the loops at the rear go through each other and clip the rear of the bags together by passing under the rear fender. I attached them to the rear turn signals as with the front pair to the passenger peg hardware. You can see I really had some creatively incorrect technique going on here. lol!
Thanks for enlightening me. Now, after seeing the roll bag mounted on top of the saddlebags, I am sealing the deal and ordering it. I had forgotten that it expands. That’s all I’ll need on my Ducati 748. Go ahead, query out loud how I tie my shoes each morning . . . well, I have this 6-year old neighbor . . . just kidding! Thanks, again, Mate!
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