Trainee Sport Tourer
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
What Saddlebags look like, bucked off at 90 mph.
In late November I was riding my new to me 2007 Deep Cherry Red FJR down Pellissippi Prkwy. near Knoxville Tenn. When I rode over an over pass bump. Looked in my rear view mirror and saw two medium size black balls flipping down the Parkway. ( RIDER ERROR )I felt back for the saddlebags and they were gone. Pride bone aching I did a u turn and took the ride of shame praying that those saddlebags didn't cause an accident. The good lord was looking down upon me because there was no accidents and I did not see my tools and clothes strewn down the Parkway.
Since I got such a sweet deal on this FJR I couldn't see paying a lot of cash to have the bags repainted so I went the cheap route with colorite. For 80.00 you gat a kit that includes paint, clear coat, primer, tach cloth, 1000 grit sand paper, polish compound along with instructions. I had some bondo and fiberglass repair left over from fixing old surf boards and sailboat hulls so used the bond first, then fiber glass, then sanded and fiber glassed, sanded trying to get out cracks, wholes, scratches and chips.
Next was priming, sanding, a few times. Then painted on a humid day which made the paint beed up. Could not get the gloss I wanted and put to many coats of paint on which made the saddlebags darker than I wanted. Clear coated a few times then used the polishing compound.
Made sure latches all worked and gorilla glued bracket covers to lower pegs connections. Ordered yamaha stickers from Partzilla (31.00), repainted rubber bumpers and took yellow reflectors off from forks and glued on saddlebags. This took me about 3 months and wish I had just sent the covers to Garauld (forum member) for a professional job instead of an obvious DIY job.
Thank you for reading and hope this helps anyone who decides to repair their own saddlebags.
Colorite Paint 82.00
Yamaha Stickers 31.00
New rivet gun 26.00
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2007 FJR 1300A, 2014 FZ09, did not ride since 1992 after wrecking 1984 Seca 550, low sided 1984 RZ 350, 1983 550 Maximum