Saddlebags (1962)

by Paul Rako
This is my '62 Sportster.  Since I use my bikes for daily transportation I need saddlebags for all the various "stuff" and encumbrances of modern life.  You can see the tiny leather bags I was sporting around town with.  They would just barely hold the mail from my PO Box.  They were good in that they didn't overwhelm the bikes attributes.  On the other hand they did nothing special to enhance the bike either.  My friend Karen was given a set of old Buco aftermarket hard bags by a friend.  She wouldn't part with her's but in a modern miracle, I found a set on e-bay the same day I saw hers.
If you want professional results act like a professional.  Bring the tools to the bike or vice versa.  Why do you think they call it a "roll around" anyway?  You should make every effort to "work out of the box" which means you replace tools right after using them.  That way you'll know where to find it as opposed to sitting in a little pile of tools scattered all around you like 5 year old in a sandbox.  Leaving a 60 dollar Snap-On wrench in the cowl area of a customer's car cured me of leaving tools laying around.  I would watch the big dollar Porsche mechanics on the other side of the shop.  They put every tool back immediately after they used it.  I said "But your going to use it two seconds later".  Tim said "Yep, and I know right where it will be." 

First thing is to get the old bags off.  They are captivated my the luggage rack so I need ot whip off the ultra-cool bungee-nuts to get the rack up far enough to get the old bags out.
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