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I got really tired of riding with a backpack loaded to the max with groceries after stopping by the supermarket on the way home from work. Started thinking about soft luggage and bought a tail bag which was ok, but wanted a bit more capacity.

I've had soft saddlebags before (on a GPZ) but of course the problem w/796 and 696 is the high exhausts. Picked up a set of Givi saddlebag mounting brackets from member 1UglyBastard and also a set of Givi EasyBags from zilla. I also tried the Oglio Steath bags and they are awesome, maybe better. I just liked the style of the Italian Givi's.

It's not everyone's cup of tea, but it can work. Just wanted to share pics if anyone is in a similar situation and wondering how it looks. The entire set-up removes/installs in approx. 15 minutes.
 

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Looks great. I'd run that setup all the time if i didn't having to cut through traffic as much as I do. Bags/panniers don't allow me as much agility in tight squeezes.

Love the tires too. I have those for my CB500X. Did you have to mod the rear mud guard or front tire fender to fit them?
 

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You got a pic of the Oglios?

I was thinking of some solution for my 796, best thing I've come up with is a MultiStrada. Your idea is a bit cheaper.
 

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The tires fit the fender/hugger but I do have to be careful if chunks of gravel get stuck in the knobs. The TKC 80's seem to be the same dia. as Pirellis, so yeah the front is pretty close.

Sorry, no pics with the Oglio's. The straps fit better onto the brackets than the Easybags. I had to fuss with the Easybag straps and improvise a bit. Since I got the brackets used, I'm in to the entire set-up w/bags for $229. If going with this bracket arrangement be aware that there are two components needed: the T681 and also the 7400KIT. And then the bags.
 

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The tires fit the fender/hugger but I do have to be careful if chunks of gravel get stuck in the knobs. The TKC 80's seem to be the same dia. as Pirellis, so yeah the front is pretty close.

Sorry, no pics with the Oglio's. The straps fit better onto the brackets than the Easybags. I had to fuss with the Easybag straps and improvise a bit. Since I got the brackets used, I'm in to the entire set-up w/bags for $229. If going with this bracket arrangement be aware that there are two components needed: the T681 and also the 7400KIT. And then the bags.
I wondered about the knobs... and the open belts. You ever get a chunk-a-munk in the exposed timing belts?

Thanks for the info on the Oglios...
 

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No problems with the open belts - I think ppl have been running this way for a while w/o incident - it's cool to see the machine at work. Harley folk freak out b/c their drive belt is exposed too. I suggest not to wear boxers and cargo shorts though... Ouch!
 

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I have Olgio throwovers for my 796 on long trips. I solved the exhaust problem initially with the $20 Amy Tracker silicone standoff mod. I have since taken the wraps off the exhaust and use a high temperature silicone baking sheet that I cut a slit in and cut to shape, and thread them through the throwover's strap. They stay nicely between the bags and exhaust. gone many a mile with no issues that way.
 

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No problems with the open belts - I think ppl have been running this way for a while w/o incident - it's cool to see the machine at work. Harley folk freak out b/c their drive belt is exposed too. I suggest not to wear boxers and cargo shorts though... Ouch!
common sense left me for a minute, and I was wiping my fairings down with the motor running and the rag almost got caught in the belts, which would have been fatal to the motor. To those who think, "eh, I'll just be extra careful," Don't do it!!

One guy on here sold his Leggero belt covers because he bent a valve doing this.
 

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SW Motech option

Nice, now show me what it can be done on a 1200 as there's no way in hell i'm willing to spend almost 1000€ for the DP ones :devil
I got the SW Motech Blaze for my 1200, they are a nice, compact option with very discrete and removable bars that hold everything in place to avoid hitting the exhaust or anything else under the seat. They recently released a new line called Legend, with bigger bags and a more robust bracket to hold them. You can get both options for less than half of the DP ones. Not sure if there are available for the 796 tough.

Here's a picture of the Blaze model on my bike, you can keep the backseat cowl if you want to.
 

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I got the SW Motech Blaze for my 1200, they are a nice, compact option with very discrete and removable bars that hold everything in place to avoid hitting the exhaust or anything else under the seat. They recently released a new line called Legend, with bigger bags and a more robust bracket to hold them. You can get both options for less than half of the DP ones. Not sure if there are available for the 796 tough.

Here's a picture of the Blaze model on my bike, you can keep the backseat cowl if you want to.

Much, much appreciated Nomad, cheers !

So, i take it they were about 500-ish $ ? Also, can you have a pillion with them installed ?
Still, i don't know buddy, i'm so friggin' lazy these days that even putting/removing those bars sounds like a hassle :(

I've seen some saddlebags that don't need bars and you just secure them via a central lower strap (that goes under the tail section) - i think they were made by Givi...Still, don't know how secure they'll be so...

Thanks anyways friend ;)
 

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Rosso:

The only hassle is installing a plate below the frame, after that the bars have a quick release mechanism, they're just a click away from installing/removing. The thing with the ones adjusted with a strap is that if you don't attach them thoroughly they might end scraping the tire or the exhaust (it happened to me) So this system is like plug and play, they just wont move with the bar in place. (therefore, lazy friendly) Here's the link if you're interested.

http://shop.sw-motech.com/cgi-bin/cosmoshop/lshop.cgi?action=showdetail&wkid=149270526919519&ls=en&nc=1492705303-20382&rubnum=brands.ducati.m1200&artnum=bc.hta.22.740.10400__b&id=50&gesamt_zeilen=50&typid=252260425

Also a picture of the support plate once installed, it's barely noticeable.

And, it's 300€ + shipping.
 

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common sense left me for a minute, and I was wiping my fairings down with the motor running and the rag almost got caught in the belts, which would have been fatal to the motor. To those who think, "eh, I'll just be extra careful," Don't do it!!

One guy on here sold his Leggero belt covers because he bent a valve doing this.
In a way, those open belts are art in motion... but I'm not doing it.

I knew a guy who sort of did the rag thing oiling his chain while it was in gear on the center stand... his career as a movie critic is, sadly, over because I... errr, HE... can only give 1.5 thumbs up. Just saying.
 
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