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Offline Nooter99

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Tour Pack and Saddle Bags
« on: June 12, 2019, 05:59:35 AM »
I've had my first touring bike for a couple of weeks now (2010 Ultra), so far, so good. But I'm not overly impressed with the locks on the tour pack and saddle bags. Seems like a good yank on either one would give a thief full access to whatever is inside.

Are there any aftermarket lock assembly options out there that would give me some peace of mind? Something substantially stronger and well made. I'm not storing solid gold bars in there, but I'm not real comfortable knowing that I probably shouldn't have anything in there worth more than $20. Hell, my leather cost $400, it's not unreasonable to think a tour pack or saddle bags could be used for safely storing that while I'm in a restaurant or walking around the swap meet.

Any and all suggestions are appreciated.
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Re: Tour Pack and Saddle Bags
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2019, 06:51:21 AM »
Actually, what is more likely to be stolen is the entire saddlebag.  A long flat blade screwdriver can pop it off quickly.  The market for stealing them seems to be for turning them into great big speakers. 

I have changed the way that mine attach to the bike but as far as being opened and the contents stolen, I've never had that happen.  Possibly they were opened and the thief just did not want the contents; but they stay full all the time.

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Re: Tour Pack and Saddle Bags
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2019, 08:08:08 AM »
Nooter, seriously, don't worry about it. Not saying it won't happen,  but it is rare. I ride all over the country and I was concerned about it at first but not anymore. Many times I leave the bags and trunk unlocked!
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Re: Tour Pack and Saddle Bags
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2019, 08:33:27 AM »
I'm pretty much with PoorUB. Don't keep anything valuable & when the thief opens it , at least you won't have to repair the bags & locks. :wink:

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Re: Tour Pack and Saddle Bags
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2019, 10:10:11 AM »
I'm pretty much with PoorUB. Don't keep anything valuable & when the thief opens it , at least you won't have to repair the bags & locks. :wink:

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Re: Tour Pack and Saddle Bags
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2019, 11:23:43 AM »
Yeah, I'm gonna go with that. As usual, I'm over thinking it.
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Re: Tour Pack and Saddle Bags
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2019, 03:38:33 AM »
Are you  making  sure  that  the  back side  is under  the  clip  to  lock it? If so  shouldn't  be  able  to  open 

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Re: Tour Pack and Saddle Bags
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2019, 06:05:45 AM »
Are you  making  sure  that  the  back side  is under  the  clip  to  lock it? If so  shouldn't  be  able  to  open

Mine is the older style, I pryed it open with a butter knife when I forgot my key one time. Not sure if the new ones can be easily pryed open.
I agree with the don't worry too much about it advice. I've not had a problem, but I take the valuebles out overnight when traveling.
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Re: Tour Pack and Saddle Bags
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2019, 09:26:15 AM »
Mine is detachable on the docking mount. Even though I use a locking clamp, I worry about someone stealing the whole tour pack. It wouldn't be that hard.
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Re: Tour Pack and Saddle Bags
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2019, 03:36:42 PM »
Mine is detachable on the docking mount. Even though I use a locking clamp, I worry about someone stealing the whole tour pack. It wouldn't be that hard.

That's a legitimate thing. There may not anything of value inside, but the tour pack itself is worth good money!
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Re: Tour Pack and Saddle Bags
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2019, 05:09:21 PM »
Getting your stuff stolen sucks, but just do what you can to avoid it then don't worry about it. Riding bikes is about blowing off steam, not worrying about whatever could happen. Just my 2 cents

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Re: Tour Pack and Saddle Bags
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2019, 08:05:49 PM »
 :agree: Installing some kind of visible extra lock will only serve to alert would-be thieves that there are valuables inside.

A cheap vibration alarm might not scare thieves, but if it is loud enough, the owner might hear it and spoil the thief's day.
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