I couldn't resist and bought a set of city lids from Sierra BMW in Reno. No pics - they look just like Harry's on my also-black bike. The pebbly surface is just a bit too uneven for the 3M stripe tape, and I'm not interested enough to refinish them so I can apply it. I do have a pair of the rectangular red reflectors, which will provide some visual relief.
Perhaps coincidentally, rad and I did some lane-splitting Friday in pre-Memorial Day traffic on our way back from the 49er rally. It felt good having a narrower butt.
Because they're more flexible than the stock lids, they don't latch and unlatch as easily as the stock lid. With the stockers, it's just slam 'em closed and go; with these, one must be careful to make sure the tabs are inserted correctly. They don't release as easily, either.
The lids are pre-drilled, and metric allen screws, washers, and nylock nuts are provided. I didn't want to use the nuts, as I wanted to feel the torque more easily, and I did want to use the stock bags' Torx machine screws so as not to have to change tools in the middle of the job. That combination worked, but assembling the stack (nut and washer on the inside, while feeding the bolt through the hinge from the outside) was clumsy: one can't align the lid in its correct place by closing it and then tightening the screws, because the lids must be open to get a wrench on the nuts. Manipulating only the bolts with the captured nuts of the stock lids is much more convenient.
In addition to wanting the install/deinstall to be easier, I also want to reinforce the hinge edge of the lids. I'm thinking of some 1" x 3/16" steel strapping, cut into four pieces, each 2.5" long. I'll drill two holes in each piece, tap a thread in each hole, and epoxy the plates to the inside of the lids. Voila: captured nuts and one-tool removal and installation.
Another way to accomplish this would be to buy four extra hinges, and mount them on the new lids. To change lids, unscrew the bolts fastening the hinges to the saddlebag base (which has its own captured nuts), lift away the lid-and-hinges combination, and replace with the other lids. However, bits of steel strapping are lots less expensive than hinges.
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on Mon May 27, 2013 5:05 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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