Nelson-Rigg tail bag with modified attachment straps
I already have a full-on Shad Sport Plate plus SH40 rear carrier system, but it's nice to have a little tail bag to slap onto the bike for day-trips, just for raingear and a few other odds and sods. There are a number of brands available, but - looking for simplicity, modest price, sleekness of line, and general 'fit' to the rear seat on the CB - I decided the Nelson Rigg CL1060 was 'best' for my needs. Problem is, the attachment system consists of 4 straps which loop onto the bike ( peg or exhaust hangers or whatever ), then clip up to the bag. This is secure, but ugly!
But it's only nylon webbing, so it's easier to do better...
Each of the 4 straps consists of 30" / 75cm of 1" / 25mm nylon webbing, with a loop sewn into one end, and a 'clip' (visible above) mounted on the free length. These straps are easily modified to give a 'clean' mounting.
1. Cut the loop end off of two of the straps to create two straps carrying clips, each 10" / 25cm long. Fuse the cut end with a match or (better) on a hot stove burner. About 3/4" / 15mm from the end of the strap, melt a hole thru the nylon - simplest is just to super-heat a nail on a stove burner using pliers, then melt away! The hole needs to be about 5mm / 1/4" in diameter. Attach each of these straps to the bottom front corner of rear seat, using the nut and bolt which Honda has helpfully provided to hold the rear seat grip strap. These straps clip to the front of the bag. Comme ca:
2. Cut the stitching holding the loop together out of BOTH of the other straps. Slide the clip and elastic retainer off one of the straps and reposition them on the second, mirroring the clip and retainer positioning on the other end. Get a shoe- or luggage-repair shop to pop a few stitches into the 'open' end to duplicate the folded back 'stopper' on the opposite end. (This is not necessary, but is best.) Set at proper length, this strap lies thru the 'groove' in the underside of the rear part of the seat, clipping to the back of the bag. Like this:
The left-over chunk of nylon webbing goes in the trash...
And here's how the system looks in final form:
So far, I'm happy. The clips are not nearly as easy to detach as side-release buckles, which I wish N-R had used, but they perhaps provide a bit better security and they're lower profile. And for me, getting the tail-bag on and off the bike is seldom an issue, cuz I use my 'full', hard, Shad system for touring, shopping, etc. The only other quibble is that you need to be careful not to lose the 'loose' rear strap - for me, it goes into the tail bag inner pocket whenever it's not attached to something!