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Seems you just can't stop making changes to a Bobber once you've started....

Figured I needed a way to carry some stuff with me in case I ever decided to do an overnight trip on the Bobber. Since I really don't like using a backpack, saddlebags were the next
obvious choice. Since I tried to stay away from using Triumph accessories as much as possible, I guessed I'd just have to make 'em myself.

I had to make a couple of runs to get all the leather & buckles etc.. but once I had everything it was just a matter of dedicating the time to pattern & sew. I modified a saddlebag pattern
I got at Tandy, eliminating the cross piece that connects the two bags together since it won't work on a non-hardtail bike. I still went with the Triumph Bobber pannier rails since they
were designed for the bike and don't look horrible when the bags are off. It was the same pattern set I used for the small tool pouch on the back of the seat.
 

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Nice bike! I think this is the first time I've seen this one.

Did you make the intake tubes yourself, or are they part of a kit? I have been trying to come up with something similar, and haven't had much luck short of building my own. Unfortunately I live in the sticks, and trying to find someone with a mandrel bender has proven impossible,, short of a 9 hour round trip that is..
 

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I鈥檇 like a closer look at the battery cover. Is it leather? Did you make it yourself? Originally I had a leather cover with a leather strap made for my bikes but I saw a few pictures of the original old Triumphs and discovered that Triumph had already reproduced the vintage battery covers on the Bobber. Still, I am thinking of making a leather battery cover. I have a picture of the bike SM used in the Great Escape. The battery cover is the same as the Bobber.
 

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Duhho! Upon some actual forum searching, I have answer my own question. :)

My intake runners aren't metal. They're silicon hoses. I just cut off one end to shorten the pipe to where I wanted the bend to be. If you do end up using intakes that extend out,
you'll also need some form of bracket to hold them up.
 

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I鈥檇 like a closer look at the battery cover. Is it leather? Did you make it yourself? Originally I had a leather cover with a leather strap made for my bikes but I saw a few pictures of the original old Triumphs and discovered that Triumph had already reproduced the vintage battery covers on the Bobber. Still, I am thinking of making a leather battery cover. I have a picture of the bike SM used in the Great Escape. The battery cover is the same as the Bobber.

Only the strap on the battery box is leather. What you see over the stock battery box is a brass "cover" that I patterned and bent into shape. It fits tight over the original, but is still all held in place by the

leather strap. My original plan was to replace the stock cover with a brass one, but after looking at it closely, it made more sense to just make brass cover for the plastic cover.
 

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Dude.. you're my hero! I love the bags. I've seen similar for sale on AJ's... but having them handmade is a big plus in my opinion. Great job.
 

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Dude.. you're my hero! I love the bags. I've seen similar for sale on AJ's... but having them handmade is a big plus in my opinion. Great job.
Thank you. Check out Bikes & Breakfast in Clifton VA or Poolesville MD and you'll see them up close..
 

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I'll just have to do that.


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