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I apologize if this has been discussed and I missed it.

A few people have commented on how their saddlebags straps have come undone and their lovely painted saddlebag door falls freely to the ground and scratches it all up. But I think I may have discovered the problem. The problem is that these straps are NOT being installed correctly at the dealership (Mine wasn't!). When they are installed correctly, the straps are almost impossible to come off. See pic below...




I hope this thread saves someone some aggravation.
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I apologize if this has been discussed and I missed it.

A few people have commented on how their saddlebags straps have come undone and their lovely painted saddlebag door falls freely to the ground and scratches it all up. But I think I may have discovered the problem. The problem is that these straps are NOT being installed correctly at the dealership (Mine wasn't!). When they are installed correctly, the straps are almost impossible to come off. See pic below...




I hope this thread saves someone some aggravation.

good catch Joe!

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That's a good one Joe,

I've seen more than one GT that had marks of a case lid that opened too far. On the center stand the lid won't hit the pavement, but the one on the right hand side will touch the exhaust (that has a sharp edge that leaves a mark).

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That's a good one Joe,

I've seen more than one GT that had marks of a case lid that opened too far. On the center stand the lid won't hit the pavement, but the one on the right hand side will touch the exhaust (that has a sharp edge that leaves a mark).
And when the GT is on it's sidestand, the left one crashes into the ground.

I've been very careful each time I opened my bags...and once I found the strap to be unattached. Could've been UGLY! While working today, I decided to see if there was a way to secure them into place. Bingo!
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I apologize if this has been discussed and I missed it.

A few people have commented on how their saddlebags straps have come undone and their lovely painted saddlebag door falls freely to the ground and scratches it all up. But I think I may have discovered the problem. The problem is that these straps are NOT being installed correctly at the dealership (Mine wasn't!). When they are installed correctly, the straps are almost impossible to come off. See pic below...




I hope this thread saves someone some aggravation.
I just posted a low-tech tie-strap solution Joe, I didn't see yours. And I still can't see it . . . I can't seem to open the picture. This is my office's Mail/Exchange server and the geeks have lots of stuff blocked, I think.

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I just posted a low-tech tie-strap solution Joe, I didn't see yours. And I still can't see it . . . I can't seem to open the picture. This is my office's Mail/Exchange server and the geeks have lots of stuff blocked, I think.
It is not your server - the photos have been deleted by Joe. The photos showed the clip being rotated 180 degrees so that it becomes captured between the case and the bracket.

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I just posted a low-tech tie-strap solution Joe, I didn't see yours. And I still can't see it . . . I can't seem to open the picture. This is my office's Mail/Exchange server and the geeks have lots of stuff blocked, I think.
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This was the solution:
I have been keeping this thread ready to do the "fix". Today, i finally got around to attempting the turning around of the clip.
BUT, I am noit able to do this. I tried to force the clip in the inside part of the catch. NO GO. Is there a trick to forcing it in? Maybe heat or a screwdrive. I am afraid of breaking the catch part. So, who has done it and how?

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So, who has done it and how?
As the picture shows, I did it ....



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Re: GT Saddlebag Straps - I think I figured it out!

Yep, a little force is all I needed. A little "lube" of some sort never hurts (i.e. Vaseline, Honda Spray cleaner, lithium grease, butter, etc...).

A thread that's almost 5 years old gets revitalized today ... who'd a thunk?

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I have been keeping this thread ready to do the "fix". Today, i finally got around to attempting the turning around of the clip.
BUT, I am noit able to do this. I tried to force the clip in the inside part of the catch. NO GO. Is there a trick to forcing it in? Maybe heat or a screwdrive. I am afraid of breaking the catch part. So, who has done it and how?

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I have seen the fix in the photo. This thread is VERY old.

Most KGT owners prefer an alternate solution:

Take an ordinary cable tie (tie wrap) and loop it through the hole. Snug it up and trim off the excess. Notice that the strap will not come loose or fall out. If you want to disconnect the strap, just cut the cable tie, and remember to replace it when you're done.

I did my side cases and 49 liter top case with the cable ties nearly four years ago. They are still holding up fine, and I never found a need to remove them.
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I have seen the fix in the photo. This thread is VERY old.

Most KGT owners prefer an alternate solution:

Take an ordinary cable tie (tie wrap) and loop it through the hole. Snug it up and trim off the excess. Notice that the strap will not come loose or fall out. If you want to disconnect the strap, just cut the cable tie, and remember to replace it when you're done.

I did my side cases and 49 liter top case with the cable ties nearly four years ago. They are still holding up fine, and I never found a need to remove them.

Thanks for the tip of the cable ties.It is really a better solution as it is easily undone, while the twisting around method looks as if it would be much more difficult to undo if necessary. I kept a copy of this thread with the picture so it would remind me to do it someday. "Someday" happened when I was opening the case 1200 miles from home and the strap unhooked. Fortunately, I caught the lid as it opened.
Thanks for this great forum.

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Yep, a little force is all I needed. A little "lube" of some sort never hurts (i.e. Vaseline, Honda Spray cleaner, lithium grease, butter, etc...).

A thread that's almost 5 years old gets revitalized today ... who'd a thunk?
I did this to my GT a couple of years ago. After I had fu&ęd the paint on the left side!!!!!!

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