In which saddlebag do you store your tools?


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In which saddlebag do you store your tools?

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:10 pm



I never thought about this before until someone mentioned it to me today. I've always kept my tools, towels, rain gear, first aid kit, etc. - basically, all the stuff I might need on the road, in my right saddlebag. I leave my left saddlebag and trunk for carrying "stuff."

Apparently this is the right thing to do? Why? Think about where you might be accessing your tools - on the side of the road. Keeping it in the right saddlebag means you are on the "safe" side of the bike - away from traffic.

Of course, for Brits, Aussies and others who drive on the "wrong" side of the road, the opposite will be true.



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Re: In which saddlebag do you store your tools?

Postby redial » Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:58 pm

Yes, being on safe side is probably correct; but what about balance? Should you distribute the weight evenly so that the balance of the bike is maintained?
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Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:16 pm

redial wrote:Yes, being on safe side is probably correct; but what about balance? Should you distribute the weight evenly so that the balance of the bike is maintained?


I've been carrying my stuff like that for years, in both my 1100 and my 1500, and never really noticed a difference in balance. I don't know how much it all weighs, but it can't be more than 10-12 lbs.

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Re: In which saddlebag do you store your tools?

Postby bstig60 » Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:27 pm

On my 88 1500, the factory tool kit is mounted in the right bag, on the 99 it is mounted in the right bag. My thought was why was it changed? There is a recess in both bags for the factory tool kit. I have always carried tools on the right side bag for the reason mentioned and for ease of access when the bike is on the side stand. This has been a habit on my Virago's as well as my Goldwings.
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Postby Mag » Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:19 pm

Yup, right side for me as well ;)

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Postby yamaha96 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:58 am

Extra tools on right side& rain gear, Mike, my standard tool kit is on the left though, fastened in the bottom of bag.

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Re: In which saddlebag do you store your tools?

Postby dingdong » Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:52 am

My 93 originally had the kit in the left bag. The recesses in the bottom of the kit didn't line up with the brackets so I moved it to the right side. Begs the question. Why did Honda do this on some models.
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Postby yamaha96 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:31 am

on my 89 wing, the recess in the bottom of the left bag makes the kit fit almost perfect, couple of rubber straps go over the kit to keep it from sliding around, i carry my clothes in one of the Honda bags, on this side that came with my bike, these are really nice large saddle bags, it sounds like to me maybe some one put a different kit in your 93 wing, just a thought, Your Va. friend,MIke

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Postby tandem54 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:42 pm

On my 88 1500, the factory tool kit is mounted in the right bag, rain gear etc. in the left bag.
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Re: In which saddlebag do you store your tools?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:42 pm

The tool kit was originally in the right bag. For some reason, for a few years, Honda started installing it in the left bag. However, they didn't change the indent in the tool kit where the mounting bracket fits, so the tool kit didn't fit flush like it did when it was in the right bag. As a result, with luggage sitting on top of it, it will eventually crack if left in the left side. It's easy to fix, however: Remove the mounting brackets and strap from the left side and put it in the right side, then put the tool kit there. It will then fit properly, with the bracket fitting right into the tool kit's cutout.

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Re: In which saddlebag do you store your tools?

Postby bstig60 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:47 pm

That is the plan with my 99..... The shop called and said all the problems are fixed, so I guess I will go see.
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Re: In which saddlebag do you store your tools?

Postby Breakdancer » Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:16 pm

Yep. Tools, first aid kit, in the right side. Extra clothing, and such, in the left or rear bag. I learned this eons ago driving trucks. Whenever you tie anything down to a trailer, whether it be with ratchet straps, chain binders, rope, or whatever, I put the business end on the right. If you have to stop and re-tighten your load (or access your saddle bag), you do not want to be standing in traffic. There are enough idiots out there that do not have the courtesy to move over and give you extra space. Not even a foot. In fact I've darn near been hit by someone who was obviously not paying attention to driving. :x I also keep a high viz vest that I can put on if I have to do anything on the side of the road. A few different pounds on one side or the other never affected me. I probably sit a little crooked anyways. :D
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Re: In which saddlebag do you store your tools?

Postby Fiberthree » Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:39 pm

The tool kit in my '99 SE originally came in the left bag. I'll check the fit for the right side next time I'm in it and if it fits better I'll get moved.
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Re: In which saddlebag do you store your tools?

Postby robb » Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:52 pm

Tool kit on my 89 has always been on the left side. Fits as good on the right, but when on left the bike is within 4oz balancing left to right.

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Re: In which saddlebag do you store your tools?

Postby minimac » Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:00 am

On my '93 the tool kit has always been in the left bag with the hold down straps keeping it place. I never felt the need to move it to the right side, because I have never needed to access it on the road. I have, however, needed many times to get to my rain gear and windshield cleaner,towel etc., while traveling and have always kept that stuff in the right side bag for the reasons stated. I keep everything in the factory carry bags and zipped up to prevent it from moving around and I'm sort of anal that way.

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Re: In which saddlebag do you store your tools?

Postby squirrel » Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:31 pm

i've always kept tools in left pannier (safe side)as we ride on the correct side of the road and the right pannier holds my heavy duty chain/lock so the balance is about right :-)

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Re: In which saddlebag do you store your tools?

Postby bstig60 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 4:18 pm

I Just moved my tool kit from the left SB to the Right SB; a simple procedure really. Just remove the two clamp bolts that hold down the tool kit and put them in the right bag. The mounting is the same and the hole is already there for the upper strap mount. Then plug that hole in the left bag. I had a grommet plug that would fit. or you can put tape over it like the factory did.
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Re: In which saddlebag do you store your tools?

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:28 am

I put most things I carry in the left side, as that's the side of the MC I get on and off from. If I need tools on the road, I always pull far enough off the highway to walk around the bike without getting killed by traffic.

It makes sense to put tools in the right bag. I never gave it much thought.
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Re: In which saddlebag do you store your tools?

Postby cbx4evr » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:28 am

dingdong wrote:My 93 originally had the kit in the left bag. The recesses in the bottom of the kit didn't line up with the brackets so I moved it to the right side. Begs the question. Why did Honda do this on some models.


My 2000 is the same and I moved it too. Seems Honda hired a dyslexic tool case installer in it got missed in quality control.


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