Saddlebag won't open


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Saddlebag won't open

Postby rwlevrets » Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:50 pm



Everything is unlocked...can open the trunk and the right saddlebag, but the left saddlebag will not open with the latch. Must be something wrong with the cable/latch assembly. Is there another way to open the saddlebag?



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Re: Saddlebag won't open

Postby eddard49 » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:49 pm

Yes, there is an emergency opener in the floor of the trunk. I don't remember exactly (I haven't had to use mine), but you insert your finger into the hole on whichever side is stuck and trip the lever.

It's fairly common for the saddlebag cable to come loose. Remove the panel at the floor/rear of the trunk and you can inspect the cables.

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Re: Saddlebag won't open

Postby dragon2000 » Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:28 pm

If you have your manual (not in the left saddlebag), the emergency instructions are contained in there.

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Re: Saddlebag won't open

Postby themainviking » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:07 am

Guess I will take my manual out of the left saddlebag and put it in the trunk, Hawwwwww, snork.
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Re: Saddlebag won't open

Postby rwlevrets » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:16 am

Thanks for the help guys. I can't seem to find any "holes" in the bottom of the trunk to put my finger in & manually release the saddlebag. I just got this bike a few days ago & have found there is no operators manual. I'll give a shout to my local dealer & see if they can help.

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Re: Saddlebag won't open

Postby dragon2000 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:11 pm

dragon2000 wrote:If you have your manual (not in the left saddlebag), the emergency instructions are contained in there.

Steve


Further to my comments above, I tried to do a cut & paste of the Graphic in the manual however had no success. That said, here are the text instructions from pg 47 of the 2004 manual.

If a Saddlebag Won’t Open:
1. Open the travel trunk and remove the plug from the right or left access hole in the floor of the trunk.
2. Put your finger through the access hole and push the rod.
The saddlebag should open

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Re: Saddlebag won't open

Postby rwlevrets » Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:52 am

Got it! Thanks Steve and guys. Went by my dealer and they suggested I adjust the cable bracket that is in the trunk so the cable pulls with more travel. That seems to have fixed the problem-sabblebag opens every time (knock wood) Thanks again.

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Re: Saddlebag won't open

Postby SamHdz9 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:02 am





This video shows how to fix the issue if anyone still needs to see

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Re: Saddlebag won't open

Postby joeincalif » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:25 am

I always found that it helps to push in slightly on the saddle bag door as you pull the lever to release the door.
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Re: Saddlebag won't open

Postby SamHdz9 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:57 am

Hooefully I never have to do this again but if I do I'll keep that in mind! Thanks!

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Re: Saddlebag won't open

Postby PastoT » Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:15 pm

Left Saddle bag is the common hang up, press in slightly on the bag and release. I suspect it is the result of things in the bag over time always leaning against the lid when on the side stand. I'm way guilty of over loading some things in the left side and mine hangs quite often. I use the left bag for the bike cover, soft items and cleaning supplies so that if its raining its a bit more sheltered on the side stand and in theory my cover will drain excess drizzle toward the seal and hinges and just go away more easily once open. Also the finger holes to release each saddle bag are plugged in the floor of the trunk on the left and right side, you pry the plug out for access and one can press on the trunk releases.


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