Saddle bag rear edge protection

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Saddle bag rear edge protection

Post by dmuel52 »

I recently experienced gouging on my saddle bags at the rear sharp corner edges while at Street Vibrations in Reno. Needless to say I was pretty upset since my bike was less than a year old at the time. Are there any suggestions as how to protect those sharp edges. I'm sure I'm not the only one to experience this. The newer saddle bag design makes this rear edge very susceptible to paint damage. I have searched for aftermarket trim but there doesn't seem to be anything out there. Any ideas or suggestions other than repainting and be very cautious in the future.

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Re: Saddle bag rear edge protection

Post by Big Blue UK »

A mate bought some clear vinyl wrap, trimmed it to the size he wanted, warmed it with a hairdryer, and stuck it in place, it is hardly noticeable.
There is good and bad quality, some you can use a hairdryer on before/after the vinyl is stuck into place.
He used detailing clay, then alcohol to make sure the surface was spotless first.
Some can be applied wet, this is a larger scale, doing the edges of your panniers is easy

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I am considering using the heat shrink type on the front of the trailer, as I am sick of stone chips from the rear wheels.
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