Follow these detailed and recommended barrel bag installation instructions when mounting the Biker’s Friend Barrel Bag on your motorcycle.
Unlike other saddle bags, the Biker’s Friend Saddle Bag can be set up and removed in less than ten seconds. In fact, it is so simple most people don’t need to read anything to get the bag on and off the bike. However, there are several important points that need to be mentioned. So, for your convenience and safety, please read the following Instructions:
Barrel Bag Installation Instructions
- Your Saddle Bag will come in a corrugated box: 19 x 14 x14 (extra large bag), 16 x 14 x12 (large bag), 15 x 12 x 12 (medium bag), or a 15 x 10 x10 (small bag)
- Do not use a sharp blade when you open the box. You may cut into the bag if you cut too deep.
- Simply pull the bag from the box and open one end of the bag by squeezing the top side release buckle. The end flap can be pulled open.
- When closing the bag, make sure to close the buckles on the top of the bag by pushing the two plastic pieces together firmly.
- Inside the Saddle Bag you will find two bungee cords, backrest pads / lumbar roll, plastic ties, and nylon straps. Remove these items. (extra large & large bags contain a mesh and vinyl pad – small bags only include the mesh pad)
- Install the sissy bar on your bike. Make sure it is securely attached. If you do not have a sissy bar, you will need to use the provided plastic ties, or nylon straps.
- Inspect your turn signals to ensure they are also securely attached. If you do not have turn signals, use the plastic ties around the sissy bar, or seat strap. Or, you can use the nylon straps around shock mounts, the frame of your bike, saddle bag hardware mounts, or some other solid, fixed point. Either end of this nylon strap will fit through the D-rings by angling the plastic as you push it through the D-Ring.
- Place the Saddle Bag on your bike with the Velcro (longest) side of the bag facing forward. Shorter Velcro is also on the back side of the bag. This is used with the extra backrest pad to push the bag forward.
- While holding the bag with one hand, attach one of the bungee cords to a D-ring on the front/forward side of the bag.
- Loop the cord under/around the turn signal and attach the other end of the cord (metal hook) to the back D-ring on the same side of the bag. (You can also attach to the back D-Ring, then loop the other end through the other D-Ring & back to the back D-Ring. This makes for a shorter cable.)
- You must continue to hold the bag in place. With one side of the bag attached, if you let go, the bag will be pulled off the bike from the tension of only one side being affixed. If you have existing saddle bags, you may loop the bungee under the saddle bag hardware mounts.
- Affix the other bungee cord to the other D-Rings in the same manner as in step 9.
- Should your bike not have turn signals, or the distance from the bag to your turn signals is too long, simply wrap the bungee cord around the sissy bar, bungee nuts, or bike frame as necessary to achieve a snug, safe fit. You may also use our releasable zip ties. Additionally, there are two adjustable nylon straps that can be used under saddle bag hardware mounts, around the frame, under the seat, or around the sissy bar.
- Now, the bag should be secured to your bike. It does not have to be tight. Just make sure it won’t fall off. Adjust the bag so that it is centered on the bike.
- Because of the nature of bungee cords and the connections used on them, there is always a risk that bungee cords may fail. See Bungee Cord Warning. Remember, that if one of the cords should fail (and the rider is not leaning against the bag) the bag could be pulled to one side and fall off the bike.
- Because of this, we have provided two releasable plastic ties and two nylon straps. These can be used as options to further secure the bag to your bike. There are several ways to attach these items. Make sure you use one of them in addition to the bungee. In this way, you have a back up should one of them fail.
- Attach and adjust the backrest / lumbar roll to the front side of the bag by lining up the Velcro attachments.
- When placing the bag on the luggage rack, make sure to remove or secure the backrest / lumbar roll. Wind and air flow over and around your bike could rip the backrest / lumbar roll from the Velcro attachments. (see picture)
Contact us with any questions regarding these barrel bag installation instructions.