Written by Highfive
Many folks have wondered if they could use Wolfman Enduro Bags on the WRR. Well....me too. So, it was time to spend some top secret R&D in the mad Highfive Laboratory. I spent a little over a month messing with the setup. Tried several different methods. What you're about to see is the best solution I have developed (for me). The best part, is it can ALL be done on the cheap, by hand, in your own garage. That was one of my self-imposed stipulations for this particular task....for a challenge!
First, let me say that I have absolutely confirmed the Wolfman Enduro Bags will work perfectly on a WRR/X with the stock pipe and heat shield. Just throw them over the saddle and cinch them up exactly like the instructions from Wolfman indicate.
But of course, I wanted something more. I wanted to use these bags with my highly modified WRR...using my aftermarket FMF pipe, no heat shield, and NEVER sitting on the straps. I'm not to picky....am I?
Here are the pics of my final setup. They should be pretty self explanatory. Works terrific for me, and probably great for most everyone else too.
I positioned the bags, made some marks, and cut simple notches in the side cover using a Dremmel. This let the bag straps lay flat, some against the frame rail, and not buckle/bulge the side covers. They actually help squeeze and hold the side covers on tighter than before. Neither a plus or minus. Just saying it appears to work very well, so far. And provides plenty of relief beneath the seat. Nothing is in a pinch or bind when mounted this way.
I made this stand-off bracket completely by hand using a vise, hacksaw, file, & drill. Used 1/8" thick by 1" wide Aluminum Bar stock (purchased from Home Depot or Lowe's). It has two 45 degree bends (+/-) on the front end which allows it to stay clear of my leg (if moving rearward). It never gets in the way....least not yet.
It did take me 4 trial & error fabrications to refine my design to what you see here. I designed the bar to stay "in compression". That means there is constant pressure in the "bow" effect....which helps stiffen the aluminum to support a loaded bag and not collapse inward. So, think about that when you make yours. Leave it a little long, so you can compress it when bolting to the bike.
I recently completed a tremendous field test on this setup. Covered nearly 1,000 miles throughout Virginia, North Carolina, & Tennessee. Check out my Ride Report to see it in action and judge for yourself, at this link: Highfive Goes Dragon Hunting.
I did make one additional mod not shown in these photos. The aluminum bar was getting very hot, which transfered into the right side bag. I bought some exhaust heat shield tape from an Auto Part Store, and wrapped it around the aluminum very good....along the full length. This really helped reduce the heat buildup in the bag. It was totally acceptable to me after that.
I like it so much, its going to stay on my bike semi-permanently. I have to remove it to use my Dirtbagz for a big trip. But the Stand-off Bracket can stay on. So, I plan on just compressing the empty Enduro Bags and packing them into my gear. Then, after I setup a basecamp, I'll be removing the Dirtbagz (not their brackets), and slapping on the Enduro Bags. The Dirtbagz brackets do not interfere with your Enduro Bags. So, all that's compatible. Just can't run both bags on the bike simultaneously.
They are PERFECT for holding the MSR Fuel Bottles. I can easily fit the big 30 oz bottles (one in each side) with lots of room still left over to stuff things in there. Carrying an extra 1/2 gallon of fuel that way, extends the WRR range to about 140 - 150 miles. However, I might decide NOT to run a bottle on the right side due to the extra heat. As a practical matter, one 30 oz bottle is probably enough for emergency backup. I've never really encountered a situation (yet) where I couldn't find fuel somewhere within a 120 mile range. Just saying...
The bag constructions is...well...pure Wolfman! Superb quality. I coated mine with Scotchbrite Water Repellant, for good measure. Its really nice to put the heavier items in these saddlebags. Carry's the weight lower and closer to the bike's CG, and frees up a lot of room in my Tailbag for more lightweight gear. I've even done a basic overnight camping trip just using these saddlebags and my tailbag....nothing else!
I also have the Wolfman Enduro Duffel bag that goes with these saddlebags. Fits nicely....very neat bag. Just haven't used it yet. Haven't needed too, which is surprising. All of these Enduro Bags are quite cavernous. Its like an optical illusion. I can't believe how much stuff I can cram into them.
They get Two Thumbs Up from me....now that I've developed a good solution. My legs have never come in contact with these small saddlebags in located in the position shown. Other than when you climb on or dismount, you really don't notice they are even there. Another great thing....they tuck so well behind my legs like this, I don't think there is an additional wind resistance when I'm racing down the Super Slab. Very nice!