You would think riding a bagger would mean you have all the storage you need, wouldn’t you? Wrong! Believe it or not there are times when even two good-sized saddle bags aren’t enough. One of my bags is full of tools, tire repair kit, jumper cables and all the other goodies that keep me from ever getting stranded on the road. If you don’t believe me on the tool thing ask Editor-in-Chief, Mike Schweder. On our trip to Warsaw a couple of years ago my tools saved one of the people riding in our group twice. Any of you solo-seat, no-room-to-carry-anything riders who laugh at us bagger riders can kiss my ass—you may need me and my tools someday.
Excuse me, I digress. I was talking about the occasional need for storage. My first thought to cure my need was a Harley-Davidson Tour Pack. I logged on to e-Bay to check the selection. You have got to be kidding me. Anywhere from four to five hundred dollars for the Tour Pack, plus another hundred and a half for a quick release mount? I doubt it! While I don’t mind paying for something I want or need, I don’t want to spend two bike payments for something I will only use occasionally.
I resorted to Google to seek out an option since you and I both know there are many manufacturers marketing items for Harley scooters. Through my Internet search I found my way to Custom Cycle Gear Inc. at www.mutazu.com.
How about a good-looking, roomy, well-constructed trunk for less than $150? I was in on that program a.s.a.p. I ordered the DMY Series VIP trunk in vivid black. The trunk came with the backrest and mounting hardware. Now all I had to do was wait for the UPS man.
Have you ever been pleasantly surprised? I was as soon as my trunk arrived and I opened the box. My trunk was well constructed, came with every bit of hardware to install it, and the fit and finish were great. The chrome latch on the trunk has a lock, and the kit even comes with a trunk liner. I am not going to bore you with the install only because it was a complete no-brainer. I kid you not; I installed the trunk on the bar that originally held the radio gear on my cop bike in less than 30 minutes. When I mounted the trunk and stepped back I was greatly pleased by the look. While the trunk is not a Tour Pack, its lines flow with my Electra Glide just fine. I was very happy with the look. The true test would be whether the backrest was comfortable enough to suit Stephanie. I called her down to the shop for a trial fit before bolting it down for good. Steph climbed on the bike leaned back and smiled. Success—the backrest was to her liking.
This trunk would easily haul two full face helmets or rain gear and couple of changes of clothes or even three 12 packs of your favorite beverage. If you are looking for a trunk at a fraction of a Tour Pack price, the Custom Cycle Gear VIP trunk is the way to go.
By Loney Wilcoxson