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I was out for a short ride today and when I stopped at a local bike shop, I noticed that my right side bag was hanging on by the rear spool only!!!
Does any one make a more secure/semi-permanent system to mount the Vintage leather bags? Osprey appear to be out of business! Thanks for your help!
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Unfortunately, this is an ongoing problem and I started a thread on the same subject, with little support from this forum. I'm currently in dispute with my dealer over the bags hanging mechanism. In that, the spool lip just is not big enough to secure the bags for sure, particularly with a sissybar fitted. Indian have fitted a different spool for the RM and it is much better. I'm looking at fitting it onto my Vintage, but apparently they are a different size. Good luck sorting the problem - my saddlebags have come loose 3 times. Once on the motorway and my wife was hanging onto it for dear life until we could stop to re-secure it. Some smart arses on this forum will tell you it's you not fitting them properly (and consider the issue 'no more than a storm in a tea cup') - not the case - I'm an aircraft engineer, and it is impossible at times to be totally sure it is on correctly - consequently, it is not fit for purpose and potentially very dangerous!
 

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Silverhorse,,
I'm using RM spools on my Vintage. I installed a Viking leather covered trunk using the Indian trunk base and it came with the proper spools. I had to slightly open the "U" shaped brackets on the bag(s). This is the first time this happened for me, and I was lucky!!! I will sort it out
 

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Pretty sure you can still get the Osprey spools...I had emailed him last month and they were still available then. I had a set on my Chief Darkhorse for a couple of years, and many miles. Just be sure to use blue locktight on the screws.
 

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Ok now you are gonna have to give a list of dimensions and parts. Nice cheap way of having peace of mind. So being new to this is this only an issue with the sissy bar / passenger seat attached or dovthe have a tendency to come loose regardless?
 

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By twisting the lock handle, it will get much tighter......I have a 14 Vintage and have never had a problem..
 

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https://www.indianmotorcycles.net/threads/quick-release-bags.30657/#post-480937

This link should help out. I don't believe it matters at all whether the backrest is attached.
The backrest only matters if you intend to fit it with the security screws. Unfortunately, in my neck of the woods its essential or it would walk. Plus the screws make it more secure. With the backrest fitted it is not possible to see the bags are located fully as you put them on. Also, on mine the backrest tends to push over to one side making for a very tight fit.
 

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Unfortunately I lost a bag off the Vintage just a few months ago, but luckily retrieved it. But my own damned-fool fault; I'd taken the bags off to clean behind them - the wife calls me in for lunch so I just hang them back on and don't clip them; then I forget go back out and go for a ride. Nobody's fault but mine....as Led Zeppelin used to say.

But assuming they're correctly latched I've never had a problem, and I can't actually see a design fault unless someone is looking for some auto-latching system. Assuming the bags are hooked over the ridge on the spool (easy to see) and the over-centre catch is set (which was my 'oops') I can't see how they're going to come off.

And that's 25,000 miles on with the bags loaded every way from empty to touring loaded-up and bulging with far more weight than Indian ever anticipated.
 

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I lost one, fortunately I found it though (with a little road rash).

I lost mine because I didn’t realize there was a clip to hang the bag before locking the locking thing.

I haven’t had a problem since then.
 

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Just a couple of checks I do on my 14 Vintage:
Make sure that the lever on the inside of the bag has the horizontal pin that holds the lever in place. If the lever gets turned when it is the open position this little bugger will fall out and the bag will not stay attached. I used a red marker so I can see it more clearly when the bag is open.
When removing items from the saddle bag I check the lever to make sure I haven’t snagged it and accidentally released the lever.
Always double/ triple check that the clip is over the spool, especially after a service weather or not I did the service or dealer.
Touch wood, haven’t lost a bag yet.

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Just a couple of checks I do on my 14 Vintage:
Make sure that the lever on the inside of the bag has the horizontal pin that holds the lever in place. If the lever gets turned when it is the open position this little bugger will fall out and the bag will not stay attached. I used a red marker so I can see it more clearly when the bag is open.
When removing items from the saddle bag I check the lever to make sure I haven’t snagged it and accidentally released the lever.
Always double/ triple check that the clip is over the spool, especially after a service weather or not I did the service or dealer.
Touch wood, haven’t lost a bag yet.

Rawhide
No luck here. You have not lost a bag because you check to make sure they are installed securely. There is nothung wrong with the Indian design.
 

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I lost one as well, got to make sure you have them hooked on the spindle. Bad design by Indian. I’m lucky I have very litttle damage.
Not a design issue; operator error. It is geometrically impossible for the bag to come off if the plastic tab is behind the spindle lip and the level locks are snapped down securely. To get a properly secured bag to come loose, you are asking the plastic tab to jump over the spindle even though it is compressed by the level lock.
 

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I have a 17 Vintage. The design issue is leather. I wanted leather bags, but let’s face it, leather, for everyday riding, doesn’t make sense. But I’d buy them again. 15,000 miles and the only issue is as mentioned the pun that holds everything together.
 

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Unfortunately, this is an ongoing problem and I started a thread on the same subject, with little support from this forum. I'm currently in dispute with my dealer over the bags hanging mechanism. In that, the spool lip just is not big enough to secure the bags for sure, particularly with a sissybar fitted. Indian have fitted a different spool for the RM and it is much better. I'm looking at fitting it onto my Vintage, but apparently they are a different size. Good luck sorting the problem - my saddlebags have come loose 3 times. Once on the motorway and my wife was hanging onto it for dear life until we could stop to re-secure it. Some smart arses on this forum will tell you it's you not fitting them properly (and consider the issue 'no more than a storm in a tea cup') - not the case - I'm an aircraft engineer, and it is impossible at times to be totally sure it is on correctly - consequently, it is not fit for purpose and potentially very dangerous!
 

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Lost a bag and all contents about a year ago from my 2106 Chief Vintage and when discussing this with the dealer was informed that I must not have had the bag properly attached. They also said they were aware of this happening only one once or twice. Wow a $1300 mistake, but my insurance did cover it (although not what was inside). I'm not saying it was "properly" installed, what I'm suggesting is that the dealers make customers aware of the situation so they take care to insure the bags are correctly installed.
 
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