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So i wanted to add saddle bags to my 150cc scooter.  I looked around online at various sources but the prices turned me off.  Afterall all most of them appeared to be similar to messenger bags sewn together and then laid over the bike with the seat holding the straps in place.  I decided at that point i could make a set myself by finding two messenger type bags and sewing them together.  
This will be a fairly short instructable as there is not much to it.  
Items you will need are: 
Messenger type bags (found mine at a army/navy surplus store)
Sewing machine (or sew by hand)
Cardboard (optional depending on bag style and prefrence)

Step 1: Bags

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I got my bags at a local army navy surplus store.  This particular store had a huge selection of bags.  It took me a while to decide on a set.  The ones i went with were $14.00 dollars each plus they were on sale at 40% off.  So i spent about $20.00 on this project all together.  Really you can use any bags you want as long as they will realistically fit your bike and your needs.  
 
etlerd4 years ago
I was thinking about just this setup for my scooter! I thought I'd use corrugated plastic for the interior reinforcement, and somehow bungie the bottom of each bag to the frame so they don't flop around.

A suggestion would be to look at the method most bicycle panniers attach to racks. Usually, there are clips that hook on to the top of the rack, and then there's another clip further down the back of the pannier that hooks onto the rack support struts. That's why saddlebags and panniers have rigid backs: it not only helps to keep the things from flopping around like fish when empty, it provides a surface for mounting hardware.

thelandofthedave (author)  etlerd4 years ago
Corrugated plastic i think would be much better than cardboard. At some point i might change the cardboard out for something more water proof anyway
I'm curious as to how these are holding up after a year. I'm guessing they are the same material as all of the similar bags sold in ARmy/Navy surplus stores, so unless they are susceptible to UV rays or your scooter is constantly wet I'd think they held up nicely. Reason I'm asking is I had the same idea. :P
thelandofthedave (author)  Mr.Jowee3 years ago
So far they are holding up well. But I do only put them on the scooter when I need them. So they do not get used everyday. Yes they are the same material used in most if not all surplus store bags.
drobinson252 years ago
Wow this is great I used a couple if waterproof bags and sewed little loops in the bottom of both of them to attach a bun-jee cord underneath the bike for stability and it works great, thanks for the idea!