Being that riding season is right around the corner, Junior Hoseman needed to gear up his ’11 Dyna Fat Bob with some essential items for making weekend trips more practical.
He perused the internet and several magazines for general ideas of what would make the most sense as far as being able to take gear with him without compromising the look of his stock Fat Bob. Junior didn’t want to go too drastic by adding hard saddlebags or a fairing of some sort. A simple, functional windshield and a good touring bag would suit him just fine.
Junior assumed that finding a windshield would be simple; however, since the Fat Bob has a beefier front tire and wide glide frontend, finding a screen to fit wasn’t as easy as he thought. He stumbled upon a Windvest 16-inch clear windshield ($390) that fit the Fat Bob without looking too cumbersome. Windvest manufactures quality windshields made from thick, scratch-resistant GE Plexiglass that mount to 1-inch and 1-1/4-inch handlebars with billet aluminum mounting brackets and stainless steel hardware. Windshield heights are available from 14 to 16 inches tall, and Windvest just released a shield that’s 16 inches tall and 16 inches wide ($447). Customers can choose from clear or smoke tint screens as well as chrome or black powdercoated hardware to match their specific handlebar setup.
Now that Junior was making some headway preventing those headwinds, he was also in the market for a good touring bag that could be easily removed and transported once he arrives at his destination, like a suitcase. T-Bags makes some of the most innovative motorcycle touring luggage and accessories that are user-friendly, large in capacity, and easy to transport. Junior liked the Expandable Bag with Top Roll and Top Net ($247.95) since it featured a large storing capacity and also included backpack straps for getting his gear from bike to camp, or hotel, or wherever he pleases. The Expandable measures 20 inches tall by 14 inches wide and 10 inches deep with a 2 cubic feet storage capacity when expanded. Its accompanying Top Roll allows another 0.5 cubic feet storage capacity and measures 14 inches wide by 10 inches deep. The two can be coupled together nicely via the Top Net for longer trips and storing more cargo. The Expandable bags are made from colorfast 1680d nylon and mount over variable-width sissy bars up to 14 inches wide, and luggage racks aren’t necessary. If Mother Nature decides to make an appearance, both bags can be covered with the supplied built-in rain cover that features a reflective strip for letting others know you’re there. The Expandable Bags were just what Junior needed for weekend trips; he just needed a way to mount them.
Drag Specialties has been making sissy bar setups since the company was founded. Junior knew Drag would have something that would suit his needs and sure enough, he was right. After looking through Drag’s Fatbook, he found a combination of items that were stylish and would fit the T-Bag well. He liked the rigid mounted sissy bar side plates ($94.95) since he’s planning on doing a lot of » traveling and didn’t need something detachable. To install into the side plates he didn’t want something too dramatically tall, so he decided on the square short bar ($79.95), which along with the side plates are constructed from 9/16-inch steel and chrome plated. A sissy bar pad was also needed so Junior went with an oversize pad ($104.95) with more meat for the T-Bag to hang onto. The large pad measures 9-1/2 inches tall by 8-1/2 inches wide and features a high-grade vinyl covering. Last but not least, Junior also wanted a luggage rack ($71.95) for a bit more peace of mind when hauling cargo. Drag’s rack is made from chrome-plated steel and works well with multiple Drag sissy bars.
Once Junior was geared up and ready to hit the road, he needed to install the new goods on his Fat Bob. Installation of the sissy bar setup, windshield, and T-Bag took roughly an hour in his home garage with basic handtools. HB
Contact your local dealer dragspecialties.com
(800) 957-6288 | t-bags.com
Windvest Motorcycle Products
(408) 377-7323 | windvest.com