Saddle-Up, Partner. Roxy Gets Some Love

Saddle-Up, Partner. Roxy Gets Some Love

morning everyone
Livingston Texas I got my little five-hour Sun break here today but I’ve
been just begging Texas for it will rain later tonight but like I said nice nice
day for a project two projects going on today before I leave tomorrow getting
out of here tomorrow doing something brand-new but we got in my outdoor LED
lights for the awning are gonna be going on before it gets dark and seal that up
before the rain hits also it is time to give Roxy the rebel some love I have not
done anything to her since I got her last August and she’s just ran like a
champ for 600 bucks but you know one thing I’ve really
missed is being able to carry a bunch of groceries like in a place like this
where I want to go to Walmart and go get some stuff I got to put a backpack
there’s no storage under the seat or anything so really for a motorcycle if
you want more storage to be able carry more stuff you got two options you can
add one of those trunk looking things little looks ridiculous that in my
opinion looks ridiculous or you can add some saddlebags and guess what your
careful search I went over to Viking bags calm and I found me some Honda
rebel CMX 250 saddlebags they show you there’s what one side looks like they
are heavy-duty heavy-duty pure leather saddlebags
they also lock up here and they come with the throw over method or well let
me stop right there they come with the throw over method period I upgraded to
the hard mount version because I’ve seen what they look like when they’re not
mounted to the bike that they flail around when when they’re empty and
there’s no weight in them and they just don’t look as good so I’ve got the day
today and I’ll be able to take the motorcycle into town to be able to get
all the supplies I need to hard mount these but still be able to take them off
when I need to to maintain the chain or other things back there I’ll show you
what it looks it might look like though so yeah this is going to be a weird day
essentially this would go right here like that but because of my turn signal
right there right now I’m gonna set it right there so you can get an idea for
what it’ll look like but actually hang on
I did some more research here Viking bags knew about this problem with the
turn blinker so they included hardware and some new mounting brackets under
here to relocate the turn signals so we’re gonna be pulling these author
right here and remounting them back here onto the license plate frame so that the
bags can be in the normal position so but because it’s sunny right now I do
need to go down to Walley world and grab a few supplies some eggs and a few other
things some vegetables and stuff like that so I’m gonna get that out of the
way I haven’t actually ridden the motorcycle
in over two or three weeks because of the nonstop rain around here so I’ll
bundle up a little bit and go for a little ride so obviously nothing
aftermarket is going to be a perfect fit and there’s always going to be surprises
I kind of feel like I carefully planned this out Walmart’s only about seven
miles away I just got back had to go pick up some round files I have to
square ones in my case but I didn’t have any round files and had to put the
blinkers back on after I’d already taken him off to legally ride the bike and I
want to get in trouble but I removed the blinkers that were right here and the
bracket that comes with the kit again this is aftermarket it’s nice that they
provided something but this bracket that they provided the spacing between here
is just not enough this is too close together and this won’t fit so I do have
to file away one side here to make this work and no matter how you do it the gap
is just too large right here so I need to modify this something like that
see how I brought that up can’t do that on both of them now I honestly feel like
sometimes things just work better and they’re more smooth if I don’t film it
but then I get people saying you didn’t really do it you had somebody else do it
not that it really matters that anyway I got that fit in there and the very next
step doesn’t work either because the next step is to use the same nuts that I
just removed from the bike and put on here and as you can see there’s only
thread to there I can’t secure it unless I had a spacer
or a bigger washer and I do I looked through my miscellaneous ban of bigger
nuts and washers and I don’t have anything so that’s why this is gonna
take someone like me literally all day because I got to put these lights back
on the motorcycle and drive another seven miles into the hardware store and
buy some some spacers something and it’s gonna be like this all day because like
I said Honda made the motorcycle Viking bags made this accessory and none of the
directions are working so far this is yeah that’s figured alright just go back
I am I am not going right back somehow I had a brain fart they didn’t have bigger
nuts that would fit over the threads it’s just a small mom-and-pop shop you
know just right right down the road so I got washers instead got a bunch of these
and I overlooked one other detail once I got back here and that is the washers
can’t be too thick because they will hit this other part of the turn signal the
reason why there’s two points of contact and so that the whole blinker doesn’t
rotate it stays level holy cow it’s a lot more time-consuming
than I imagined I am close three and a half hours after starting this I have
almost relocated the taillights nothing started on the saddlebags yet because I
did end up making a few last-minute changes the inside two washers right
there I did file those down so they can get closer it took five and some Loctite
on that one but this is not moving the blinker is not gonna rotate at all still
got to do the other one though I forgot to mention so at least another hour or
filing out that hole and getting other one put on special reward and
doing it yourself yeah we’ll go with that
hey there it is finished we moved the blinkers so now I have this space to
start working on the saddlebags until it gets dark
alright your buddy made some progress here I’ve got the saddlebag support
brackets which serve two purposes one if you’re gonna hard mount him which I was
thinking I was gonna do hard mounting them you would go through the saddlebag
and would secure them at four points here however even if you don’t hard
mount them you want to pull it away from like the chain right there and away from
the wheel on both sides here you get the the rear brake there so you want to keep
the saddlebags from going too far in so those are pretty much necessary either
way I have not decided which way I’m gonna go yet I’m still thinking so just
to show you here here’s what the throw over method is this is adjustable so I
could raise them or lower them but you can see how the support brackets keeps
it away on both sides from hitting something you don’t want it to hit but I
mean it looks cool it looks cool the only thing is you know if there’s no if
there’s no weight in these bags while you’re riding what’s gonna keep it from
doing crazy things down here so even if you don’t fully mount them you still
gotta have at least two in probably on the bottom ones down there to keep it
from going crazy don’t you think that’s my theory I don’t want them flailing
around while I’m riding so I am going to do what the directions say and once I
get them perfectly level and where I want them I’m gonna mark the outside
bolts here and then it came with the grommet so once I drill into the leather
wheel to put some nice grommets in there and washers on the inside and that way
not only are the bags locked but they can’t just be pulled off you can’t just
cut this and instead take them it’s a little more secure that way but I’m
gonna run out of daylight and I just realized it’s 5:00 p.m. and I still
haven’t eaten anything so I’m gonna take a break
time to make time to make some eggs and bacon yeah
done before dark SWAT a project not necessarily permanently mounted but I
did mount inside so these will not move at all on the bike okay you won’t be
able to just cut that and run off with it plus they’re locked I think they look
awesome on the bike the turn signals appear to be farther out than they used
to be but I mean I can swap those later make sure I actually did them right yeah
we’re good and just taking a look back here they
look really good with all the other black like it was made like that but
ironic way now I don’t have any shopping to do but I mean they’re putting those
bags just yet oh man what a project sure feels good to get something done like
that though by myself right before I get out of here in the morning there’s one
more thing I want to show you that I seem to have a problem with buying cheap
motorcycle covers and scooter covers in the past I always get something to get
by that’s like 20 bucks at Walmart or ebay or something and you get what you
pay for and then I always go back to the same exact company you know I like them
because I’ve tried them before I got another motorcycle cover from car cover
comm and they make lifetime warranty covers that are rain snow dust Sun and
everything proof and they always work really well they’re really good fit I’ll
put a link actually below because like I said I’ve talked about them a lot they
have RV covers ATV covers motorcycle covers and the cool thing about it
you’re not just guessing you type in the year and everything you want and if
you’re interested I’ll put a link in the video description just scroll all the
way down to the bottom of their page and then you can select motorhome Class a
truck camper or whatever you need and let’s let’s spit this guy on here and
see how it works with the saddlebag oh nice it also comes with the strap
underneath so you can hook it down there while you’re driving so the wind but
what I like to do is put a few more clips on here and bungee it’s like maybe
one in the back tire one in the front tire if you go 60 miles an hour in the
freeway it’s bound to move a lot I like to watch it but it does keep the
motorcycle from getting dirty I actually didn’t have it on there straight I
pulled it back down the way it goes and now it fully covers the motorcycle and
like I said it fits with the saddlebags there was even some extra there that’s a
good company they’ve always treated me well so you’re looking for something to
cover something important too you might check out car covers comm it’s so blue
in here well turquoise I don’t know what it shows up on your screen it got my my
turquoise LED lighting on and I forgot to show you the the box but I got the
project to do the outdoor waterproof LED lights but again if you’ve missed my
very last video I installed these LED lights all around the RV for a little
bit of mood lighting and they change all different colors my iPhone actually
takes better night shots so I’ll bring the iPhone out and show you the
integration of the outdoor LED strip lights and as we take a look from
outside you can see the lights on the inside and now the light under the
awning that matches and if I turn into color-changing they will do exactly what
the indoor lights do unless I unplug them I need to remember to put the
awning all the way back in you can still see it with the awning in it it just
isn’t as bright in your face yeah pretty easy simple and all sealed
up I already put the goop on there to seal it up but you probably saw there
that the Audion was wet I mean I made it within like 10 minutes of the rain
starting the the goop I put on there it’s you can you can even apply that
when the roof or the surface is wet so it’s not going to be a problem that it’s
gonna rain tonight with that on there it is sealed but first thing next time it
stops raining next month all I kid I kid doesn’t always rain in Texas actually
but I will double check all of the seals just to make sure
it’s good outside looks good though their favorite option of mine is the
seven color fade it’s really slow red the yellow green blue to eventually
purple pink oh yeah too white and then sexy red and then
back to Orange okay all right guys take care I’m packing up
heading out of here tomorrow even though it’s gonna rain it’s time for new Texas
adventures so get back on the road and get back to doing what Jax and I love to
do camp Trey going back to boondocking was Jackson this video I don’t know if
he was but you know what Jax does all day if it’s rain if the weather’s bad he
just sleeps yeah that’s that’s him Jax man I always get scolded if I don’t
show you on camera yeah they yell at me like it’s my fault
you’re the one that hides right yeah you do like oh crap dad’s working I don’t
want any part of this otherwise he’ll ask me to help yeah that’s right say bye
see you next time you

100 thoughts on “Saddle-Up, Partner. Roxy Gets Some Love”

  1. Roxy looks really classy with her new bags. Was waiting for the duct tape and bailing wire to appear lol. Loved your expressions when the lighting was changing colors. Love Jax.

  2. sweet bagger … and the rear lights look good at that width i wouldnt change em …. except put LED bulbs in them (if there isnt any ….

  3. cool lights!…. nice bags for the bike, that will give you some storage when you go into town. AND Thank You for some Jax time! Hey Jax! Safe travels Eric!

  4. I have a Soft Tail with Bags like yours- It helps to have room to carry Stuff..You're missing Bike Week here in Daytona! Then Spring Break….

  5. Normally I like watching your videos but damn it seems like there's a lot of whining in this video about very simple things

  6. If your ever passing through Ellis Co. Tx I wanted to offer you a place to stay on my property for free with 30 amp service and water for you.

  7. We all know that Jax is REALLY the star of your videos and Eric you're just Jax's second banana (the Ed McMahon to Jax's Johnny Carson)

  8. Nice bags! Just an opinion from a life longer biker: I'd leave the turn signals out there. The farther out they are, I believe, will make them a bit easier for people behind you to see them.

  9. Now you know how it feels to live my life 05:08 Use to be an old song, "Life gets tedious, don't it?" Dad uses to sing when he had a drink on a Friday night after a week's work.

  10. Wholly Cow!!! What a project that was, I have definitely been there with supposedly simple projects taking all day.

    Those Saddle bags look Great๐Ÿ‘

    The bracket they gave you to move the turn signals, looks like or very similar to a CB radio mounting bracket, so if you need another one for any reason, you might check at a CB radio shop or a truck stop.

    Happy Trails to You and JaxโœŒ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Can anyone remember the brand of security cameras Eric went to? Or the video where he changed them from wireless?

  12. You could have used hand signals to take you bike to the store, allot of people don't even have turn signals on their bikes and used hand signals. I sometimes use both hand and turn signals at the same time to get peoples attention.
    Good video. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  13. Like the bags on your bike and the awning lights too.
    I visited a friend in Houston once for a couple weeks and it rained 11 days out of 14.
    Yes, it was March.

  14. Sorry, but it is nice to know that Murphy's law applies to somebody besides me. I feel your pain brother.

  15. At least you know how to re-engineer parts to make this fit. you'll get there, take your time. You needed a bit of narrow rubber hose, to cut to length.

  16. #225 Good morning, Eric. Always tinkering with something. I have a habit of stopping the RV for food/groceries, etc. So I don't need to make extra trips.

  17. Eric I installed some and you don't have to remove or extend the lights you just switch the bags so the winged angled part of the bag slightly briges over lights, level and drill and mount done.๐Ÿ˜

  18. Hey Erick next time you need to space something out try using copper tubing or any metal tubing or pipes just cut off what you need and not so much modifying so much

  19. Hey Eric, and anyone else traveling through Texas:
    Give HEB stores a try. They have the same prices as Walmart, & the people are so nice. One hot day, a lady was standing between the registers & the exit. Instead of looking to see if you stole something, she was handing out free bottles of cold water. Told her "This is why I love HEB." ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  20. Youโ€™re trying to make that little bike look like a Harley . Iโ€™m digging it! Put as many miles as you can on that bike

  21. Try a real thick tarp I have a tarp I bought over 2 years ago and it's still going strong no rips what so ever my motorcycle is in the elements all the time like you I have bought those motorcycle covers and I find the tarp is so much better and the tarp is much more better priced

  22. Get some custom projectors with demon eyes that do that color change for your rig and bike. I can send you in the right direction to someone down here in Florida that does the conversion very well.

  23. Really like how you persevere and finish a project even when it's so frustrating. Also how you work to make your home comfortable for you and Jax. Keep on.

  24. Great work, looks good. Pretty frustrating trying to get things right after reading such "good" instructions. That era Rebel never goes out of style. They should reintroduce them with fuel injection, digital, and upgrades. They'd sell like hotcakes. Bags look good they should hold a pretty good bit. Thanks for having us along.

  25. You didn't have to remount the turn signals. You could just use hand signals which is totally legal. Just saying

  26. You should invest in a Dremel there good for everything they even make cordless ones. Bags look good on the bike.

  27. I thought that too, when I first looked at the remounting of the signals. But they're actually not further out, they are just your typical large stock turn signals. But the saddle bags tie them in quite well.

  28. I believe that the black plastic pieces on the turn signal stalk can be removed to shorten them up when relocating them.

  29. There is never a end to what a man must do. Happy travels to Jax and you. Livingston is a nice city in the Piney Woods. Enjoy!

  30. Hey Eric, you didn't need to keep replacing your rear signals to head back to town for parts…hand signals are legal for motorcycles…up for right, straight out for left, down for stop.

  31. Hey, Dummy all you needed was a piece of pvc pipe for a spacer. The bags do look good on the bike though.

  32. "We usually don't pick up hitch-hikers,
    buuuuuut I'm gonna go with my instinct on this one.
    Saddle-Up Partner!!"

  33. Youโ€™re projects work out like Campervan Kevin, and the rest of us Schlubs. Eventually we all get there, but the journey sure is interesting.

  34. I'm sure it's just me, however looked like the saddlebags were put on backwards. I would have had the straight side facing the front and the angle to the rear. Of course once set in that position, I may have changed my mind anyway. Even so, great solution. Now, you just need a side car and helmet for Jax.

  35. Eric, you probably could have gotten by without having to reinstall the turn signals to go back to the store if you use hand signals, as long as the brake light still worked…could have saved you a bit of time that way.

  36. Donโ€™t feel bad Eric. Iโ€™m a retired caterpillar mechanic. Itโ€™s the same for me when I take on a project like this. I have a couple sayings. 1. If I performed at work like I do at home I would be fired the first day and 2. It takes me three trips to the hardware store to change a light bulb. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  37. Good morning eric man i love those lights. You always making projects and doing a lot of good stuff, that's awesome is very good for your mind body and soul. Ahhh but of course you most show us jax, my favorite kitty cat jax lol omg he looks so cute sleeping lol. Eric when you go to walmart don't forget to buy, Lysol and hands sanitizer. Down here in fla jesus Christ people are going nuts. You know about that virus!! But man when you believe in god and have faith nothing can touch you. Anyways you and jax take care of yourselfs, and always be aware of your surroundings. May god bless you eric.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘‹ MILAGROS MOGRO FROM FL.

  38. YOU KILL ME!!!! LOL. I know it wasn't funny at the time. (sorry it was) needing supplies part way through the project. You should consider comedy as a future back up plan for employment. It all worked out and looks good. Thanks for the hilarious video. LOL

  39. I love your mod videos. It's been pretty rainy over in Eastern Washington too. You have a great setup for any weather. Keep up the great adventure Eric.

  40. Saddest day of my life was selling my 2014 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic with the goofy trunk on the back. ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Erick, take a deep breath and stay with the saddle bag project…. you will soon forget all the problems and enjoy the bags…..

  42. Looks great as always. The lights dont extend pass the width of the bags, that I can tell. So I don't think they look outta balance visually, but I don't own a bike or know what's customary. Curious to see what u do with them. You are always creative in your upgrades. What did you fix for dinner that night? Any potatoes yet? I'm fixing Manhattan's tonight.

  43. hub and i are so proud of you, especially when you get a little stressed on a project but keep that smile on your face! Keep up the good work, you're looking great and it is apparent that you have found your second-wind from all of your hard work while keeping yourself 'fit & trim' – you are for sure an inspiration to many – we both always appreciate witnessing others that care about living abetter life…
    hugs and Take Care Brother & Jax…

  44. Good video! The bike looks good. Have fun in Texas. We live in Austin and love the Spring here even though itโ€™s our rainy season. Especially love the Bluebonnets.

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