How to Install a Fork Bag on a Harley Davidson Motorcycle
Providing a convenient place to carry tools and other small belongings, fork bags have been a common addition to Harley-Davidson's motorcycles over the decades. Extremely versatile, these small bags can be mounted in a variety of places, including the front fork, handlebars and even on the back of the passenger backrest. Fork bags are extremely simple to mount, but require some thought in finding a location that prevents the bag from rubbing against the fender and other components.
- Cleaner and polishing spray
- Microfiber cloth
Loosen the fork bag's mounting straps on the back of the bag, and select an area on the front fork to strap the bag onto. The straps will be fastened by either a buckle or hook-and-loop system.
Clean the surface of the mounting location with a high-quality spray cleaner, and wipe dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
Hold the fork bag against the front fork. Wrap the bag's mounting straps around each fork tube and tighten the straps securely.
Tips & Warnings
For best results, the bag should be placed on the lower triple clamp, the lower bracket that connects the front forks to the frame.
Ensure that the fork bag does not contact the headlight by shaking the fork bag up and down. Alternatively, hold in the front brake lever and press down on the handlebars to compress the forks. The fork bag should not contact the front fender. If the fork bag does contact the headlight or fender, adjust the position of the bag until it no longer can touch either component.
Check the mounting straps occasionally to ensure that the fork bag is properly secured to the front forks. Loose straps may fail and cause the fork bag to fall off.