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”

  • Hey Jax's Man, looks like your hairy ape need you to lend a paw today and read the instructions for him, that would have stopped him having to go back to the store for yet more bits. I see that the ape has fitted saddle bags, they will be great for you to go ride along.

  • The bike is looks really good nice work and Patients Did better then me I would have broke it Thanks for Jax at the end


    Great choice on the bags Eric . Yall are going to love them . Do you really have to have signal lights to be legal in Texas ? Wow . Most places I have ridden , hand signals still are just fine . I won't be going through Texas on one of my custom bikes for sure . Great video as always and happy travels !๐Ÿ‘

  • I thought them saddlebags were going to look kind of funky but they actually came out looking very cool. Looking forward to some boondocking/camping videos. Safe travels.

  • Darla talk's De'cor and so much more! Smith says:

    I just got some outdoor L.e.d. lights for my R.V.. Waiting for a nice day to put them up. The saddle bags look good. Oh… and I am the ONLY person I know that says ""Wally World" hello…

  • Bags are fine. Tail lights are fine. Everyone can see you โ—โ—๐Ÿ˜€ As long you can get your leg over without snagging a pant leg or shoe lace.

  • Asphalt Adventurer says:

    Glad you got a break in the weather. Would have liked to hit up the Houston RV show with you a couple weeks back, but oh well. Maybe you can pass through SW Houston (Sugarland) before you head out of the area.

  • rolloverriderpgr says:

    Bike is coming along. A bench grinder would have helped with the washer idea!
    I found out that the scales we both use have a flaw! When the batteries start to get below 50% I can lose or gain weight just by getting off them then get back on and I get a different reading every time! I went to the VA the other day for some blood work and when I got on their big certified hospital scales I was 3 pounds lighter than 6 hours earlier!
    I KNOW I had not done any exercising or anything that would even get my heart rate up. Well there were a few pretty ladies there than did get the heart to beating but not really that hard!
    So I got home and got on them and HMMMM I had gained the weight back plus 2 pounds! I KNOW I had not eaten while gone so I got off, let it reset and got back on and HMMM Again! Iost 3! Got back on and lost 1 then 2 then + 3 so I checked the batteries on my VOM and yep they were at 40%. Now to get new batteries to see if it's a power problem or the scales are dying!
    Check yours as you might have lost more weight than you wanted! LOL

    Blue Sky's and Safe Journeys!

  • Anybody who's done many of his own repairs on different projects has run into similar problems making after market stuff fit. The main thing is that it came out great. Good video Eric.

  • Sheila Coleman says:

    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.

  • 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 ….

  • 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!

  • robert gilbert says:

    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….

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

  • crazy 8 acres says:

    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.

  • ladyjackettekristen says:

    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)

  • John McGilvary says:

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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™‚

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

  • Little PAW 1969 says:

    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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Happy Highway says:

    #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.

  • Brian & Jan Turner says:

    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˜

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Coffee break welcome to the land of the paranormal says:

    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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nicholas Warman says:

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

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

  • unchained20000000 says:

    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.

  • David Hancock says:

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

  • 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!

  • Lewis Westcott says:

    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.

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

  • 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.

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