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I'm very interested in luggage options; hard cases, ideally. But for the moment I'm trying to figure out how to use a set of soft bags my father-in-law had lying around. Any tips on holding them out of the way of the swing arm without actually creating a rack system would be appreciated.
 

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Nice. I was wondering about that too. I don't want or need to maintain two up riding so some kind of saddlebags with enough structure would work for me. But I do need rain proof. Rain covers aren't great if you are using them all the time anyway.
 

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I haven't seen any hard case options for the LiveWire, but I have seen concepts that 'should' work based on similar pillion/swing arm set ups. Shad makes a set for the Ducati Diavel, and I've also seen some Givi rack systems for Yamaha sport bikes that seem like they could work on an ELW. I reached out to both Givi and Shad and they both said they haven't made anything for the ELW and they don't advise putting their products on a bike that they weren't specifically designed for.

So - if nothing else comes along this season, I'm going to talk with a few local machinists/millwrights that fabricate all kinds of metal assemblies. Maybe we can come up with something open source that other ELW owners could use. I just don't want it to be butt-ugly since the bike itself is really gorgeous (in my opinion).
 

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I might join in on that if you head down that path. I swear I saw a picture of two bikes fully loaded out of the UK. But now I am wondering if maybe it was from the long way up. I can't bring myself to watch it.
 

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It probably was from the "Long way up" show - although I haven't watched that either. But every set of photos I see when I search for LiveWire baggage has one or two shots of Ewan and Charlie - and all of their luggage was soft - no permanent racks added to the bikes.
 

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It probably was from the "Long way up" show - although I haven't watched that either. But every set of photos I see when I search for LiveWire baggage has one or two shots of Ewan and Charlie - and all of their luggage was soft - no permanent racks added to the bikes.
I watched Long Way Up before buying my LiveWire and enjoyed it. I think it helped me have realistic expectations about range and cold weather driving.
 

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I enjoy my Givi top case. I bolted mounting plate to passenger seat and it has worked great. Some would cringe and putting holes in seat but it's something I needed to enjoy the bike and I could always replace / recover the seat.

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Wow! That had not occurred to me. What does the seat look like when you take the plate off? I do a bit of two-up riding with my wife, and the seat is already a bit small for her (plus no sissy bar or anything other than me to hold onto). I've considered getting a Corbin seat - in that case, the OEM seat could be used for a top case, as you have done here.
 

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Wow! That had not occurred to me. What does the seat look like when you take the plate off? I do a bit of two-up riding with my wife, and the seat is already a bit small for her (plus no sissy bar or anything other than me to hold onto). I've considered getting a Corbin seat - in that case, the OEM seat could be used for a top case, as you have done here.
I don't have a picture of the Livewire with case removed but I had the same setup on my Ducati. When you take top case off the plate remains. Your idea of Corbin for two up and Livewire for top case could be a perfect solution.

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If you could snap a picture of it when you open it? Or do you just never do and just use the top case? Man I want the corbin seat but this solution seems great too. Maybe I should do the same. Alter the stock then eventually order the corbin.
You just punch through it and mount it on the padding?
 

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If you could snap a picture of it when you open it? Or do you just never do and just use the top case? Man I want the corbin seat but this solution seems great too. Maybe I should do the same. Alter the stock then eventually order the corbin.
You just punch through it and mount it on the padding?
I just drilled holes in the seat base. You can still open and close without any problems. You can see two of the bolts I used.
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I would like some storage but I think saddlebags would just kill the already limited range. So a top box for me. I've done the passenger seat converted to top box on other bikes.

Works great in general but on a few bikes it was hard to swing my foot over. They had a much taller seat height than the ELW.
 

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I own several of HD's onyx premium bags: 3 tail bags, 2 'side' bags, and a tank bag. It's not perfect, but after a 2500 mile tour, it held up well. If there's enough interest, I can make a video or post about my set up.

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I'm very interested in how you made the 'side' bags work. I just did an 850+km two day ride using a tank bag and tail bag, which worked but wasn't perfect. All soft, not lock-able, not water proof, etc. And although I was confident the tail bag wasn't going to fall off, it did keep shifting.
 
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