Some people have asked for pictures of the RKA expandable bag on the
monster, so I have a small gallery here. Click on any thumbnail to see
a larger image.
step is to attach two short straps to the seat. There are wide rubber
coated hooks to loop under the seat pan. I have a Sargent seat, but
the fit seems about the same. You adjust the Velcro straps to tighten
them. My only concern with leaving the straps on the seat when the
bags are off is that the taper of the seat would allow the rearmost
strap to slide off. Once the bags are attached this isn't an issue.
Attaching them and removing these straps isn't a big deal anyway.
step is to attach a top layer of straps onto the originals. These
snap and are also connected with Velcro. These are what you adjust
to set the bag height on the bike. The bags have plastic fasteners
that click into the buckles, so it is all pretty fast work.
bags are attached (you only have to adjust the height once) you attach
a strap on each bag to the footpeg bracket. There are little sliding
buckles which make this pretty easy, and it all seems quite secure.
You'll see the bags look quite close to the seat, but in practice
I don't feel them while riding. Note too that passengers need to get
their own bike!
step is to run a strap across the license plate holder. I have a fender
eliminator, so I was worried about this, but as you can see it is
not a problem. The bags are quite stable at speed, although I haven't
overloaded them or done anything dumb like forget to attach a strap.
how they look from the side. Given that most Monster owners care how
their bikes look, I think the bags integrate pretty well with the
bike's lines. And for the 90% of the time you don't need them there
are no residual brackets to look at. (Of course you can leave bags
on your bike 100% of the time like I did with my R90/6, but then it
becomes a different ride, no?)
a rear view. Note that you can expand these bags out quite a bit (not
shown). I think the compact size will mostly work for me; they are
bigger zipped down than many other saddlebags for the monster. Fully
open they are 52L, closed 26. You can see more at the company
website - and if you do end up buying a set, let them know you
read about it here. Who knows, I might get a tailbag out of it!