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The Harley FLH, Fully Loaded Hog! My FZ07 is pigged out with Puig tall shield, Hepco & Becker tank bag and luggage rack (seat replacement), Yamaha side bags, and Bag Connection tail bag. Add the back pack and I am ready to tour!
 
So what's up?
 
The tail bag is excellent, four straps to secure and it is quite large. No passengers now.
 
The tank bag is typical German excellence. Secured to the plate with a magnet, genius! It requires a bracket to raise the instrument panel 2 inches for clear vision. No issues with clearance on full lock steering. Installation was challenging with 11 bolts to install and the magnet mystery strap. It is stunning design, you tug a strap to slide the magnet away and it pops off, snapped on is totally secure.
 
Yamaha side bags are very well proportioned to the small bike. In the photo note the green D-ring strap. I don't want to trust a plastic clip to keep the bags from flying off at high speed. They slide onto a rod and would slide off if the clip popped. A good design with a fatal flaw.
 
 
 
Now the Puig... Spanish design by a major wind shield accessory firm. They have 100's of bikes in their catalogue. So the "touring" model works great. Installation was the easiest of all. Pop 4 bolts, screw down brackets and shield to bracket. 10 minutes later I had a half helmet and goggles for the test ride. It works! Still air at 60mph up to my forehead, no bugs in my teeth! I am 6' tall, 210 lbs. The FLH without shield and tank bag topped out at 107 mph, 6th gear that was all she wrote. Maybe more revs in 5th would get more speed but for several miles 107 was it, I did not tuck in to get better aero. The Puig will likely take a few mph off as well.
 
So my complaint is the pilot's cockpit is ugly as I look down at the space between the speedo and the shield and see the bracket riser. Maybe a slick GPS panel or cop detector would fill the gap. BTW I use a Gen 1 Escort Solo, self powered in my pocket with a wire to the speaker in my helmet.  yV4diK0.jpg[img style=http://i.imgur.com/8cU4Cdk.jpg" alt="" src="" style="max-width:100%;"]SguJMpM.jpg4t7zSUZ.jpgw67v0fk.jpgavcHGIy.jpgMGDCQBg.jpgWPZqUAX.jpgsX5jV3K.jpg
 
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mjh937
While I have no plans of doing any touring, and therefor do not need any bags it is nice to know what can be done. Have fun and make sure to post trip reports.

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yamabob
To those who question my throttle efficiency, my last two tanks were 3.36 gal for 135 miles = 40mpg and 3 gal for 138 miles = 45mpg.I start flashing EMPTY at 100 miles and stopped with less than two qts. I hope not to push to the pump. Maybe observing speed limits would help but who cares, its still 3 times better than the 16 mpg I get in the V-6 Tacoma! The taco has a 21 gal tank good for 350 miles.

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yamabob
While I have no plans of doing any touring, and therefor do not need any bags it is nice to know what can be done. Have fun and make sure to post trip reports.
My trip is a weekly commute; NJTPK exit 15X to exit 3 and then 30 more super slab miles to NJ 55 exit 27. The FZ07 isn't effected by the light load, unlike when the wife and I strapped tent, bedding, and melted two rear tires on a 9000 mile NYC to Seattle, to L.A. round trip on a 1979 R100RT. That was a fully loaded hog! At 80 mph it would start to weave as the frame and fork would flex. This was common on most bikes and known as the "death wobble". 

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mjh937
Wow, that sounds like quite a trip. I had not heard of the death wobble before, and hopefully will never experience it.

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yamabob
Wow, that sounds like quite a trip. I had not heard of the death wobble before, and hopefully will never experience it.
Kawi KZ1000, was terrifying the H-2 was worse. Even the Gold Wing had a limit to what sane riders would attempt, I followed an Aspencade to Florida and time and again it was weaving like a snake, dancing at the edge of disaster. 

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hippiebikerchick
I think the view from your cockpit looks awesome! Not ugly! Kinda reminds me of the batmobile. I want a Puig windscreen and am still trying to decide to go with the sport or the touring. Can you access the ignition area ok?
 
BTW the kayak looks awesome too.

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TwistedTorque
I think the view from your cockpit looks awesome! Not ugly! Kinda reminds me of the batmobile. I want a Puig windscreen and am still trying to decide to go with the sport or the touring. Can you access the ignition area ok? 
BTW the kayak looks awesome too.
The Puig screen does not block the key ignition at all. Both the sport and touring mount the same, just the touring is longer. If you want any kind of real wind protection at all, go for the touring. I have the sport and at best the wind is at the lower shoulders. But their screens are amazing!
 
That NYC to Seattle ride sounds awesome!  8-)

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cassecou
Thanks for the pictures of the touring screen. I think I will follow you on that screen choice.

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hippiebikerchick
Whichever screen I pick I already know I'm putting a punisher skull on it!




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