Original Enduro Saddle bag restoration

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Original Enduro Saddle bag restoration

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1968 R60/2

I just found a set of original Enduro Saddle bags. They are the textured bags. Overall (structurally) they are in good shape. Most if not all of the mounting brackets are there and in fairly good shape.

The surface however needs to be addressed, specifically painted. Has anyone painted their bags? If so, what kind of paint? Flat, Gloss or Semi-Gloss? Any recommendations?

thanks
chuck smith

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Here are a couple photos of the bags.

Call me crazy but for the inside I was thinking about applying a coat of that Flex Seal. It would coat the inside, help waterproof and maybe even strengthen the shell.
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Clearly the original surface

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Clearly the original surface is not glossy of any kind. I'd go with a matte finish. Are you going to be able to preserve the pin stripping? I like the idea of the flex seal coating...if you can easily paint on a thin layer, that would help. Your biggest intrusion point for water would be the lid.
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Pin Strippings

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Nice find

Don't see many for sale
Where did you find them and how much did you pay
The pin stripping doesn't look original
Bluemoonscooter on ebay has the red lens if you need them

I wired the rear lights as extra brake lights instead of running lights and also added a dual filament bulb so I would have directional lights also
Plan to add a medium power LED for running lights someday

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Thanks for the input guys. The striping is flaking off so Im going to remove it and get it taped later on. For now its going Matt or maybe a Satin finish. I found the bags locally here in Virginia from a guy who restores and works on these old bikes. I paid $500 for everything. They were not cheap but since they are the originals and in such good shape I went ahead and paid it. It won't coast much to get them looking good, just a lot of TLC. If they come out nice Im sure they will be worth every penny I have invested. They really fit my R60/2 well.

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You did ok not cheap but like you said they are original
I have seen ones in very good shape go for more than $1500.00 but haven't seen any in over 2 years
I modified my rear rack brackets to fit with the bags (the lower brackets don't have enough clearance) to go behind the bags and lower attachments points)
I can send pics if you ever want to add a rear rack
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First impressions are good. The Flex Seal went on thicker (inside) than I wanted but I still like it. I used a Satin finish for the outside and Im happy with that as well. It will take 24 hours for everything to dry so I will post more photos tomorrow. For now here is what I have.

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Very nice work
Thanks, I now have another project
I like the flex seal finish inside and now will do the same and also repaint mine this winter
Will post before and after pics when done

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Very nice work
Thanks, I now have another project
I like the flex seal finish inside and now will do the same and also repaint mine this winter
Will post before and after pics when done
Tommy

Hey Tommy,
Thanks for your input. Your earlier remarks regarding the lights in the bag have me wondering. There has to be a way to add a dual filament bulb for "running" and "brake" lights, correct? Since I don't have any turn signals Im guessing that is possible. If I get turn signals Ill get the handlebar mounted system. I have owned a 1200GS for years but this /2 is all new to me.

And yes, I really like the Flex Seal on the inside. It gives the bag a more substantial or solid feel. FYI, I did all of this in one day. I still have the flat side of the bags to paint but that should be easy. After that I will need to work on the lid, latches and mounts. If I didn't have to wait for the paint to dry I could probably do most of it in one day.

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If anyone is curious as to what I used. Here it is.

The Flex Seal did a really good job covering the fiberglass repairs from years ago.
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