This is a collection of photos and information from BMW riders and collectors.
I include photos of similar perspective in case one shows some aspect that
another does not. Please feel free to add information and photos.
Scans of original mounting instructions would be great.
If you have a
collection of old motorcycle magazines, please look in them for more
advertisements of these "off brand" products. Please scan them with 300
dpi, or so and email them to me at w6rec*@*sbcglobal.net Just take out the
This page is for odd, or low production saddlebags. Once
identified, some of these may move to the proper place. Please let me know
if you contributed these photos, or have more.
Arthur Fulmer Bags
Thanks to Duane Carr for this photo of a bag made by Arthur
Fulmer, model 52-7000-05 in Tennessee.
Fulmer bought out Wixom and made bags for a couple of years
before going out of business. The only difference was in the lid latches.
Thanks Boxer by Bruce.
The Arthur Fulmer bags were really stout, heavy fiberglass. We'd ice
down a case of beer in each and head to the motocross or hill climbs every Sunday
to spectators and cheer our customers on. A small drain hole drilled in the
bottom of each bag eliminated sloshing and the corresponding reduction in
handling on the way home. I wish I still had those bags! Thanks to John Sudlow
Here are the bags I picked up today. I don't see them on your
site, so it might be good to add them. "Reid Dammann" Some of the members said
they were Craven. They are pretty beat up, but ill get them looking
good. If you want a different angle, let me know.
I am sure that these are not Craven. I have
an idea, but am not sure. Anybody know??
Some small production runs of aluminum bags were done by
individuals. A few were offered for sale. This one is unknown.
Dementor says that the fairing, tank and bags are all
Heinrich. The top box looks like a Samsonite.
The contributor says that these are BMW, but I don't think so.
There is no shot of the full bags, but they look like Wixom to me in the way
that the right bag folds down to get it out of the way of the seat. What are they?
I can't tell if this is a bag in a saddlebag or just what.
What is it?
The silver fabric "what is it" under the Misc page looks like the advanced
first aid kits that some of the Rettungsdeinst volunteers used at various
festivals in Germany. They were the equivalent of a small ambulance worth of
equipment in a 20 kilo package. They could be attached to bike racks, carried
like a backpack or slung over a shoulder to move through dense, often
I saw a lot of them at Octoberfest in Munich and one of my good friends
carried one at big soccer game (Dortmunder Union v. Istanbul something...after
party got ugly with over 100K "hometown" Turks living in Dortmund). A number of
the guys that opted for civil service instead of military service got trained as EMT types.
They outside usually had a large percentage of the area covered with safety
green or orange tape-stripe and they had a hard-sided inner liner.
Dan Brown saddlebags
Comanche Products bags
The traditional bags are made by Comanche Products, Clearview Rd. Cottontown,
Tenn. These were bought in 1973. The tape stripes are not original, nor are the
various holes that held lights. The top mounts bolt to the shock bolt and the
top hole on the license plate bracket. The bottom mount goes from bottom of the
bag to ? I put it on the reflector tab.
They measure 17" long , 7" wide , 9" high w/o lid
The Krauser wanna-bes were made by Olympic. Cheaper in price
and quality, but held up ok. They attach to Krauser mounts. Bought these in the
late '70s, Leon
This bag is shown on a /2 US model. I have never seen this one before.
Aldo saddlebags and trunk, or top box
Here is a picture of the business card Al & Dolores glassed inside every
saddlebag cover and trunk cover. The glass is somewhat discolored from
age. They were local residents here in the Milwaukee area, and were great
friends of ours for many years. I also have pics of their matching R90
BMW's in the early 70's. They belonged to our WIS BMW Motorcycle club, and
quite a few members bought them.
Bob tells me that the aluminum luggage rack was made by Reynolds of Salt Lake
The pics are attached. I can't tell you much about them. There are no
hinges on the lid, there are two pins on the lid that slide into a metal
receiver in the bag and a locking latch facing aft. They have no lights like
the Enduro bags. They attach to a bracket that extends from the seat frame
and originally attached to a clamp around the muffler via spring loaded 'pin
The lids were attached to the bags with ball chain. There was a remnant of
a label on the inside of the lid that I lost - urrghhhh!. The print was in
I love the bags and am contemplating fabricating a new lid out of
fiberglass. But I am keeping an eye open for other options. The bags seem
easy enough to come by its the hardware compatible with the bike that I find
confusing. I work wood not metal.
That about all I know, how's about you??
Robert D. Allshouse
Sorry Robert, but I don't remember ever seeing them. Maybe one of our
readers can identify them. Duane