|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*@*softcom.net (Just take out the two stars.)
This page is for odd, or low production saddlebags. Once identified, some of these may move to the proper place.
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 I’ll 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 uncooperative, crowds.
I saw a lot of them at Octoberfest in Munich and one of my good friends carried one at a 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 the bottom of the bag to what? I put it on the reflector tab.
They measure 17″ long, 7″ wide, 9″ high w/o lid
The Krauser wannabes 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 saddle bag 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 City, Utah.
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 a ball chain. There was a remnant of a label on the inside of the lid that I lost. The print was in German.
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.
Robert D. Allshouse
Sorry Robert, but I don’t remember ever seeing them. Maybe one of our readers can identify them. Duane