Recap: Back in November, I had a “little incident” on LAB2V. I had my Mosko Moto Reckless 80’s mounted on the bike but during LAB2V I didn’t need to actually have the weight and the baggage so I was running the LAB2V course with the carcass (holsters)and using only the 22 Liter Stinger on top. When you do that you can take the two straps that usually hold the inner bags down, and buckle them together (to each other) so there’s no dangly bits.
That worked great until I ran out of talent and sideswiped a barbed wire fence. Read more about that at https://aufroad.com/fixing-what-broke-and-updates/
I tried to send them Mosko and have them fix it but they wasted a bunch of my time and finally said they could not. I got the bag back. Read more about that at https://aufroad.com/updates-on-mosko-moto/ (and yes I was kind of pissed!)
I ordered strap material off of Amazon. This is 1″ wide, strong enough for anything I need, and yet still flexible so it’ll go through the buckles.
I’ve made the mistake before of finding strap material that is too stiff to work on buckles.
Speaking of Buckles…
Mosko Moto switched buckle styles for their Version 3 bags and do not carry replacement buckles for V.2 – their suggestion is that I “upgrade” to the new buckle style.
What that means is that for this one strap to be replaced, I need to replace not just the two buckles on the strap, but the two buckles on the waterproof bag inserts too.
We’re not done yet, if I did that on one side, I would have to always have one bag on one side and so the ‘right thing” to do is to replace ALL THE BUCKLES, on both sides! So that’s 8 buckles in total.
Fuck that! So I used my battered and beat up old buckles again. One of these was attached to the strap that was wrapped around my rear wheel and rotor and was removed by the Fireman washing my bike when I finally got to Sandy Valley! That was probably a good 50 miles of rocks and crap.
I took the new strap, the old buckles, and both sides of my bags to a local shoe repair guy who took a few weeks due to his workload.
It was a little bit a of a detailed job, so we spent a bunch of time sorting out the details which is why I also gave him the other side with an intact strap.
Because you can insert either inner bags into either side of the holsters, the buckles need to be a certain way. You really have to pay attention or it’ll be really screwed up.
It’s been 3 months since I crashed. $30 later I picked up my bags from the Shoe Repair Guy and reinstalled them on the base. Here’s the new rear strap.
Note that it’s a FEMALE buckle on this side (towards the rear of the bike).
On the other end, towards the front of the bike, it’s a MALE buckle. He did that right. I had also torn off the little loop that holds the metal G buckle. You can see that he attached the loop above the strap which is wrong, but I can live with it.
What you can’t see above is that he attached the buckle backwards so that the pull was on the inside. That’s the 1/2 twist you see that it has to make now. I might have to have him fix that. Can I just take the strap out of the buckle and turn it the proper way?
I could but he added new velcro tabs at the end so that’s cool, but also might not fit through the buckle.
Oh , and about that color…
He said when I came in that he might be able to match the color of my straps with a similar grey but I said nope. I like the orange. Something about showing your scars, right?