Well, here is the finished project. All in all, I am still pleased with the Osprey bags. They are very well manufactured. David went well out of his way to ship these in time for OTI.I'm not so pleased with the mounting system however. If your curious, read on...
Side view, showing the back of the bike.
Rear view, showing mounting system and Wompus rack. I'm very pleased with Mike's rack. It is sturdy and well finished. Our Kuryakyn Full Dresser fits perfectly. Y will fill the Full Dresser for the trip to Coos Bay, I get a tote bag... =P
This is the way Osprey recommended we mount the bags. Those blocks are spacers designed to get the bags to fit over the shocks. There is also a stainless mounting plate to help steady the bags. IMHO, this looks like an after thought. The gap between the bags and the brackets looks clunky.
Osprey provided this finished piece of flat steel to cover the blocks. Looking from the side and down on it, it looks fine, but from the rear I think it's a terrible look. I cannot stand the gap between the bracket and the bags. The bags and the brackets are so well made, I cannot understand why Osprey chose this clunky method to mount the bags.
After a few experiments, this is what I settled on. In the previous pics, the Osprey bracket was sandwiched in between the mounting plate and Wompus's rack. It looked terrific, like it was factory. But mounted that way I needed the blocks to clear the shocks. So, I put a few washers in as spacers. I put 3 (1/4") in between Wompus's rack, and 11 (1") in between the Osprey's brackets and Wompus's rack. This allowed me to mount the bags directly to the brackets. I like this look far better, and achieves the same goal. I will get some aluminum spacers made and either polish them or paint them black when we get back from Coos Bay.
This is what it looks like with the seat back on. Not too bad, if I say so myself. I'm not too crazy about the stack of washers, but I don't have the time to get some spacers made. I definitely like this look better than the blocks and gap look Osprey provided....