The one thing I miss on my Silverwing is the sprung hook that was fitted to the inside front body panel on the X9 500, nicknamed by many X9’ers as the “curry hook” – obviously for hanging on a takeaway bag. I used it to attach the front loop of a Givi Scooterbag that fitted perfectly in the footwell but no such attachment is available on the S/Wing. Until now, well not exactly a curry hook.
I’ve devised a simple way of attaching the Givi bag which fortunately is a perfect fit in the footwell and without any major disfiguring of the bodywork apart from two small black plastic buttons. It’s also a quick release fitting to provide easy access to the petrol filler flap. If you’re still interested read on.
You’ll need a length of 1” wide (or near enough) nylon webbing, a couple of push-fit plastic panel button fittings (as used in cars) and a pair of buckles and “squeeze to release” sprung clasps usually fitted to rucksacks and back packs. The ones I used were from redundant shoulder straps.
Place the bag in the centre of the U frame so the plastic loops hang down evenly both sides. Thread a bare end of the nylon webbing through the bag loop and also attach the female part of the buckle to it, doubling back the ends so they are trapped and so both tighten up on themselves when pulled. It’s a bit of a black art but keep trying.
Remove the footboard rubbers and you’ll see some recessed hex. headed bolts that attach the footboards to the whatever’s underneath, presumably a chassis member. Remove the bolt nearest the buckle already attached to the bag and thread another piece of webbing through the loop on the male part of the buckle/clasp assembly – the bit you squeeze to release leaving enough double thickness to reach the bolthead and a bit beyond.
You should now have a buckle and clasp assembly attached to both sides of the bag but not actually attached to the bodywork. Here’s the tricky bit. With the buckles attached,keep them flat against the body panel and make sure the webbing follows the contour of the bodywork down round and across the footboard to the bolt head, leaving about an extra inch past the bolt head towards the outside edge of the footboard. Now using a sharp pointy thing make a hole through both thicknesses of webbing slap bang over the bolt hole and open it out so the bolt screws the webbing down onto the footboard.
When you’ve done this replace the footboard rubbers on both sides attach the bag buckles and you’ll not be too surprised to find that when the bag is lifted it inconveniently lifts the footboard rubbers with it. Not a perfect solution up to now but easily resolved as follows.
Take the two plastic body panel buttons – these are a push fit as they have a serrated stem – once in they’re meant to stay in unless you rip ’em out with a pair of grips. Just below the clasp – the squeezy bit – very carefully make a pilot hole through both thicknesses of the webbing and scratch mark on the body panel where the panel button should be fitted. Using a hand drill fitted with a 6mm bit gently turn the chuck by hand and use it like a rotary knife making a small hole in the body panel. Whatever you do don’t drill it with any force as heaven only knows what pipes and cables might be sleeping peacefully behind the panel. When you feel it’s just through, remove the drill, open up the hole if needed and push the black panel button through both thicknesses of webbing and into the hole you’ve just carefully drilled in the panel. Now when the bag it attached and lifted it won’t lift the edge of the footboard rubber. Job done.
If anyone wants some pics I'll be pleased to send them attached to a PM as I haven't a clue how to include them here.
Hope this is of interest to some.Cheers, Brian.