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Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, 850 California Police Saddlebags and panniers

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Updated: 2008 Dec 08

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Comparison: Tonti vs. Loop

I extracted this photo and information from Alan Dunphy off of the Yahoo! Loopframe_Guzzi news group and from Charley Cole of Zydeco Racing in a private email.

Information from Charley Cole:

The differences in Dan Brown saddlebags used on Loop frame Moto Guzzis and Tonti frame Moto Guzzis are as follows.


Each Dan Brown saddlebags was made in two halves which were joined together crudely with fiberglass and then the seam was covered on the outside with a riveted piece of aluminum trim. The right saddlebags on the Loop and Tonti versions have identical halves, inside and out.

The outside half of the left saddlebag is identical for the Loop and Tonti versions. The inside of the Tonti left saddlebag has a much larger cutout to make room for the disc, caliper and caliper carrier.

Dan Brown made special rear crash bars for these saddlebags and they are different for Loop and Tonti applications. The Loop crash bars are a simple U shape. The Tonti crash bars are of a similar shape, but with a welded on, offset bracket to attach to the frame at the lower end of the crash bar.

Of the four mounting points for the saddlebags, all of the bracket are different with the possible exception of the lower rear bracket which ties both saddlebags and the fender together. The two I have are very close in size and shape. If they are missing, they would all be simple to make.

Three are made out of 1 inch × .125 inch mild steel strapping and the lower rear, U shaped bracket is made out of 1 inch × .190 inch steel.

The light bars for both versions of DB saddlebags are the same.

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If they are fitted, you also need a small contoured mounting which bolts to your rear fender and has a slotted tongue sticking straight out of it. One of the straight sections of bar the comprises the light bar has a matching tongue and a bolt goes through both tongues to support the back of the light bar. At the front, they mount to the crash bars which are pre drilled for this purpose.

The hardware and lights are identical on both versions.

They are cavernous and are my favorite saddlebags on a Guzzi.

Before I got my Indian sidecar rig, I used to pop the top off my right bag and my dog Zydeco could come riding with me. It was her favorite thing in life to do.

Dan Brown made many other popular and now, valuable accessories. Dealers for Dan Brown products used to get catalogues of the accessories they offered.

DB left side saddlebags. Tonti bag is on the left, Loop bag is on the right.

Photo courtesy of Charley Cole, Zydeco Racing .

DB left side saddlebags. Tonti bag is on the left, Loop bag is on the right.

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