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    Moderator Array TeeTee's Avatar
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    Motorcycle luggage AND TOURING ACCESSORIES reviews

    Tankbags, saddle bags, tailbags combo bags. Hard or soft, magnetic or bubblegum hold downs. Let's hear about them all.

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    PS: NOTE THAT THIS THREAD HAS BEEN EXPANDED TO INCLUDE TOURING RELATED ACCESSORIES. I'm mostly interested in seeing stuff that goes ON the bike. But some gear items like rainsuits, heated clothing and other weather related stuff is great too.
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    Type- tankbag, saddlebags, tailbag, hardbags, excursion pack. grips, clothing.
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    Bike(s) used on-
    Recomendation-1-poor to 5 excellent
    Last edited by TeeTee; 03-01-2003 at 05:41 PM.
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    Type-saddlebags
    Maker-Joe Rocket
    Model- Sport Saddle Bags (the only one they make)
    Bike(s) used on- Kawi ZX-9R
    Recomendation ranking-4 for function 5 for value.
    Comments- A very nice wedge shaped high mount bag for use on sport bikes. The way they fit there's lots of room for the pipe as long as it's not a high mount. On my 9R the rear strap fits under the grab handles and sets up a very nice firm positioning. The bags DO rub on the tail fairing so a soft saddle blanket is a must but that's going to be a common factor with any soft luggage on a sport bike.

    The bags hold a LOT of stuff for their side view size. This iis because they are quite wide. And that's without the expansion. With the expansion out you could easily pack enough for two up riding for a week of moteling or a weekend of camping as long as someone has a tent for you and yours. If riding single you won't ever have to use the expansion zips.

    The zips don't have a good rain flap but they are in close to the center so your body will sheild them in all but serious downpours. For these conditions the set comes with a couple of vinyl covers but they are quite loose unless the bags are packed full in the expanded mode. If you plan on higher speeds with them on then I'd use the tie down strap idea below to ensure they don't flap hard or catch the wind and blow off. This zip and cover stuff is the only shortcoming to these bags. Other than this they are super heavy duty and are a joy to use.

    Hint. If you DO use the expansion function the bags get quite floppy unless they are packed super tight. In this case use a tie down strap that drops down either side between the bags and the tail fairing and then up around the outside of the bags and ties together over the saddle. This can be used to compress the bags and also provides a lot of lift to straighten the bags out.

    Highly recomended.
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    Type- Magnetic Tank Bag
    Maker- Wolfman
    Model- Wolf Mag
    Bike(s) used on- Honda VTR and Kawi ZX-9R
    Recommendation- 4

    Comments-

    Pros:

    This is a great bag. Small and stiff enough to hold it's shape empty but expands to 16 ltrs for longer trips. Removable map holder and several exterior pockets.

    There are 9 - 25 lb magnets in the base that keep the bag so secure that I did away with the safety strap after the first few trips. I have wheelie and high speed tested the fully loaded bag in the name of science with excellent results.

    There is enough room for a pair of size 12 sandals, one pair jeans, one pair shorts, 2 tee shirts, 2 pairs of socks, 2 pairs underwear and a sweater in the expanded main compartment. (I pack carefully)

    Cons:

    It is expensive; I think I paid $160.00.

    It does not come with a rain cover, which can be purchased separately.

    Overall:

    I highly recommend this bag. It makes overnight trips a breeze, is on and off the bike in seconds and it stays put!

    *Note* I have found that some magnetic bags don’t fit well on some bikes. Before you purchase any tank bag try it on your bike.



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    Re: Motorcycle luggage reviews

    Type-Saddlebags

    Maker- Ortlieb

    Model-Dry Bag Saddlebags

    Comments-There is nothing fancy about these bags. There are no pockets in them, just a main compartment. They are very robust in construction, utilizing the same material as a typical river runner dry bag and a roll-top closure; you can stuff them full of gear without worrying about seams ripping. They are 100% waterproof and there is no need to screw around with the cheap rain covers I've seen on some bags. Mounting was very solid with the supplied straps, but if you have no rear fender, it may be a challenge to find a good place for the rear mounting straps. These bags would probably be an excellent choice for a dual-sport rider (Aerostich sells a quick-release version that is compatible with a tubular mounting rack available from Happy Trails MC Products).

    Bikes used on-VFR 750

    Recommendation-all about function--I'll give them a 5

    The bags are available in yellow or black.

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    Type-hard bags

    Maker- GIVI

    Model-E360 side/top cases

    Comments-They are waterproof and far more convenient and secure than soft luggage. Hard bags are excellent for sport-touring, commuting, shopping...and serving as beer coolers--just fill the topcase with ice, pick up some beer, and everything will be chilled when you return to the campground, hotel room, etc. I'm much more comfortable leaving hard luggage on the bike when it is left unattended. Luggage removal is a simple matter of turning a key and pressing a button; the bags snap onto the rack with a simple "click". Wear on the luggage was negligible after ~80000km of use on my old bike.

    There are a few downsides: the cases will make your bike wider, so keep that in mind when riding in close quarters; a very small amount of water will sometimes enter the bag when it is opened while mounted on the side of the bike (a small amount can pool by the latch); the initial investment is expensive, but you can move the bags from bike-to-bike very easily, and they are easily sold used.

    Bike used on-VFR750

    Recommendation-5 Expensive, but if you use your bike a great deal, you'll get plenty of use out of the bags. Highly recommended.

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    Just curious...but doesn't anyone ever wear backpacks?
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    I am trying to order the new 'speed pack' by givi. Carter hasn't heard of it and the US distributer won't ship it to me. If/when I get my hands on one i'll post the pics here.

    -Sandworm

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    I saw a kickass ICON backpack/tankbag at the show. You can also strap your helmet to the bottom.
    Before anyone pipes up, it's not the same as Joe Rocket's tank bag. I have that bag.
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    Originally posted by Mischa
    Just curious...but doesn't anyone ever wear backpacks?
    i do...kinda kills your back if you got tons of stuffs on it though!

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    I can pack away three loads of laundry into my backpack. Hee hee. But then I don't have very far to go.

    I thought about a tank bag, but then why would I take that little thing when I pack anything I want into my backpack. It rocks, by the way. Arc'teryx makes some pretty skookum packs. And it's not that cumbersome to ride with, I find. I don't know how safe it is in a fall...

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    Last edited by squirly; 01-29-2003 at 10:56 PM.
    Good Luck and Godspeed!

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    I got my hands on the 'speed pack'. As it turned out the honda center had a used one for sale. It is metalic grey and does not match my bike, but 200$can is a lot less than 265US+import stuff. It is the cheapest lockable storage solution I have found.

    Are we putting pics in this thread?

    -Sandworm

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    Originally posted by Sandworm
    I got my hands on the 'speed pack'. As it turned out the honda center had a used one for sale. It is metalic grey and does not match my bike, but 200$can is a lot less than 265US+import stuff. It is the cheapest lockable storage solution I have found.

    Are we putting pics in this thread?

    -Sandworm
    How about just a link to a website?

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    Type- Tankbag
    Maker- Joe Rocket
    Model- Sport Tank
    Bike(s) used on- Yamaha 02 R6
    Recomendation- 1-poor to 5 excellent - 4
    Comments - Magnets seem to hold on fine, even with a full bag.

    Good stuff:
    The build quality of this bag is nice. Its 2 bags in one and can be zipped appart. Top part has a nice rubber pad to lay on when you're tired. Both top and bottom have map pockets.. Top becomes a backpack when unzipped from the bottom. It also came with 3 rain covers. Nice antislip coating on the bottom along with 6 very strong magnets (3 per side).

    Not so good stuff:
    Im finding it difficult to zip the 2 parts together after I have taken them apart. The zipper seem a little light, but seem to work just fine. The magnetic parts over hang off of the sides of my Narrow R6 tank reducing magnetic effectiveness slightly.



    All in all, I recomment this tank bag.
    Cheers.
    Last edited by spink; 04-01-2006 at 06:12 PM.
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    This thing ROCKS. At high speed you just forget that it is there. Since I cannot see it in my mirrors I keep reaching back to feel if it has fallen off. I am on the third incarnation of my strapping system for it, but I think I found a keeper. The strapping will be different for every bike. I'll be bringing the thing to joey's this thursday.

    It looks like we don't have very many long-haul guys here. I have yet to find a sport-touring guy/girl who did not have strong and lengthy opinions on storage solutions.

    -Sandworm
    Last edited by Sandworm; 02-05-2003 at 08:47 PM.

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    Type- Tankbag (magnetic)
    Maker- Joe Rocket
    Model- Sport Tank
    Bike(s) used on- 92 Yamaha XJS600
    Recomendation- 5 excellent
    Comments- This was one of the first things that I purchased for my bike (I hate riding with a backpack) I found it the best value and best looking, my only complaint is that the handlebar strap isn't really necessary and gets in the way when you're too lazy to clip it on.

    Type- Saddlebags (soft)
    Maker- Oxford
    Model- Sports Panniers
    Bike(s) used on- same
    Recomendation- 5 excellent
    Comments- These things are great, they look good, they expand large enough to take all of your camping gear and zip up nice and small when camp is setup. The rain covers don't seem very pratical for high speeds (haven't tried) I just line the bags with a garbage bag to keep everything dry.

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