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sharkey
11-09-2005, 09:45 AM
Checking my options if I do buy the new 650R. Can anyone recommend some textile panniers/tailbag? I know J.R., Nelson Riggs, Tourmaster, Chase Harper, and Givi make some.
What do you like/dislike about yours?

I'd like to eventually like to get some Givi E41 hardbags but figure it will be about 6months to a year before they come out w/ mounting hardware for the 2006 models.

kurt
11-09-2005, 10:04 AM
I love these from New Enough.

http://www.newenough.com/product_pictures/t/tour_master_cortech_sport_saddlebags/with_tailbag.jpg

Not really expensive, designed to work together, top quality workmanship and won't harm your paint.

wabbit
11-09-2005, 10:09 AM
I have oxford sport saddle bags. They are nice.

I have a givi top box. It is great. It never gets wet inside no matter how much it rains.

I also have a nelson rigg tank bag and it is very well made and thought out.

Just be careful wear the nylon straps rub the paint, they can be very abrasive. SleepyWeasel has the cortech bags and the straps rubbed his paint a bit on our trip to arkansas. You can get 3m protective film to cover any spots wear the straps lay on the paint.

kurt
11-09-2005, 10:31 AM
You can get 3m protective film to cover any spots wear the straps lay on the paint.

I use black duct tape at those contact points.

sharkey
11-09-2005, 10:36 AM
I love these from New Enough.
Not really expensive, designed to work together, top quality workmanship and won't harm your paint.

Ahhha, we have a winner. I like those. I'll check out New Enough. Been awhile since I shopped their site.

mjacks
11-09-2005, 12:35 PM
+ 1 for the cortech. I have had mine for almost a year now with out any complaints.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d46/fz6_50/PA152327.jpg

Tourmeister
11-09-2005, 01:05 PM
:tab These Cortech bags, do they use rain covers or are the water resistant as is? One of the reasons I got away from soft luggage was very poor rain performance. Like Wabbit, the GIVIs I used NEVER got water in them, even when riding all day in torrential gulf coast frog drowning thunderstorms. My boots on the other hand... :-|

kurt
11-09-2005, 01:31 PM
They use the included rain covers. I've been know to pack clothing inside large freezer bags or line them with trash bags if expecting rain, however the only real test was a three day rainfest in the Hill Country Banditfest a couple of years ago. They seemed to stay dry during that deluge.

mnapuran
11-09-2005, 02:49 PM
Cortechs look nice... but they were too [expletive removed] small and limited for me. I got the Nelson Rigg's... More info and pictures here (http://mike.napurano.com/motorcycle/archives_2005_8_81.html).

mlinkibikr
11-09-2005, 03:05 PM
I like the RKA stuff but it may be a bit pricey for temporary use. Richard and Kathy both ride a lot and put their riding experience into the development of the gear they sell. Check out their site:
http://www.rka-luggage.com/

I've had two bikes equipped with their stuff and still use their magnetic tank bag on my VFR.

For your consideration ...

Dave.

Jack Giesecke
11-09-2005, 03:49 PM
Consider the Ventura system. I love 'em, had the system on my VX800 and was one of the first things I bought for the SV when I bought it.

http://www.sporttouringusa.com/www/V_bikepack.htm

I also have a set of bags that are very waterproof and hold a lot of stuff. They're almost too long for the SV, hang down near the pipe. But, you wouldn't have that problem with the pipe on that new Kaw. I got 'em from JC Whitney for 60-80 dollar range. They have a brand name on 'em, but I forget what they are.

Texhoss
11-09-2005, 07:41 PM
I got New Nelson Rigg Deluxe 500 Bags.

http://www.nelsonrigg.com/home.htm

Look at customers pictures. Click on the pictures and you will enlarge them.

To order look at these guys. They have some good prices. Better than the factory.

http://www.extragear1.com/


Texhoss

Kidder
11-09-2005, 08:02 PM
I also use the Cortech Sport Saddlebags. With the shape of the rear fender on my bike, I'm limited on what I can use. I'm very pleased with the Cortech Sports. They may not be huge but they can get you through a 3-4 day weekend. Oh, and they do come with raincovers.

Pics here:
http://www.juddemerson.com/Arkansas/ark19.html
http://www.juddemerson.com/Arkansas/ark1.html

Sleepy Weasel
11-11-2005, 10:19 PM
Cortechs look nice... but they were too [expletive removed] small and limited for me. I got the Nelson Rigg's... More info and pictures here (http://mike.napurano.com/motorcycle/archives_2005_8_81.html).

You pack like a girl, Mike. :lol:

Seriously, those Cortech's are good if you don't have to haul a LOT of stuff. Last spring I was packed for a 3 day ride and had them stuffed to their limit, packed light. Of course that limit was a little artificial since I somehow overlooked the zippers that allow the tailbag to expand out.
:oops:

Anyway, I was able to fit enough base layer clothes for the weekend, plus a pair of overpants & a thin windbreaker/rainjacket that proved worth their extra bulk when the trip home across the Talimena scenic drive got chilly.

budzrex
11-11-2005, 11:35 PM
I will second the Ventura stuff, I have the set and like it although hard
to believe I have not tested it in the rain yet;-)

Jesse H
11-12-2005, 12:58 AM
I use black duct tape at those contact points.

My bike isn't black. :-D

I've had my Luggage Locker for half a yr and love it. It'll fit a full face lid in the main compartment and still have room for other miscellaneous little things. If I pack wisely I can do a weekend trip to Austin like I did this past Spring. It rained BIGTIME on my way up there and everything stayed dry.

It's pricey but well worth it IMHO. Best of all, no worries about bungees or hurting your paint.

http://www.luggagelocker.com/

http://www.glenlam.com/bin/gallery/d/4424-1/luggage+locker+_1_.jpg

http://www.glenlam.com/bin/gallery/d/4426-1/luggage+locker+_3_.jpg

kurt
11-13-2005, 08:05 AM
I've seen duct tape in all kinds of colors, but never orange. ;-)

Sleepy Weasel
11-14-2005, 11:58 AM
I've seen duct tape in all kinds of colors, but never orange. ;-)

Hey! I believe that's METALLIC orange, buddy.
:evil:


:lol:

scratch
11-14-2005, 12:53 PM
Another vote here for the Cortech Sport saddlebags and top bag. Those combined with the giant Cortech tank bag that Rob Spruell gave me provides more storage capacity than I know what to do with. And I've also been told that I pack like a woman. ;-)

P.S. - I was at Lowe's yesterday, and they had colored duct tape, orange being one of them. It was in a pack of 5 or 6 rolls of assorted colors, but I bet you could buy it separately somewhere.

TX_F2
11-17-2005, 03:43 PM
Looks more like copper to me. :lol: :-P

Squeaky
11-17-2005, 04:20 PM
Looks more like copper to me. :lol: :-P

:clap:

Ooh, I like this man!

macktruckturner
11-18-2005, 04:15 AM
I've got a set of Cortech bags that are fairly large - they're not really sport bags. The tail bag itself is large enoug to be a gym bag. I got rained on riding to Austin my last day on R&R, and they kept the rain out well enough with their covers on. I do pack into water proof bag though - the ones the Army issues are inexpensive, and work pretty well.

Red Baron
11-18-2005, 07:36 AM
Mini Sport Saddle Bags and Rear Barrel Bag from Nelson Riggs the Silver Streak Collection.
One of my zippers busted on a trip:-( , I send it in for warranty repair and they sent me a NEW bag!!! :-D
No questions asked.
Way to stand behind a product.

http://www.nelsonrigg.com/home.htm

Tx Rider
12-07-2005, 01:51 PM
I have the cortech sport bags as well, I like them but I rarely use the saddle bags, I do a 3 day weekend with just the tail bag and tank bag.

Those bags do also expand, and I can't see ever filling them up even for a two week or longer trip.

I tend to pack kinda light though.

P-Ratt
01-03-2006, 01:00 AM
I have the cortech sport bags as well, I like them but I rarely use the saddle bags, I do a 3 day weekend with just the tail bag and tank bag.

Those bags do also expand, and I can't see ever filling them up even for a two week or longer trip.

I tend to pack kinda light though.
Your Cortech Sport saddlebags expand? My tail bag does, but not the saddlebags. Have I been using a bum set of bags?

Sleepy Weasel
01-03-2006, 02:33 PM
Your Cortech Sport saddlebags expand? My tail bag does, but not the saddlebags. Have I been using a bum set of bags?

Just the tailbag, not the saddlebags.

JamesC
01-03-2006, 03:02 PM
Another vote for Oxford. My wife has about 58,000mi on her tankbag and saddle bags of year round commuting and trips in the last 2.5yrs. Very good quality in rain or shine.

BAN-ONE
01-17-2006, 08:43 PM
How compatible is soft luggage and riding two up? Using a tailbag lashed to the pillion is obviously out of the question, but what about soft saddlebags? It appears that the way they attach to the bike could be uncomfortable for the passenger.

Any recommendations?