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Old 05-18-2009, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So after using a backpack I wish to never do that again, haha. Just wondering what saddlebags/tail bag set ups you guys use and how you like them. I was checking out newenough and I'm liking the Cortech Sport Tail Bag and Sport Saddle Bags.
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I have the sport saddlebags and tail bag. I like them a lot. I don't think you can get anything better for the money.

The tail bag i have no complaints about, but the saddlebags would be a little nicer if they expanded like the tail bag. My girlfriend has expanding saddlebags, and it's nice when you need that little bit of extra room.

That being said, I am looking at getting hard cases. I just want the peace of mind of being able to lock my gear up when out doing errands and having something that is actually waterproof.

I'll be keeping the soft stuff, though- just in case. I think I only paid 110 bucks for both parts. Got them used from a guy on here, but they were in mint condition.

Oh- and for what it's worth, the woman also has an Oxford tank and tail bag.... and those things are WAAAAAAAY nicer than the Cortech stuff. About twice the price.... but WOW.
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I have nelson riggs saddlebaggs, as they are the only ones out there I could find for use with Undetail Exhaust. No melting, no rubbing, they have a neoprene sheet on the back (about 1/2 Inch thick) to keep them from melting. I love them, and although they look dorky, they rarely leave my bike as I really don't care.... I can carry stuff!
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i've got the nelson rig saddle bags and tail pack too. had them about 5yrs. i really like them.
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Ive got the Dowco saddlebags and the Dowco Rally tailbag.

I use to the tailbag more than the saddlebags, but both are made well and do the job well. Love them both.
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I'll probably pick up some Cortechs after my old Eclipse wears out.
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My Cortechs did wonders with my XT. Plenty of space and the rain covers worked well. Never had a problem with heat, though I had a fair amount of space between the exhaust. It's good to be sure you have a good way to mount stuff before buying...
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Hey guys, my cortech sport saddle/tail bag came today, just wondering if you guys have any pictures of where/how you attached the loop things for the saddle bags?

Here's a couple pics I just took.
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Looks nice. Right now I have a Heine Gericke tank bag and saddlebags. I like the convienence of the magnetic tank bag, but it does get in the way now and then when I want to hit some curves. It has a double-stack ability, but I only did that once! Hell, I could sit my chin on it - and forget about seeing the guages! I've been keeping my eyes out for some type of tail bag as well. I have the Covercraft half-cover and it won't fit around the saddlebags when I park at work so they only go on when I need them.
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Mine are attached to the rear passenger pegs, and the license plate bracket / behemoth thing on the back of my bike.
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Suzuki owners, gsxr's in particular, be careful of the handle on the cortech sport tailbags. The handle of it bounces up and down, hitting the tail section, leaving marks on the tail, especially on long rides. Not easily cleaned or buffed out. A person on youtube, explaining how to mount that same tailbag, said it happened to her but she just moved it more forward. I just tied a string to it so it wouldn't move. Otherwise, I love the tailbag. I mount the bag with the bungee cords connected together under the seat. Doesn't move at all even at high speeds, very secure.
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I just picked up the set of dowco luggage off of Motorcyclesuperstore.com $119.00 for a pair of saddlebags, Tail bag, and tank bag. For the money I couldn't find anything better. They seem to be very well made other nice feature is the built in rain fly.
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I figured I'd post a pic of the bike all dressed up! Here she is.
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Nice dude. That looks useful. How did you mount the GPS?
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I used this.

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