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Some Suggestions on Good Saddle Bags??

Hey everyone.

I'm looking to get some luggage for my Ninja 250 to make it a bit better for commuting with.

I currently have a really nice tank bag, but would like some suggestions for some decent, preferably soft, saddle bags.

I know the hard ones are probably better, but they also seem to be quite a bit more expensive.

So, any suggestions?? The bike is Kawasaki green, so I would like some just plain black bags.

Thanks!!

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Cortech sport saddles bags and tail bag...

I have been SHOCKED at the expandable width of these-- I just took a 3 day trip up to the mountains and had to pack lots of stuff. This time of year the temp ranges from mid 40's up to high 70's.

Very easy to use, and I got a used set off Ebay.
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Cool.

Those Cortech sports ones were at the very top of my list.

I'm glad that you two suggested them!!!

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Well, I think I found the set that I'm going to get.

It's by the same company as my tank bag and matches it pretty well, so the luggage will all match...I know, that shouldn't matter...but hey, it's cool that they do!!

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By the way, I'll do a review on them once I get them...probably in the middle of November...I've got a trip to Las Vegas coming up in a few weeks and all my extra money is going to be going towards that!!

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We don't care after you took the time to ask us and then didn't listen....
Don't get your feelings hurt!!!!

I didn't even know that the company that made my tank bag made saddle bags!!! If I'd have known that, I wouldn't have asked...

Sorry that I wasted your time...

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I'd suggest Cortech as well. The sportbags are nice, but I went with the Tribag Saddlebags because of the size. They have tons of room in them. I'm 100% happy with them as soft bags. Until I happen to move up to some kind of hard bags, I'll stick with these.

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Justin, how is the 'busa as far as touring goes??

I might be interested in eventually getting a nice big sportbike to use as a tourer. I'm not a huge Suzuki fan, but I've heard a few times that teh 'busa works well as a hypersport touring bike.

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Justin, how is the 'busa as far as touring goes??
Well for me personally it works great. It obviousely has plenty of power, which is nice to have on a touring bike. It's easy to fit large saddlebags, large tailbg, and large tankbag on. The stock seat is 10 times better than most GSXR or CBR seat ever will be. If you do any 2-up touring, it would handle that great as well.

For me the stock windscreen and clipons work great. I have never really had any trouble with my back or wrists with this bike. Some opt for a double bubble windscreen to keep the wind from hitting them in the chest, but in my opinion I kind of like the wind hitting me there since I feel it may actually help to hold me up a bit and keep a bit of pressure off my wrists/arms. Every once in a while I might have to stand up on the pegs just to change my leg position once in a while, but that's usually only after a couple straight hours of riding.

My butt is probably the main thing that starts to ache after hours and hours straight on the road. A Corbin seat might help to cure this, but I just can't bring myself to shell out the cash for one of those. I can't really say it's the bikes fault for making my ass hurt though. Usually it's my desire to ride through a full tank of gas, stop for 10-15 minutes to fill up, then ride through another full tank of gas that causes this......Most times I just hate stopping if I have a destination I'm trying to get to.

One of my longest trips was 2500 miles in 5 days which included one day that I did 800 miles. Pretty much any bike will leave you a little sore after riding that much, but it was at least bearable on the Busa.

The one thing I wish it had was a shaft drive, then it would be 100% great. Not a big pain, but I like to make sure I keep the chain lubed well.

I've got a few touring necessities on the Busa like an HID headlight, GPS, heated grips, airhorn, accessory plug for my phone charger, and I carry a full tire repair kit with mini air compressor.

Let me know if you have any other specific questions about the Busa.

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Hey everyone.

I'm looking to get some luggage for my Ninja 250 to make it a bit better for commuting with.

I currently have a really nice tank bag, but would like some suggestions for some decent, preferably soft, saddle bags.

I know the hard ones are probably better, but they also seem to be quite a bit more expensive.

So, any suggestions?? The bike is Kawasaki green, so I would like some just plain black bags.

Thanks!!
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Wanted to say i really like this pack, expandable from 80 to 100 litrers
and all without having to put a rack on REX. Oh by the way those rivets did not "immediately affect performance of pack. (Didn't have to "rig") The zipper i was able to force back down then zipped securely. (I rode 3000 miles in 38 hrs.) Without another zipper failure but felt need to exchange before returning home to the northwest. Been in the south ( Tx. ) ready for a good microbrew That'll have to wait going southern route back to cali then north to pdx

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Givi. Water tight and secure, easy off. Dumped the bike many times and the Givis just get a little scratched while they help protect mirrors, turn stalks etc.
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+1 Cortech

And the factory bags for the FJR worked fabulously.


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