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Soft luggage, what do you guys use?

Hey all, i've been looking into soft luggage recently, but really havent heard anything about most of these brands...


So i'm wondering what you guys use, and what you'd recommend.

What i'm looking for:
-Soft luggage preferably just side bags
-Capacity, bigger is better
-Waterproof (preferably without having to add waterproof covers

I've looked thru Wolfman, Ortlieb, Enduristan etc, but like i said, i dont know anybody whose used any of them.

Any info is appreciated!!

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-29-2012, 08:15 PM
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I used a set of Ortlib bags on my KLR. They were great and waterproof as advertised. I wish they made a inner bag to put your cloths in so when you stopped at night you could grab it and carry it in with you.

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OP, there are plenty of thread on this topic. search "ortlieb" and see what pops up.

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I wish they made a inner bag to put your cloths in so when you stopped at night you could grab it and carry it in with you.
if they did, they'd charge you 95 dollars per side. i use an old duffel or backpack or whatever as a bag liner.

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YEah I went for the Givi ones and the raincovers waterproofing started to flake off in the second use. Held a lot of gear for a 3 week ride i did. But the covers were the only flaw

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Been on trips as long as 31 days. I put my stuff into doubled-up garbage bags that I've inserted into my bags, and everything has stayed dry, EVEN in day-long downpours on the Alaska highway! Cost? Around a dime per bag....

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I've ordered the new for 2012 Givi's, haven't arrived yet so can't comment now but will as soon as I can give them a fair trial.

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Nelson-Rigg and they come with waterproof covers. I can pack a whole weekend of camping stuff in them, including tent and air matress.


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Am i right in finding that the Nelson-Riggs have no additional mounting system...that they just strap on? If so, that's badass and thanks for posting because I hadn't seen them before...

Also which size are those on your V?

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Am i right in finding that the Nelson-Riggs have no additional mounting system...that they just strap on? If so, that's badass and thanks for posting because I hadn't seen them before...

Also which size are those on your V?
His bike appears to have some added support from near the passenger peg going up. Don't know if its homemade or not, but its not OEM.

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Yes I do have a soft bag support but honestly I don't think the support is needed if you back well. The stock reflector kind of acts like a support already.

They just strap on to the passeger foot peg area and a strap in the back that links them to each other. I've taken them down dirt roads before and they don't move at all. I can put the whole thing on or take it off in a matter of seconds. I don't know the capcity in liters but they are called the Silver Streak


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Thanks for the feedback guys, and DR that looks like a great setup youve got there! Are those supports specific to the bags?

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I have almost the same bags, same bike ('09 in blue), same windscreen. Got the bags from newenough.com (motorcyclegear.com). But I bought the Nelson Rigg Silver Streak mini saddle bags (SSC-140) because I didn't need a lot of storage for day rides. I bought the top case (SSC-160) because it was so cheap. It was on closeout. I think I got the whole ball of wax for for $100. Good site for those looking for deals. I highly recommend the Nelson Rigg products. Old photo below. I've since added a the Kawasaki tall windscreen and switched to silver belly pans.
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I got the supports from here a half year or so ago. The thread.


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Soft bags

Using Cortech Tri-Bag system, which is adequate but not waterproof, even with rain covers. Just picked up Ortlieb QLR-2 bags, which fit Happy Trails SL racks as though they were made for them. Also have Twited Throttle D-66 Dry Bag duffels; makes for a nice-looking, waterproof package for touring-camping. Will retire the Cortech bags.
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I love my Giant Loop Coyote bag. I've used on cross country runs on WR250X and will be what I use on my Versys. They really do a better job of distributing the load then any other luggage I've seen.
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I'm shopping around as well and am leaning towards the Nelson Riggs just for the quick strap mounting. Are there any other dual mounting saddle and tail bags that don't require racks or additional mounting hardware?
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Based on the recommendations here and seeing how they look on the V, I just ordered a pair. I was looking for saddlebags for a while and I like the ease of the attachment/detachment with these. That combined with the price made them irresistible to me. I was deciding between something like this and a hard set that I could lock stuff in, like my gear when I go out to eat, but y'all sold me. Will report when I get them in.
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I use the MotoCentric bags and I've been content with them. I like the looks of the Dowco Elite series, but was hesitant of the 200 price... I'm saving up at this point for TraX luggage
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I just ordered a set of Nelson Rigg CL-950s and dual mounting tailbag from motorcyclegear.com. After a few days of research, it sounds like this was the way to go for the money right now. Can't wait to check out the fitment. I hope its as good as everyone says, I've got a week to get them and lock them in before a four day hunting trip, I might be cutting it close!
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I went with Ortlieb. 100% waterproof though with no outside pockets of any kind you need to find somewhere else to stash things you will need throughout the day. I used a grocery store tote bag inside the side bags as it pretty much filled up the bags and made it easier to get things into and out of the bags. I don't have any support brackets so I used the shoulder strap from the duffle bag to connect the side bags. That helped a little but support brackets would be nice.

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