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Looking for soft saddlebags that do not require a support. Also would love it if the cross straps will fit under the seat. Any thoughts?


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I just got walmarts cheapies and love them! I don't use them very often. Not sure about the straps.





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Givi Silver Bags and matching click tank bag was just under 300. The click removal and 1 second install tank bag was the best money I ever spent. The bags look funny but the back needs to be low to not bend the signal lights. Has 3 straps but i only used the 2 velcro. Riding 2 up for 2000km trip the tire hit the bags twice (BIG bumps) not much damage but I have plans for a plastic support to spread them. Caution the built in rain covers need to be secured if riding with the bags not expanded as the cover fits the expanded bag and does rub on the tire.


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definitely NOT a fan of those givi bags...and they look pretty bad, imo, and potentially problematic...

but whatever works for y'all.

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Looking for soft saddlebags that do not require a support. Also would love it if the cross straps will fit under the seat. Any thoughts?


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I have some Nelson Rigg? saddlebags plus the tail bag that I got when I bought my V. I have hard stuff so if you're interested I could let em go cheap.
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The Givi T492s look promising. I posted about them a couple days ago. I plan on getting some in a few weeks.


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Iamlegend - hurry up and get those bags so you can report back!

Here are a couple of options from RKA. I am using one of their seat bags on the V now. Their stuff is a bit pricey but seems to be high quality and they have great customer service. Back to the soft bags, I think we could use these on the V without supports.
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Chase Harper ET4000 saddle bags. Crashed with these last year and they saved my plastics and my tank. Chase Harper will either fix or replace in the event of a crash. Liked them so well I bought another set.
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Iamlegend - hurry up and get those bags so you can report back!

Here are a couple of options from RKA. I am using one of their seat bags on the V now. Their stuff is a bit pricey but seems to be high quality and they have great customer service. Back to the soft bags, I think we could use these on the V without supports.

Haha I'm Trying! I've emailed revzilla and Twisted about availablility. So hopefully soon
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I have the sport bags from Cortech. They work very well.
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I have the RKA Panniers(old), that appear to be no longer available. They are drapped over the back part of the seat, attached to the passenger footpegs & the taillight. They stay put. Perhaps the Aerostich panniers might be a solution.
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I have these and no complaints yet! Even come with a waterproof cover.

http://www.nelsonrigg.com/store/product.aspx?pid=1665
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Another pic of mine with the Chase Harper luggage. Good stuff.
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Kriega dry packs, modular design so they can all clip together, white liner- easy to find your stuff, waterproof, and a 10 yr warranty. I use 5L, 10L, and 20L drypaks and arrange them as needed pending the ride and the bike. Easily swapped between street and dirt bikes. I bought mine from http://www.motoadv.com/

Made a support out of 5/16" tubular steel and attached between the Versys foot peg and the upper reflector bolt to keep the paks out of the wheels.

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Some threading on the pak in the photo came apart on a recent ride to Mexico on my dirt bike. I called motoadv and they said just send it in and they would send me the new improved 20L pak at no charge. But I haven't bothered to do that since the bag is still functional and does not leak.

If you ride a lot, it's best not to skimp on soft luggage, because most of it will not last a year.
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I have the fieldsheer soft bags. I bought the support brackets off this forum, so the bags would not sag. Serves my needs just fine. I put the straps under the seat. They go in front of the back seat bracket and behind the front bracket. You flex the front of the pan, to get the front to catch, but it snaps down fine. To me this give the bags a little more security. /there is a set on E-Bay right now for 100.00
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Nelson Riggs CL-950's. I can't stop raving about these bags! Having issues uploading pics right now, but look 'em up, best bags for your buck. No supports and fit great, quick on and off, dual mounting to attach NR tailbags. They look awesome on my green '09, damn I wish I could load these pics!
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Still no luck uploading my pics, but I was able to get one of my V + bags into my signature, hopefully it'll pop up under this post.

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Still no luck uploading my pics, but I was able to get one of my V + bags into my signature, hopefully it'll pop up under this post.
I just ordered the CL-950s.
I hope I don't need supports or anything else.
Not planning on tail bag as I already have bikemaster strech netting and a chase harper Tank bag.
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I just ordered the CL-950s.
I hope I don't need supports or anything else.
Not planning on tail bag as I already have bikemaster strech netting and a chase harper Tank bag.
I didn't have any problems, the rear side reflectors seem to provide more than enough support to keep them from slouching and the straps held them in place nicely. Over 400 miles of varied terrain and they were rock solid.

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