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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-20-2016, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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KQR Saddlebag Mod

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I think that Kawasaki (Givi) did a fairly good job with the KQR bags - in my opinion, they look good on the bike, have ample storage space for the average rider and are easy to install and take off of the bike.

That being said, they did a poor job of attaching the internal straps that prevent the bags from opening too far. The internal straps were only held on with two little screws that barely penetrated the plastic by an eighth of an inch...



Both of mine have already failed. The right, when my daughter pulled on it and the left when it was (accidentally) allowed to open under its own weight. The right hand saddlebag opened past the point of no return (plastic tabs near the hinge) and I had to tap out the rod that holds the two clam shells together.

A quick solution:

Drill out the holes on the internal straps, drill holes through the cases, secure the straps with stainless hardware (and a couple of drops of blue threadlocker). Voila! Problem solved...





Has anybody else experience similar issues with their bags? It would have sucked if mine had failed while somewhere out on the road...
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Are they waterproof?

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That's a good question. I only have 1,500kms on mine so far.

I have ridden in the rain once so far and they did not leak, but time will tell.

Anybody else?
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They would be if you used a touch rtv silicone during the install
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Bought my Versys Touring, 2nd hand with v35 panniers including same crappy issue.
Has not been fixed. only used the panniers about 4-5 times in the last 3 years. i know the issue and I work around it. they were never meant to hold weight but I know loading up the outside half will rip the poor straps out if you forget to hold onto them when opening.

I would put some silicone sealer under the bolt head then tight them up just to weather proof them more.
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The bolts are such a tight fit that I can't see any water getting in.

Sealant is a good call nonetheless.

Can anybody speak to how waterproof these bags are? Has anybody experienced a leak via the seam?
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So...

I think that Kawasaki (Givi) did a fairly good job with the KQR bags - in my opinion, they look good on the bike, have ample storage space for the average rider and are easy to install and take off of the bike.

That being said, they did a poor job of attaching the internal straps that prevent the bags from opening too far. The internal straps were only held on with two little screws that barely penetrated the plastic by an eighth of an inch...



Both of mine have already failed. The right, when my daughter pulled on it and the left when it was (accidentally) allowed to open under its own weight. The right hand saddlebag opened past the point of no return (plastic tabs near the hinge) and I had to tap out the rod that holds the two clam shells together.

A quick solution:

Drill out the holes on the internal straps, drill holes through the cases, secure the straps with stainless hardware (and a couple of drops of blue threadlocker). Voila! Problem solved...





Has anybody else experience similar issues with their bags? It would have sucked if mine had failed while somewhere out on the road...
On my G35s I have the same issue.


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wow talk about an after thought huh?

nice fix id put some hot glue on the hole befor sticking the bolt in to water proof it (because that tinny gap could just let tons of gallons a second in lol

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All of this "potential leak" talk has convinced me to add a little Seal-all to the bolts. Good to go now.
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