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Soft Saddle Bags

Last week I had ordered some saddle bags from motorcycle superstore.
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...lue-saddlebags

I got these mainly because I didn't think I needed that much extra space (have a hard top case), and the price was right. Turns out they are too small for my needs. I'd mainly be using them for weekend trips.

The bags looked nice and felt nice for the price. I will be returning those.

In the meantime I ordered these:
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ing-saddlebags


I am hoping these fit as nicely as the previous ones did. Does anyone have any experience with these?

I attached a picture of the ones I originally ordered, waiting for the larger bags to arrive.
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I don't have experience with those bags specifically, but I have a pair of fly grande soft bags and I hate them. I took them to Alaska and they DID survive so there is something to be said about that. But they were a pain to deal with in the rain....and I got rained on ALOT. The rain fly cover things were destroyed in less than an hour on the first day. I patched them up with black duct tape(to the point they were more tape than material) and they at least stopped the outside from getting wet but the back side is not protected so the spray off the rear tire had them soaked and all my gear inside was totally wet at the end of each day. Aside from everything getting wet I also got fed up with undoing a million straps to bring my stuff inside when we stayed in hotels. I'm sure there are good soft saddle bags out there but I don't want to deal with them anymore. My givi v35s are on their way and I'm not looking back.
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I received the bags yesterday and quickly dry fit them on the bike. They are definitely larger. I will not be able to strap it under the seat because the straps are much larger than the previous bags. Because the bags sit lower, they will need some support to keep them from drooping. Although they are larger and better quality I don't know that they will actually function better.
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That's the problem with larger soft bags, you need supports. I borrowed a buddies joe rocket soft bags, which were small, and they worked great. You just have to be selective in the gear you bring along.

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I don't have experience with those bags specifically, but I have a pair of fly grande soft bags and I hate them. I took them to Alaska and they DID survive so there is something to be said about that. But they were a pain to deal with in the rain....and I got rained on ALOT. The rain fly cover things were destroyed in less than an hour on the first day. I patched them up with black duct tape(to the point they were more tape than material) and they at least stopped the outside from getting wet but the back side is not protected so the spray off the rear tire had them soaked and all my gear inside was totally wet at the end of each day. Aside from everything getting wet I also got fed up with undoing a million straps to bring my stuff inside when we stayed in hotels. I'm sure there are good soft saddle bags out there but I don't want to deal with them anymore. My givi v35s are on their way and I'm not looking back.
I've done FOUR rides to Alaska w/ soft bags, and in LOTS of rain. I put my gear into a doubled-garbage bag, then into the soft bag, and have NOT had "wet" problems.

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