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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-21-2011, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Cheap Saddlebags

Hi All,

Has anyone had any experience with the super cheap leather saddlebags that seem to be all over amazon and ebay? I was wondering if they were acceptable given the price of 50-100 dollars.

7-Pc Leather Bags

9-Pc Leather Bags

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-21-2011, 09:43 PM
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Leather ones are ok, and can be cheap, yes. Will they carry your stuff and do the job, sure.
It's your choice really.
But I prefer hard bags, and you can get them pretty cheap too. I got my bags at Visions Online, for $115.
And of course Mutazu has almost the same bags and more, for about the same price.

Here are some links.

http://www.mutazu.com/

http://www.visionsonlinestore.com/se...ags/Categories

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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-21-2011, 10:12 PM
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If you go with cheaper soft bags, you will most likely need the support brackets... which make them not so cheap. But otherwise they'll sag and rub against the paint.

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http://www.cycleluggage.com/willie_a...addlebags.html
I have these Willie and Max on 2 bikes and they have held up great.
Shop around for prices though.
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I was unfortunate enough to buy one of those sets. Your better off to spend the extra money and get Leather bags or semi hard bags. The 9pc. set is very thin and after a few uses sag like they are years old.

I paid $160 for a good set of saddleman leather bags that with just a little work would be just as good as hard bags. These bags are ridged enough so they are fine the way they are but I want to make them like quick mount bags instead of throw overs.

This set on my Warrior looks just as good on the 750 with bag supports.
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I ordered a set of soft bags from Jafrum.com. They're only about 3 months old but so far I like them.
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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-23-2011, 03:12 AM
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i have the 9 pc set the op posted.. they look nice for about a month.,.. then the loose their shape and start falling apart.. I have had mine three years, (only 1 actual riding season because of deployments) and i need a new set again,. my advice.. save your money and get a better set of bags.
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willie & max saddle bags are great. I have them on all my cycles. those 7 piece and 9 piece sets you have to look close at them. Most of them are patch leather and look like crap.

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Those 7 piece and 9 piece sets you have to look close at them. Most of them are patch leather and look like crap.
As my niece called them after I got mine..."They look like my grandmothers purse!" Nuff said. Hell I tried selling mine and no such luck. Not even old ladies looking for a new purse. haha

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Jardine cross over exaust
Kyriakin grips and foot pegs
Modified seat and backrest
Windshield
Luggage rack
Crash bar with Kyriakin pegs and extensions
Kumho 758 165/80-15 CT rear Dunlop 404 110/90-19 front
Coastered and air/fuel screws at 2.5 turns
Spline lube

93' VN750 getting TLC
Decals and mirrors
Coastered and air/fuel screws at 2.5 turns
ACCTs to MCCTs
Degoated with Harley mufflers
Duro 110-90-19 front 150-90-15 rear
Pick-up coils at .020
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Hey I was looking for some cheap ones too and ended up going the way of a sissy bar bag. Got it pretty cheap at jafrum.com for $50. Yeah, it's a $50 bag but I've had it for two years and still using it so I figure I've got my $$ out of it. Some of the clips that hold the duffle bag to the sissy bar bag broke really quick, but I've really only had need to use the sissy bar bag. It's good size and quite a bit of stuff. Plus I like the look better than saddle bags.


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