Hi guys, thanks for the compliments.
No problems with sagging so far. Having said that, these are very light bags to begin with especially compared to ammo cans. The Mutazu website lists their dimensions as 17" L x 12 1/4" H x 7 1/2" W. Since these bags are a pretty modest size (so are our VN750s) and light weight, I have not been going out of my way to stuff them with heavy things. Last summer I went on a week long trip to Lake George NY for the Americade motorcycle rally www.tourexpo.com
and I packed the heavy stuff in a duffel bag strapped to the passenger seat.
The things I mostly put in the saddlebags were some spare tools, rain suit, sweatshirt, warmer gloves, riding pants, spare face shield, baseball cap and a camera, with a little extra room left for souvenirs. Basically the good to have and nice to have stuff on daily rides went into the saddlebags and the trip stuff went in the duffel bag.
As mentioned earlier, the LeatherLyke bags http://leatherlyke.com/stores/showde..._ID=58&CATID=3
are a lot sturdier (will probably hold 20 lbs each without a problem) but they are lot more expensive, they are larger, and not the look I was going for with this bike. One more thing that the LeatherLyke bags have in their favor is that they can be removed and put back on the bike in seconds without any tools.
As for the Mutazu bags quality, it’s a little bit of you get what you pay for. The hinges in the front will keep honest people out. The hinges on the LeatherLyke bags are hidden away on the inside of those bags and are riveted on in a way that the rivets blend in with the overall look of the bags and you can’t even tell those bags have hinges at all when looking at them closed.
One of the “M” logos on the top of my bags popped lose and got lost on a ride (same thing happned to Niterider’s Mutazu LH saddlebags https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9818
). And the rubber gasket that seals the top part of the bags to the lowers seems to be pressed into place and is coming lose on my left bag. That doesn’t bother me as a little bit of glue will fix that just fine.
During that week long trip last summer I had a 5’2” passenger for three days and about 200 miles and there were no complaints about the bags being in the way. No issues with the front corners of the bags hitting the back of their knees at all. But that all goes back to the original placement of the bags on the saddlebag supports. These bags come with no markings on them for drilling. The left and right bags are identical. So before I drilled into them I made a template, taped it to the supports and had my wife sit on it to be sure it wouldn’t be in her way.
I originally stumbled upon the Mutazu website directly but I wound up buying them through Ebay. Dunno why, but I felt a little better having Ebay behind the deal as well as PayPal. Same cost both places. The Ebay feedback on these guys at the time wasn’t stellar but it was acceptable enough. They were straight forward with the shipping and everything, no surprises, just very little communication. Something tells me that English is not their first language.
So the bottom line question is: How happy am I with them? Answer: Thrilled so far. They hold all my daily riding stuff just fine. No more fumbling with tank bags or strapping down a backpack with a bungee net. They didn’t break my budget and they look pretty sharp too.