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post #1 of 15 Old 07-18-2017, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Show off your soft bags!

I'm looking to buy soft bags for my bike, I'm more concerned about aesthetics than functionality since I rarely go on long rides. I want something that looks good, I'm thinking about the GIVI EA101B and some inexpensive luggage racks but I'm curious to see what you have, how much you paid and how it looks on your bike so lets see what you got!

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-18-2017, 10:08 AM
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i bought these on ebay, but ended up going with hard cases. They are each 16L, expandable to 25L, and include rain covers. Think I paid around $130 shipped. Never used them so they're new. Was going to list them in the For Sale section when I got around to it. PM me if interested.

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I'm looking to buy soft bags for my bike, I'm more concerned about aesthetics than functionality since I rarely go on long rides. I want something that looks good, I'm thinking about the GIVI EA101B and some inexpensive luggage racks but I'm curious to see what you have, how much you paid and how it looks on your bike so lets see what you got!

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You want the soft bags mounted all the time?

Soft bags generally won't hold their shape without something in them. Most take them off when not using them. That's one of the advantages of soft bags.

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You want the soft bags mounted all the time?

Soft bags generally won't hold their shape without something in them. Most take them off when not using them. That's one of the advantages of soft bags.

Also one of the disadvantages

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Also one of the disadvantages
There are some soft bags that hold their shape when empty and are becoming a little more common. I had the givi bags that you are looking at at one time but mine were the size larger (40 Liter). They are really nice and they are expandable which is a good option. I didn't stick with them though because they were not waterproof and I didn't want the hassle of putting on covers etc. I went with the Nelson Rig adventure dry bags. I really like them. The set I have i got for free so they are high viz but i plan to upgrade to newest model in black when something happens to these. I thought at one time that these would not be large enough but I have been seriously surprised by what they can hold and not a single leak - and I have been through a significant amount of rain in the last few months.



I also use these side bag plates from AdventureTech instead of a true rack. They have advantages and disadvantages but work well. They keep the saddle bags off the muffler and away from the wheels but you are kind of limited when strapping side bags to the rack itself. I think I would like the tubular racks a little better for these particular bags that I have but these are working fine so no need to change right now.

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Love these.....love these....love these.......and they have internal stiffener which bags keep shape even when empty. So well made, no plastic buckles "aircraft grade aluminum", totally waterproof, tougher than a wild pigs hide.....price is right and they stand by their products.

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Good looking soft bags? Check out this video. It gets really interesting about half way through. (I wish I could remember how to embed a video)

Shad Waterproof Soft Luggage - AdventureTech, LLC.

Call if interested. I can't advertise how cheap we can sell these.
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I'm into function more than looks...yep Nelson Rigg here . If I had the cash...no wait...if I was not a cheap bastard, I would go for the Mosko Moto soft bags:
https://moskomoto.com/collections/all

If you go with Nelson, here is a tip. Off road, un-buckle the lower forward and aft straps(the buckles will snap in a fall). I think this is in the design to keep the attachment point on the bag from tearing said bag. In Nelsons defense, I have not read ride reports on the Mosko's and I seriously doubt that they can take a 500lb bike landing on them without something giving.

I even tore the attachment point on my Nelson on the TAT. This is exactly why I carry a sewing awl with waxed thread....took me 10 min at camp to fix my bag.
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I'm into function more than looks...yep Nelson Rigg here . If I had the cash...no wait...if I was not a cheap bastard, I would go for the Mosko Moto soft bags:
https://moskomoto.com/collections/all

If you go with Nelson, here is a tip. Off road, un-buckle the lower forward and aft straps(the buckles will snap in a fall). I think this is in the design to keep the attachment point on the bag from tearing said bag. In Nelsons defense, I have not read ride reports on the Mosko's and I seriously doubt that they can take a 500lb bike landing on them without something giving.

I even tore the attachment point on my Nelson on the TAT. This is exactly why I carry a sewing awl with waxed thread....took me 10 min at camp to fix my bag.
https://www.amazon.com/Tandy-Leather.../dp/B00A2C8M6K

The guy with aluminum Panniers spent about 2 hours fixing his and a hammer was involved.
I take it you don't have the adventure bags like me, my buckles are not plastic? Not sure how I can see my bags tearing/ripping in a drop, and hopefully I won't find out "very soon".

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I use Wolfman Extreme Dry Bags. Not a 500 lb. bike, but I dropped my KLR on them with no damage.

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