I've been using some nice firm textile saddlebags I have owned since 1987 or so (lol, I know how to get my money's worth!). They were originally Yamaha branded bags, I adhered a Suzuki patch over them Yamaha logo. They have been on several different bikes. After some years, they faded to grey and pink. A couple cans of black fabric spray from Hobby Lobby fixed that :biggrinjester:
Sunday a ghetto driver jumped a red light and clipped my V-Strom. It didn't knock me down, just bumped me sideways, but it ripped one of my 20 year old bags off. Now I was thinking, instead of getting out the Manly Sewing Kit and stitching a new strap on it, why not splurge and get some new bags!
Now, I like the look of the nice Givi had cases, but I would rather put the $700 into my IRA than blow it on some overpriced ABS, so I'm sticking with soft bags again.
I've narrowed it down to two candidates:
The First Gear Monza bags
or the Cycle Gear Cargo bags
Both are expandable, nice looking, and hold about the same capacity. Anyone using these bags? Feedback welcome!