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post #1 of 27 Old 03-07-2013, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Nelson Rigg Survivor Series Dry Saddlebags - Long Term Review

They finally arrived!

I've been searching for the "perfect" luggage solution in soft bags for about two years. I wanted something on my V-Strom that I could throw over and not mount my large, sail-like Mermite Panniers. I'd considered Wolfman Luggage and Ortleib for Dry Saddlebags and the Nelson Rigg CL850 for regular soft bags.

But I'm not good at making decisions. Ask Mrs. Stain. She'll tell you. Every time she hears me start a conversation about Motorcycle Luggage, I get the eye roll.

When I purchased my BMW F800GS last summer, I was aghast at the prices for luggage racks and pannier systems. I mean, I'd just bought a BMW...did they think I had any money left over? I wanted a good set of luggage for extended and overnight trips, and over the winter I'd hummed and nattered on many different solutions. Finally, I decided that Soft Bags were the way to go.

That's when I saw this thread:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...addlebags.html

And made this post:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/941098-post3.html

Well, my box arrived in the mail today.

Please note I do not have any association with Nelson Rigg other than being a long term customer who has been nothing but happy with their products. Everything that I've purchased from them has been of exceptional quality.

Because I'm getting a set of racks for my F800, my plan is to switch these Saddlebags between the two bikes and given my first impression, purchase a full line of luggage for both machines in the future.

So, here is the start of my Long Term Review.
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Initial Impressions

I went to the mailbox this morning and was greeting by the package notification and went to pick up the box. Emblazoned with the Nelson Rigg logo, I was like a kid in a candy store. I mean, who doesn't like to get neat stuff from Canada Post?

As these have been on route, I've continued to shop for luggage. I was mentally preparing myself to be disappointed. I'd considered the Wolfman Adventure Dry Saddlebags and the new Monarch Pass model. Because Mrs. Stain is getting her Motorcycle Endorsement this spring, the necessity for new luggage has increased a bit in order to outfit two bikes.

I unpacked the box and was immediately impressed by the weight of these bags. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I have to say, the material is heavy and rolling down the top to make the dry seal takes some effort to make a tight roll. I'm sure this will loosen up over time, but it speaks to the quality of the material used.

With the bags out of the box, both Mrs. Stain and I couldn't believe how big these things were either. Nelson Rigg claims 27.5L capacity. I'm pretty sure its all there too.

All the seams are sealed, and the straps utilize a slider to keep excess strap "tail" from flapping.















Now for some measurements.













Basically, the bags are large. The roll top is great with a nylon ribbing to increase stiffness.



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Ideally, these bags should be mounted with a rack. There are straps top and bottom to secure the bags to your racks as well and straps that extend from the side to keep them from flapping.

So far, I'm suitably impressed. Between the material weight and the size and the fastening system, these seem to be a good choice.

I have my bikes in storage at the moment and will be up to do some farkling next week. I'll take my Nelson Rigg bags with me and test out the mounting system and post more pics then. In the meantime, if anyone has any more questions, I'd be happy to answer them.
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Do you plan to mount them on racks or try them without racks? My interest is running them w/out aftermarket racks, but wonder about the bags melting.

I'm really looking forward to the pics of them mounted.

Thanks for doing the review.

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My plan is to mount them on racks. I think there would be far too much "flop" if racks weren't used. I will post pics of them on my Vee and my F800. The Vee has racks, the F8 does not.
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So is there only one 17-inch long strap on each bag that is intended to drape over the seat to support the bags if you didn't use racks? Does it have velcro on the underside of it to attach to the 17-inch long strap on the other bag?
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So is there only one 17-inch long strap on each bag that is intended to drape over the seat to support the bags if you didn't use racks? Does it have velcro on the underside of it to attach to the 17-inch long strap on the other bag?
Those 17" straps are designed to attach by velcro to the other bag. There are two straps per bag, 4 in total, so technically, you get two 34" straps to drape the bags over your seat.

The velcro is strong stuff. Its the same stuff Nelson Rigg uses on their Dayrunner Pack and when I used to mount that bag to my cruiser, it was like glue to take off.
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Thanks. I was hoping there were two straps per bag, but I only saw one in the pics.
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Mine arrived and these are not going to be for me. So I am debating on keeping them versus sending them back. They seem well-made enough but after mounting them on my racks, they were just too floppy without an internal stiffener, and it was difficult to cinch the straps down enough without them being fully loaded.

My NR CL-850 bags with the internal stiffeners mount in a much more solid fashion.

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Mine arrived and these are not going to be for me. So I am debating on keeping them versus sending them back. They seem well-made enough but after mounting them on my racks, they were just too floppy without an internal stiffener, and it was difficult to cinch the straps down enough without them being fully loaded.

My NR CL-850 bags with the internal stiffeners mount in a much more solid fashion.
There are some Dry Pak bags that are quite affordable and have a nice firm base welded to the waterproof bag, worth taking a look at:
Luggage Review Dry Pak waterproof duffel (Large))
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