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post #1 of 16 Old 08-13-2008, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question about soft bags/luggage

I have an 04 wee & i really want some bags, can't really afford hard panniers for it yet, but I found some pretty cool Tourmaster Courtech tri-bags for around $125 for the 3 bag set, anyone have any experience with these? Or maybe recommend something they have used that works really well with our bikes? Here's what the bags looks like that I'm looking at.
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I have an 04 wee & i really want some bags, can't really afford hard panniers for it yet, but I found some pretty cool Tourmaster Courtech tri-bags for around $125 for the 3 bag set, anyone have any experience with these? Or maybe recommend something they have used that works really well with our bikes? Here's what the bags looks like that I'm looking at.
I've seen and used those; they're ok, but won't last terribly long.

If you can spend a bit more money, one compromise might be to get a versatile hard-luggage rack (I hear the SW Motech racks can be adapted to several brands of panniers), and then mount soft bags on them for now until you can afford hard ones. If you're a bicyclist, and happen to already have a set of Ortleib bags, you could even use those. I actually strapped a set of those to my pillion seat for my first road trip before I had hard bags or racks at all.

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I have a set of those. I bought them when I got my 02 dl1000. Im still using them 50k later on my 07. Quality is great and cant beat the price.

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Hey thanks for the replies, I appreciate any & all input, I've heard of ortlieb stuff before, haven't seen any of it in person though. I'm gonna check into those also.
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Nelson Riggs makes some good stuff as well. Might be worth a look.

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I've got that large Cortech tailbag and don't like it at all by itself. It may be OK with the side bags, I never tried it even though I have them. By itself it sags over the turn signals because there is nothing to keep it stiff. I finally put a piece of plywood in the bottom to stiffen it and that helped but didn't completely solve the problem. I finally solved the problem completely by throwing it in a corner and getting a Nelson-Rigg tailbag.

I like the side bags although they don't hold a great deal. Enough for a couple of days though. I also like the small Cortech tail bag, I just don't like the large one.

If I had it all to do over again I'd go with Nelson-Rigg any day. Theirs are about the same size as the Cortech but, in my opinion, better quality.

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Just put some Nelson Riggs CL850's on this week. I think it was a great value and they look pretty nice. If I ever get into heavy adventure riding to where I go on week long trips, etc., I will move up to hard cases, but I think this will fit the bill nice with my hard trunk, tool tube and tank bag.
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Quick Photo of Nelson-Riggs...

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I am using DirtBagz on my wee. I was using ortliebs, but they are very small, they will scratch up all your plastic and rails, and you must have something on the left side of a wee to keep the bag from going into the wheel.

Hard bags = very bad off road, especially if you need to put your leg down for anything, it will get caught up in the case.

Hard Bags = great on road if you never ever lay the bike down. Good security

Soft bags = great all around. Zip Lock large bags will keep everything dry. No security. Get a plastic top case for securing valuables (even though a topbox can be ripped off with a good heave).

Ortliebs with a left side rail $200+
DirtBagz with mounts $255

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Hard bags = very bad off road, especially if you need to put your leg down for anything, it will get caught up in the case.
Could you elaborate on that? I can't picture the problem. (Maybe because my idea of "off road" is the grassy area in front of my house. )

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Hard Bags = great on road if you never ever lay the bike down. Good security
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Get a plastic top case for securing valuables (even though a topbox can be ripped off with a good heave).
Hard case security ... depends. Tough as the Touratechs are, if you're using their locks, it would only take a screwdriver to pop them. You could, however, add padlocks to those, which would be worlds better and would prevent the screwdriver approach. And any plastic case, of course, is just a deterrent; they're easy to get into or remove with force.

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