These bags are nearly perfect. So simple, so much carrying capacity (40 liters each WHAT, I can easily fit my helmet inside one), and so waterproof. I had them out in a 4 hour deluge yesterday and they stayed bone dry inside.
I ride a '79 CB750 and have no problems attaching or taking off the drybags in about 2 minutes. Could be even shorter depending on your bike setup.
I could see the strap under the butt being a potential problem depending on your seat length and the strength of your booty, but it sits just far enough back on my bike to not be a problem.
Oh, who the hell though it was cool to put a tire track on the outside of a perfectly good looking bag? Ortlieb, fire the designer who did that. It's stupid. Literally, my only complaint.
Have had these for 4 years now, using them on a pre-2007 KLR. Trips have included lots of weekends, a couple of weeks, and a 17-day trip to the arctic. The contents have never gotten wet, despite extended periods of total immersion (in a mudhole... yuck). The fabric has held up to many abuses including hot exhaust pipes, vibrasion against frame members, and collision with objects like rocks and branch stubs. The bags are large; on the 17-day trip I supplemented them with a fender bag, a small tank bag, and rolltop dry bag that mostly held food and sundries. Now for the problems. The mounting system is rather primitive, though with some adaptation they can be hung on a saddlebag frame. The usual slung-over-the-seat mounting leaves you with an uncomfortable strap running under your bum, though on the KLR I can relocate the straps to run beneath the seat. They are a bit inconvenient to open or close, so I usually pack so that I can run all day without going into the saddlebags. They are a bit homely, but not really more so than other soft luggage - it always gets a bit rustic after some heavy use. Finally, the price is great compared to most other saddlebag options out there. If mine ever die, I'll probably just get another set of them. (Posted on 2/18/14)
I've had these bags for about a month now and am very happy with them. I've taken several multi-day long distance trips, through some pretty harsh weather and the bags perform flawlessly. They fit directly on to my '08 KLR seat perfectly. In some reviews I read, there seemed to be concerns about "all the straps". There are just three straps that mount the bags to the bike and they are very simple/sensible. The closure system is identical to what you would find on a river dry bag. A note to post '08 KLR owners who wonder if these bags need a supplemental mounting rack: they don't. The existing muffler heat shield adequately protects the bag on that side from heat. I rode all day in 113 degree Mojave heat and the bag was fine - there was slight distortion on the mounting panel but nothing that concerned me. The contents of the bag (my tent) felt warm when I got it out after a day of riding, but no where near hot enough to cause damage. I can think of no reason that I wouldn't make this purchase again. (Posted on 9/17/13)
These bags are one of the best additions you can make to a motorcycle that is street ridden daily. Both of my daily mules have them. My third set is replacing the first which lasted more than ten years. With some bungee cords these bags will let you do almost all of the errands that you would in the car. Only caveat is that they hold water inside just as effectively as they keep water out so if your bike is out in the rain be careful of how you fold and seal them or you will be bailing. Whether you are touring or running to Home Depot, these are the ticket. (Posted on 9/14/13)
Well, I posted a review in '09. 66,000 miles and five years later I am still using these bags. I ride a cruiser long distances and wanted waterproof w/o rain cover. These are the real deal. They never have leaked and I have ridden in hard rain. They hold a lot. They are tough. I let one touch my exhaust for a short ride though I don't recommend it but it did not melt. The rubber bracket on the bottom for the strap was injured but not ruined. (Posted on 5/14/13)
It seems that every time I go on a long tour I am reminded that if something requires a cover or a liner to make it waterproof, then it isn't waterproof at all. These bags require neither, and are the only truly waterproof panniers - hard or soft - I've ever used. Just back from a ride in the UK and France that featured several days of heavy rain, and the contents of these bags remained dry. Flexible, tough, easy to get on and off the bike (Versys), and waterproof. The best I've used. (Posted on 7/26/12)
I have had these bags for about 3 weeks. I like how they are built. The saddle velcro straps are a bit short for my 08 KLR650. I have a bit of a time to secure them to my side racks. (Posted on 2/6/12)
Spent a week riding through the Canadian Rockies, and it rained every single day. These bags nevertheless kept everything within them dry and clean. Plenty of room for one person's stuff, and they fit my ancient KZ750 like they were made for it.
I have one of the single Ortlieb bags. Love it. Bungees onto the back of my BMW and has been totally water proof. On the other hand I've just returned from a trip where I was reminded once again that wheels on bags make life soooo much easier gettomg tp and from the room. There has to be a way. (Posted on 5/24/11)