If you are image-concious and need aerodyanmic luggage that matches your custom paint, these aren't for you. If you want somethign that flat-ass works, here they be. I have to imagine that every time Andy Goldfine sees one of his shippers packing a set of these he gets a big smile on his face as he knows one more rider is going to be very happy. Everything about theses bags in the catalog is true and then some. Mine have been to the Arctic, to Mexico, both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and a whole lotta places in between. They've been on KLR's, a Harley FXR, an old Yamaha XS650, and two vintage Ninjas. Easy to mount, stable, water-proof, and HIGHLY abrasion proof (yes, I found this out the hard way). The backing pads will indeed scuff up plastic body work, but just add some clear vinyl (or if you are of the cheapskate persuasion, shelf paper from Wal-Mart) to the plastic and no worries. (Posted on 1/20/09)
I bought these for a GS550L, and they are a great fit for that bike. They are very good quality, and carry a lot - that two twelve pack thing is for real...The directions have no words and the pictures are not terribly clear - can't be appropriate for all possible bikes with a generic picture - but common sense will get you through, no problem. Get these. (Posted on 7/29/08)
I had been looking for bags for my BMW 650CS. When I priced out a third party system for hard bags... 1300+ then I found these over the seat type. They do have A LOT of straps. The ridged inserts are good! I had a set of over the seat bags the did not have those and it was bad unless they were fully pack.
There is plenty of room between the tail pipe and bag and I will be testing them out next week. So far, I like them.
And thanks to Judy for great service on ordering. I received the bags the next day at 9:30 AM! (Posted on 3/28/08)
I had the velcro that holds these things on start to separate from the strap that goes across the seat in the extreme heat last summer, with bike parked in direct sun and a twelve-pack in each pannier at an all day BBQ. I thought that I'd call Rider Warehouse to see if the bags were under warranty, since they are in good shape, take a lot of abuse, and are still totally waterproof and looking good. Well, they looked up the purchase, and my Drybags (Ortliebs) were purchased ten years back! So, I took them to the shoe repair guy and he stitched the velcro to the backing strap ($5), and they are back on board. These bags rock! (Posted on 10/17/07)
The bags work well for me. They keep everything dry and are quite strong. I managed to haul a couple heavy TDM900 mufflers in them without a problem. They attach quickly and easily using three quick release straps (one on each side, one joining the two bags across the rear mudflap) and two wide velcro straps across the seat. (Posted on 2/12/07)