Cortech Super 2.0 Saddlebags
Turned my CBR into a decent commuter.
I commute 50 miles round trip almost everyday on my CBR250R. The previous owner sold me the bike with Cortech's Super 2.0 Tailbag which I liked but could only really fit my lunch bag, office shoes, and a few other small items. I needed a place to stuff my rain gear and read that these saddlebags were designed to link up with the tailbag. So I went ahead and purchased them...
The good... They are pretty roomy. I can easily stuff my rain jacket and pants, rubber overboots, waterproof gloves, and bike cover in them and that is without expanding them. They are somewhat water resistant in very light rain. You need the included waterproof covers for anything heavier but the covers work well. They look good once I added some saddlebag supports (see below). The tailbag & saddlebag setup works well. When I get to work, I unclip the tailbag and take it with me. The saddlebags stay put. Once initially installed, they are fairly easy to remove if you need to take them with you though.
The not so good... They really need to be a couple of inches deeper or made more rectangular to be really effective for a commuter. I can't manage to fit a binder or a decent sized laptop in the saddlebags. There is not much security since they are simply strapped to the bike and have simple zippered pockets. If you leave your bike out in the elements, you need to remember to install the waterproof covers if rain is in the forecast. Otherwise you will come back to soggy bags and possibly wet contents. When I first installed them on my bike, the bottoms of the bags really tilted inwards towards the rear tire. I rode that way for a few weeks and never noticed any contact with the tire. However, it looked pretty sad. I managed to find some saddlebag supports for my bike that work great. Now the bags look like they were designed for the bike.
Overall they work decently for my purposes. They are no substitute for hard cases but they are also much less expensive.
September 25, 2015
Buy these bags!
I highly recommend these saddlebags. I use them on my 2001 Kawasaki ZRX 1200R. I have to turn them around backwards so as to clear the exhaust, but I still like the way they look even being on the bike backwards and there is plenty of room between the bottom of the bag and the exhaust. I also purchased the tail bag to go with the saddlebags and all together, they make a really nice set. I made a ride down to the Texas hill country with a couple of my friends and was able to carry everything I needed. We got rained on during the trip, but using the included rain covers, my bags and everything inside them stayed perfectly dry.
September 15, 2015
Melted away by the exhausts, Diavel
Was excited to get these saddlebags as they were reviewed well. Turns out my bike exhaust was to close to it. I had used it once on a 100 mile trip. Went home and found out there was a hole on the bottom. I would not recommend it for a diavel or any bike whose exhaust is anywhere close to where the saddlebag rests.
September 14, 2015
They fit nicely on a 1997 CBR
I bought these after buying groceries and discovered carrying everything in my pack was a pain.
I looked everywhere where for saddlebags but couldn't find one's that looked nice and felt good. I work at shop and I just started so I come and go with some of my tools and this does the job nicely I'm still getting used to having them on the bike but I'm getting confident that they will hold.
August 29, 2015
Worth saving for something better.
I bought these bags in preparation for a big trip and have been using them around town and for weekend trips. I don't like the way they fit on my bike. The way they rest, they become concave which eats up a lot of the storage space. Their one day in the rain with the rain covers on I ended up with water in the bottom of the bags after about an hour of showers. If I had the chance, I would sell these and buy hard cases instead.
August 17, 2015
Using daily for home to work commute and they have stayed on well. Look great on my bike. Yet to try them on longer rides and rain.
August 16, 2015
Already falling apart
Bought these for my cross Canada trip. That was 1.5 month ago, and it was no longer than 4 weeks before they started to fall apart. I did not buy it through revzilla, and I wish I'd save my proof of purchase. It is an easy process to put these bags on the motorcycle, yes. BUT, raincovers are not that easy to put on in the *right* way. After couple of days in the rain, these covers would start flaking off from the inside (like these old cheap backpacks usually did), therefore not providing much of the protection. After two weeks, the elastic straps holding the cover on the bag ripped off somehow (during the ride), so the cover flew away, and I did not notice that before the end of a day, when I finally stopped.
The zippers.. poor quality! Right now (after 1.5month) one of them is practically unusable.
Ballistic nylon.. well.. the fabric started to stretch,and separate it's threads around the zipper after like 3 weeks. Then it became so weak, that part of the zipper would separate itself from the fabric. I'll try to provide pics later.
The shape of the bags.. the way the bags are shaped makes them hard to use for anything than work commuting. You have literally no chance to stuff all these things you'll need for 1+month journey. I ended up using my old 55liter backpack as my main 'stuff container', and used these bags mostly for carrying fuel canister (1.24 gallon fits well), tools, chain lube.
Overally I cannot overstate how *unsatisfied* I am with these bags, and I certainly discourage you from buying them.
August 3, 2015
Overall a good product
I purchased the set for a 2013 Honda NC700X. The install was easy, however I had to make a bracket system to keep the bags from sagging into the wheel well. The slightest bit of rain will penetrate into the bags, so make sure you use the outer shell covers provided. I also noticed the bag had water resting on the bottom of one of the covers after riding in the rain. Needless to say the contents inside got a little wet.
Overall, they are a great commuter soft luggage system and not bad for the price. I would recommend these bags for someone who is a short commuter.
Stay safe out there....
July 8, 2015