Cortech Super 2.0 Saddlebags
Perfect for my application
These fit and look great on my pristine 1990 Honda CBR1000F. Exactly what I was looking for. For longer trips I'll lay my Wolfman dry duffel across the top of them, for REAL waterproof storage. But these are handy, easy to install, and attractive.
July 6, 2016
Works great, plenty of room
I purchased the saddlebags as a birthday present for my boyfriend's CB919 after much research. It was very easy to install and is not too bulky. It has only been used for the last few weeks but has been stuffed with clothes, shoes, and a gi for many short trips without a problem. I would highly recommend this product, especially for the cost.
May 10, 2016
Great for the price
Awesome saddlebags. Had to fiddle with them to get it right but they're cheaper than hard bags.
April 27, 2016
Easy to use and convenient!
I just went on a trip up the coast of California about 300 miles with a pair of these. They performed perfectly; easy to put on and take off and plenty of storage space. They are unobtrusive and I found myself checking the mirrors and reaching back to convince myself they were there as I didn't feel them in any way. There was some heavy fog and a bit of rain but even without the covers everything stayed dry.
Might want to upgrade to hard luggage if you're worried about locking, but presumably if you're looking at this it's because you've already decided on soft luggage.
They fit the my 2007 Kawasaki EX500R well with plenty of clearance over the exhausts.
April 26, 2016
Overall great, but depends on bike
These bags are well-constructed and seem very durable. They hold a lot of gear. They come with rain covers that work well. As to installation, I can only speak to them when combined with the matching tail bag. They aren't difficult to install, but it does take a few minutes to get everything lined up and tightened down correctly. Could be harder on some bikes depending on the subframe and what you have available for tie down points.
The caveat of these bags is that they can be a little hard to install on sportier bikes, especially with under tail exhaust. I didn't have one of the bags adjusted just right and over the course of a day's ride it led to the bag slipping down a little bit and melting onto my plastic fairing. Keep well away from exhaust and make sure the straps stay tight!
April 4, 2016
These bags fit my bike perfect. Took maybe 5 minutes to install. Super easy to figure out. They are bigger than expected and look like I will be able to hold plenty of cargo in each. Have not used them yet so I'm not sure how they perform but they are seem to be very sturdy and durable.
February 16, 2016
I put these on my Honda Phantom. I was worried on how they would look. I think they look great. Nice to finally not have to wear a back pack. Plenty of room for most of my stuff. I don't think my riding coat can fit, but I have not tried yet either. If it gets warm, I want to ditch the jacket. I bought the 10L tail bag to go with it, to balance the look. Awesome combo. My only regret is I should have gone with the 24L tail bag, maybe. The saddle bags are heavy duty quality. They should last a long time. I don't ride in the rain, so that should make them last even longer. Hopefully the UV rays don't weather them too much. I like the fact they are expandable too. A little more wiggle-room for some larger items. For the price, these things really can't be beat. An awesome look, and the reflective piping makes me even more visible than ever. The picture attached is the initial fit, nothing really locked down and it's in a bad position and lighting. I do like the looks of it on my cruiser. I wanted to attach it because I only ever saw sport bikes with these bags. So I thought maybe other cruiser guys might want to see what they would look like...
October 12, 2015
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