Cortech Super 2.0 Saddlebags
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
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