Cortech Super 2.0 Saddlebags
2nd pair. Will be getting the tail bag soon
I had an older version of these a while back that I sold when I sold that old bike and I loved them. They are durable and roomy. On a 2003 Kawasaki Ninja 250 the rear binkers are a bit in the way, but the saddle bags still set fine. Now I have a 2001 Concours and need a pair of bags to replace the hard bags on the bike. Fits better than on the ninja and hold up to some serious shaking around and triple digit speeds. I can fit a tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and camelbak in this to make a weekend camping trip.
November 10, 2014
Excellent bags, modular construction
I LOVE these saddlebags. The cortech construction is very modular, with a huge zip out expansion on each side to accommodate short, or long-term packing options. The install was incredibly easy, and took no adjusting to fit on my bike. However the massive velcro straps would definitely be suitable to be expanded or contracted to fit other models.
So far I have packed everything in here for a weekend getaway, to a 6-day tour, to a conference presentation ride. Also, for longer trips, they easily strap into the Cortech tailbag with no extra hassles.
And, to top it all off, they look quite good on my SV650. No issues with rubbing on the finish after 2000 miles of riding. Solid padding!
October 5, 2014
Exactly what I was looking for
I'll start by saying that I've only taken these out on a couple of overnight trips, with some longer rides coming up soon so I'll try to update.
Bags are well put together and really easy to install. My one gripe is that after riding for a while, the straps seem to loosen up a bit, but it hasnt caused any problems. With these, a tankbag and small backpack my lady and I can easy carry enough to get away for a few days.
Conveniently also fits a 6pack in each side with room to spare for snacks.
September 30, 2014
Sturdy set of universal bags
Good quality and construction. Very adjustable so they actually fit up on the tail of a '14 GSX-750R.
September 29, 2014
The bags are excellent! Only complaint is that the bags are starting to sag after 1 month of use. As in the bags are both moving closer to the wheel. Forgot to buckle the straps down on a 80 mile ride. Bags stayed in place. I'd give them credit for that. Holds a lot even with the covers that are included which some bags is separate.
September 15, 2014
Great soft luggage
In short, best soft luggage out there in my opinion next to OEM hard luggage. I use thes to tour on my VFR. I have put miles and miles on these and they work great even at high speeds.
September 15, 2014
Fits 2009 KLR650
These replaced a pair of soft and saggy old OEM Kawasaki bags. I liked my old bags because they were deep and held a ton, but they finally fell apart. The Cortech are smaller, but stiff and look so much cleaner on the bike. The instructions suck, and I had left the tie down straps in the bottom of the box under the packing. I kept trying to connect the bag straps to the female connectors that are supposed to be used for the optional top bag, then finally figured it out. Anyway- other than the nylon buckle tie downs I connected to my soft bag side racks, the bags connect across the top together with 2 velcro straps. There is also a nylon "wrap" that encloses the velcro straps so you aren't sitting on any open velcro or potentially opening it on accident. The instructions don't even mention these or talk about installing them but they give everything a clean look. With my soft luggage racks adding more width to the bike, I almost exceed the length of the velcro straps across the seat, so I like this wrap. I have the 2nd strap running through the KLR rear luggage deck. The bags are super stiff, which I like. Not a big fan of the top zipper opening, as it is narrow and short and restricts top loading a bit (the opening is more narrow than the overall width of the bag). My old bags were more of a wide "U" shape opening to take advantage of more of the bag. Without extending the bag, it is only 5" wide inside. Unzipping the side to expand it, only adds about 2" in width. The top zippers look pretty beefy, but I have concerns about the expand zippers as they seem kind of cheap. Most KLR owners might not go for these because of the size, but as I only use my KLR for commuting, these bags are fine. I can get a lunch, small thermos, pair of shoes (not boots), jacket liner or soft shell and tie down net divided between BOTH bags with just a bit of room to spare, and small tools in the small side pockets. They won't hold my size 42 riding jacket at all, even if the bag is empty. I didn't like the glaring white "Cortech" logo on the sides, so some black Plasti-dip spray took care of that...Overall, good bags for the price. Will have to see how they hold up once exposed to the sun, fog, different temps, etc.
September 8, 2014
Great for the price!
I owned a set of Cortech saddlebags in red for about 10 years... they lasted well but one of the zippers broke finally. These bags look great and they seem very sturdy! A bonus was the top bag I own which is also Cortech fits with these saddlebags so I can continue to have the extra room a woman wants!
September 8, 2014