Nelson Rigg CL-855 Touring Saddlebags
I have one trip on these so far, I bought them to use until I get hard panniers. I had one problem right out of the box. One of the buckles broke while snapping in. I have heard of this happening before and I called Nelson-Riggs customer service. They made it right and in two days, I had a new buckle. The bags are not waterproof, but they come with rain covers. I still packed everything in garbage bags for the trip. I felt like the covers were going to blow off at speed. When you get out of the rain, the bags dry out quick. Holding about 28 liters per side, I had more than enough room for all the stuff I thought I needed. I ride a Vstrom and I was worried about the right bag contacting the pipe. It did, but there were no ill effects from it. Installing the bags is as easy as throwing them over your seat, adjusting them, and then strapping them down with the supplied buckles and straps. Riding at about 80, the bags were secure and never moved an inch. For a low cost saddlebag, I don't think you can go wrong with these bags. Build quality is there and so is customer service if you need it.
I did a photo install of these bags on Stromtroopers. Feel free to look it up.
September 14, 2015
Great bags for the $$$
I received my order in less than a week from RevZilla. I soon noticed that one of the buckles would not stay cinched tight, and the Velcro straps were just a bit short for my bike, but not impossible to connect. So I contacted Nelson Rigg and they were extremely helpful in helping me determine that the buckle was simply looped through backwards so all I had to do was re-thread the strap through the right way, and the customer service person at Nelson Rigg even offered to ship a couple of Velcro extender straps to me at no extra charge! I am definitely impressed with the quality of service and craftsmanship of Nelson Rigg.
May 18, 2015
Tweak it a bit
Bought to replace the too-small, too heavy hardbags on a Tiger 1050. I bent a 1/2" EMT conduit hoop to keep the bags out from under the seat and off the exhaust. That was cheap/fast/easy/functional BUT now I'm trying to figure out how to mount them independently with a little more security without spending $300 for a rack. A work in progress since they're on and functional. The size is great, the weight is good, the material is good the rain covers stayed on for a short ride at 60 mph. The "accessory strap" for the bottom should just be included, I used a piece of nylon webbing and some quick release snaplocks to the same effect. I'll end up using more webbing to create loops for attaching the bag to rack. Wrapping the rack with the closing straps (as seen in video) means the bag falls off or tips upside down every time you open it. No work at all if you're ok using the hook and loop strap, riding a cruiser or an ST with low exhaust.
August 20, 2014
Meeting my needs
Installing the inserts/stiffeners is not a job for one hand. They are easy to get on and off. Yoke under locking seat is secure. On my 08 Bergman left side has to be unclipped-not removed to gas up. No road trips -yet. Fit finish and quality look good. Uncovered is not water "proof". A little 3M may help. Like the protector pads.
May 12, 2014
great bags for the price!
I had hard saddlebags on my 2005 Yamaha FJR1300, one decided to leave me when I was riding in Pennsylvania and I didn't trust the other one to stay on after that incident, I knew I wanted bags..so I decided to try these, love them so much I bought the tail bag to go with them...now I'm set up for some day trips this season....I would tell someone to buy these bags if they are in the market for some
April 14, 2014
Check the clearance, then check it again....
These seemed like they would be a nice set of bags for hauling some stuff to work each day. Got them on Friday 4/4/14, installed them and they looked good. I thought that I had good clearance between the bags and my exhaust (one inch, per the included instructions). Rode to work the next night, about an hour on mostly interstate, and when I got there the heat shields had melted through and so had the bags. Lots of melted nylon stuck to my exhaust and stuff. Needless to say, I wasn't thrilled. Called Nelson-Rigg and they asked that I send them some pictures and my contact info. They looked at the photos and said I mounted them wrong (didn't have enough clearance) and basically told me to go pound sand. I was offered replacement heat shields and that was it. I passed since the shields hadn't really done much for me the first go round. Revzilla was a bit more generous, and while they said that the manufacturer had the final word on warranty, they would give me 20% off on a different set up of my choosing.
So, the moral of the story is if you get these, please make sure that you have more then enough clearance between the exhaust and the bag's heat shields. If the shields are too close to the exhaust at all, you are gonna have a real mess of melted nylon and a lighter wallet, because they won't be covered under the warranty.
April 9, 2014