Good no-fuss investment
I bought this set for commuting with my BMW F800ST. It added enough space for the daily slog, plus some work-out clothes. Really only one negative so far, which might be common to all of these bag types: they flop around a lot at freeway speeds if you do not load them up. So a (collapsible) tail bag seems to be a better solution of you just needs space, but don't always run loaded. I would really only use these guys now for weekend trips, or when I know I have a larger load for the day. They're easy to install and get off again, and their tapered form swallows a surprising amount of stuff. I did feel them though in strong cross-winds, but again that will probably be the case for all these products. No issues so far (3 months) with exhaust heat; the bag hangs barely an inch above the pipe and shows no signs of heat damage.
July 19, 2016
Great bang for the buck
Bought these bags for a trip to Boston from Brooklyn on my Aprilia Shiver. I was worried that they might get damaged from my pipes (underseat and touching the bags) but they performed fine. I also rode with these in the rain and the provided raincovers do a great job keeping the water out. I wish I kept my phone in them instead of my jeans...
September 21, 2015
This bag was good enough for what I needed but the extra compartment that opens made this bag lean too much that I had to close it and re pack my bag. Had to leave few things but it was for the good. The rain covers work ok did get rain on a lot and they got water inside but I believe I could of done better putting the cover on them. Overall they are ok will used them again
August 23, 2015
Make sure you get mounts !! or say bye to these.
If you have a street bike / naked bike and you're a newbie to saddle bags like I was, make sure you get the proper mounting racks, or these babies will weigh down inwards towards your rear wheel and get disintegrated when they touch it.
I had a passenger so the bike was even lower and after our first pit stop, the bottom part of these saddle bags was completely eaten up by the tire. So get those mounts. Absolutely!
July 20, 2015
Faded to purple from black in 43 days!! See pics!
May 9, 2015. My KLR rolled out after repair. Fitted on it was the new set of bags to replace the damaged ones from the accident. Those were two days old, and can be seen in pics. My bike is stored in a garage, and parked in the sun at work. I have been able to ride it to work 43 times since then. The bags are still limber, but have no color. They leak, even with the rain covers.
As for good points, there are some. They have plenty of room, mount however you want them to, open and close easy, and won't scratch your fairings.
But they are purple on an all black bike! Uhhh! I will contact zilla and ogio.
Don't buy these, I dont know what to tell you to buy, but don't buy these.
July 16, 2015
Great bags but on my 2008 Gsxr they're are a couple areas where the interior of the straps need to be cushioned. It scuffed the paint a bit until i found some padding to tape to the inside. With very minor mods to them they Look and work fantastically. I have a Arrow exhaust that is pretty high but the bags have plenty of clearance. Best looking, and best made I've ever had and they hold a huge amount of gear especially when you unzip to expand to hold probably 10 more liters per bag. Definitely recommend to anyone that wants great bags with a sporty look.
February 18, 2015
Good for Both Long & Short Trips
Got a set of saddlebags along with a tailbag for a road trip from Green Bay, WI to Muskegon, MI on my '06 CBR600RR. It fits a ludicrous amount of gear - pants, shirts, shoes, emergency kit, etc.
It's best for long trips; unless the velcro is an exact fit it shifts left or right enough to change your balance. The rain fly is great for keeping gear safe, though. My favorite feature is the compression - unzip it, pack it up, zip it and your gear is compressed down snug.
It was difficult to mount because the ends of the straps are just loops - my tip is to interlock each pair of loops into two continuous straps under the tail. The one bad experience is that my initial set had stitching ripped apart on both bags after the road trip but RevZilla has been nice enough to facilitate a replacement for me.
November 26, 2014
Fits my needs
Installed on FZ09. Fabricated brackets so lower part of bag would not swing inboard toward rear tire. Purchased mainly because just big enough to hold my Shoei, price, and narrow enough when mounted to squeeze bike out of storage area.
The Good: Just the right size for previously stated reasons. Simple, reasonably sturdy, easy to install, don't interfere with any lights or passenger access. Can use rear seat /tops of bags as cargo net area for extra....cargo. Less $$ than luggage rack. Look great on the bike.
The Not so Good: Not very big. Basically a little more volume than two full face helmets when expanded. Strap attachment points on front/rear of bags should be angled down more. Difficult to snap in strap connector with any tension on strap; they're always a bit loose. The bags will gradually shift to the heavier side if cargo weight unbalanced. Lost some directional stability with the bike, primarily at highway speeds when dancing with semi trucks. Slight shimmy from handlebars. Guessing the bags flap around a little at higher speeds. Not really a problem for me.
Overall, very happy with the bags.
August 12, 2014