Saddlemen BR3400 Sissy Bar Bag
Great bang for buck; extremely spacious
I bought this bag for my annual trip down to Deal's Gap, but it's proved to be useful even on day trips. The lower compartment is extremely spacious. For long trips I can pack a second helmet if I want to, along with stuffing rolled T-shirts and socks in the spaces. The upper compartment is nice to put a couple of pairs of pants or a first aid kit or other motorcycle tools. The outside compartments are excellent for stowing rain gear or thermal liners. On my way down to Deal's Gap this year I got soaked the whole way through Tennessee. I was shocked at how well the rain cover worked. This was the only time I've used it, so I'm not sure if it will maintain its "waterproofness" over time. If riding solo I typically place the bag on the sissy bar and against my back for support, It makes the ride much more enjoyable. If Two-up I can also mount the bag on my luggage rack. If you have a tiny luggage rack like I do, be mindful of the soft bottom deforming because of the weight of the bag contents. I took a piece of half-inch plexi-glass and cut it to fit into the bottom of the bag to prevent it from warping on long rides when tied down to the luggage rack.
February 21, 2015
Nice bag - great Christmas gift for my husband
My husband picked out this bag after reviewing several different brands. It has a lot of what he was looking for at a good price. From my perspective, it was easy to order and it arrived quickly. It also looks like it's good quality. We won't know the ease of install, performance, or durability feedback until after Christmas :). I know he'll love it!
October 6, 2014
Fantastic, spacious luggage
Just completed a 4000 mile, month-long trip with these. Plenty of room for lots of stuff - love all the pockets. Easy to get on and off the bike with the straps (we sat them on our rear racks, but could have sat them on passenger seat as well). Unwieldly to carry because of specialized shape - we always got luggage cart from hotel to roll them inside. Had a lot of rain and used rain cover, but stuff got damp anyway - we need to seal seams on the rain cover, and also water came in from the unprotected bottom. Next time we will line inside with a heavy plastic bag. Rode much of the way with our leather jackets clipped under the top flap. So glad we got these!
September 11, 2014
Plenty of room and compartments
I had this mounted on a sissy bar rack for a 1,000 mile trip I did recently. Plenty of tie down points, and can easily carry enough gear for a weekend trip. Have not used in the rain yet. I actually stored some small tools in the rain cover compartment. It doesn't look bulky or too out of place on the bike either.
July 14, 2014
sits nicely on the back of the cruiser
It was fairly easy to install, sits solidly on the bike and fits heaps of gear inside with all the nifty sections
August 12, 2013
Lots of compartments. Some harder to access than others.
I bought this as a backrest that would hold gear instead of installing a backrest and bag for a Spyder RT Roadster. The seat on the RT is wider than most two wheeled bikes so the attachment harness that goes under the seat is a bit lacking but will still work.
Fueling the Spyder is a bit tricky but you won't have to remove the bag to do it. That's why I went with this bag.
It took a while for the bag to conform to the passenger seating area but it works great now!
August 5, 2013
Great bag, lots of room
I purchased this bag late in the spring to use for the 600+ mile ride from VA to NH for bike week in Laconia. It mounted easily on my Vulcan using the hardware that connects under the saddle. The sissy-bar sleeve and the four straps connecting to the D-rings on the saddle hardware make for a very sturdy set up - you could fill this thing with lead weights and it would still hang on! Solid connections, well-built.
Sadly, it rained practically the whole trip, including the entire ride up through WV, PA and NY. The rain cover worked well enough for the top part of the pack, and really would probably have been fine if not for the fact that it was really pouring down rain for 500 miles. However, the bottom part of the bag, and a bunch of my clothes inside DID get wet. Also the D-rings rusted pretty quickly - not that big a deal, but I was surprised that they weren't made of stainless. After the first day of riding, I took everything apart in my hotel room and simply put everything that was going to be at the bottom of the bag in a trash bag. Problem solved. I'll hit the whole thing with some camp-dri, and it should be ok for the next rainy ride.
Overall, very good set up.
July 22, 2013
Plenty of storage space
This great bag has heaps of expandable storage space in the numerous compartments. Great little area for storing a jacket if things get too warm while travelling. Good rain protection with the built in rain cover. Overall more than adequate storage for a decent trip
September 18, 2012