Saddlemen BR4100 Dresser Back Seat Bag
Houston to Fairbanks RT
Here is my review of this bag after traveling from Houston to Fairbanks and back -+/- 14000 miles. The good news is that this bag made it back, mostly in tact but compromised for sure. I was confident in the final status of this bag to ride with it safely secured (altho’ I was always concerned) back to home.
Both of the “D” Rings (just below the mesh side pockets on each side) let go on the same day traveling from Dawson Creek to Muncho Lake, Northern Rockies B, BC, Canada, with only one short 15 km hard packed gravel road section and a torrential summer thunderstorm pelting rain…. I felt the bag shift entering the parking lot at the Great Rockies Lodge, and when checking it, I found both “D” rings pulled out. Fortunately there is another set of “D” Rings near the front the bag that were a backup. These were much more difficult to clip onto/off of every day, but could be facilitated by opening the saddlebags for better access.
The bag is moderately water resistant, but seeps more than leaks, especially at the zipper area. Never a real problem on this trip, but I should have possibly thought about W/P covers for it…
The bottom sides (below the mesh sidepockets) of the bag would pick up wetness from light rains as well as heavier rains showers, possibly due to spray from the front tire?
The bag was a good size, and it turned out that by the ending of the trip, I had it down to everything in one bag, except things like boots, gloves, tools, 2 gas cans that were permanent residents of the saddlebags. Spare helmet, documents, BU glasses, go pro, seatback, rags, water in the tour pack.
The bag is awkward to handle off the bike, and it needs two hefty handles on the top instead of one. I used the extra luggage straps on top until one of the buckles broke while carrying it to my accommodation. Even the backpack straps didn’t work out for me. Find a baggage cart at your hotel!
The back buckle, centered just under the slim lateral pocket, broke twice, I was able to rob a couple of buckles for off of the other straps. Thanks goodness that all were able to match up.
That being said, would I use this bag on another such – or even shorter trip?
No, it is too far gone (compromised) to trust it any farther. It gets wet from the split seams where the “D” Rings pulled out during some rough roads during the AlCan’s summer repair programs. Rightly so, as that’s the only time to make repair progress. Over all the AlCan Hiway is fair to good, with chance of meatballs…
If Saddleman would make some improvements, I would consider buying another. Overall, Saddleman makes a nice piece of motorcycle specific baggage.
However, it was big, awkward, held all of everything in one, provided a good back rest, thermal pocket held my metal insulated drink cup – cold or hot – for a long time. It needs a double zipper installed in the inner lid mesh pocket. It could be reshaped (widened) to fit the shape of the FLTRU tour pack speakers, and therefore a bit shorter. My opinion only as a user.
August 7, 2016
great bag, not water resistant tho
Bought the bag and left on a 3900 mile round trip out west. Excellent size, I could pick up my loaded back without my husband's help. Even added a roll bag on top with the straps built in. Lots of places to tie it down. However it's not very water resistant. We were caught in a thunderstorm and some of my clothes and my laptop got wet. I even used a rain cover from a previous bag and it still leaked. My husband's bag did not leak, so it may be luck of the draw. Despite the water, I still would highly recommend this bag. Fit both my husband's Victory and my Stryker.
November 10, 2014
Performed very well; secondary purpose as back rest was very welcome fringe benefit.
Rode my Can-Am from upstate NY to New Orleans for National Elks Convention. Shipped formal wear but carried all other items on bike & in this seat bag. Carried enough gear for 12 days before doing laundry. By bike standards, the bag is cavernous, held its shape well and even though heavy, could be carried by handle on lid. I don't know how rain/water resistant it really is because in the course of the ride, we never got more than spritzed on. Durability is still a question mark but so far, so good. If you're going far and don't need your back seat, (touring models only) I highly recommend this.
July 22, 2014
Great bag for touring and backrest
I just got this bag. I am very happy with the bag, and I plan on buying the barrel bag that goes with it just for ease-of-use. I really believe it's well worth the purchase, it does great as a back rest and it has lots of storage. I put it on a victory vision tour model and it fits great victory has a bag just like it for $250 this bag was $150 well worth the price
April 7, 2014
Perfect Accessory for that long trip
I went on a 3050 mile road trip through a variety of conditions from 115 degree heat to hail and wind and rain. The bag hooks to the bike many different ways, about the only thing missing is a rain cover. The insulated pockets on the front side are good for keeping things cool, the back pocket is kind of a waste for my bike 04 road glide as the trunk is in the way but overall it is an excellent piece of kit.
August 13, 2013
Lots of room
This is a great bag, you have to get creative on how to attach the selection of straps depending on your bike. Also I have an Ultra Classic and it rubs on the speaker cover of the rear speakers making scuff marks.
July 22, 2013
Holds all you stuff for a week.
I have owned this bag for 5 years. Excellent bad to hold a weeks worth of clothing. I have 2008 harley ultra classic. Comes with 3 straps to secure to bike plus addition strap around the bottom of the bag to secure around the seat/tour pack rails. The bag is rigid but gives a little when over stuffing. Missing a rain cover. I put a green leaf bag over it when in rain conditions. Thought it might be water resistant, still need a bag to secure my things stay dry. Highly recommend for any tour rider.
July 19, 2013
I used this bag on the backseat of my Vstar 950 Tourer and just loved the storage space. Also, it was nice being able to use it as a backrest (bag has to be really full to do this).
June 3, 2013