Saddlemen Sport Tunnel Bag
Great bag, poor straps
This bag fits great on my seat (Mustang Day tripper one piece seat on a 2000 Honda Shadow Spirit VT1100) and has plenty of storage compartments. The size of the bag is good. The only thing I do not like are the straps. It comes with two straps that are ring tightening and they are okay, but the other straps are useless. Saddlemen should just not include them and lower the price or come up with better straps. I am purchasing short bungee cords to help hold this bag down the straps that come with it are not sufficient.If you purchase this bag know you will need an alternative to the straps they provide.
September 20, 2013
I used this on my last 9000+kms trip and it came extremely useful! I got the wide version, that fits perfectly on my Multistrada, and was able to fit rain gear, cameras, some tools, chain spray, documents, cellphone... you name it, everything you could ever need to have handy on your bike without having to use the panniers all the time. I even threw in some beer bottles :D
I think it will also be perfect for a short overnight trip. I rode in all conditions,including heavy rain and the rain cover worked great.
My only complaints are that it didn't include any straps to hold the mounting system, and after some time the metal ring on the rain cover fastener came off, but other than that, I highly recommend this!
January 15, 2013
on a 2011 Hayabusa
The wide is for the Hayabusa. Straping it to the seat takes some time to find just the right spot for the straps to go at. It's knocked to the side getting on the bikes if your foot hits it. The straps slip. It is made very well like most saddlemen products. Not a great deal of storage room though. But it is great for just out and about. The sides do rub your tail fairing if you but to much in the bag. Would be most useful for long trips, with the saddebags. Like I said, this is a Hayabusa rating, may be better on some other bikes.
July 30, 2012
Great Bag, Terrible Mounting System
Touring on a k8 GSX-R 600
(for reference: toured 7 states and 8000+ miles on this bke before purchasing the Saddleman Sport Tunnel Bag)
The bag is easy to install and the bag itself is durable and well constructed, the mounting system, however, failed terribly.
There is a small piece with d-ring ties that fit horizontally across the passenger seat and then velcros to the actual bag and then is secured by three straps that latch into the bag. Upon arrival of the bag, there was a small thread hanging off one of the straps, I didn't think much of it, but it then proceeded to completely unravel within the first 30 miles. At which point, I had already flown out of town and was well on my way for a 1300 mile trip.
Additional straps clip into the bag and loop around the tail end of the bike (I have no passenger pegs, so I secured one set around the tail and another around the license plate holder).
Unfortunately, these straps have no elasticity and began to loosen, forcing me to stop and buy bungees to further strap down the bag.
After 300 miles, and a number of close calls where the bag nearly slide off the bike, I gave up, and secured the bag to my boyfriend's bike (2009 Hayabusa with Givi Top Case). The top case ensured that the bag could not slide back off the bike.
The mounting system is absolutely terrible and I can't see it working on any bike for distance. The velcro system and latch system does not prevent the bag from shifting when leaning into turns.
July 25, 2012
If your looking for a great looking, durable bag with moderate capacity that is quick to install and remove then this is it.
After the initial installation of the mount the bag comes on and off extremely easy. The design and look of this bag is really good, I've gotten several compliments on it, I have it on a 1st Generation Vmax and it fits the bike great.
I was hoping this bag would have just a little more storage capacity. So far I've used the bag on 2 trips of a few hundred miles each. I've been able to pack a couple days worth of clothes an overnite bag and my GoPro camera and gear in it, but that is really about it.
I've not been caught in the rain with it yet so I haven't tried the rain cover.
Overall, I'm really pleased with the bag, it doesn't hold a great deal but I didn't expect it to. It looks good, is easy to install and then easy and quick to remove and remount. This bag is more suitable for day trips or short weekend trips than a long trip.
July 15, 2012
Perfect bag for anyone
This bag is perfect can fit a lot in it. Quick on and off easy install. Comes off in about 30 secs and back on in about a minute. I ride a gen 2 v Max and saddle bags ect look like junk on it, but this bag actually flows with the bike and is great carrying stuff to and from work. Just buy it you won't regret it.
June 4, 2012
Good value - not very roomy
I purchased the wide model to sit on my Triumph America. the rear seat is not rectangular, so the "tunnel" of this bag seemed to be larger at the wrong end for me. I mounted it backwards and it seems to fit better and actually, I prefer the look. Many small spaces and pockets, but the large area is not very deep. Not sure how another reviewer managed to get a helmet in it, my full face one would never make it. But, the exterior rings let you net or bungee anything on top.
Easy to put on and easy to use. Much happier with it than wearing a backpack. All and all, I'm very glad I purchased it.
April 28, 2012
Saddlemen Sport Tunnel Bag - smaller model pack
Well, what can I say…. In my case I needed something for work and something I could ditch in less than a minute when I want it gone. This looked like the ticket and so far it’s working for me. I have a Gen2 VMAV and saddlebags just get melted by the exhaust, tank bags don’t seem to fit the VMAX very well and I don’t like them. Welcome to the tail bag!!!
First, what can I put in there…? It’s not just about what you can put in there; it’s about what you can put on top too. First let’s talk about the inside. I have the smaller model and it’s not a lot of space. I tried putting a full size adventure jacket in there and no way that was going to happen, but lots of stuff can be crammed in moderation. For me the main compartment which opens from the rear is where most your stuff will go. So far I have put a clear visor in there, my leather jacket liner, my leather jackets removable sleeve panels, a rain jacket, 2 bungee nets, gloves, and I could still jam in some other small items if I wanted to. In the right and left sleeve pockets, I keep some sun glasses and a 5ft wire lock. I have not used the storage on the very top, but could get small items like gloves or balaclava in there. So, not much more space than a massive tank-bag, but you have the whole top end to strap things on, and in my case, it’s my jacket on hot days, or my helmet under a net. The nice things are that you have all these lower rings and upper rings to net, strap or bungee stuff however you wish. The bag comes with 4 of its own Saddlemen straps which I have not used yet. The lower rings tuck in when you are not using them, and so far tucked or not, they have not scratched the bike. I have been 100+mph with no issues; just be smart how you strap everything. Oh, the little horizontal pouch in the photo is the rain fly. I have not used this yet; but it makes a nice backrest.
Installation… Unfortunate for me, I have to remove my seat (socket wrench needed), but others who have tried my bag (late model GSXR and R1), had no issues – went right on. I think the bag is more stable with cruisers, but it fits the superbikes great so long as you reinforce it with some additional straps or bungees when loaded heavy.
Here is how it works. You have a small Velcro pad that straps around your seat. Once installed, the pad on your seat attaches to the bag via Velcro and 3 pull-&-latch straps. Because of this, the bag can be removed in less than a minute, probably about 20 seconds actually.
It looks good too… I think so! All in all I can’t complain, I’m happy with my purchase.
NOTE: for comparison, the VMAX has a very small pillion. Many bikes can use the larger tail pack. Keep that in mind.
Originally I saw this on a Vrod, looks awesome and fits well on those too.
March 26, 2012