Wolfman E-12 Enduro Saddle Bags
A good Jack of all trades set of bags
I use these on my WR250R and they now work quite well. I would imagine many people would need to customize them a bit as I did. I got a pipe heat shield from Giant Loop to keep the bag off the pipe as well as applied some sticky heat shield to a corner of the bag that was able to still touch the pipe in certain circumstances, and it has worked very well. None of that is a fault of the bags as they weren't for my bike specifically and obviously bikes are all a bit different. They hold a decent amount of gear and look right on the bike. Another good Wolfman product.
November 11, 2013
Mounted E-12 on 2008 WR250R
I had the Dirtbagz Ranger bags and mounting racks before and I didn't care for the bulky look and large foot print. When looking at these I was trying to get something tight to the bike and the needed traits streamlined, zero interferance while standing, price point. What it lacks in water proofing (easily solved with my stuff sacks I use anyways) it gains in good looks, flexibility and cool factor. It didnt' hurt that I have a boat load of other Wolfman stuff and I love their quality & attention to detail... and I'm a bit of a nerd for matching gear!
Install was easy, the instructions can help you if you can't figure it out! I mounted mine UNDER the seat and after seeing another install I'm going to make some notch cutouts in the lip under the seat to keep it in place and reduce wear points on the straps.
I took these bags on a 200mile trip during the 2013 Shenandoah 500 rally in George Washington National Forest. Very tight even over gnarley rocky stuff and rutted dirt. I never had anything come loose or shake about. GREAT compression system and easily accepted the 1L Fuel bottle on top of the left one. This was a big one for me as I didn't want my 2gal rotopax on the rear rack off road. 1L will get you 10-15 miles on these little bikes and you shouldn't ever need more on recreational runs. Perfect matchup with the E-12, you could even add a 2nd one on the right with yoru water bottle or more fuel etc... I've been thinking of putting a tool tube on the right one to keep the contents of my fender bag in.
Heat issues** If you have a Wr250R you are worried that this will burn on the exhaust it does not. I ran it all weekend at the rally mounted with the right bag on the exhaust shield as pictured. If you have the FMF or another aftermarket that does not use the stock shield you can make it work by drawing them far enough forward if you mount under seat but then it's getting close to your legs. I've seen it done by shifting forward and by using a custom bracket to hold the bag up.
October 15, 2013
Another fine product from Wolfman
Theses E-12's replace an older set of E-10''s from around 2009. I was wanting to move my tool kit lower and still have room for tubes , tire spoons and other trail repair kit items . Size of the E-12's is perfect and all the stuff they carry leave room in the wolf tail pack for other gear I strip off as the day gets hotter during rides. Used these in Cloudcroft NW for 4 days of trail riding and they held up to the task. The new buckles to strap the back down work great and are easy to install/ remove the bags. Only issue is the pull tab strings do come out of the finger tab...this happens on all of my other Wolf bags as well...zip ties make good replacements :-)
September 30, 2013
Frameless for enduro's are relativly limited. You can go giant loop or wolfman or some other german company. Least those are the ones I know off. The day I got these bags The pull cord on the zipper tabs broke on two of them. I wrapped bailing wire on them instead of the chinsy thing they had and didn't really care. After two months and 7k miles of enduroing from NH to AK they are totally trashed and falling apart. They aren't even remotely water proof. And a couple of the straps broke. While they stay on the bike they do a flop a bit Also the shape of them is a little awkward, Its hard to maximize the space. Honestly think they could have come up with a much better product.
The only reason I said I'd recommend this product is there isnt much else out there for frameless saddlebags.
August 5, 2013
Solid, good size bag
I'd have given it an excellent throughout but it does not fit my BMW F650GS out of the box. Straps are too short and the beemer doesn't have a "fender" in the rear to utilize the cool strapage. I made it work rather well buying longer webbing for the top 2 and a single piece for the rear (it fits inbetween the taillight and the luggage rack. I also added some quick release buckles for the top since I'm taking it off often. Now its sweet.
June 27, 2013
A bit expensive
These bags are well made and fit my KLX250s very well. To me they seem a bit overpriced for what you get, but that seems to be the case with all motorcycle luggage and accessories. This was cheaper and larger than the Giant Loop Mojave which I was also considering, and probably the least expensive way to get bags on a dirt bike styled bike that actually look like they belong there. Still going to add a rack system for more storage options in the future.
June 3, 2013
Purchased the bags under the pretense that I needed to be able to carry more luggage on my little bike (Honda CBR250R) and had no mounting rack to do so. The universal mounting harness system that they going is pretty much exactly that- There's enough straps, clips, and buckles coming off of the bags to secure it to pretty much any bike in one fashion or another. Mounting it the first time took some doing (About twenty to thirty minutes of doing), but once I got everything in place, the result was more or less satisfactory. I fastened the 'overhead' straps under the back seat and tied the rearward harness in a nice little bow just beneath the tail light. Also, taking the pack off the bike is the same process as putting it on (At least for me, because it involves untying knots ), so the bags typically stay on the bike.
My main issue with the bags (At least at this point, and it's sort of a non-issue) is the shape. They are shaped pretty much exactly as they are in the pictures. Like triangles. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as each bag can hold a large assortment of small objects (Or a one half-gallon of milk plus several soup cans), but if you need to hold, say, a rectangular box, the bags will often have the width but not the height, or vice versa. Moreover, the Cordura (or whatever sort of nylon the bags are made out of) doesn't seem like it would perform too well in the rain. I haven't had the opportunity to get them wet yet, so I can't say for certain, but the material doesn't seem dense enough to do much good. Nothing a few plastic bags can't solve, though.
The saddlebags, overall, do their job. Though it's too early to say if the price matches the quality (As there are quite a few bags of different brands with similar price with more features and carrying capacity), they make my life a little easier without the need of a mounting rack, so there's that.
May 20, 2013
Short term review; pleased with this product..
I purchased these bags for my 2013 KTM 500 EXC. The main reason was that no mounting frame is required. I'm not sure I should, or want to, place too much weight on this bike anyway. After all, I went with the KTM for high end performance and agility/ability, not to be a cargo bike! Anyway I mounted the E-12s a few days ago, they went on easy and fit well with only the stock equipment supplied---so far, so good. I have them loaded up with approx. 25-28 lbs. of tools, rain gear, extra gloves, rope, etc. I took them out on a highway ride in a cold down-pouring rain storm the other night........WARNING: they are not very water resistant. This issue, from what I see at this point, is the main area that needs to be improved. How many of us are not going to ride through water & mud on trails, and/or in rain storms? Perhaps treating with Scotch-Guard will help?
I do plan to use my lower sub-frame bolt to mount a strap ring so that I can get the exhaust side strap completely away from the hot pipe (see picture on Wolfman website---they show a picture of this method for the E-12s on a KTM 525 EXC ). This strap is now very close to my KTMs pipe, but, seems to be okay--just a little concerned that it may prematurely fail if left that way.
Over all I am pleased, the E-12s appear to be well designed, constructed, and of good quality materials. I can recommend them; just keep in mind the water issue.
December 6, 2012