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Wolfman Expedition Dry Saddle Bags

Wolfman went all out to create the Expedition Dry Saddlebags. They designed these bags to be durable and 100% waterproof for the most adventurous and aggressive riders around. Wolfman started with burly 22 ounce and 34 ounce vinyl, and used cutting-edge Radio Frequency technology for completely sealed seams. Next, they developed an ultra-stable mounting system. These sturdy bags attach to the proprietary Wolfman Side Racks with what is possibly the easiest mounting system available.

These 100% waterproof bags seal out dust, mud and odors. Ideal in any climate, from the Wet Pacific Northwest, Rainy Emerald Isle, to dry dusty climates, and all weather in between. Roll-top closures seal the bags and make it easy to adjust capacity to suit your gear. The bags have two straps over the seat and each bag attaches to the Wolfman Side Rack at 4 points for maximum hold. The mounting straps double as compression straps to keep the load attached and tight. Wolfman also use an internal Butterfly stiffener, stiff back, bottom and front, which helps the bag retain shape and allows the load to be compressed tightly.

Features:

  • 100% Waterproof fabric - 22oz body and 34oz bottom
  • Waterproof roll-top with no-wick webbing
  • Multi Compression straps to cinch the load tight
  • Recycled tire-rubber backing pad
  • Extra tall opening for size adjustability
  • Tough, functional luggage protects your gear
  • Radio Frequency welded no-leak seams
  • Roll-top closures seal out the elements
  • Waterproof top webbing won't wick in water
  • Sold as a pair
  • Made in the USA

Dimensions:

  • Length: 13”
  • Width: 7”
  • Height: 13” adjustable about 3” more

Capacity:

  • 38 liters per pair - 19 liters each
  • The extra tall opening can adjust to add 2 or more liters per bag

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Fitment Notes & Exceptions

  • Wolfman feels that using these bags with the Wolf Side Racks makes for the ultimate in stability and ease of use
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Wolfman Expedition Dry Saddle Bags 4.8 5 31 31
Simply THE best ADV luggage around I've had these Expedition bags on my old KLR, and have nothing but praise to say about them! They're 100% waterproof, can take any knock or drop thrown at them, and when packed properly can hold a crazy amount of gear. When not in use they can be stored flat on the bike, and don't suffer from UV-fade. These were a permanent fixture on the KLR which was parked in the elements 80% of the time, and are so good they were a no-brainer for my BMW X-Challenge. They far surpassed my expectations and are ideal for those doing real-deal ADV riding. December 4, 2014
For the money, jump on them. It takes a few minutes to figure out all the straps. After the second time on and off, the install goes very quickly. Plenty of room for a week of clothing and your stuff will stay dry. Great bang for the buck. October 6, 2014
goodbye hard cases I'm glad I finally made the switch from hard panniers to soft. I have a duffel from Wolfman so I stayed with them and got these bags. They're lighter, lower profile, and I think they look better than hard boxes. The quality is great. Totally waterproof. I've read other reviews complaining about the cost and the fit. The cost is hundreds less than hard boxes and the fit can be fully adjusted. I have them mounted to a Hepco Becker rack and the fit is fine. There are plenty of similar products to this one but I recommend Wolfman because their quality has been solid in my experience and the webbing design is effective and simple - after getting used to it - and they just plain work. I should say the mounting straps are included with the saddle bags. September 1, 2014
Lighter than aluminum, more versatile as well I really like Wolfman products. I have their racks on my bike, so their bags were a natural choice. I also have hard panniers, but do not like to use them as they push the bike in wind and create gas guzzling drag. Even though these bags are considerably cheaper than metal cans, moto luggage is still overpriced for what it is. These roll top rubbery/vinyl bags are durable and waterproof, but also have compression straps to hold them smaller when needed. It's a smart design. The only drawback is the butterfly shape holder plastic sometimes gets in the way. There has to be a better way to rigidly support these bags than a piece of plastic sitting in the bottom and sides, but not firmly against the sides. If they fix this, these bags would be just perfect. August 11, 2014
Pleased so far Have been using the Wolfman Expedition Dry Saddle Bags for just a few weeks so far, and I'm pleased. Only reason I'm not giving them five stars (yet) is it's too soon to tell how long they will hold up and they aren't especially cheap (a decent value though). I have them mounted on SW-MOTECH Quick-Lock side carriers affixed to my 2009 BMW F650GS twin. I did not even have to remove the connector thingies on the side carriers, which normally hold my aluminum Trax cases. This was a pleasant surprise as I thought mounting the bags would be more of a hassle. Though the capacity of the Dry Bags is much less than my Trax boxes, the benefit for me is that I don't have to remove them every time I pull into the garage. Big boxes can be wide and unwieldy if you have to park in a tight space next to another bike or car. So for shorter trips where I just need to stuff some walking shoes and change of clothes in my bags, these are working out fine. August 4, 2014
Quality ADV saddlebags I wanted a waterproof / durable saddlebag to mount to my KTM 690R. Wolfman bags hit a home run! Easy to install (lucky to have the Wolfman luggage side racks before they quit making them) They will mount to any racks due to a very easy strap mount system. I took them out during 4th of July holiday in the Mountain area of Brushy MTN. TN. I liked the ease to open and close the bags and I endured a downpour on 2 occasions, with absolutely NO leakage! I purchased the medium duffle bag to go along with the bags. I highly recommend this bags. Wolfman produces very high end gear for ADV applications. July 15, 2014
Double tough and well thought out I've used these for hundreds of days of adventuring from Labrador to Tierra del Fuego. I have never needed to do any repairs except to straps which I absently melted. They are small, which is a good thing. I ride a 650 thumper and I like to ride a bit sporty. With these panniers you won't be converting your bike into a big heavy pig. They never leak and I have crossed several rivers over the top of the roll. My first pair has outlasted 3 bikes and shows no signs of deterioration. If I had one quibble it would be about the plastic stiffeners. They will bend and stay bent,which makes loading and unloading a lot tougher. Maybe they can find a plastic with no memory or some such. Great job Wolfman. July 7, 2014
Top Quality Great bags easy to use flexible water proof with lots of space to carry your staff. I use it on my XR400 for back roads adventure enduro rides. Highly Recommended. June 2, 2014
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Katharine D: highly recommended by my brother who has toured alot on motorcycles and having tried alot of luggage says this the best Dec 8, 2014
Jason P: best soft bag made Nov 26, 2014
Kristopher H: Utility appeal and waterproof features. Nov 4, 2014
richard c: Excellent quality and value for money and they work! Sep 27, 2014
Patrick C: Good price, right size, simple design. Sep 23, 2014
Jari W: I like wolfman stuff. Decided to try soft luggage instead of aluminum panniers. A lot less money Aug 27, 2014
Jerry W: After through research I feel this is a high quality product well suited for our motorcycle adventures. The information about this product on RevZilla left me feeling confident with the item and the company.

Jerry Wills
executive produce
Xpeditions TV
and
The Jerry Wills Show
Aug 24, 2014
Chris H: Needed a set of saddlebags for panier rack, have only heard of good things about wolfman Aug 14, 2014
Daniel A: Going on a week long camping trip out west and needed more water proof cargo space. These appear tough enough for DS trip into the mountains. Also liked the removable wear pad on the back side. Jun 15, 2014
S L: Sweet packs. May 5, 2014
ANTON S: Don't like hard luggage. Want to mount heavier items lower than something that will go on top of the seat. Also need waterproof. Using the universal saddle bag straps, these should fit on my Happy Trails SU side racks. BMW F650 Dakar. May 4, 2014
Russell M: Solid. American made. May 4, 2014
David K: Great reviews, reasonable price, satisfied with past purchases with Wolfman. Apr 24, 2014
Janssen T: I needed a simple and waterproof luggage system for my dual sport rides. Mar 21, 2014
matthew t: friend Mar 16, 2014
YoRam W: Like the quality and design of the product, looked at many other similar products and this one seem best suited for adventure all condition rides, water proof, easy to use, reasonably priced and best of all MADE IN USA. Mar 1, 2014
Eric C: Good pricing and reviews about the product. Feb 22, 2014
Philip C: Based on my research, this seems to be the perfect side bag set for a DRZ-400. Waterproof and rugged, I will find out with a trip on the TransAmerica Trail. Feb 14, 2014
Nick B: Quality product, light weight and not to big for my BMW F650GS Feb 10, 2014
Michael K: Great bag. Perfect capacity for multi-day bike trips. Feb 7, 2014
Garth M: Have the dry duffle and Rollie bags and I think wolfman product quality is excellent. Feb 2, 2014
Jeff H: This product was recommended to me by a fellow rider. Jan 19, 2014
Adam C: Great reputation, one of the few options available for my bike Jan 14, 2014
Craig D: Old school reliability Dec 18, 2013
S O: Gave my G650gs a more stream like look, and they are water proof. Dec 17, 2013
Adam M: Everyone raves about these bags, they are heavy duty and waterproof. Great for adventure touring. Dec 9, 2013
Ronald H: I liked it and everyone says its great Nov 19, 2013
Allen P: Lite weight and hopefully my essentials will fit, thus eliminating 24 lbs of hard bags. These bags will reduce the amount of capacity I currently have with the hard panniers currently installed on bike. Presently own wolfman products and am very impressed with quality in every arena. Nov 17, 2013
MICHAEL C: The stock bags on my Moto Guzzi NTX stick out to much Oct 31, 2013
Valentino T: Quality product,highly recommended by friends who have done hardcore trips Oct 29, 2013
Robert M: friend Oct 18, 2013
Robert C: same type of roll water proof bag used in the military Sep 23, 2013
Richard F: looks lightweight & cool Sep 16, 2013
T K: Fits the racks on the bike I just bought. Aug 27, 2013
Dave D: I have their tank bag which is of really good quality, and we're gearing up to do some overnight now Aug 12, 2013
A shopper asked: I'm thinking to add the Expedition side bags to the top of my Jesse Bags (metal). From the top of the Jessee Bags to my wife's arms it is 13". These would seem to be perfect as arm rests for her since these are 13" wide when on their side. .Any thoughts on this application? Thanks ; ) Aug 24, 2014
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Richard E: I love my Expedition bags, very well made. Took a serious spill that left me with 3 broken ribs and about $1500 of damage (plastics) to my KLR. As for the bags, not even a scuff.

As for your question, it sounds like a good idea. The compression straps would help contain the proper size so it does not become to bulky. Try it, Revzilla has a great return policy.
Aug 26, 2014
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Fredrick M: I have these Expedition saddle bags on my f800gs. I really don't think the bags will work out the way you are wanting to use them. They come with two large straps that are sewn into the top of the bag and two more straps that go around the bag for attaching to a side rack. These straps would probably get in the way if you try mounting them to the top of your bags. As for arm rests here's the specs from wolfman's site: Length 13", width 7" and Height 13". Have you looked at the small expedition dry duffel. Or maybe the Renegade duffel. I think those might be better options for what you are wanting to do. Aug 24, 2014
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John H asked: Wolfman Medium Duffle and Saddle Bags: I know there is a specific side rack system for my bike ('12 DR650SE), but is a rear rack required or recommended to carry the duffle? If so, what brand? TIA John Aug 10, 2013
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William A: You could carry a duffel without a rear rack but it would probably cover your brake light and be hard on the rear fender due to lack of support. I would recommend a rear rack. A good combo I've found is the wolfman side racks and the pro moto billet rear rack. (I found out the hard way a man rack rear and wolfman side are NOT compatible, fyi.)

I would recommend a small wolfman duffel paired with the side expedition bags. Any larger than the small duffel and you will have a hard time getting into your side bags without moving/removing the duffel. The small duffel is actually quite large.

My bike is a 2005 DR 650. Hope that helps.
Aug 12, 2013
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Adam C: Hi John,

A rear rack would definitely be recommended to secure the duffle bag. It'll be easier to secure the bag, and distribute the weight better. Also, you won't run the risk of scratching up the rear fender of your bike.

If you are using the wolfman side rack system on your DR650, you'll have to be careful choosing a rear rack that is compatible with the side racks. Wolfman makes one, that along with some spacers (available also from Wolfman), works well.

You can also google around and see if there are any other aftermarket racks that are compatible.
Aug 13, 2013
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Jonathan H: Hello John,
For the duffle I would say you could lash it to the grab handles / side racks and it would mold itself to the profile of the seat, however a tail rack would make it much more secure. Wolfman makes a nice one as well as Pat Walsh designs. I have a Pat Walsh top rack and the Wolfman side racks with the expedition saddle bags and its a great setup for touring and everyday commuting. Hope this helps
Jonathan Hoffmann
Aug 12, 2013
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Fredrick M: I have the wolfman medium expedition dry duffel bag on my 09 f800gs. The bag has 4 D-ring loops on each side along the straps to secure the bag to your bike. It also has 2 compression straps at the top and one on each side. As long as your DR650 has some place on the back of the seat to put a strap through you won't need a rack. Rear grab on the stock bike should provide more than enough area for a secure attachment of the bag. Aug 12, 2013
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klaus f: John,
I had the Wolfman on my Honda Xr650L
and for the rear unless you want to overlay
the wolfmans you need a rear rack.
By the way the muffler side got so hot
that everything what hit the side melted
A must do is too put a cardboard on the
outside.
I hope this little info helped.
Good luck !!!
Aug 12, 2013
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Keith H: John H,

I wouldn't think that you would necessarily need a new rear rack with these bags. They will fasten nicely over any stock seat or rear rack, however with the appropriate side racks. I have Wolfman's rear rack, pillion rack and side rack for my Yamaha Super Tenere and they all work very nice.

Keith H.
Aug 13, 2013
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A s: Hey John...I didn't buy the duffel, just the saddle bags. But I would recommend some kind of rack for a duffel. Suzuki makes a good looking one that matches the wolfman racks for the drz400sm. It ain't cheap but that's the one I would buy. Cheers and safe riding! David Aug 12, 2013
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A s: Oops, sorry just saw you have 650 not 400. Well maybe Suzuki makes something, and there are other options out there. In either case, for off road riding, the rack would be handy Aug 12, 2013
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Carson K: The side rack is not required for the duffle. A rear or tail rack would help in securing the duffle. The side racks are specific for the side bags. Aug 13, 2013
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Baris E: Rear rack is not required, you hang the bags over the pillion (or under it) and tie them to the side racks. Aug 12, 2013
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A shopper asked: Do the bags include universal saddlebag straps? Jan 2, 2014
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Richard S: I don't believe the Expedition saddlebags include Wolfman's recently released "Universal Saddlebag Straps" to secure them to your side rack. I purchased my bags in mid-2013 (before the "Universal Saddlebag Straps" were available) and bought the "Other Rack Mount Straps" to mate with my Happy Trails SU side racks. The system is pretty straightforward and includes straps that go over, or under, a bike's seat depending on the bike's design, other accessories that may already be installed, and the owner's intent. These bags easily go on my WR250R with a Sargant seat, Happy Trails SU racks, and Happy Trails rear rack. Jan 2, 2014
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Michael C: Wolfman's own website states: A secure six-point-per-bag mounting and compression system makes for an extremely stable load on virtually any side rack using the included Universal Saddlebag Straps. It goes on to say: Wolfman rack-mounted saddlebags shipping after October 11, 2013 have the Universal Saddlebag Straps included. Revzilla was unaware of this, and was suggesting the purchase of the Universal mounting straps for $26.99 extra. I pointed it out to the salesman today and he was passing the information on to Revzilla's marketing team. Oct 27, 2014
david a: They include all necessary tensioning straps but the straps that are used to hold the bag onto the rack are set up for the Wolfman racks. Though the way the straps work it seems they would work on most any rack. The Wolfman racks have slots that you place a little metal clip into and the strap simply goes through that clip if you were to simply wrap the strap around another rack without the slot and clip set up it seems like it would work just fine. You might have to put something on the rack to make sure the strap doesn't slide but again it seems that it would work.

I hope this is helpful
Jan 13, 2014
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Haewon G: Mount with overseat straps. I found this uncomfortable and modified the straps to secure directly to the rack. I was able to do this with the included hardware.

Side mounts require Wolfman type hoops around the perimeter of the pannier frame.
Jan 2, 2014
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Jose M I: Yes. Dont need to buy more though thinking that the bags didnt come with the straps, I ended up buying extras. The straps are great and now I am using them to strap other stuff. Jan 2, 2014
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Carson K: The pair of bags that I purchased did not come with a set of universal straps. I did not need to purchase the straps because I have the wolfman rack. Jan 4, 2014
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SHAWN P asked: This question has been asked before. Are the universal Wolfman straps included? Wolfman's site says they are. Dec 3, 2014
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James J: I mounted the Wolfman saddlebags to my Touratech frame via the Velcro D-rings. I believe the universal straps referred to were not available when I bought mine a year or two ago. I think your bike specific straps are included from Wolfman but not positive.

That being said, the D-rings work great and the bags held in place very well even when I forgot to connect one of the D-rings. The only problem is that the straps can be a bit of a chore to tighten/loosen after they are covered in grime or when your hands are semi-frozen. Hard cases would be easier to open and close but these soft bags are a worthwhile inexpensive alternative for shorter trips of a week or two or less. Any longer and I would get tired of dealing with the straps and packing and unpacking the soft bags.
Dec 3, 2014
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James J: Not sure what is meant by "universal Wolfman straps" but all the straps that are needed come attached to the saddlebags. They connect to supplied D-rings which are velcro attached to the frame on the bike. The bags also have large adjustable straps that run over the top of the seat that connect the two bags to each other. The straps detach allowing one bag to be removed from the bike at a time.
Overall they are really great, heavy-duty but lightweight bags. They are a bit smaller in person than I had expected but they still carry quite a lot of gear. No regrets in choosing these.
Dec 3, 2014
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Richard E: Hi Shawn. I bought the Wolfman Saddle Bags a couple of years ago, very satisfied with the product. At that time, Wolfman offered side racks that now are discontinued, back then the Universal Kit was optional. Looking at the current product description, it does say that the Universal Kit is included. Buy with confidence. Rick E. Dec 3, 2014
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Gary S: I have these Wolfman Expedition Dry Saddle Bags and I purchased the Wolfman racks. The bags came with all of the necessary straps to attach the bags to the racks. I don't know if this answers your question, but I can say that I have found these bags to be well made and very practical to use. Dec 12, 2014
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A shopper asked: Will the expedition saddle bags fit on the Hepco Becker c-bow system? Jul 28, 2014
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Londres R: Bud really I don't know if the Expedition Saddle Bags fit on Hepco Becker, I'm sorry, but there are a really nice and helpfull bags Jul 28, 2014
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Allen P: I am not familiar with the c-bow system by Hepco-Becker. Jul 28, 2014
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Richard F: I do not know. Jul 28, 2014
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A shopper asked: Can any of the side racks be modified to fit a Ural? Oct 8, 2013
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Gary S: Do not know for sure, but I would think that some form of modification would allow a rack to be fitted to a Ural to support a Wolfman bag. I ride a Triumph Tiger 800 XC and the stock Wolfman racks work great. Oct 13, 2013
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Richard F: No idea - but assume that it could be done with custom fabrication (welding). The custom side racks fit my wr250r perfectly with several 3 D bends Oct 9, 2013
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