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Firstgear Onyx Saddlebags

  • RoadTex 1000 denier nylon with PVC coating and UV protection
  • Bag is expandable
  • Heat-resistant base to protect bag from accidental (momentary) contact with exhaust
  • Reflective piping and logo on each bag
  • Sidewall & base reinforced for strength & shape retention
  • Internal zippered pockets - Mesh pocket in left saddlebag and lined pocket in right saddlebag
  • Right and left side compartments with additional zipper pouches
  • 2 quick release buckle straps inside of bag to hold cargo firmly
  • Convenient carrying handles
  • Light colored lining for easy visual access of contents
  • Bag comes with 2 bungee cords, 2 shoulder straps and rain covers
  • External adjustable straps with quick release buckles on top of the bags to secure load
  • Non-slip materials on side walls
  • Compressed: 18"L x 9"W x 12"H 1,940 cubic inches
  • Expanded: 18"L x 12"W x 12"H 2,500 cubic inches
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Firstgear Onyx Saddlebags 4.7 5 7 7
Soft bags with sturdy construction I used these bags on a 4k trip in the summer of 2014, Light rain was encountered but never enough to warrant trying the rain covers. The bags are well constructed and should last for many years. The bags come off and on with relative ease, the bungee cords worked surprisingly well, I used the Givi rack in the back to loop around, and went through the footpegs in the front and under the seat to the other side (the swing arm does not interfere at all). The external straps were helpful in keeping the bags secure, in the back I used it to wrap around the grab rail. The large velcro straps could be longer, with the width of the seat in front, I was barely able to make the connection. This did not pose any problems, but I would prefer they were a few inches longer. As for function, they work well and I would recommend them if asked. The expanded size is too wide and not realistic to use without extra strapping or support, I will probably never use these bags expanded. I would like the compressed size to be 1-2 inches smaller and have the expansion to be 1.5 to 2 inches. Going by the published numbers of 9 to 12 inches wide, I would think 7 1/2 to 8 compressed and 10 inches expanded would be more useful. Even at 10 inches expanded, I would think twice about lane splitting in California, it is nice to have a narrower option when touring California. October 20, 2014
Product didn't look as good in pictures as it did in person. Bags are great and you can really load a lot. Good sharp looking bags plenty of room for items more than expected. They expand good for the price and has more capacity than my Harley throw over saddlebags. December 24, 2013
Very Spacious bags These bags are great. They are very spacious. In one bag I can fit my riding jacket and pants. In the other fits my helmet. I ride a 2009 Yamaha FZ6r. The fitting was not perfect and I had to end up putting one strap under the seat and one above it in order for them to fit on with some security. Once I figured out what position they needed to be they fit great. I might add that my passenger seat is not connected to rider seat (most likely the reason for slight difficulty in attaching). Overall I would absolutely recommend these bags. They haven't been tested in the rain just yet. But I love the space they provide as well as the expandable zipper. September 10, 2013
These Saddlebags are Very Versatile! I have these Saddlebags and the matching Tail Bag. Please read my review of the Tail Bag, as it contains my comments on these great Saddlebags, as well! July 16, 2013
Everything I expected... A great, sturdy product with a nice finish. Lots of cargo space and not much more to say beyond that it's everything I wanted in luggage. May 20, 2013
Excellent capacity and quality. Shoulder straps! Slightly awkawrd bungee straps. These were practically the only saddlebag I found in their price range that had this kind of storage capacity. I bought them to replace some ~25 L bags that were simply too small for a big trip. I was very pleased with them. Another big advantage over my old bags is that they have multiple pockets: there are extra pouches on the side that don't eat into the main compartment at all. Great for storing snacks, rain covers, tools, and other quick-access stuff. They are expandable for when you don't need quite all that space, which is a nice feature (I'd have been fine simply having big bags, but hey, expandable is nice). They come with shoulder straps, which is a huge plus. Pretty easy to carry one on each shoulder for a block or two. My only complaint is the kind of weird bungee-based system for securing them to the bike. Other bags I've seen use little tie-on straps to tie onto the chassis, but these come with bungees that they want you to pass through the chassis. I found it a little awkward on my bike in particular. But once I figured it out, they were pretty secure on a 10 hour ride. One other comment: they come with mysterious hard-plastic inside, and no instructions. I finally figured out that this plastic fits (with some effort) into the ribs of the bag and gives it a firm shape. May 20, 2013
Nice bags....roomy Fit ok... As any throw over does... Zip off option would be nicer....lots of pockets, look good, very happy with them... April 23, 2012
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Allen C: Large capacity with good reviews Sep 9, 2014
James M N: Large expandable capacity.
Outer pockets for dibbles.
Inexpensive, but reasonably tough.
Sep 7, 2014
Timothy P: I was looking for space & I think these are the biggest bags I saw. They also had good reviews. Wish there had been a photo showing them open & the interior features, but obviously not a deal breaker. Sep 3, 2014
Heather T: My old bags were worn and falling apart Sep 1, 2014
Carl P: I liked the reviews and I am going to try them on a four days trip in July. Jun 18, 2014
Reza E: They look adequate for non daily use. Apr 20, 2014
Brandon R: I'm replacing a set of the same that were damaged in a crash. These work well on my Triumph Bonneville with aftermarket Predator exhaust. I tried some other saddlebags that just didn't fit the bike as well as these. Also, these have a ton of storage space compared to most others. Jan 26, 2014
Michael W: Good reviews, good price and appears to be the best fit/choice for my cycle Jan 7, 2014
Anuranjan P: Mainly for the size- biggest soft saddlebags that I could find. You can easily fit a full size helmet inside each bag and still have space to carry more things! It could do with more integrated straps esp up front to hook up to the passenger pegs and a wide strap on which passenger can sit if the straps go over the seat. Dec 26, 2013
Ryan J: Taking a cross country trip need the space Aug 22, 2013
A shopper asked: Will they fit a 2007 Suzuki V-Strom 650 without any modifications? Feb 18, 2014
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Michael W: I put these bags on a 2013 Kawasaki Versys. They basically attach via two wide straps sewn into each bag, which then secure to each other with Velcro that is sewn into each strap. You can then anchor each bag via 4 (2 each bag) plastic hooks on the backside of the bags to some part of your frame with budgies or cable ties. The exhaust system on the Versys runs along the bottom side of the frame, so heat against the bag wasn't a concern for me; but on a V-Strom, it seem like the right-side bag would reset right against your exhaust? That could be a problem I'd think if that area gets hot at all? Hope that info helps you out. Feb 18, 2014
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Ashlin H: I ride an SV1000N with dual exhaust at the stock height (but with Yoshimura cans) and they work fine. They're obviously not as stable as solid mounted cases but they worked well for me. I can't speak specifically about fitment on the v-strom but I assume they'd fit similarly if not better. Check out some Google pics of sv1000 for reference. Feb 18, 2014
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Anuranjan P: It should. However, make sure there are some sort of supports to prevent the bag from hitting the rear wheel. I have a Yamaha FZ09 and they fit but need stays to keep them in place. Feb 18, 2014
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JIMMY R: Yes I am sure they will fit your V-Storm these bags have lots of room for adjustment pretty easy velcro adjustment. Feb 22, 2014
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A shopper asked: Will these fit OK on a Yamaha FZ6R? I have a separated passenger seat Aug 22, 2013
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Jason C: I think they will work.

I used them with an S1000RR BMW also with seperated seat; ran the back strap under the passenger "seat" and the front one simply laid directly behind the driver seat. I also used a non-slip pad to ensure the straps didnt rubb paint and ran a bungie between the bags under the rear fender to keep any flopping in the wind to a minimum. Rode from LA to Monterey and back (very swiftly at times) and didnt have a problem.

Only "complaint" I have with them is they arent top opening; access to main storage compartments requires losening the buckled straps and opening the zipper carefully to keep your stuff from falling out. I think I would have liked top opening models better.
Aug 22, 2013
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Anita L: I have a ZZR1200 with a Corbin 2 piece seat and Holeshot exhaust. The saddlebags work great with plenty of clearance over the exhaust. The bags are 17" wide and 13" tall and you need 10" for the straps over the seat ( 2 2" straps 6" apart). I also have the Onyx tailbag. They go on & off easily, the handles and shoulder straps make them easy to carry. I can carry all mine by myself, which my husband appreciates! The only minor complaint I have is the tailbag doesn't attach to the saddlebags. I would be happy to post a picture of them on my motorcycle if Revzilla allows. Aug 24, 2013
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Ashlin H: Howdy. I own these bags and use them on my 2003 Suzuki SV1000 which has a separated passenger seat, much like the FZ6R I assume. Since they bags are connected together with adjustable velcro, I think they'll pretty much fit on anything. They worked great on my SV1000. Sep 16, 2013
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Daniel G: I have a separated seat on my Moto Gizzi California it fit over the seat is how I use it.... Does not fit under.... Aug 22, 2013
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John W asked: Is 2 to 3 inches of overlap on the wide velcro seat straps enough to hold loaded bags together once mounted on the bike? I just bought these for my new R1200GSW with Givi pannier racks, and the bags sure look like they could use longer straps once positioned on the bike properly. No instructions with the bags unfortunately to advise how much overlap is required to keep the bags together once loaded. Sep 12, 2014
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Anuranjan P: You would have to use your judgement on that based on how much stuff you are carrying in there. The velcro is really strong but I have always had at least 5 inches of overlap. This is on a FZ09 so the seat and bike, in general, is narrower and I can have the straps on top of the seat. I have seen some others who have used these on their GS without any issues...check on the r1200gs dot info forums. The trick is to use it under the seat I think. Sep 17, 2014
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Ashlin H: It's some pretty solid velcro. I think you will be fine. I have more overlap than you, probably about 4 to 5 inches, and I load them up as much as I can. I also have the Onyx tail bag that sits on top and likely helps prevent any separation. For you, I would still think you will be fine. If you add a tail bag, great. If not, you could even just put a rubber band around the two flaps to make sure they stay connected. Sep 18, 2014
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John P: Personally I think that's too little of an overlap. I put them under my seat of my Ninja 650 and they had plenty of overlap. If you are to use just 3 inches I'd suggest adding multiple straps to ensure it's secure. Oct 27, 2014
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John W: Thanks for the reply. I've already made two trips with the bags using just the 2 to 3 inch velcro overlap, and fortunately they've worked fine that way while using the supplied bungees to also support the bags to the racks Oct 29, 2014
A shopper asked: I have a 2012 Triumph Thruxton and want to know if this will fit the bike and, if so, do I need any type of extra bracket for the bags? May 28, 2014
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JIMMY R: I use them on an sv1000s, and the bags sit high away from the wheel and caliper chain area, so I didnt need brakets. You bike is lower so I would recommend it, only because these bags fit my Harley softail but I use a bracket to keep them away from the wheels. The bags can carry more than they look I packed more stuff in them than on my harley saddlebags. May 29, 2014
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Karl A: I have a BMW F800ST without much of a passenger's seat (standard). the bags drape over the back seat, very adjustable and worked great for me. They are anchored fast with "gum band" tiedowns. Got about 10000 miles on mine. Jun 18, 2014
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Jeffrey S: These bags should fit just fine. You will need no extra brackets for your bike. The strapping system is AWESOME and they have an easy on and easy off trait. Great bags for the price. May 29, 2014
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Eric F asked: Will these work on a 2013 Shadow Spirit 750c2 with the Honda saddlebag mounts? Sep 14, 2014
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John P: I used them on my Ninja 650 ABS and they worked great. Don't be too worried if they have a little bounce to them. I suggest using the passenger pegs to create a little barrier so they cannot hit the rear tire. Oct 27, 2014
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JIMMY R: The system is very adjustable I use it on my sv1000 and my Harley softail. Maybe not a perfect fit you may need to secure it to your bikes design. Sep 14, 2014
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A S asked: Will these saddlebags work on a Kawasaki ZX 14R? I'm looking for ones that will. May 12, 2014
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Dennis R: I bought these bags for my 650 Vstrom. I already have GIVI racks. There is no obvious way to mount these solidly. However, I saw a universal pannier mounting system in the Touratech catalog. I copied their system and added a piece of 1/4" plywood backing inside the bags for support. I have used them twice on long rides so far and they work fine. May 14, 2014
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Anuranjan P: They should work but they may hang too low and rub against the wheels because they are pretty big (36L each). With some modifications (like extra straps) it could possible fit. I have a FZ09 and I had to make some extra stays as well because the seat is not stepped so the bags hang even lower. May 12, 2014
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A shopper asked: Can the zippers lock? Sep 20, 2013
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Karl A: There is no provision to lock the zippers, however if you would obtain just the right sized lock with a small diameter hasp, it should be possible to latch together the 2 zipper actuators so that both would have to move together and the main compartment could not be accessed.

Meanwhile, if someone wanted to grab and run with your gear it would be easy unless you had a bicycle cable lock through the "D" rings and part of your frame.

I also use these bags when flying on trips, they are a handy size and hold a lot.

D'Klaw
Sep 21, 2013
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A shopper asked: can be installed in a BMW g 650 gs Jan 27, 2013
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RevZilla: These saddlebags don't really call for a specific fit like other cases do. Since they just straddle the saddle (rhyme!), there's a wide range of bikes that they would fit on. The only thing to keep an eye out for would be where your exhaust is located. From what I know your exhaust cans fit nicely underneath the rear seat. These bags are heat resistant, but only to a point. Too much contact with hot pipes and WOOSH, your bags are on fire. Or probably something less dramatic, but still traumatic (another rhyme)! Jan 28, 2013
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A shopper asked: I currently have saddle bags on my bike but the exhaust burned holes in the bottoms because the bags hang too low. Are these adjustable so they do not drop to the exhaust and will they be able to handle the heat on an hour ride? Jun 17, 2011
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Stevan P: We cannot guarantee they will fit your 1983 Honda Magna but we are sure the two bags velrco together offering adujstability as to how high or low they sit on the bike. Jun 23, 2011
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