Firstgear Onyx Saddlebags
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
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