Nelson-Rigg CL-950 Saddle Bag System
Great small saddlebags for sportbike
Bought these to use for occasional local shopping trips when I need more space than is available in my topcase. They went together quite well, hold their shape beautifully and attached to the bike quite easily using the straps. Protection of items inside is less than perfect -- they are soft bags after all -- but the stiffeners that hold the bags' shape do a decent job of protecting things well enough. Positioning things so that they right bag wouldn't touch my higher-than-normal exhaust was a bit tricky, but with a bit of work (and one small bit of gaffer's tape) I managed to get it to work perfectly. I'll be in search of a more perfect permanent solution involving velcro to hold the neoprene rubber piece back from the hot exhaust, or maybe just trim off the excess so it can't come into contact.
November 13, 2012
CL-950 and VFR 800
I bought these bags to be used with my VFR 800 and they fit perfectly. I hook the front straps to the passenger foot peg arms, and the back straps are hooked together underneath the tail light. The heat shield works well but looks a little goofy. I might be able to get away without using the shield but did not want to chance it. As far as capacity is concerned, these bags are large. I fit enough stuff for myself and my friend in both bags for a one-nighter. They look decent on the bike. I like the fact the they have side pockets which are convenient for things you need to stow away but can get to in a hurry like phones, sunglasses, water bottle, etc ... This is an advantage over the hard cases. Obviously, the cost is a huge advantage over the hard cases. If you're on the fence, do it.
October 8, 2012
So much bang for your buck!
If you're looking for space, durability, and great price point these are the saddlebags for you!
I'm a chick, so I apologize if this doesn't make sense to the men. Having said that I was able to pack a pair of high heeled peep toes, a pair of knee high boots, a knee length evening dress, and a pair of leggings in just ONE saddlebag, with room to spare. I had enough space in both the saddle bags to pack for a 3 day weekend, where one of those evenings required me to be dressed up. I had more than enough space in these saddlebags to pack for a week away and go shopping.
I encountered torrential downpour, hail and high winds riding to and from my destination points. The saddlebags were stable on the back, the straps over the backseat held them in place and the clips did an amazing job of keeping the bags from flapping in the wind. The bottom of the bag which was over my exhaust did not burn nor did it feel like it would. The rain covers which came with the bags did an AMAZING job of keeping everything in the saddlebags dry.
Size on the bike:
I didn't feel the weight of the bags at all. I evenly distributed the contents amongst both the bags and didn't feel any lag on the bike while riding. It felt like it was a part of the bike.
Ease of Installation:
Once you've adjusted the 3 main straps to the appropriate length the first time, it only takes about a minute to put these on the back of the bike and buckle them in.
The handle straps and attachable shoulder straps make it easy to carry into your destination when off the bike.
I would highly recommend these bags, especially at the price point offered.
**For an idea of size on the bike, photo of the saddlebags on my F4i in the photo on the left**
September 23, 2012
Great product for the money
I bought these for my 2009 GXSR 750, and have used them once for an overnight trip. There was plenty of room for what I needed to bring (pants, shirt ,bath items) and even some room to spare.
- Fit and finish seem good....
- These came with rain covers that seem to fit fine.
- Plenty of room for stuff
- Easy to install on the bike
- It has connectors for the tail bag, which Ill add at some point
The Cons -
- The covers that protect the bodywork from the bags kind of cover my rear blinkers....I have to fold the cover in and tuck it under...even then it kind of covers them. There is no way to mount the bags further foward to get them away from the directionals.
- the straps that go over the rear seat for mounting dont have adjustable width. (the rear seat is barely big enough to fit the straps, so you cant move them foward).
- They bounce around a bit because there is no way to secure the bottom part of the bags. This isnt that big of a deal.
Overall I love these things and think they are really good for the money!!
August 20, 2012
Did a 1200 mile ride worked just as it should
Did a 1200 mile ride worked just as it should stayed dry and held all my stuff with no issues.
August 6, 2012
I used these rarely to carry my shoes when I knew I was going to be walking a lot. I put a gallon of milk in side and the seam ripped half way down on the way home. Had to use a bungie cord to keep it from failing. Too expensive for shoddy quality.
March 1, 2012
Rain covers don't seem to fit correctly
Perhaps it is the person trying to fit them on correctly, but it is hit or miss with whether the rain covers gather rain at the bottom during a heavy storm or not! So don't put anything in the bags that cannot get a tiny bit wet. They are wonderful for dry day traveling. Since there are not a lot of hard bag choices for the F800ST, I went with a less expensive soft side bag for now. They are not huge by any means, but functional for a basic weekend trip.
September 6, 2011
I wanted a particular look for my old BSA - these were bought based on photos on Revzilla's website - got to me in Australia in no time, fitted them and they were just as I imagined - they look great! I was worried they would be difficult to fit given the 1956 BSA didn't have such panniers in mind but they were easy and have plenty of options (clips,straps, velcrose etc.) in this area. I was worried the big chain I wanted to carry might mis-shape them but nuh - no problems - they stay symetrical despite the load and really , I could not be happier with them [ thanks!
May 16, 2011