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Old 04-30-2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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KTM 990 bags are JUNK!

Ok, I don't mind spending $1,000 on 2 peices that cost $5.00 to make. People have to make money. Plus the latches, locks and metal to mount to the bike. Great, I get it but this is a F*ing adventure bike. So why sell us JUNK?

Back that holds bags on.




This piece just fell apart in my hand when I opened it one day.



I don't use these to often so when I took them out for this next trip. I find the rubber to keep water out is dry rotten. So being in Costa Rica with no parts accuse I made a new 1 from a tire tube.




Any suggestion for parts or just someone that make good quality products. Please Help. My next trip is big starting next week.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:51 AM   #2
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Man that sucks. I have really been trying to decide to get these or not. 1k and up is a lot for plastic bags.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:09 AM   #3
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Gobi sells the parts for repair that for cheap $30 I think.
As far as the rub strips on top just go get a car floor mat .
Yea $799 new but that's been well used?
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:20 PM   #4
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Is that $30 for each lock? If that is I need to change 6 so they are keyed the same. So that is $180 for parts with no labor to drill all them out. Getting new rivets. When done I have the same junk that will break next year.

Parts: $180
Shipping: ? I live in Costa Rica
Finding the right rivets: Half day driving to town and back.
Labor: 3 hour I Guess

End results: New Junk to break for another day.

I should just buy new shinny ones for all this work.

HELP, Who make good ones. (I don't care what they cost)
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:52 PM   #5
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Is that $30 for each lock? If that is I need to change 6 so they are keyed the same. So that is $180 for parts with no labor to drill all them out. Getting new rivets. When done I have the same junk that will break next year.

Parts: $180
Shipping: ? I live in Costa Rica
Finding the right rivets: Half day driving to town and back.
Labor: 3 hour I Guess

End results: New Junk to break for another day.

I should just buy new shinny ones for all this work.

HELP, Who make good ones. (I don't care what they cost)
I had to change one of my latches, you can use you old barrel in the new latch so you don't have to change all of them. I forget how I did it, it was a few years ago but it wasn't that hard.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:16 PM   #6
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I'm glad that I bought Touratech aluminum hard bags. They're tough and I don't see any parts breaking or falling off of those.

Yes, they're a bit "square", but they work.

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Old 04-30-2013, 09:31 PM   #7
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Is that $30 for each lock? If that is I need to change 6 so they are keyed the same. So that is $180 for parts with no labor to drill all them out. Getting new rivets. When done I have the same junk that will break next year.

Parts: $180
Shipping: ? I live in Costa Rica
Finding the right rivets: Half day driving to town and back.
Labor: 3 hour I Guess

End results: New Junk to break for another day.

I should just buy new shinny ones for all this work.

HELP, Who make good ones. (I don't care what they cost)
No need to buy 6 locks! Buy one (or buy two and have a spare) and simply swap out the lock cylinder. Worst case, if the cylinder is broken, swap the pins from the old cylinder into the new one. Easy enough to do. Instructions here.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:38 PM   #8
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Oh the locks come with the rivets.

But just buy Jeese's.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:33 PM   #9
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I know this won't help you prepare for your trip, but something to consider...

I got these surplus backpacks for $55 to the door. With some minor modifications, i was able to get them securely mounted to my SW Motech racks. The bags are far better than I expected with a metal reinforced attachment point. I do the alterations, I was considering making some sets for inmates. PM me if interested.

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Old 04-30-2013, 02:11 PM   #10
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Gobi problem

Yes, this is a known hassle but I think the latches are made to break away so that when you crash on the bags, you do not flip over.
As a backup I carry 1.5" wide heavy duty camping webbing straps with quick release buckles that can be cinched like this:

http://www.ahh.biz/hardware/buckles/...ck_plastic.php

Cheap solution that works

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Old 05-06-2013, 07:25 PM   #11
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I have a set I am interested selling PM me.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:40 PM   #12
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Mine have been working great since 05. have almost 30,000 miles on the bags. definitly have 30k on the bike. had a few good spills and there still holding up. until I was rearended 2 weeks ago. only thing that broke was the latches that hold them onto the bike. When I was hit they immediatly broke and the bags flew, like they were supposed to. It freaked the girl out cuz she thought those were my limbs.. Gonna order new latches and rivet them in and run em another 30+k. And still using the water storage function. love it.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:54 PM   #13
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Mine have been working great since 05. have almost 30,000 miles on the bags. definitly have 30k on the bike. had a few good spills and there still holding up. until I was rearended 2 weeks ago. only thing that broke was the latches that hold them onto the bike. When I was hit they immediatly broke and the bags flew, like they were supposed to. It freaked the girl out cuz she thought those were my limbs.. Gonna order new latches and rivet them in and run em another 30+k. And still using the water storage function. love it.
Ok you sold me a pair
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:42 PM   #14
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Mine have been working great since 05. have almost 30,000 miles on the bags. definitly have 30k on the bike. had a few good spills and there still holding up. until I was rearended 2 weeks ago. only thing that broke was the latches that hold them onto the bike. When I was hit they immediatly broke and the bags flew, like they were supposed to. It freaked the girl out cuz she thought those were my limbs.. Gonna order new latches and rivet them in and run em another 30+k. And still using the water storage function. love it.
How do you fill the water jacket?
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:26 PM   #15
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Mine have been working great since 05. have almost 30,000 miles on the bags. definitly have 30k on the bike. had a few good spills and there still holding up. until I was rearended 2 weeks ago. only thing that broke was the latches that hold them onto the bike. When I was hit they immediatly broke and the bags flew, like they were supposed to. It freaked the girl out cuz she thought those were my limbs.. Gonna order new latches and rivet them in and run em another 30+k. And still using the water storage function. love it.
Like I said, I don't think the Gobi's are bad bags, just that the Jeese's are better, much better. The water jacket is just a gimmick if you ask me, pain in arse to fill, pain in the arse to empty.
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