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Old 02-05-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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Kawasaki brand KLR saddle bags. Anyone use them?

I found a brand new pair for $4 at a thrift store yesterday. http://www.righttool...CFWKCQgodwAkAoA

They definitely are not something I'd personally spend that much money on...... but, for $4, I couldn't pass them up.

At any rate, the instructions say "max capacity is 5 pounds." http://www.kawasaki...._K99994499A.pdf

At only 5 lbs, they won't be overly useful for me. 10-12 lbs however.....and they'd be good for my needs.

Anyone use them with more than 5 lbs, on rough trails or roads, without issues?
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:41 PM   #2
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I have some year 2000 era Kawi brand soft saddle bags. They are on the bike right now and have been used alot. I think I have the slightly larger ones and they hold more than 5 lbs no problem, probably at least 10 lbs each side.
Get 'em.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:59 PM   #3
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I ran a set for about 5 years... worked pretty good really. I;m sure I had more than 5 pounds in them most of the time

and they fit right on top of the tubs I set up for the long hauls...



I replaced them with Ortleibs because they are 100% waterproof
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:20 AM   #4
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Anyone use them with more than 5 lbs, on rough trails or roads, without issues?
For textile bags, they are what they are, and . . . Kawasaki rates its luggage and auxiliary carriers most conservatively.

The bags in use (as shown in your linked image, without brackets or stand-off mechanism), I have found, scratch the side panels some, for whatever that's worth. Further, the right bag suffered some from exhaust heat; you may want to augment thermal insulation there.

I use Cyclerack panniers now (on the rack only, not as tank panniers as shown in this Cyclerack image:



This rig cost over $ 4, BTW!

The much-used Kawasaki Generation 1 textile saddle bags are now available to a good home (if I can find 'em!).
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:01 AM   #5
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Only KLR riders could have a discussion about $4.00 saddlebags.

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Old 02-06-2013, 07:21 AM   #6
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Only KLR riders could have a discussion about $4.00 saddlebags.

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Old 02-06-2013, 08:18 AM   #7
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Only KLR riders could have a discussion about $4.00 saddlebags.

At that, M.S., current list price is: $173.99 USD. And, $ 4 remains considerable expense, when compared to the acquisition cost of the typical milk crate!

Nevertheless, my offer, used, serviceable Generation 1 KLR650 textile saddle bags free (not including shipping) to good home, remains!
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:37 AM   #8
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:38 AM   #9
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Thanks, all!

Thanks, everyone. Hope you all won't think any less of me but I don't even have a KLR. I have a DRZ 400S. I thought for $4, I could make them work. Looks like they will fit my DRZ pretty good without any modifications.

The questions is: Am I going to keep them, or sell them and go with my original plan of making my own Giant Loop Coyote version? Hmmm.....
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:57 AM   #10
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Cool2 Here's my thought on $4.00 bags....

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Only KLR riders could have a discussion about $4.00 saddlebags.

Gotta go with what he said but since the discussion was opened up and add my $0.02 or $4.00 as it were. I would have bought them without thinking about it. If they worked for a trip or two and then tore completely in half, I would think I got my moneys worth and not give it another thought. If they last longer, then I am in fat city. Kinda thinking the 5 lbs load rating is an estimate anyway. No idea what the bike is rated for but I've seen some pics of bikes with way more than they are rated for. I don't have a lot of money but I'm pretty sure at some point I've spent more than that and gotten far less to show for it. Seems to me $4.00 bags would be right in line with the typical feelings of many KLR riders anyway and I mean that in a good way.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:17 AM   #11
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Kinda thinking the 5 lbs load rating is an estimate anyway.
Typically, Kawasaki rates carriers most conservatively; I think the KLR250 rack is rated for maybe 3 pounds.

The KLR260 saddle bags in question carry effectively much higher loads than their rating, in my experience. While I've never witnessed this, a trick rider could stick one foot into each bag as "stirrups" and stand upright if he so wished, without luggage trauma, IMHO.

My free-to-good-home bags are now en route to a new owner (their third); maybe a road test and evaluation will follow!
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:05 PM   #12
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No experience with Kawi saddle bags, but my old DR650 came to me with Kawi tail bag that I really miss. Like it a lot, and really wish I'd kept it when I sold the DR. Well made, useful, expandable.
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:08 PM   #13
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OEM bags

I bought the OEM KLR saddle bags and tail bag when I bought my 1999 bike new.
I've used them on a couple camping trips.
They hold a lot and support a lot of weight.
I did have a problem with my side cover melting being too close to the muffle with not enough insulation, but no big deal.
I love these bags and wouldn't switch to hard ones if they were free.
You can't go wrong for $4. You'll love them.
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