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Old 05-30-2014, 08:29 AM   #436
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Hemisphere soft bags

I've had my Hemisphere bags for a couple of weeks now, so I'll chime in on them.....

I've got an '02 F650 Dakar and, as already mentioned, mounting is the same as the Coyote. Like the 800, the fuel cap is on the right rear so loosening of the right leg strap is necessary for fueling (as it is with all soft bags I've tried.)

I've not had the chance to take it on any long trips and haven't even used the dry bag yet, BUT I have been using just the "holster" on my commute and rides in and around town and couldn't be happier with it. It's perfect for trips to the store, post office, etc. and I don't have to mess with zippers or strapping anything down.

It's too early to say now, but I think this is the luggage system I've been looking for. Nice work.
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:58 PM   #437
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. . . BUT I have been using just the "holster" on my commute and rides in and around town and couldn't be happier with it. It's perfect for trips to the store, post office, etc. and I don't have to mess with zippers or strapping anything down.

It's too early to say now, but I think this is the luggage system I've been looking for. Nice work.

Excellent! Yeah the holster really works great for that kind of transport, glad you're happy with it!
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:02 AM   #438
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Any thoughts to making a smaller-than-50-liter holster-type saddle bag for the little bikes (or maybe day trips on bigger bikes)? Maybe 7-10 liter capacity on each side or 14-20 total??

The Hemisphere Saddle Bag on my Husky TE250 looks kinda like a kid wearing Dad's shoes...

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Any thoughts to making a smaller-than-50-liter holster-type saddle bag for the little bikes (or maybe day trips on bigger bikes)? Maybe 7-10 liter capacity on each side or 14-20 total??

The Hemisphere Saddle Bag on my Husky TE250 looks kinda like a kid wearing Dad's shoes...

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Old 06-02-2014, 04:33 PM   #441
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A. Marcy stopped by on his brand new Tenere - hmmmm, new tank bag fits perfectly - easy one-handed lid operation (no pesky zipper), waterproof with roll top interior liner (that fabric is soooooo nice!), new shape and padded strap sleeves.









OK there is one zipper one the outside but it's huge.

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Old 06-03-2014, 04:04 PM   #442
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:31 PM   #443
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Wow. Finishing on that thing looks incredible. Looks beautiful on the bike.

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Thanks BP - We're really happy with the finished product!

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Old 06-04-2014, 03:26 PM   #444
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my (soon to be) new 500 will need a new day bag.
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:03 AM   #445
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The system worked great for me!





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Old 06-11-2014, 02:45 PM   #446
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The system worked great for me!





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That is the definition of versatility there!!!! SWEET!
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:27 PM   #447
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Nice bike, cool shots - thanks for sharing and glad you like it!
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:45 AM   #448
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The problem with this setup, for me, is that one has lost any ability to move back on the seat. The bag is packed really high, which loses the original advantage of the Coyote design, which was dirt bike performance. I guess it comes down to discipline in the packing?? :)
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The problem with this setup, for me, is that one has lost any ability to move back on the seat. The bag is packed really high, which loses the original advantage of the Coyote design, which was dirt bike performance. I guess it comes down to discipline in the packing?? :)

You are exactly correct, he's got it packed weird and way too tall. The Hemisphere has many advantages over my original Coyote design and especially over the current mutation of that. Beyond the obvious (being able to remove the main compartment completely, waterproof, etc.) the shape is significantly improved. Carries the load much lower and is deeper fore to aft, plus the exterior stash pockets.



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Old 06-12-2014, 02:46 PM   #450
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it is packed to capacity with as much as will go in it and still roll closed well. i knew i would take the main bag off for the trail ride and leave it at camp. of course with better packing discipline you could take less gear and it would pack lower more like a GL. i did have plenty of seat.

in addition, the tent is up high in the back like that because i burnt a hole on the exhaust in my other tent putting it down low on the fender. i put that down to my own error. i will put a rack and another heat shield on the muffler to prevent that in the future.

on another note, i tested the waterproofness quite well. the bag sat in the rain for 4 hours while i was at work and also experienced a 15 minute episode of pouring rain while riding and everything stayed dry of course.
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