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Old 05-29-2014, 10:49 AM   #436
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ftb - Excellent write up and the pictures of the bag disassembled are very helpful!

I am really interested in switching from my GL Great Basin to the Hemisphere and I have two questions for anyone that can answer:

1. How does the Hemisphere compare size wise, in terms of storage in the waterproof portion of the bag to the GL Great Basin (~50L) that I currently have?

2. Any idea if the Hemisphere would be any more or less difficult than the GL to get the right leg of the bag out of the way for refueling my F800GS (filler located at the right rear of the seat)?

Excellent input KurtW and TeamFTB - thanks a ton for taking the time and the great shots. You guys did a better job explaining the new kit than I could've!

Funny to see that 'Central Oregon dusted' unit on Thailand teak flooring! Glad to see you figured out how low the kit can be configured. Guys have a tendency to stack gear on top but this is exactly how I'm hoping riders deploy the main compartment - resist the temptation to FILL it and enjoy optimum handling.

To answer your questions:

1 - Since I designed the Great Basin, the Coyote and the new Hemisphere Saddlebag I'm intimately familiar with the shapes and volumes and can tell you that the Hemisphere Saddlebag will carry a lot more than my old Coyote layout. Not quite as much as the GB but it is lower and wider (fore-to-aft) plus the exterior stash pockets are gusseted and expand or compress depending on your gear stowed. You still have the integrated straps with metal cam lock buckles (that do not slip even when wet) which give the option of securing another dry bag behind the Saddlebag. The GB was designed to fit precisely where the passenger sits while the Hemisphere Saddlebag resides further aft. If you have the stock F800 seat it will strap right on. I left the lower straps extra long specifically to accommodate use on bikes like your F800 and the KTM 950, 990, 1190, etc.. Your passenger grab bars will make the bag change shape a little bit - (it will 'flatten' out slightly) but will securely attach. I'll scrounge up an 800 for some pics soon.

2. Depending how far aft you locate the bag you might be able to access your fuel filler cap without loosening anything but even if you do, it will only be the one lower strap. You will not have to completely un-strap it, just loosen the one ladder lock buckle, fill'er up and snug it back down tight. The Hemisphere will not crowd you like a GB can - (ever had the GB hit you in the rear while roosting big rollers or G-outs?! - potentially frightening ) The Hemisphere Saddlebag is a product of many thousands of miles of aggressive off-road riding and carries the gear more securely than anything I've come up with to-date but the main thing is your bike rides great. After a few miles getting used to it you'll quickly appreciate improved handling over the older designs.
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:29 AM   #437
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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   #438
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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   #439
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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, 11:06 AM   #440
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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, 01:29 PM   #441
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Old 06-02-2014, 04:33 PM   #442
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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   #443
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Old 06-03-2014, 07:27 PM   #444
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Wow. Finishing on that thing looks incredible. Looks beautiful on the bike.

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Old 06-04-2014, 01:31 PM   #445
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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   #446
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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   #447
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The system worked great for me!





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Old 06-11-2014, 02:45 PM   #448
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The system worked great for me!





Day trip mode



That is the definition of versatility there!!!! SWEET!
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:27 PM   #449
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The system worked great for me!





Day trip mode



Nice bike, cool shots - thanks for sharing and glad you like it!
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:45 AM   #450
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Day trip mode



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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