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Which soft saddlebags do you prefer?

  • Cortech Sport

    Votes: 20 42.6%
  • Fieldsheer Compact

    Votes: 3 6.4%
  • Firstgear Onyx Expandable

    Votes: 1 2.1%
  • Nelson Rigg CL-950 Deluxe

    Votes: 17 36.2%
  • Nelson Rigg SSC-150 Silver Streak Deluxe

    Votes: 6 12.8%
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I know many people use Nelson Rigg bags, some use Cortech. Fieldsheer and First Gear also make similar bags.

So, which and why:

Cortech Sport $117 12x15x7" 17L per side


Fieldsheer Compact $114.50 17x11x9"


Firstgear Onyx Expandable $116.95 18x12x9"


Nelson Rigg CL-950 Deluxe $125 17x11x6.5" 19.92L per side


Nelson Rigg SSC-159 Silver Streak Deluxe $125 17x11x6" 19.39L per side
 

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Right now I'm leaning towards the Cortech bags. They're the smallest of the bunch, but were redesigned for 2008 to be expandable by 3" on each side.

Not ordering for a couple weeks so I'll keep my eye on NewEnough's sales.
 

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Those that I bought from N-R on newenough were expandable.

I lost them because I didn't secure them properly (completely my fault) one night in the wee hours of the morning. I'm glad they were empty at the time.

So I then bought another set from newenough.
 

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Picked up the non-deluxe version of the Nelson Rigg CLs for somewhere around 80 bucks. Probably one of the better deals out there, for decent sized saddlebags. Been flawless thus far.
 

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The cortech fit well and wear well (excellent construction). I had some Teknic sport bags that were WAY too big for the Sv. If you went with a Fender eliminator the cortech will still mount up very securely. I admit that I am a Cortech Fanboy. Every Cortech item I have purchased has quickly become my favorite, and all the rest of my stuff sits in the closet or gets sold (jackets, gloves, luggage). If they made helmets I would buy one. I use my cortech sport tailbag everyday, works great alone or when mated to the saddlebags.
 

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None of those.

Go to www.newenough.com and wait for a set to go on sale.

I bought a complete set of Nelson Rigg's bags (tail, tank, and saddles) for $132 DELIVERED a year ago.

They're huge.
Also check Dennis Kirk's closeout section. I got Nelson Rigg saddle bags for $20 on closeout a year or two ago. They're great bags.
 

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I have the Nelson Rigg CL-950 Deluxe , got them on new enough. They've served me well so far. And you can't say enough about Nelson Rigg's customer support.
 

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anyone familiar with spinexx? the transformer of saddlebags?
Those things are huge - 40liters each! Pricey, too, at $250 (191euros) plus shipping to the U.S.
 

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I went with the Nelson Rigg because of their lifetime warranty and size... I also got them on sale for about $95 or $100 or something....

Physically the CL-950 and the Silver Streak are essentially the same (I asked Nelson Rigg) the only difference is minor trim and color.... and some pocket variations... it basicaly is the deluxe line of the CL series with silver on them...


Oh and the pockets on the CL-950 Deluxe are expandable I believe... I can't remember 100% though.... since I generally use my cl-150 expandable sport trunk bag more and everything is expandable on the trunk



I know many people use Nelson Rigg bags, some use Cortech. Fieldsheer and First Gear also make similar bags.

So, which and why:
Nelson Rigg CL-950 Deluxe $125 17x11x6.5" 19.92L per side


Nelson Rigg SSC-159 Silver Streak Deluxe $125 17x11x6" 19.39L per side
 

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I picked the Cortech Sports because that's what I have. I favored them because they're from the biggest company, which should've made it more likely to get replacement parts and warranty service if needed. I bought them because I found smoking deals on a top case and side bags. I'm glad I bought them because they work pretty well and because Tourmaster quickly sent me a few missing pieces for free, even after I said I'd gladly pay.
 

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I picked the Cortech Sports because that's what I have. I favored them because they're from the biggest company, which should've made it more likely to get replacement parts and warranty service if needed. I bought them because I found smoking deals on a top case and side bags. I'm glad I bought them because they work pretty well and because Tourmaster quickly sent me a few missing pieces for free, even after I said I'd gladly pay.

I dunno.. I think Nelson Rigg has been around longer than Cortech... probably longer than Tourmaster (cortech's main company)

I remember seeing Nelson Rigg adds way back in the late 80's...

I just compared warranty... I don't think cortech has that lifetime warranty.... if I am not mistaken... aren't cortech's warranties less than 5 or possibly 3 years?
 

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i have a marsee tank and saddle and love them!
 

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I had the NR-950 Deluxe for a full year. Great bags. Only down note is the rain covers may come off on the highway if you don't secure them. You can not put the bottom piece in and they vary in size or put it in to hold the shape. Great bags. I would go with them again if I didn't have hard luggage now.
 

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I had the NR-950 Deluxe for a full year. Great bags. Only down note is the rain covers may come off on the highway if you don't secure them. You can not put the bottom piece in and they vary in size or put it in to hold the shape. Great bags. I would go with them again if I didn't have hard luggage now.

There is a trick to getting the stiffeners in the Nelson Rigg bags... and there is now a band that holds them down in the middle... they say they make them slightly larger as the bag stretches a little when it is new and if they didn't the inserts would be a little too short... once you get them in they hold well... Perhaps the NR-950 was different than the CL-950 (or older CL-950 if that was what you meant)

My rain covers have a cord in them that cinches up around the back side of the bag... I usually loop the tag of the cord through one of the other straps in case it comes loose.



The trick with the stiffener inserts is to thread them through the bottom strap... then get it in the deeper pocket first....(1 side is slightly deeper at the top) then holding it in the pocket you push it into place along the bottom ribbing... stretching it a little as you push down on the bottom... the key is to take your time... and if it seems like it won't fit.. try that insert in the other bag...

I found one of the stiffeners slightly shorter than the other and fit better in one of the bags... it was a bit too tight when I tried it in the other bag...
but that is typical of chinese sewing but they did fit....

You don't really need the inserts anyway... unless you carry heavier things or next to nothing in the bag...
 

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The stiffeners were nice to really secure the bags to the bike. But it was nice not to have them in so you could reduce the size of the bags.

I just started putting my stuff in good garbage bags inside the saddlebags and didn't have any problems. Never had a problem with any of my stuff getting warm from the exhaust, they hung about an inch above the standard exhaust position, stock or slipon.
 

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Cortech sport bags...perfect for those longer trips. I can fit a lot in them. Not to mention it is good for light shopping. They also can help protect the bike a little if you lay it down.

I lost my footing on some acorns about a year and a half ago and it protected my bike some. Only cracked the the plastic piece that hold the mirror.



peace...murfy
 
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