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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Saddle bags or no

I bought my 09 aero 750 with saddle bags.
I kind of like them - they are useful.
I didn't think I wanted saddle bags, so I took them off the other day and my 6 year old told me to put them back on because my bike looks funny without them.

So I ask - saddle bags or no saddle bags?

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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Bobby Kasper View Post
I bought my 09 aero 750 with saddle bags.
I kind of like them - they are useful.
I didn't think I wanted saddle bags, so I took them off the other day and my 6 year old told me to put them back on because my bike looks funny without them.

So I ask - saddle bags or no saddle bags?

I like the look both ways, but for me the bags are a must. I have to carry things back and forth to work and a backpack is to hot in the summer.

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post #3 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 07:47 AM
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I use my saddle bag often.. so yes a must have for me...

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post #4 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 08:31 AM
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I rode for many years without saddlebags. Once I tried them and found out how useful they are, I was hooked. Now I have one of each, one without.
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post #5 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 08:34 AM
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man ditch those bulky ol bags.... they suck ya know ?
then sell em to me , cause i could use a pair lol
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post #6 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 09:35 AM
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I get on my bike to get out and have fun. Having some suitcases strapped to the sides of my bike makes no sense to me. That said, I don't use my bike to commute or for alternative transportation. When I'm only out my bike, I'm out to enjoy the ride.

If I wanted a bike with storage space, most likely, I'd get an HD with hard bags and a fairing. Main reason I really don't like the look of luggage attached to a bike, is often aftermarket bags looks like an add-on afterthought and doesn't blend in very well with the bike.
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post #7 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 09:45 AM
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Never had them. I always had a sissy bar bag. It held a rain jacket, chain tool and a couple of links, and I always thought it was perfect for around town on a street cruiser.

Then a few years ago I got a 1100 Yamaha Star that had bags on it. That's when I realized just how convenient they were. I could even do a simple shopping at the supermarket with them.

Now I have a pair of bags on order for my Phantom.

Perhaps something a bit smaller and subtle, like Willie & Max Revolutions as throw overs could work. Take them off when you like, or throw them over (or under) the back seat when you need them.

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post #8 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 09:54 AM
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Saddlebags or not is a personal choice based on what, how, when and where you ride. I like having saddlebags because you can carry things; and if you're out riding for any extended period of time, you kinda' need things!

But I gotta' tell 'ya, one of the the weirdest sights I've ever seen was a rider on a cruiser (no saddlebags) wearing a slinky little back-pack......... I usually see riders on crotch-rockets wearing backpacks, probably because they can't mount saddlebags on their crotch-rockets.


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post #9 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 10:18 AM
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Saddlebags are a must for me. I can ride for fun whether or not they're attached, but the ability to carry office work and supplies, groceries, adult beverages , rain name it, means I can use my bike for a lot of things instead of taking the car.

More riding = Good.

Plus, sometimes I come across something while riding that I'd need some luggage to get those very tasty ears of corn that I picked up at a farmer's roadside stand I came across.

They're easily removable, but I tend to leave them on except when I'm lubing or adjusting the chain.

At this point, I think my bike would look weird without them.

My bike is my horse. A cowboy who doesn't have saddlebags on his horse doesn't ride far, so I apply the same thinking regarding my motorcycle.

That's just me, of course.

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post #10 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 10:36 AM
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Yes, I have bags!!
Rainsuit and dry clothes in the left side with the right side "Pack as needed" AND for my convenience as needed also...
The wife is continually sending me to town for something
I take the LONG WAY

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