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Giant Loop Motorcycle Saddlebags & Motorcycle Tank Bags: Panniers, Soft Luggage for Adventure & Sport Touring

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Wolfman Luggage

I thought Tedmagnum would like these !
Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage

My son reminded me that it's his birthday soon,[ I'll let you know how they fit his DRZ ].

They look to be the best designed waterproof soft luggage I have seen so far .
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I bought the enduro tankbag and its the best made tankbag i've ever seen !!

Highly recommended, expecially for odd shaped enduro tanks.


Those sidebags look great. I'd of had some if I didnt have smelly old 30 year old canvas 58 softbags ! My new favourite things
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[quote-- I have smelly old 30 year old 58 softbags ! My new favourite things [/quote]

I hope you'll be very happy togther !
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I bought the enduro tankbag and its the best made tankbag i've ever seen !!

Highly recommended, expecially for odd shaped enduro tanks.
I have one; great for bits you need to get to quickly; camera, phone, woolly hat, Ginster's Pasty, etc.

Mine's not that waterproof so I have a drawstring bag inside just to make sure. Also means I can remove all the contents if I leave the bike. I find the bag a PIA to take off. Be great if it had a harness that stays fixed on the bike.

I like the '58 pattern paniers. At least if you want to fit another strap somewhere or repair a rip you can do it easily. Nice "look" as well. I have some ortlieb bicycle panniers that look a bit like the wolfman side bags with some straps missing. They are small but I hope that will stop me carrying too much crap.
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I have some of the tank panniers and they are well made.
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I have one; great for bits you need to get to quickly; camera, phone, woolly hat, Ginster's Pasty, etc.

Mine's not that waterproof so I have a drawstring bag inside just to make sure. Also means I can remove all the contents if I leave the bike. I find the bag a PIA to take off. Be great if it had a harness that stays fixed on the bike.

I like the '58 pattern paniers. At least if you want to fit another strap somewhere or repair a rip you can do it easily. Nice "look" as well. I have some ortlieb bicycle panniers that look a bit like the wolfman side bags with some straps missing. They are small but I hope that will stop me carrying too much crap.

I find it strange that you find them hard to remove ! Its only 3 little clips on mine...

I suppose it depends on your bike design and how you attach the front strap. Mine is very simple and I can take it off in less than 5 seconds and back on in 10 !!

I'm going to use mine for my 'Cyclepump' 12v pump and my other tools.. No room for anything else.
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I find it strange that you find them hard to remove ! Its only 3 little clips on mine.
Mine just has long straps with plastic buckles; maybe I have an older version !

I'll have another look at their website and see if I can modify.
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Mine just has long straps with plastic buckles; maybe I have an older version !

I'll have another look at their website and see if I can modify.

2 plastic buckles on the side and long strap for the headstock which has a plastic buckle....

It's the front one which takes the longest as it has to be routed.
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Tank bag buckles

I couldn't figure out how to lace the buckles and secure w/ a single rectangular loop. Seems like it would be better with double D loops to lace around what ever points front and rear of tank. I also wasn't impressed w/ the large Duffle. Too many frick'in straps, open top. Hate to be negitive, but this stuff went back.

Magnetic tank bag and simple duffle that you lash to the bike.
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These look useful:

Amazon.com: Classic Accessories QuadGear ATV Tank Cargo Bag (Black): Sports & Outdoors

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I tried my best not to answer this one.....but it bumped to the top once too many times. I've got Wolfman roll-top panniers and they leaked copiously from the start--in a driving rain they'd fill up several inches deep with water before the outflow equalled the inflow. I quickly learned not to put anything into them which couldn't get thoroughly soaked. Don't know what model, but they weren't cheap; they now gather dust in my garage while I tour South America with hard cases instead.

Your mileage may et cetera.

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I tried my best not to answer this one.....but it bumped to the top once too many times. I've got Wolfman roll-top panniers and they leaked copiously from the start--in a driving rain they'd fill up several inches deep with water before the outflow equalled the inflow. I quickly learned not to put anything into them which couldn't get thoroughly soaked. Don't know what model, but they weren't cheap; they now gather dust in my garage while I tour South America with hard cases instead.

Your mileage may et cetera.

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That's dissapointing. Can you tell where they let the water in ? They "look" like an Ortlieb roll top type design and material which is tried and tested to be water proof.

Maybe you should contact Wolfman for a refund
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That's dissapointing. Can you tell where they let the water in ? They "look" like an Ortlieb roll top type design and material which is tried and tested to be water proof.

Maybe you should contact Wolfman for a refund
I was using them in front, bungied to my crash bars (following various failures of the original straps). I never found where they were leaking, but given the material itself was robust, presumably the seams or closures leaked. Once committed to a long trip, what difference does it make? For better or worse, their maiden journey took me to another continent, so I just kept using them.

There was no question of getting a refund or repairs so far from home--a good reason to buy the best gear available as a general rule, and a better reason to always try it out before over-committing. I did the first, but not the latter.

I've had similar experiences with other bike gear, notably my leaky riding clothes. Yeah, they're guaranteed....but what good is a guarantee when you're on the road in another area of the world?

As I never tire of saying, your experience might be different. Just consider me one date point among many.

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Mark,
Were you using the bags shown here:
Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage

Far as I know the above bags are new this year. These are like the Ortlieb bags with some sort of fold over/roll up flap closure. I've not used this type of saddlebag but many seem to like them, at least the Ortlieb bags.

I did use an Ortlieb duffle with a fold over flap. Never was sure if I was doing it right or not. Too fiddly, too many straps and buckles. I prefer big, waterproof, YKK Zippers.
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Nope. Mine were older, simpler and less visually obtrusive (i.e., they were black).
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