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post #1 of 20 Old 03-06-2016, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Soft Saddlebags, or hard panniers??

I'm interested to see what is more preferred, and why? I personally like the idea of the soft bags, but I need more input. I haven't bought any yet, so any ideas, preferences, or opinions, are greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 20 Old 03-06-2016, 09:06 PM
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Soft bags hurt less if you crash and don't break.
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post #3 of 20 Old 03-06-2016, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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That's what I thought. Been using them on my bicycle since childhood, and they were alright. Lighter, cheaper, etc...Thanks for the info
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post #4 of 20 Old 03-06-2016, 09:20 PM
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Saddle bags.

I like soft bags that can be removed easy. I do 95% of my riding with just a tail bag on my rack. I only put my bags on if extra storage is needed.
I get a 2- 3 mpg drop, if riding with the bags at higher speeds.
Hard bags are more durable compared to soft bags. Less apt to get your leg caught under the bike in a "put-down", unless your leg goes under the hard bag. A soft bag may do less damage if your leg went under it.
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post #5 of 20 Old 03-06-2016, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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I never even considered the mpg loss. Interesting take, and thanks! I use a tail bag now, and it's great. Won't use them around town much, but on trips they are paramount. I'm doing the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route, (OBDR), this summer, and getting
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I had a set of hard bags, never really used them as I haven't the opportunity to take any long trips. My trunk carries my lunch and stuff for commuting so the rattley hard bags were empty 99 percent of the time. Took 'em off and sold them on Kijiji...
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post #7 of 20 Old 03-06-2016, 11:35 PM
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I just got the oem tail bag. It holds a ton of stuff and it's cheap. No brackets to install and you don't have to worry about it scratching your rear side panels.
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post #8 of 20 Old 03-07-2016, 06:04 AM
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I just got a chance to look over a set of Wolfman Expedition (dry bag type) saddles and Wolfman duffel drybag combo on a 650 Husky. Great looking set of luggage. That's where I'm heading when I get saddles.

I was able to determine that they'd strap in fine to my DirtRacks rear side crash bars, which I think would be a better option than pannier racks since the DirtRacks could stay installed and do their thing when not lugging luggage around.

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post #9 of 20 Old 03-07-2016, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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I looked at a set of Tusk panniers, and they rattled when riding. That would drive me nuts...
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post #10 of 20 Old 03-07-2016, 10:01 AM
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Hard bags for the street for increased weather resistance, security and durability. Soft bags for the dirt 'cause hard bags are dangerous in a fall and are more easily damaged.

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