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post #1 of 4 Old 04-04-2017, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Nelson Rigg SE3050 Saddlebag review

Over the years I have used many "throw over" saddlebags and am more pleased with the SE 3050"s than any other bags I have owned. The wife currently runs the KLR bags, not bad for little runs but wanted something truly waterproof. Previously I had been running Some Nelson Rigg "Survivor" series on my bike with trash cans inside. They were functional but sagged quite a bit. I had considered installing a set of Tusk Panniers but "hard" bags are very unforgiving in a crash and even a brush against something solid isn't pleasant either.

With my Dirt Racks crash bars the fit as if they had the KLR in mind. The stiffener works great, much better than trash cans. Strapping them to the bike is quite easy. not only have I have broken plastic buckles on other bags but when cinching things down they have popped loose. With the fastening system on the 3050's that's not an issue. The top straps let you fasten a multitude of things to the top. I did not use the backing pads with the bags but if you are worried about scratches they would help.

The size is more than enough for most rides but with the ease of the top strap system one could easily attach enough luggage for an adventure. I couldn't be happier with them ...
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Those look nice, I've been considering a pair myself.
I have a Nelson tank bag that came with the bike and it works well. I like the clear plastic on top that is sensitive to touch and I can put my phone under it and still text as I ride. (haha)

I was wondering what model Corbin seat you have?
Looked at their offerings for our bikes but didn't see one like yours.



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Over the years I have used many "throw over" saddlebags and am more pleased with the SE 3050"s than any other bags I have owned. The wife currently runs the KLR bags, not bad for little runs but wanted something truly waterproof. Previously I had been running Some Nelson Rigg "Survivor" series on my bike with trash cans inside. They were functional but sagged quite a bit. I had considered installing a set of Tusk Panniers but "hard" bags are very unforgiving in a crash and even a brush against something solid isn't pleasant either.

With my Dirt Racks crash bars the fit as if they had the KLR in mind. The stiffener works great, much better than trash cans. Strapping them to the bike is quite easy. not only have I have broken plastic buckles on other bags but when cinching things down they have popped loose. With the fastening system on the 3050's that's not an issue. The top straps let you fasten a multitude of things to the top. I did not use the backing pads with the bags but if you are worried about scratches they would help.

The size is more than enough for most rides but with the ease of the top strap system one could easily attach enough luggage for an adventure. I couldn't be happier with them ...
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I'm a huge Corbin fan, have them on all 5 of the bikes ... Some think they are uncomfortable, I find them very comfortable once broken in, takes about 1000 miles to get it to conform to your "cheeks" The leather is very easy to take care of, one of the seats I have has almost 40,000 miles on it and it has never been treated with anything. I wouldn't want vinyl seats in a car so why would I want it on a seat on my bike???? The seat is the Corbin dual platform low ... I had a stitching option done that I cant seem to find on the website ....
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I recently had one of the tie down points of the top straps pull off of the bags. Nelson Rigg said they would repair it under their lifetime warranty but I was in a time crunch, leaving on a trip in about 2 weeks. There was no way the bag could make it to California, be sent out for repair and returned to me in that time frame. A local shoe shop did the repair for me overnight. The rest of the stitching seems to be holding up, time will tell. The Velcro glued to the back to hold the panels to keep you from scratching the bike is coming loose from the heat of the exhaust (I've never used them) but there is no damage to the bags, don't expect any. I am using the dirt racks crash bars to keep them off of the exhaust. I can't say I am disappointed in the bags at this point, sh## happens. Nelson Rigg was more than willing to honor the warranty ...
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