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post #1 of 16 Old 09-11-2011, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Soft Bags/ Passenger

I cant find anything that fits what i need so wondering if anyone else has seen something like this. I am looking for some saddelbags that are passenger friendly. Im a little bigger guy 220 my fiance is like 5'5 110 shes real small but it looks like everything I find will make her uncomfortable for a longer road trip. LMK if you guys have a idea for me. THANKS!
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post #2 of 16 Old 09-11-2011, 09:45 PM
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jokerlp,

The cortech soft bags work out real well. I ride two-up with the wife, and no issues.




Alot of the riders I ride with use them too!

Take care, and ride safe!

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post #3 of 16 Old 09-11-2011, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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with those cortech soft bags do you have to have bracket to hold them away from exhaust and to hold them on??? do you know by chance if there is a exact name or does cortech only make one kind of soft bags?
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post #4 of 16 Old 09-11-2011, 10:55 PM
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I've used the cortech bags on my 05 and my 09 KLR. On my 05, I just threw them over the seat and attached them with the straps that came with it. On my 09, I bought a set of Ebay side racks that bolt on over the side covers, and I slide the bags as far back as I can get them, maximizing seat room.

It also depends on how much stuff you need to fit in there. I had the Cortech Sport Saddlebags on my 05 KLR, and they were a lot smaller than the Cortech TriBag Saddlebags I use now. I'd say if you have a passenger, I'd recommend the sport saddlebags. Also, get a set of side racks. They not only keep your saddlebags off your plastic and exhaust, they look cool too. Here is a link to a set (I didn't know what year your KLR was, so I found some for 1st Gen and 2nd Gen).

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2008-...item19c8b19682

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/KLR-6...ht_3466wt_1167


Here is my bike with the racks




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post #5 of 16 Old 09-11-2011, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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with them attached on the 05 plenty of room for passenger? and no problem with exhaust burn?
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As long as the bags are slid up far enough, they won't hit the exhaust. I recommend the side racks though. I laid the bike down goin down a trail a month ago, and they saved my side covers from gettin scratched up. So, they serve a protective purpose, they give you something else to attach bungee cords too, and they also keep your saddlebags off the bike.
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sorry didnt see the rest of your post my comp didnt load it disregard last post by me..
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I've used the cortech bags on my 05 and my 09 KLR. On my 05, I just threw them over the seat and attached them with the straps that came with it. On my 09, I bought a set of Ebay side racks that bolt on over the side covers, and I slide the bags as far back as I can get them, maximizing seat room.

It also depends on how much stuff you need to fit in there. I had the Cortech Sport Saddlebags on my 05 KLR, and they were a lot smaller than the Cortech TriBag Saddlebags I use now. I'd say if you have a passenger, I'd recommend the sport saddlebags. Also, get a set of side racks. They not only keep your saddlebags off your plastic and exhaust, they look cool too. Here is a link to a set (I didn't know what year your KLR was, so I found some for 1st Gen and 2nd Gen).

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2008-KLR-650-Side-Utility-Racks-KLR650-BLACK-/110741264002?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash =item19c8b19682

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/KLR-650-Side-Luggage-Racks-rear-plasic-guards-KLR650-/170690662119?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash =item27bdf4cee7#ht_3466wt_1167


Here is my bike with the racks



I would recomend this. The OSR's or Original Side Racks will run you about $95.00 Well worth it, but, I would run 1" spacers to get the luggage straight. Works well. (Look at the first pic I posted). Luggage nice and straight!

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post #9 of 16 Old 09-11-2011, 11:32 PM
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sorry didnt see the rest of your post my comp didnt load it disregard last post by me..
you didn't miss anything, bud. I posted then went back and edited. You posted up before I finished the edit.
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post #10 of 16 Old 09-18-2011, 08:11 AM
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I have Fisher saddlebags from fishersaddlebags.com. Great bags that are out of the way, not on the seat, and over the exhaust. I thought they would be a little bigger but they do just fine to hold my fishin' stuff.

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