Saddle bags or Tank bag?

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    10 27.78%
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    Default Saddle bags or Tank bag?

    im having trouble deciding between the OEM suzuki boulevard saddle bags and the Icon Urban Tank bag i dont have the measurements on the saddles but the tank bag is 16"Lx14"Wx8"H any advice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by edgarsc50 View Post
    im having trouble deciding between the OEM suzuki boulevard saddle bags and the Icon Urban Tank bag i dont have the measurements on the saddles but the tank bag is 16"Lx14"Wx8"H any advice?
    If I were you I'd look around te site a bit more before making a decision. The OEM bags are small AND fuggly IMHO. There are other options depending on how you're going to use them.

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    i use my wifey's raider tank bag, fits my 9 like a glove.


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    I had the urban tank bag and it stayed on with magnets. You really have to make sure there is no dirt under the magnetic straps or on the tank because it will leave scratch marks in the clear, and depending on which color you have the more it will show up. If it something you are going to keep on all the time I would say hard bags. This way you don’t have to worry about theft. If it is something you are going to toss on for short trips get the tank bag. It does turn into a back pack and you can strap your helmet to it.
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    i think the tank bag is a better choice, the saddle bags are nice but IMO they take away the looks of the bike.

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    Bro if youre gonna get a tank bag...get a tank bag!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Locomoses View Post
    Bro if youre gonna get a tank bag...get a tank bag!
    Which Bag is that you have on the back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgarsc50 View Post
    im having trouble deciding between the OEM suzuki boulevard saddle bags and the Icon Urban Tank bag i dont have the measurements on the saddles but the tank bag is 16"Lx14"Wx8"H any advice?
    If ya really want saddlebags get the K-Drive's. I had the OEM Boulevard bags at first and then went to the K-Drive's because of how they mount. It uses a proprietary quick-release system. They also lock so you cannot take them off.

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    My tank has scratches where one of the magnet pads must have had some grit on it. I used it with just the magnets and no straps and it blew off 2 times so I use it no more. I did manage to catch it against my chest both times but it was still a pain. Now I use a bag on the back seat held down with a bungee net hooked to bungee buttons when I take trips.

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    Loco- That is like drawing a mustache on the Mona Lisa!!

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    No vote for either one. not enough storage in the Suzuki bags. I picked up a set of Fieldsheer bags back in early Summer and I love them.Easy on and off.Plenty of room to carry stuff.

    Cargo Endurance Bags are nice and the Cargo Coverti bags as well.

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    Mike, thats 4 days worth and 1200 miles brother, sorry not all of us carry a purse like you! Sorry but arent saddle bags what overweight housewives call their chunky thighs..and even they dont want em!!! My bags serve me well I carry everything I need in them, no need to trailer my bike I can ride it anywhere I need to go and have all the gear I need. Never found Mona Lisa all that appealing anyway, how dare you compare her to Big Red!!! On a good day shes an LE!!! Big Red, not in hers, or our lifetime!
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    Quote Originally Posted by edgarsc50 View Post
    im having trouble deciding between the OEM suzuki boulevard saddle bags and the Icon Urban Tank bag i dont have the measurements on the saddles but the tank bag is 16"Lx14"Wx8"H any advice?

    Depends on your needs.....



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    Aw Loco, yer just jealous- when I go to Laconia for 4 days I take 4 pair of underwear, 4 pair of socks, 4 t-shirts, and my Dodgers hat. Yeah, I got rained on once and it sucked royally, but I still say if I can't stuff it in a small shoulder bag, then it aint necesary.
    Obviously you carry a lot more beauty products than I do!
    Tell ya what- you pack your Mary Kay Econo Kit and come up to the mid-atlantic meet, and I promise to pack a whole suitcase of crap!!

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    Mike..You aint right!
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    Germ,
    That sucks about your magnetic tank bag. What kind do you have?
    I have the Cortech 21 tank bag and have had no scratches and the thing sticks right where I put it. I do check the bottom very carefully before I slap it on the tank.

    Locomoses,
    What is that between the bike and the bags? I just saw a Shamwow commercial and it looks like Vince got to you!

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    Loco. You kill me
    I just got a Ogio magnetic tank bag for Xmas. (21 or 24 Ltr.)
    I agree, if I can't stick my chit in that tank bag and maybe a small backpack, I don't need it or will buy it later.
    I want to get Bungee buttons, but am having a hard time spending $80 for 4 of them. Need to come up with some mod or way to bungee my flight bag to the rear. ANY IDEAS out there.
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    Here are mine

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    I went with the trunk the E52 i got big feet.
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    Ya know...Big69...I really like the looks of that trunk!
    I wonder how hard that would be to move forward & back...maybe one with a built in backrest....
    That way if I have a passenger, they use it. If no passenger, I use it & don't waste the fuel that pulling a wall around behind me would cause.

    Great...now ya'll got "ME" thinking about bags & trunks & stuff.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by soggyshoes View Post
    Locomoses,
    What is that between the bike and the bags? I just saw a Shamwow commercial and it looks like Vince got to you!
    SS, no chance bro I dont do infomercials...those are microfiber polishing cloths I bought at Sams about 4 years ago...like $6 for a pack of 40, I still have a bunch of em in a drawer, I use em here and there, I must admit I used to use my bags without anything betwen the bike and the bags but R2D2 suggested I put something between and makes it much easier to clean the bike up after a long ride, used to have to poish my A$$ off to bring the shine back to good.
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    Perhaps you could use one of your precious bandanas......BWAAA HAAA HAAAA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haywud View Post
    Perhaps you could use one of your precious bandanas......BWAAA HAAA HAAAA
    Yeah like this one?

    Ill Pass...dont want THAT kinda attantion
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    Locomoses I was just joking. I literally was reading the forum and that commercial came on.

    Do you have any problems with the microfiber cloths collecting stuff? I had some and made the mistake of washing them with the regular laundry and they acted like swiffers and collected all the lint from the rest of the laundry. It was a mess! Literally, the lint trap was empty and the microfiber cloths were full.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soggyshoes View Post
    Locomoses I was just joking. I literally was reading the forum and that commercial came on.

    Do you have any problems with the microfiber cloths collecting stuff? I had some and made the mistake of washing them with the regular laundry and they acted like swiffers and collected all the lint from the rest of the laundry. It was a mess! Literally, the lint trap was empty and the microfiber cloths were full.
    SS, You are right on...you gotta wash those things by themselves, I learned the same lesson that you did, , microfiber catches everything! They sure work great under the bags tho, plus you have your polishing cloths to touch up the bike when you get to where youre going!
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnytherock View Post
    i use my wifey's raider tank bag, fits my 9 like a glove.


    Oooo- that's perfect! It's called a Raider?


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    Quote Originally Posted by biker-chicky View Post
    Oooo- that's perfect! It's called a Raider?
    Ummm bc.... that thread is about 8 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoBlo View Post
    Ummm bc.... that thread is about 8 years old.
    Well I didn't dig for it it was up front? Hmm, well I still like the bag!


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    Quote Originally Posted by biker-chicky View Post
    Well I didn't dig for it it was up front? Hmm, well I still like the bag!
    Yeah, its perfect for what I'm looking for too. Too bad its doesn't seem available. I'm wondering if there's a leather shop that would be able to make a custom...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoBlo View Post
    Yeah, its perfect for what I'm looking for too. Too bad its doesn't seem available. I'm wondering if there's a leather shop that would be able to make a custom...
    Just need the full name, I'm thinking there still out there.


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