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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-12-2018, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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The thread down the middle of our 1300T deterated and is letting the leather spread. Can or has anyone replaced that thread? What did I do wrong, care? Jim MN
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The same thing happened on my 07 1300. I don't have a reason because the PO had it repaired at an Auto upholstery place. My bike has been garage kept by both the PO and myself. However, the bags sometimes look dry. Leather wipes seem to brighten them up nice.

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-17-2018, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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If you reoil them will the leather strecth so you can sew them together?
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-17-2018, 09:40 PM
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Oiling the leather after it shrinks will not restore it. You should oil the leather, periodically, so that it does not shrink.

I had a set shrink on me, and I took them to an auto upholstery shop, and they are good as new.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-18-2018, 06:46 AM
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are the saddlebags really leather or are they 'pleather' (plastic 'leather')? There's a huge difference and most saddlebags are the latter despite the term 'leather' being widely and erroneously used.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-19-2018, 07:54 AM
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The bags on the Touring bikes are real leather covers. Like was said above you can either have an upholstery shop recover them, or take all the leather off and have the bags painted to match the bike. If you go back with leather, Mink oil is your friend. An 8 ounce tub should last for years.

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The bags on the Touring bikes are real leather covers...
What kind of leather... what animal 'donated' it's hide?

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What kind of leather... what animal 'donated' it's hide?
probably a buffalo

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probably a buffalo
Why? Does Yamaha have a history of using buffalo hide?
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