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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-29-2015, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
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Whats best to preserve leather saddlebags

I've seen several posts about the OEM leather covered bags on the 1300 pulling away from stitches. I'm sure this is caused from exposure to sun and rain. I recently purchased a 2010 1300 and the bags seem to be in perfect shape and I want to keep them that way. Other than keeping the bike garaged all the time, what is the best product to maintain the leather? Neatsfoot oil, Armorall, or something else?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-29-2015, 06:18 AM
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I have used a product called LEXOL leather conditioner on my leather in the past. It is a very good product. You put it on and let the leather absorb it to keep it from drying out. I have used it on my 2002 Mercury Mountaaineer leather seats since new and it has keep the leather from drying out and rotting. Great product. I am not sure about using it on leather that has started drying out and shrinking.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-29-2015, 12:38 PM
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I've used the recommended mink oil from Yamaha. Not very expensive and holds up well during all temperatures.
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I use this Aerospace 303 product on my RV (travel trailer) as it came very highly recommended in the RV community. I tried it on my bags and it seems to be just fine. I have only had my 1300 since last Sept and it is garage kept so I don't have data over time, but the product has a good rep.

http://www.amazon.com/303-30313-CSR-...ace+protectant

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I haven't used anything on my bags or other leather stuffs. Now this thread got me thinkin'.

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I use saddle soap to clean them, then after they dry, I'll rub 2 or 3 applications of Leather Nova conditioner on them. I'll let them rest for a day or 2, then use the mink oil on them. I read somewhere that the mink oil is actually a paraffin base product and will allow the leather to dry out if it's not properly conditioned. Don't know if that's true, but my process has worked for me. The mink oil does make the rain bead and roll off more easily.
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Here is a thread I started a few weeks back..

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums...ad.php?t=73249

Hope this helps
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-12-2015, 05:50 AM
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The BEST way to preserve leather bags is...replace it with FIBERGLASS....LOL Just being a smart azzzzzz.. I have just always used a GOOD Leather conditioner. Their are many to chose from.

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I use the same Zaino leather cleaner and conditioner that I use on my car seats. Before that I used Mink oil. I think if I knew I was going on a trip where I could hit rain, Id probably do the mink oil right before the trip


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