Leather clad saddlebags curling! - Star Motorcycle Forums: Star Raider, V-Max, V-Star, Road-Star Forum
 18Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-19-2016, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
FLY FIS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Gilmanton, NH
Posts: 43
Leather clad saddlebags curling!

I'm having a problem with my leather clad saddlebags. The more hot weather, and direct sunlight that hits my saddlebags the more that the rear corner of the top cover curls up. I can sometimes manipulate it, and get it to almost straighten out, but I'm afraid that it will eventually wear out and the corner will snap right off. Any ideas???
Keith Post and Keith Post like this.
FLY FIS is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-19-2016, 10:17 PM
Moderator
 
Keith Post's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 5,818
Garage
Are you using any protectant on your bags?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Keith Post is online now  
post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-20-2016, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
FLY FIS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Gilmanton, NH
Posts: 43
Yes I use some saddle soap on my seats and the bags!
Keith Post and Keith Post like this.
FLY FIS is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-20-2016, 08:55 AM
Senior Member
 
Huntswithhawks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Winchester, VA
Posts: 252
I don't know if it's any better than saddle soap, but I use neatsfoot oil on mine and it seems to keep them supple.

Bart
'12 950 VStar Tourer
Huntswithhawks is offline  
post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-20-2016, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
FLY FIS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Gilmanton, NH
Posts: 43
I think I'll try some of that. Maybe the leather will soak up the oil better than the saddle soap, thanks!!
Keith Post and Keith Post like this.
FLY FIS is offline  
post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-20-2016, 10:03 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Eastern Kansas
Posts: 29
Yamaha recommends Mink Oil but I'm sure there are better products out there.

2014 Stratoliner S
kc61 is offline  
post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-20-2016, 04:33 PM
Moderator
 
Keith Post's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 5,818
Garage
I've used the Yamaha mink oil on mine. Worked really well so far.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Keith Post is online now  
post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-20-2016, 07:53 PM
Member
 
Hummvee854's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Central Jersey
Posts: 39
Garage
I also have used Yamaha mink oil on my leather seat, and saddle bags on my Vstar. You have to let it set for a few minutes in the shade then just microfiber towel dry it and it should be nice and supple again. Good luck with whatever you use though!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Keith Post and Keith Post like this.
Hummvee854 is offline  
post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-20-2016, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
FLY FIS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Gilmanton, NH
Posts: 43
I guess I never thought of something like the mink oil. I'll try that as well on one bag and give it a couple of days. I think the sun really dries out the leather, causing it to shrink and the tips begin to curl. Thanks for posting the two options!!
Keith Post and Keith Post like this.
FLY FIS is offline  
post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-20-2016, 10:24 PM
Moderator
 
Keith Post's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 5,818
Garage
Hope this helps Fly Fis, let us know what works for you. Since I live in a hot humid climate, the mink oil won't dry out the leather like some other stuff I've used before.Hummvee854 is right on.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Hummvee854 and Hummvee854 like this.
Keith Post is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Star Motorcycle Forums: Star Raider, V-Max, V-Star, Road-Star Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome