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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-13-2015, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Used Hard Bags - $175

It would cost me an extra $100 to have them shipped.

I have the know-how to repair/paint them.

Does this look like a good deal or ????

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-motorcycle-pa...del/1098178464

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It would cost me an extra $100 to have them shipped.

I have the know-how to repair/paint them.

Does this look like a good deal or ????

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-motorcycle-pa...del/1098178464
If you know how to repair/paint them, it's a great deal. New OEM handbags go for about 1K and a couple hundred for the mounting brackets. I got lucky years ago and found a set that matched my paint in good condition for about $500 and the mounting brackets for about $100.
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Found these just now ... looks good to me!

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/NEW-RS-MOTORC...25.m3641.l6368

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Found these just now ... looks good to me!

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/NEW-RS-MOTORC...25.m3641.l6368
Those look very similar to OEM bags. I would confirm what type of mounting brackets...theirs or stock.
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Found these just now ... looks good to me!

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/NEW-RS-MOTORC...25.m3641.l6368
Those are a flimsier looking ABS and will definitely be poorer quality than the OEM bags. The hardware looks like it's a pretty low grade in comparison too.

Not saying they're junk, they're just not really comparable to the OEM hard bags.

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Those are a flimsier looking ABS and will definitely be poorer quality than the OEM bags. The hardware looks like it's a pretty low grade in comparison too.

Not saying they're junk, they're just not really comparable to the OEM hard bags.
How can you tell from those pics that they are flimsier? And how can you determine, from those pics, that the hardware is a pretty low grade? The only hardware would be the hinges and locks ... both are so dark in the pics, it's impossible to make any sort of comparison.

Now, if you had a set of these and a set of the OEM one's, making an accurate comparison would be possible. It would be be very helpful to have such an accurate comparison.

With all this in mind, I wonder if the bags I looked at for $175 are actually the same and not really OEM bags as advertised. I am noticing on those pics that the bag lids don't appear to fit very well (too much of a gap).

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Found some reviews here ---> http://roadstarclinic.com/component/...,61/id,593860/


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Look at the pictures at the bottom of the ebay ad. The "chrome" of the light trim doesn't even remain flush with the bag as it curves around.

The tab on the button is clearly super thin plastic rather than metal. It latches with simple plastic mechanism rather than metal too. The interior hinge stop held on with 3 low-grade pop rivets and look like they're about to rip through the flexible material holding them. In that same picture you can see that the actual thickness of the plastic is approximately 3/16". There's not even a butyl or rubber seal where the lid meets the bag.

I may not have THOSE bags, but I've used plenty of cheap Chinese bags and trunks, like those made by Mutazu. This is the same quality. Now that I've looked more closely, I take back what I said before. These bags are junk.

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If you want reasonable quality hard bags at a discount over the OEM ones. Start by figuring out your budget.

Calvary makes nice fiberglass bags in the $700-800 range. http://www.cavalryfiberglass.com/store/

Tsukayu makes bags that people really like, and run about $700 or so. Come with stainless hardware and have available lights: http://www.tsukayu.com/JumboStrong.html

Viking makes very decent bags for around $400 US http://www.vikingbags.com/motorcycle...addlebags.htm#

I was looking for Mutazus to send you a link. Check the picture here at $365 US. This is the same bag that was in your link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mutazu-RS-fi...e6f50d&vxp=mtr

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Look at the pictures at the bottom of the ebay ad. The "chrome" of the light trim doesn't even remain flush with the bag as it curves around.

The tab on the button is clearly super thin plastic rather than metal. It latches with simple plastic mechanism rather than metal too. The interior hinge stop held on with 3 low-grade pop rivets and look like they're about to rip through the flexible material holding them. In that same picture you can see that the actual thickness of the plastic is approximately 3/16". There's not even a butyl or rubber seal where the lid meets the bag.

I may not have THOSE bags, but I've used plenty of cheap Chinese bags and trunks, like those made by Mutazu. This is the same quality. Now that I've looked more closely, I take back what I said before. These bags are junk.
Your eval is appreciated.

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