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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-16-2018, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Saddlebag repair

I bought a 2009 v-star 1300 both bags have the top seam split. Need advice on how to repair.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-16-2018, 11:58 AM
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Find you a local upholstery company and see if they can re-stitch it.
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If you can push it back together to get the holes to line up, you could sew it back together yourself: heavy duty thread and needle.

You would need to push the needle thru with a pair of "needle nose" pliers, and it will be a lot of work, but not so bad if you can push the needle thru the existing holes.

if you pay someone else to do it, it will be a lot of work for them too, and you will pay accordingly.

Another option, a shoe repair shop might be able to sew that back together.
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If you have any leather butter or conditioner, I would start soaking it so that the leather will be a bit more pliable and easier to go back together when you opt to repair it or take it somewhere.
And if you choose to do it yourself, use leather needles, they have a blunted tip, and a little bit of wax to help ease them through the holes.
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I agree with eruby find a local upholstery shop they have the tools to fix that. Check out Yelp I needed a recover on a seat and found a great guy.
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-17-2018, 07:05 AM Thread Starter
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I took the covers to a shoes shop for him to look at. Two problems.
1. the material has shrunk, we can take it off and he can resew it fine but will not be easy to put back on.
2. the material is sown through the plastic of the cover, the shoe shop guy felt his machine would sew through the cover material and the plastic the extra holes sewing would create would compromise the cover.

Many of the covers for sale on ebay have this same issue and was hopping someone may have came up with a patch for the outside.
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It sounds like they are kaput!

are those Yamaha bags or aftermarket? this might be one of the bad things that happen when a bike is left parked in the sun a lot.
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Yamaha Bags.
The ones on my other 2009 v-star are the same without the ripped seams
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-17-2018, 05:46 PM
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If it is both sides, or you don't a little creative destruction, you might be able to put a strip of leather down the center of the bags, cut back the original material a little and sew in the strip.
Might even throw a splash of color for an accent, or color match the bike. Or flames or skulls. haha
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-17-2018, 05:57 PM
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I have the same leather covers on my 950. I have to constantly use mink oil on them to keep them from splitting. It may be more beneficial to remove the covers and paint the bags with a color of your choice. Iíve seen this done on other bikes, again just a suggestion.


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