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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-06-2015, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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So Sad - Bad Bag Blues, What 2 Do Now?

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Well, a year or so go, I went out to the parking lot to jump on the bike and head home and noticed a minor rupture in the seam on one of my bags. A month or so later I took this picture and, since then, it has gotten quite ugly (see last pic). I could fester on what caused this (and I have had those dark moments) but it is time to seek a solution. What is my best and most cost-effective way to get back to having 2 fine looking bags instead of one?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-06-2015, 04:34 PM
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You could have it recovered by a seat reuphosterer (is that even a word?). Maybe the Pillowtop guy will chime in. I don't know if he has any experience with that or not.

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i agree with an upholsterer

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-06-2015, 11:53 PM
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the material has shrunk from age. nothing else to do but reupholster it.
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Agreed with previous posters. Probably a simple fix for an experienced upholsterer.

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my buddies 1300 has the same issue... luckily mine is still looking good. Supposedly the key to avoid this is prevention with a proper conditioner that not only protects the leather but the stitching as well. I was told that Harley Davidson has a product that is relatively inexpensive and treats the leather and the stitching to avoid dry rot. Part # is 93600034 and its less than $8

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I use neatsfoot oil on my leather bags, it conditions, preserves and waterproofs leather. It is the same product used on baseball gloves and boots.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-13-2015, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Hi folks

I do appreciate the comments and ideas. And I definitely need to get some of that product for dressing the leather.
Well I have talked to a couple of the upholsterer folks and there is some concern that their equipment isn't up to the task of sewing through both the leather and the backer. I will continue to follow that path and see if there is a local outfit that has equipment up to the challenge.
So, who makes these bags? Is there a possibility of just finding a replacement lid?

Thanks, Eric
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-13-2015, 12:49 PM
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How about removing the leather and painting them? Haven't tried it myself but found this thread. https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums...ead.php?t=3887
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