The market for hard saddlebags may have shrunk but there are still some manufacturers who continue to manufacture stylish bags. And if that isn’t enough for you, you can benefit from easy to install brackets that go with the saddlebags – now how about that?
You always want to look for a hard saddlebag that has these three elements – it has to be waterproof, lockable and detachable. The size of the bag can be deceiving at times. This is something you may wish to consider. Unlike soft bags, hard bags are not expandable, and the storage area is further reduced by the stiff internal lining.
Here is a brief outline of hard saddlebags:
Auburn Leather Legend Bags – these are black bags made of American cowhide that generally have two main styles, namely bolt-on and throw-over. They are classy looking with lock-stitched and stress-riveted seams and zinc-plated steel rivets. They have a hard back and their interiors are reinforced with ABS and HDPE plastic. The size of these bags is 12 inches by 13.5 inches by 6 inches.
Boss Bags – If you’re looking for even more plastic reinforcement, go for the Boss Bags, which are made from only the best leather. Whether you prefer plain-Jane black leather or fancy bells and whistles for trimmings, it’s your call. The lids are lockable and the buckle straps quick-release in nature. Finally, these bags have their own fiberglass mounting system.
Patriot Hardbags – Look for classy styling and snug fit for this particular type of bags. These bags hold up to 35 liters and measure 26 inches by 9.5 inches by 14.5 inches. The bags’ Side-mounting units are made out of fiberglass. The gasket seal is an interesting bonus feature, as it is waterproof, thus preventing water from getting in if it rains.
Corbin Beetle Bags – If you’re looking for a bag that is made for your motorcycle (or practically any other bike), then this is it. That way, issues on snug fit become a thing of the past. They are made of Fibertech and have a smooth finish. Their sizes may vary but their capacity is around 30 liters per bag.
Givi Luggage Cruiser – Commonly known as Cruiser bags, Givi’s bags are constructed from polypropelene. They are 16.7 inches by 13.7 inches by 7.7 inches with a capacity of 21 liters. They have side-mounting units and are sold as a pair. You can choose from several finishes for these ultra-light bags.
National Cycle Cruiseliner Saddlebags – Created from high-density polymer, these are heavy-duty bags that practically cannot be dented. You can either choose solid black or choose different finishes and colors. The size of these bags is 24.5 inches by 14 inches by 7.5 inches.
SADDLEMEN DESPERADO SADDLEBAGS: These hard bags come with inner stiffeners that maintain their shape even when the bags are empty. They come in several shapes, with each shape meant for a specific bike model.
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