No question this saddlebag is a well thought-out design. Years of manufacture and refinement mean it’s now about as optimized as you could hope for. Ideal for enduro or trail bikes where you don’t want to mount a frame, but equally it worked well strapped to the BMW R1200GSA I rode in the US. Paired with Giant Loop’s tank bag (also enduro bike specific) it was all the luggage I needed for a five-day trip.
The four main mounting straps are perfectly placed to achieve a snug no-movement fitting, even to the GS. I absolutely loved the waterproof inner bags which come with valves so you can virtually vacuum pack your kit – keeping everything snug, minimised and thus creating useful extra capacity. The inner bags also make life tidier and simpler. You get into a routine – left bag ‘bike’ (tools, spares etc), right bag clothes, and across the top in the third (biggest) bag everyday stuff you need instant access to. And you have to love the thought that goes into providing a stainless steel heat guard to attach to your muffler. We had lots of rain on our trip and while not claimed to be waterproof the saddlebag stayed pretty near dry while inside the inner bags nothing there got even remotely damp. Optimal kit for sure. And I’m looking forward to using them much more in 2019.
These are an updated version of the flagship horseshoe rackless saddlebag design introduced by GL back in 2008. I love the company’s motto: Go light, go fast, go far – it epitomises their products. I found them all to be really thoughtfully designed and it’s obvious that the product ranges have been designed by riders for riders. I could go into the features at length but frankly the list of key features goes on an on.
Of notable mention is the speed and ease of loading and unloading the luggage –once you have your ‘system’ sorted (it takes a few goes) – as well as the accessibility via the roll top system while the luggage is on the bike. And being roll top – that means no zipper, no mechanical system to fail. So more robust.
And while the products are all top class the customer service was even better – the lads at GL are excellent to deal with. They went out of their way to help us, not only this time but on previous occasions we’ve used their products. Needless to say, we are big fans of the company.