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Old 03-07-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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Nelson Rigg Survivor Series Dry Saddlebags - Long Term Review

They finally arrived!

I've been searching for the "perfect" luggage solution in soft bags for about two years. I wanted something on my V-Strom that I could throw over and not mount my large, sail-like Mermite Panniers. I'd considered Wolfman Luggage and Ortleib for Dry Saddlebags and the Nelson Rigg CL850 for regular soft bags.

But I'm not good at making decisions. Ask Mrs. Stain. She'll tell you. Every time she hears me start a conversation about Motorcycle Luggage, I get the eye roll.

When I purchased my BMW F800GS last summer, I was aghast at the prices for luggage racks and pannier systems. I mean, I'd just bought a BMW...did they think I had any money left over? I wanted a good set of luggage for extended and overnight trips, and over the winter I'd hummed and nattered on many different solutions. Finally, I decided that Soft Bags were the way to go.

That's when I saw this thread:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=860321

And made this post:

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....6&postcount=11

Well, after that I was contacted by Nelson Rigg who are registered here and they offered to send me a set of the Survivor Bags for liking their products so much. Of course, I said "Yes" and a box arrived in the mail today.

Please note I do not have any association with Nelson Rigg other than being a long term customer who has been nothing but happy with their products. Everything that I've purchased from them has been of exceptional quality.

Because I'm getting a set of racks for my F800, my plan is to switch these Saddlebags between the two bikes and given my first impression, purchase a full line of luggage for both machines in the future.

So, here is the start of my Long Term Review.
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