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Old 10-20-2014, 08:48 PM   #1
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Question Little Help? GL500 Saddlebag Dimensions?

Might be a long shot but I'm looking at some GL500 Interstates as a cheap commuter but I can't find the dimensions for the saddlebags and tail bag anywhere. If anyone could provide that for me I would appreciate it. Height, length and depth preferably. I need to be able to fit a 3 ring binder, other school stuff, rain gear, etc. Also, how waterproof are they?

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Old 10-20-2014, 09:16 PM   #2
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Might be a long shot but I'm looking at some GL500 Interstates as a cheap commuter but I can't find the dimensions for the saddlebags and tail bag anywhere. If anyone could provide that for me I would appreciate it. Height, length and depth preferably. I need to be able to fit a 3 ring binder, other school stuff, rain gear, etc. Also, how waterproof are they?

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There is one sitting in
https://www.facebook.com/mountainmotors
421 US Highway 129
Robbinsville,NC not far from you.
You could take a ride there and measure the bags and top box.
The bags are not big but should be water proof. Honda quality.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:23 PM   #3
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The saddlebags are not huge but might meet your needs... the top box probably would.

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Old 10-20-2014, 09:43 PM   #4
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There is one sitting in
https://www.facebook.com/mountainmotors
421 US Highway 129
Robbinsville,NC not far from you.
You could take a ride there and measure the bags and top box.
The bags are not big but should be water proof. Honda quality.
For sale? I might give them a call or head out that way this weekend if I have time.

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The saddlebags are not huge but might meet your needs... the top box probably would.
Yeah they looked kind of small but I'm working with soft saddlebags on a Daytona 675/Ninja 250. I had to try to cram some books and a small laptop along with some winter pants I just bought and shoes tonight, it was raining when I left class tonight. It wasn't working very well and when I hit rain, the rain covers don't do much.

During the day I have (or could have) my rain gear, which takes some space, winter riding pants, boots, spare shield, and potentially some books in the saddlebags. The top box looks like it could hold my boots (3/4 length) and some small stuff and I could put my gear in the saddlebags. If it rains I have to stuff my backpack and contents into the saddlebags. I would probably just put it in the tail box since it looks like it would have the room, then my shoes in one of the saddlebags.
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Old 10-21-2014, 05:22 AM   #5
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I have a GL500 Interstate in the garage and will go out and measure the bags later this morning. The bags and top box are pretty small. Top box is fairly water proof but the panniers tend to let a few drops get past the gasket in heavy rain.

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Top box is 15" long, 12" wide, 10" tall.
Panniers are 20" long, 7" wide, 12" tall.

These are approximate inside dimensions measured at the widest points.
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:29 AM   #7
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Better off getting the same vintage Goldwing. Way more bike for the same money.
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Old 10-21-2014, 12:24 PM   #8
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Depends on what you're looking for. I've owned both. The old Goldwings are great but the GL500 handles better in town and on twisty roads, is easier to maintain and repair, and gets better gas mileage. The 500 is also more comfortable, for me anyway, being narrower with a better leg position, and it has more of a motorcycle feel to it rather than a 2 wheel car feel. The only thing I liked better about the Goldwing was how it hauls a big load down the freeway, something I try to avoid.

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Better off getting the same vintage Goldwing. Way more bike for the same money.
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Old 10-21-2014, 12:34 PM   #9
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Top box is 15" long, 12" wide, 10" tall.
Panniers are 20" long, 7" wide, 12" tall.

These are approximate inside dimensions measured at the widest points.
Thanks a ton, exactly what I was looking for!

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Depends on what you're looking for. I've owned both. The old Goldwings are great but the GL500 handles better in town and on twisty roads, is easier to maintain and repair, and gets better gas mileage. The 500 is also more comfortable, for me anyway, being narrower with a better leg position, and it has more of a motorcycle feel to it rather than a 2 wheel car feel. The only thing I liked better about the Goldwing was how it hauls a big load down the freeway, something I try to avoid.
Those are pretty much the reasons I was looking at the 500. I occasionally need to lane split, so the narrower 500 would fit better. The valve adjustment on the 500 looked like a 15 minute job if I take breaks and I still want 40+mpg.

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Old 10-21-2014, 01:54 PM   #10
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For sale? I might give them a call or head out that way this weekend if I have time.
I don't think it is for sale. In the shop for a new stator. I swapped out the stator on a 1979 CX500 and what a pain in the ass.
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Old 10-21-2014, 02:14 PM   #11
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Valve adjustments are a piece of cake as are cam chain adjustments, oil changes, tire changes, etc.. Mine averages 52 mpg but I've gotten as low as 45 and as high as 62.

If you want to do some more reading, download a factory service manual, or talk to other owners and experts on the CX/GL check out http://cx500forum.com


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Thanks a ton, exactly what I was looking for!



Those are pretty much the reasons I was looking at the 500. I occasionally need to lane split, so the narrower 500 would fit better. The valve adjustment on the 500 looked like a 15 minute job if I take breaks and I still want 40+mpg.

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