wolfman saddlebags

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by eal1284, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    I cant answer your question but I can say that I had the same questions... I answered my own question by getting racks that I knew were sturdy to mount my Expedition dry bags to. I ordered the Happy Trails SU racks that I have heard are very sturdy! and then plan to mount my bags to them. I figured it also gives me more of a wide variety of options down the road if I ever wanted to order some Aluminum Panniers from Happy Trials. my 2c...
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  2. Bonsai Elephant

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    Nice, I'll take a look at that, thanks!

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  3. beergut

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    I am currently torn between a pair of hard bags and a pair of these expedition WM bags, combined with a duffel.

    Does anyone regret buying wolfman over hardbags?

    It seems as though a lot of people turn to WM for luggage needs, everyone shares the same great responses.
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  4. apexeric

    apexeric Been here awhile

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    I chose Wolfman Expedition Dry over hard bags for two reasons. First, since most of my motorcycle travel is long one day trips with occasional weekend trips I felt that the cost factor of Wolfman Bags compared to a hard bag and rack setup was more beneificial. But then again I ride a KLR - every thing we do is on the cheap :D.

    Second, the Wolfman racks for a KLR are incredibly easy to install/remove. Ther are three bolts per rack to remove and reinstall. Mounting/dismounting the racks takes about five minutes. So if I'm not going on a trip the racks are off in no time. Also, I felt that the Wolfman Expedition Dry set up cut donw on the weight compared to a hard bag set up.

    So for the Wolfman Expedition Dry has held up remarkably well and I am satisfied with their quality and value.
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  5. beergut

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    Thanks for the input. I'm with you 100%


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  6. sonoran

    sonoran friend of P

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    I had HT racks/Wolfman bags on my 950 Adv, it's been dropped plenty and both the bags and rack held up great. My new 990 has the new Wolfman racks and they appear to be just as solid and offer as much protection as the HT racks.

    Either way is a good setup. :thumb

    I only wish the Expedition bags were a bit bigger for those of us with larger offroad bikes.
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  7. Snr Moment

    Snr Moment Unafarkler

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    I had the Expedition Dry Bags on my stock Buell Ulysses XT racks to save some weight and streamline the airflow on the bike. Also put four of the fuel bottle carriers on and could take about a gallon of extra fuel along without impacting the carrying capacity of the bags. It was a very efficient combination for the Uly and the bags are top quality.
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  8. Snowbound

    Snowbound Been here awhile

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    I don't care for the Huge Happy Trails panniers that came with my 1150 GS .I have the old style rail racks that I added some aluminum struts to accomadate the Wolfman Expedition bags with 4 holsters and bottles . I wish Berg made a kit for the 1150 . I have a welder and I guess I could buy Bergs hoops ,but I am lazy . In any case I have the Expedition saddle bags ,expedition tank bag large ,small and large expedition duffel bags . I am going to order a small Expedition tank bag for the more intenst off road outings. The Expedition line holds up pretty well .
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  9. darkhelmetnl

    darkhelmetnl Adventurer

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    I've used my Wolfman Epedition Dry saddle & duffle bag on a trip of about 21.000km through Africa

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    Overall i'm happy with the Wolfman.
    Pros:
    - It's light
    about 2,3 kilos for the saddle bags

    - Absolutely waterproof
    had rain pouring down, drizzle, foggy nights at the coast, but i dare say not a drop entered

    - durable
    even though some of the glued material came loose, it didnt really affect the use. Scraping it along a rough brick wall, sharp fence or just dropping the bike (at low speed) on a rocky gravel road, the bags didnt tear

    - not too big, which makes you take too much crap
    - good service
    I emailed Wolfman directly during my trip about the glued parts coming loose. The reply said this isnt supposed to happen and that i could look into repairing it with barge cement. Further emails about warranty/replacement didnt give any replies. I sent an email to Windingroads where i bought the bags from. They called with Wolfman and within a few days a new set was on the way! So overlal very happy with the service.

    - they are lockable
    I used an adjustable cable lock. I ran the cable through the plastic loops of the bag and around the luggage racks. This secures the bags to the racks, and prevents curious people from opening them easily. Just 340grams a piece, and it did the job superb!
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    See top picture for an idea how the cables are routed through the bag.
    http://www.lifeventure.co.uk/htm/security/sliding-cable-lock.html

    Cons
    - the stiffeners are in the way when putting in stuff, but they have their purpose

    - the strap that goes over the opening, i ended up not using. Didnt add that much in my view, and if the bags were full, they werent long enough to use.

    - the seams came loose on both bags. Not caused by too much weight and no crashes or falls. The glued parts just let go.

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    - on the luggage rack i had, the bags didnt keep a very good position. The straps that fix the bags to the rack kept sliding form their position. This affected the shape of the bags, and was especially annoying when the bags werent stuffed to the top, So i guess icould modify the rack, to make it a bit taller to match the height of the saddle bags, and make some sliding stops for the velcro mounting points. See picture below. The bags are taller than the rack, the velcro mounting points slide across the rack bars. Of course this wont be a problem with the Wolfman racks, i presume...
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    - also, close to the coast, the metal buckles started rusting instantly. Maybe this can be improved by making them of stainless steel instead of chromed metal.

    In general it got me through Africa, without being a pain or hassle, so yeah, i think i can say it's proper stuff :)
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  10. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    Here you go...


    I finally got my Happy Trail SU racks and Wolfman Expedetion bags for my 800XC. Pictures are below with a little bit of information above the picture. Also there is NOTHING in the bags but air. I also wanted to use my Wolfman Large Rollie bags to attach to the sides when I need that little bit of extra room.

    Large rollie bag is black and on the left. This will work perfect for the long rides and will keep the weight close to the bike.
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    Pic without Rollie Bags.
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    Pic from the back. I will use the gap between the left rack and the bike to mount an external gas tank/can.
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    Front View
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    Wolfman says that the straps need to go from one bag to the other. I didn't want straps across my rear seat so I took full advantage of the side grab bars. I switched a buckle on each bag and it works fine. This should work out great especially with two up riding.
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    The SU racks have this plate that goes across the top of their rack. Instead of wrapping the velcro straps around the rack like I did on the bottom ones I just simply fed it through the little slat and connected the straps in the back. It holds just fine. I also put a little safety wire through the straps and connected it in the center just for a piece of mind.
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    So far I'm happy with the set up. The real test will be the first good ride with them on. Overall the set up will hold just as much as aluminum bags and be much much lighter. What do you think?
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  11. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    I love mine and would buy them again

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  12. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    I have the happy trails racks with the Wolfman Expedition bags... I wanted to keep my bags on my bike all the time. The problem with the bags is they have no form to them without anything in them. So I wanted to add something to inside of them to add some form to the bags. I chose a 5 gallon plastic trash can to do the job. Description and pics below. So far I am happy with the set up!

    I cut the top off and cut a slit down the side so I could fit them inside the bags.
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    I left trash cans inside the bags for a few days and realized the sharp edges were somewhat showing through on the bags so I added duck tape to the edges to get rid of the sharp edges.
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    Final product.
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  13. beergut

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    You must be a closet KLR rider. lol.

    That's awesome. I'd do that....and I own a KLR.
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  14. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    Closet KLR rider? Sorry I dont follow.
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  15. beergut

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    Meaning you are a secret KLR lover...KLR's seem to be not real welcomed on this site.
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  16. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    :huh sorry dude, your making no sense. What was done thats not welcomed?
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  17. helotaxi

    helotaxi Been here awhile

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    Don't think that's what he was getting at. I think that point was that the "KLR solution" is usually cheap and utterly effective compared to the "KTM/BMW solution" which is the highest cost option possible that may or may not really work.:lol3
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  18. sonoran

    sonoran friend of P

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    That's absolutely KLR.

    The stock stiffeners are the weak point with these bags. I wish they were laminated into the vinyl so they don't curl up and become a PIA to deal with.
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  19. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Earlier this year he said:
    I'm planning to start touring in a couple of years on my trusty R60/5 and I've decided ot tote stuff in soft bags, notably Wolfmans. With a bike that old I'm not going to be able to get plug-and-play racks, so I'm either going to get a pair of used Krauser/HB/or whatever hard case racks for the /5 and adapt them to the Wolfman bags or get a set of raw Hoops and adapter kit from Wolfman.

    Does anyone have a /5,/6, or /7 with Wolfman bags? I'd like to see some pics or read first-hand reports.

    Thanks...
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  20. Tirpse

    Tirpse Adventurer

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    I have had Wolfman bags for two year now and rode to Mongolia with them. Absolutely great products. Two of our group had wolfman bags and bags saw some dropping of bikes and few crashes and lastes more than well. After trip i had two punctures in other bag due falldown in rocky road but they were repaired easily by gluing some new vinyl over bag.

    No stiching is loose and beside black color what stuck from spare tyres to bags they look almost like brand new even after 20 000 km.

    And beside that they are very good quality you bring less items as you can use them as washing machine during breaks other bag had washing powder&warm water and other bag clean water. Very handy!


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