wolfman saddlebags

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

  1. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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    Thanks for the helpful review, as it represents what YOU found out. Helpful. All this penis waving is giving me a headache though. I can't wait to take off my heavy aluminum coffins and put on some of these light softies and take less in tour, so I can try some dirt with my heavy GSA.
  2. cug

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    I got the Wolfman racks and Expedition bags for my WR and can only say: I hated them. The racks were nice enough, I hated the bags mainly for their attachment system. A gazillion straps and those stupid things going over the seat itself ... my, that's not for me. Takes forever to get them on / off and are a pain to use overall.

    Have to admit though I'm a hard bag with liner fan. When I'm moteling it takes about 30 seconds to get the liners out and into the room, no dirt, no crap, no fiddling, no swearing, no pushing weird straps with ice cold fingers, ... Just a different world.
  3. Liza

    Liza Dirty Girl

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    Can't you do basically the same thing with soft bags? Or is removing the soft bags themselves an anti-theft measure? it sounds like that wouldn't be a problem with the Wolfman bags.
  4. Snowbound

    Snowbound Been here awhile

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    4 buckles per side on the bags . Easier than my Happy Trails panniers that didnt have locks .
  5. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

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    I use stuff bags inside the Wolfman bags. When I get to a hotel, I unroll the bags, take the stuff bags out, and roll the Wolfman's back down. I remove the GPS from the bike, cover the bike with an Aerostich cover (http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-ultralight-bike-covers.html) and hope for the best. I just carry the stuff bags into the hotel. So far, so good.
  6. SteveROntario

    SteveROntario Adventurer

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    I'm surprised to hear that people do not like the attaching method for the Wolfman's. I had a set of Joe Rocket bags previously and they drove me mad. Nothing would get them to hug to the bike properly so they'd flop around like wings and sag down to planet Earth. The Wolfman compression straps that wrap around the sides of the bags look perfect for me as they'll appear that they could hold the bags tight against the rack over any terrain? Is this on the case? If not, you'd might as well get the Ortleibs or Enduristan's and let them flop around.
    Cheers, Steve
  7. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    Patched my bags this weekend. It was very simple. I think the pictures tell the story.
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  8. Oshiat

    Oshiat Been here awhile

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    Can someone with Wolfman bags on a Tiger 800 post up a pic? I'd like to see where the buckle rides on the rear seat, I'm thinking the wife may not be happy with the placement. Thanks!
  9. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    Not sure I get the question. They don't get in the way of anything. Hope this helps.
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  10. Oshiat

    Oshiat Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I thought there were 2 straps with buckles that went across the top of the seat for support. Did you just route them under the rear seat? Never mind, I see how you looped them through the bars. Thanks for the pics!
  11. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    oh yeah I see what you were asking. It works great looping them around the hand holds. It keeps the seat open for a passenger. All you need to do is switch the male/female buckles when you get them.
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  12. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    If the strap crosses the seat for two up riding it may be uncomfortable. And the alternative of using the grab rails are not an option. She will have no use of the grab rails. Plus, I may get the Corbin seat which sits up just a bit higher and the pillion seat is cupped for comfort.
  13. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    Your passenger will most likely not be using the very inside of the grab rail. See where mine are? (pic directly above) I really don't think they will grab them in that area.
  14. rockyrider

    rockyrider Gnarly Adventurer

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    +1 on buying yellow. Although they look terrible with the colour of my bike bought yellow because they let in the light. It's why loads of tent and backpack makers use yellow and other light coloured fabrics in for their gear for over a century; think it's an accident that trapper's tents are unbleached cotton canvas?

    The bags have been awesome for 5 years, have kept stuff bone dry while riding through heavy downpours, remove and attache quickly and easily and service has been excellent every time I call with a question or suggestion.

    RR

  15. Spad

    Spad Been here awhile

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    In the next couple days I'll be getting a new (to me) DR350SE and was pointed to this thread. I'm looking at the Wolfman bags for luggage - I want something light and low drag for this bike. This has been a great review and it's been good to see Eric's replies to concerns here about his product. A couple of things came to me while reading this:

    One, yellow fits in fine with the DR color scheme. If only they came in purple...

    Two, if someone really wanted windows that bad, the patch material used by fbj913 would work well - I have dry bags made of that stuff. I personally wouldn't want to add a seam weak point on the outside of the bags, but then, I know that's where mine will land. If only they came in glow-in-the-dark...

    Three, if the stock butterfly wings were made with tabs and slots the two sides could mate together when folded into the bags and might not curl up so bad. As a retrofit, cut the slots in and use a 1"-2" horizontal strip cut from one of those Walmart trash cans as the tab and the stiffener could still collapse as the load changed. I'd be willing to try this if someone wants to send me a set of bags and their old wings... :evil Cutting the bottom out of the can might take out some of its stiffness so that it won't cut through the bag on a fall.

    Last, I know someone has these on a DR350. What did you use for racks? I don't see them listed with Wolfman and the bags seem to have pretty specific requirements as far as attachment points. I'm looking to keep whatever I add to the bike as light as possible. It currently has an aluminum luggage rack up top but no side racks.

    Thanks again for the reviews, all.

    - Spad
  16. nashopolis

    nashopolis Been here awhile

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    sorry no info on my part but I have dr250 and I'm looking for a solution without side racks as well
  17. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Not really large, but I figure the more room I have the more crap I'll bring:

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    I think the folks who don't like the Wolfman straps use them primarily on pavement. Their fastening is very secure, doesn't move at all. But it does take another couple minutes to install vs. my Nelson Riggs bags on the street bike:

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  18. Blakduk

    Blakduk Just trying to get by.

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    No, you are right. The Wolfman expedition dry luggage bags are the best for serious travellers that want to do proper off road as well. Hard luggage is for softc***s and looks wanky as well.
  19. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    It's gonna be awhile before Wolfman gets racks built for this bike.
    It's a 2013 model and only a handful of people have one of these right now.
    He's needin' a donor bike right now so he can do it.
    So I built my own.


    Got the Wolfman Expedition racks made and mounted today.
    I took the ones off my 950 and reworked them---took me about 6 hours.

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    I tucked them in really tight. Probably tighter than the liability lawyers will let Wolfman do.
    The mufflers on this bike are tucked in really tight----unlike the single exhaust of the older TE's.

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  20. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    How are you liking the Terra so far??