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Kuryakyn Ultra Tour Backrest Bag (Black) (16-1/2 Inches High x 16 Inches Wide x 15 Inches Deep (Expands to 20 Inches Wide)
Reviewed by: Jay Foreman (jayfore)
Reviewed for: 2004 Silver 1300 VTX1300C
Used for: < 1 month
Overall Rating: 2
Ease of install: 5
Would buy again: no
This bag is very well made... EXCEPT, if you plan to use the straps at the base of the bag to secure it to your luggage rack or something else, it will eventually fail on you. Unfortunately, Kury has the straps backward, so when you tighten them up the bag is always pulling at the thread and rivet that holds them onto the bag itself, so eventually they will tear off and the bag will be junk. Another (smaller) gripe is that the metal emblem on the front is badly placed. If you use the bag on your passenger seat instead of on the luggage rack, and then lean up against it, the metal emblem will wear away at your coat over time. They should have put the emblem on the top of the bag instead -- but then they wouldn't get the free advertising of having their name where everyone can see! For the money I spent, I want a bag that will last, without my having to "ghetto" it up by securing it to the bike w/ bungies. Looking at some of the reviews tonight, I see that others have complained about these straps tearing off, so I know my concern is valid. It's a shame that such a great bag (otherwise) has to be ruined by such an obvious mistake that would be so easy for Kury to correct -- if they just mounted the straps so they were fastened to the bag counter-clockwise instead of clockwise, this problem would go away. Of course, it wouldn't look as nice, but I'd rather the bag last me 5 times as long and have to deal with seeing some straps on the front of it. I am sending the item back for a refund, but it's big and heavy, so I will lose probably $20 on the deal because of shipping costs. :-(
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