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Reviewed by: E.J. Berry (greyfalcon2112)
Reviewed for: 2004 1100 Shadow Spirit
Used for: 1-6 months
Overall Rating: 2
Ease of install: 2
Would buy again: no
I bought one of these monsters from a Bro I work with. He was giving up riding due to a hip injury and was parting off stuff, so I picked the set up cheap. Large Main Bag, Roll Bag and Large Saddlebags for $125.00 so the price was right. I had been shopping for a set of T-Bags and hadn't found a price I liked when these made it into my sights. Now for the price I figured I couldn't go wrong. Fitment and quality, that's another story. I've learned to hate Velcro using these bags. First off the main bag attaches with a 5 1/2 inch wide velcro strap that never seems to be tight enough after 5 miles and never closes straight. The smaller strap on the main bag held for about two weeks then ripped off of the bag completly, haven't found anyone who works with fake leather to replace it so it now sits in my garage. The design of the main bag closure straps is pathetic. The buckles are mostly cosmetic, although they are operational as they have a long piece of strap which conceals a plastic quick release. Handy until it's dark and raining and you have to get something out and the darn thing unbuckles and falls into the slop at your feet. The roll bag has been the most useful so far, I use it as a day trip type bag. The saddlebags are an absolute nightmare to mount, they impact the tail lights unless you have a kit to relocate your Shadow Spirit's tail lights, (trust me I knocked one loose trying to get them mounted) and the flaps to go under the seat are so dang wide that if you get it under there, the bags ride half way up the saddle in the way. If you throw them over the rear seat, the passenger has about enough room to put their heels on the pegs where they rub the back of your calves while you try to use the shift and brake controls. I mounted mine as best I could where they weren't past the rear of my saddle and had about 1 3/4 inches between the bags and the pipes and on the first ride I took, I had a State Trooper pull me over because I had smoke coming off my bike. You guessed it, the pleather had melted and started smoldering, ruining the bottom of the bag. I'm determined to do what I can to use these dang things, so I guess I'm stuck relocating tail lights and making a heat shield out of something. To add insult to injury about five of the conchos and their tassels parted company from the bags. Don't know what model bike these are really intended for, but it sure as hell wasn't a Shadow.
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