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Reviewed by: Jake D. (jakedillon84)
Reviewed for: 2003 750 Shadow ACE
Used for: < 1 month
Overall Rating: 5
Ease of install: 5
Would buy again: yes
First "touring" bag I purchased for my 2003 A.C.E. 750, and I'm NOT disappointed. Bought to assist me in my frequent summer commutes between Raleigh and Belhaven, N.C., this bag holds quite alot of goodies. PRAISES: This bag is - to use a cliche - tough as nails. The high-denier construction is claimed to be waterproof on its own, but comes with a raincover (with its own pouch, mind you) for those of us that are paranoid. Also included is a plastic moulding for the bottom half of the bag, held in place by velco straps glued to it. Divided in half, this plastic moulding appears to be the culprit of the bag's moderate weight (it can be removed). The pulling strap and wheels are nice, but I don't consider them vital. What I do consider vital is cargo space, and this has plenty. Although it didn't quite hold as much of my mess as Bagtec's website photographs show, this could be attributed to my sucky packing technique. Mounting is very secure to a backrest, such as my Cobra "Short" backrest. Though I also have a Cobra luggage rack, my variant is angled upwards towards the end, making mounting murderous for a system of this kind. As such, I turned the thing around and placed it on the Mustang passenger seat. The bag mounts in three areas: an extra-wide velcro strap, extra-wide "click-secure" straps on the bottom, and a "click-secure" system next to the velcro strap that further tightens the bag to the backrest. After manipulating the velcro strap to position the load equally (takes a few minutes), the tightening straps were then tightened around the backrest legs and the bottom straps through the National Cycle saddlebag mounts. When I got through with it, I was confident it wasn't going anywhere. Although the bag has a variety of mounting options, I wouldn't advise it for use without a backrest. My Nelson-Rigg EXP-200 expandable works well without the extra support, but this bag is simply too big and too heavy when packed to go without the extra help. DEFAMATORY REMARKS: The most annoying thing about this bag is the zippers. The main compartment zipper can be a dirty EXPLETIVE to maneuver around corners, and unzipping the smaller side compartments with the rain flies getting in the way can cause the unwarry to make several remarks about world affairs, etc. However, once you get it zipped and those rain flies down, you don't have to worry about anything coming lose or getting wet - it's solid as a rock. Another thing I noticed was the bag's weight. Shipping at a hefty 23 pounds, it's not the lightest bag when compared to some T-Bags models, but I'll take safety and capacity over featherweights. Other than these two minor topics, I'm pleased. FIRST TRIP: My first trip with this bag was this past weekend; 150 miles one-way from Raleigh, N.C. to Belhaven, N.C. This monster held a massive amount of my junk: one extra pair of riding jeans, two pairs gym shorts, several T-shirts, checkbook, microfiber cloth, a few undershirts, numerous pairs of sox and boxers, swimming shorts, a mind-blowing amount of extra goodies in the side compartments and one Shoei Syncrotec flip-face helmet, stored in the expandable upper section. There were other packings, but I'm simply too lazy to sort them now, and I didn't write a manifest (though I usually do). Those experienced with packing will be capable of greater feats, and those without a full-face halmet to carry are capable of much more.
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