Important Factors When Buying Motorcycle Saddlebags

By Harry Alan

In terms of motorcycle saddlebags and luggage you would be surprised to understand that many individuals don't have a clue to what they really need. As not many motorcycle manufacturers look closely at motorcycle saddlebags, the motorcycle manufacturers who offer saddlebags give you a limited variety. On top of that some manufacturers offer cheap bags made from extremely poor quality leather which deform in a short time.

So how do you choose the right quality saddlebags? It's not as difficult as it may seem. Almost all motorcycle saddlebags contain leather, metal and parts. If you can assess the quality of these parts you are well on your way to making an intelligent buying decision.

The leather may be the most important factor to concentrate on while buying a saddlebag. Saddlebags are either made of leather (cowhide) or synthetic leather. Both have their own advantage and disadvantage. Leather is usually preferred over synthetic leather by most motorcycle riders. However leather is also a lot more expensive than the synthetic leather. The thickness of leather on a saddlebag is the first and the best way to identify the quality of a leather saddlebag.

The second most important component of a saddlebag is the metal used on it. The metal is used on the saddlebags comes in the form of studs, rivets, spots and conches. Some of this metal is used for decoration while some is used to put the saddlebags together. Make sure that the studs and rivets used on the saddlebags are made of stainless steel. Some manufacturers use brass which has a tendency to rust.

The third and final issue to watch out for is the mounting hardware provided with the saddlebags. Mounting of motorcycle saddlebags is very important. If the saddlebags are not mounted properly they can not only be a great in-convince but they can also be hazardous. Make sure the saddlebag manufacturer or the company you buy saddlebags from also provides you a clear set of instructions on the way to mount those saddlebags on your motorcycle. Your first preference should be a manufacturer who also offers hardware mounting for your saddlebags.

Last factor to concentrate on is the features the motorcycle saddlebag offers. The most basic features every saddlebag should have are a reliable locking system, detachability and quick release buckles.

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