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post #1 of 6 Old Nov 7th, 2008, 3:32 pm Thread Starter
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Rigid or soft saddlebag liners?

I've been meaning to get some saddlebag liners for the K12GT to make loading/unloading easier. I found a pair on Cee Bailey's website for $75, and another set on A&S for $108. The A&S liners, (shown here), looks to have some padding and will maintain their form better, but I don't think a more rigid structure will be that useful, and would take up a little more precious space.

If you've used saddlebag liners, what has been you experience? Do you prefer the softer form of liners, or more rigid form?

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Re: Rigid or soft saddlebag liners?

I have only used the soft kind. I like the fact that I can stuff something else in the pannier on top of one of the soft bags & it will pretty easily give up the space for the new object.

I guess it all depends on if you want all of your pannier contents in the your removable bags or if you want to leave some ( like tools, emergency kits etc.) in the hard case.

The downside to soft bags is if they aren't completely full, sometimes a part of it will overlap where the pannier & lid meet & will it from shutting properly. So then I have to figure out where it is binding & tuck it in. Usually no big deal though.

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Re: Rigid or soft saddlebag liners?

Thanks for the input Kevin. I think the soft bags are the way to go. I can see a desire to open them up and place a couple gadgets on the top, out of laziness.

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Re: Rigid or soft saddlebag liners?

+1 on the soft side ones. I have the Cee Bailey bags for my LT. They are well made and I also like the fact I can stuff items in on top of the bag.

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Re: Rigid or soft saddlebag liners?

I would only use the ones that hold their shape. They are still soft, so they can be rolled up for storage, but they stand up when being packed. The really soft ones with no shape of their own are a pain to pack.

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Re: Rigid or soft saddlebag liners?

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I would only use the ones that hold their shape. They are still soft, so they can be rolled up for storage, but they stand up when being packed. The really soft ones with no shape of their own are a pain to pack.
I would agree. My RKA's while being semi stiff can still be squished enough to place things like shoes on top.

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