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Which Bag Liners?

I am ready to buy some bag liners and was debating over Kathy's or Cee Baileys?? Anyone have an opinion?

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Talking Cathy Bags

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I used cathy bags on a 6000 mile trip with my wife and I and enjoyed they're use. You just fill them up and what ever you can get in them zip them up and in the bike they go. No fuss no muss. I also bought the rack bag, which is absolutely great. Has straps that keep it very secure and its mostly waterproof, you have to seal the zippers. Buy the Cathy bags in my opinion, but Im sure you will get arguments both ways.

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I am ready to buy some bag liners and was debating over Kathy's or Cee Baileys?? Anyone have an opinion?
Although I usually don't have much of an opinion...I'll try to stretch my personality a bit THIS time.

Of those two choices, I'd go with the Cee Bailey's. I think I've had at least one liner of every brand out there, and my FIRST choice is the BMW-Brand liners. I LOVE THEM! But, I do realize that BMW is rather proud of those little buggers and they are way over-priced. I was fortunate enough to get mine on close-out, so they were affordable.
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I've used Kathy's bags for two long trips and they have been just great. I have the Kathy's top rack bag also. They seem well constructed.

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I am ready to buy some bag liners and was debating over Kathy's or Cee Baileys?? Anyone have an opinion?
Ed, here is another bag liner supplier for you to consider. Gene DeSantis is an LT rider, owns the company that manufactures and supplies several versions of weaponry holsters (website shows that), and started making the Beemer Bags for LTs several years ago. I bought a set and love 'em. They've been in use on every ride since. And if I showed 'em to you today, you'd swear they were brand spankin' new!! Honest!

One of the features I like is the ballistic material is flexible enough so that you can fill the bags with items of odd shape and tuck the bags into the sidecases so that there is no wasted empty space. Each bag comes with one zippered side pocket on the outside, as well as one on the inside, and the overall bag is zipped using double tuggers.

Gene makes four bags for the LT (as you'll see on the website); one for each side case; one as a trunk liner; and one for the top rack.

You can check out his webpage here. BTW, although he is listed on our accessory page, that link no longer works. I'll see about updating that. Good luck in your shopping, Ed.
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Although I usually don't have much of an opinion...I'll try to stretch my personality a bit THIS time.

Of those two choices, I'd go with the Cee Bailey's. I think I've had at least one liner of every brand out there, and my FIRST choice is the BMW-Brand liners. I LOVE THEM! But, I do realize that BMW is rather proud of those little buggers and they are way over-priced. I was fortunate enough to get mine on close-out, so they were affordable.
Just wondering what is it that makes the BMW bags or Cee Bailey's bags better. Is the construction better? The material better? Do they fit better?

If you have an opinion :->

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I can only speak from one reference point (I haven't had the chance to compare) - I bought the DeSantis liners before STC-II, and was IMPRESSED how tightly I could pack them, and then just slip'm into the cases. Granted, I had some organizational help from Eagle Creek Pack-It Folders - keeps the shirts and pants nicely folded.

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Kathy's Bags

Have used Kathy's Bags from Bob's BMW in MD. Great bags and you're not paying the extra money for the roundel. I also bought the top case rack pack. It works perfectly on the factory top rack. Good luck!
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Have used Kathy's Bags from Bob's BMW in MD. Great bags and you're not paying the extra money for the roundel. I also bought the top case rack pack. It works perfectly on the factory top rack. Good luck!
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i have cathys bags,, and i also use space bags ,, the roll up type they work great...can get a whole lot more in the bags
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I had the Cathy's bags and upgraded to the BMW bags. The BMW bags are made of leather and heavy duty nylon. The quality can not be compared with the Cathy's bags. While the Cathy's bags do their job perfectly well, they have no shape of their own. I found this made it a little harder to pack them. The BMW bags stand up on their own and pack just like a regular suitcase. You can pick them up on eBay sometimes, brand new, for a fraction of the dealer cost.

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Ed, here is another bag liner supplier for you to consider. Gene DeSantis is an LT rider, owns the company that manufactures and supplies several versions of weaponry holsters (website shows that), and started making the Beemer Bags for LTs several years ago. I bought a set and love 'em. They've been in use on every ride since. And if I showed 'em to you today, you'd swear they were brand spankin' new!! Honest!

One of the features I like is the ballistic material is flexible enough so that you can fill the bags with items of odd shape and tuck the bags into the sidecases so that there is no wasted empty space. Each bag comes with one zippered side pocket on the outside, as well as one on the inside, and the overall bag is zipped using double tuggers.

Gene makes four bags for the LT (as you'll see on the website); one for each side case; one as a trunk liner; and one for the top rack.

You can check out his webpage here. BTW, although he is listed on our accessory page, that link no longer works. I'll see about updating that. Good luck in your shopping, Ed.

Kathys and Cee Baileys make a good product and reasonable. Really can't go wrong with them. I have used Desantis holsters and liked them a lot, and therefore bought some liners from them for my LT. Perfect fit and finish and they wear like iron and still look new. The zippers are tough and tolerate over stuffing without indicating a separation. Are they worth the extra money? Maybe, mayber not. I do know I have been very happy with all their products and would buy from them again...
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Keep in mind that Cee Bailey offers the NON-CD CHANGER bag only. Otherwise, nice quality for the money
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I've got the RKA liners. Been through 5 years, many short trips, a couple of 2-week trips for my wife and I, and they still look brand new. Dynamite quality..
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