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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #25 on: March 25, 2013, 03:00:18 pm »
That old saying is usually true...'you get what you pay for'

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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2013, 04:34:20 pm »
Yeah, and at $7 a pop, I can live with that. I never said that these are higher quality or come with a lifetime warranty

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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2013, 05:30:45 pm »


Do those bags have a nice "pocket" for a laptop or tablet?  If so, I'm ordering right away!
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Runner boy, I bought the regular Bestem ones. $62.00  Both have an outer pocket and one has a laptop pocket.
Both have carry handles and shoulder straps.
Waterproof zippers seem to be well made.
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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #28 on: March 25, 2013, 07:33:48 pm »
Son of a gun - there IS a laptop/tablet pocket!   :)
I didn't see that when performing my first inspection of the product - but have since found it thanks to the encouragement above.  :beerchug:
Not sure how big of a laptop would fit - but loads of room for a tablet!
Now I like 'em even more!  :great: :great:

I thought when doing the product comparison on Amazon - only the "deluxe" had the handles - now I'm not sure.  Both the regular and deluxe say they have handles - but neither photo shows them.  There is a review for the regular bag stating no handle was included.  Go figure.  If that's the difference - then you're effectively paying $16 for the carrying handles....

Just because of how I am - I submitted that question on Bestem's site.  We'll see.....
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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #29 on: March 25, 2013, 07:48:26 pm »
Runner boy, I bought the regular Bestem ones. $62.00  Both have an outer pocket and one has a laptop pocket.
Both have carry handles and shoulder straps.
Waterproof zippers seem to be well made.
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Thanks for the info, that will sway my choice over to the Bestems. 
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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #30 on: March 25, 2013, 08:55:15 pm »
Son of a gun - there IS a laptop/tablet pocket!   :)
I didn't see that when performing my first inspection of the product - but have since found it thanks to the encouragement above.  :beerchug:
Not sure how big of a laptop would fit - but loads of room for a tablet!
Now I like 'em even more!  :great: :great:

I thought when doing the product comparison on Amazon - only the "deluxe" had the handles - now I'm not sure.  Both the regular and deluxe say they have handles - but neither photo shows them.  There is a review for the regular bag stating no handle was included.  Go figure.  If that's the difference - then you're effectively paying $16 for the carrying handles....

Just because of how I am - I submitted that question on Bestem's site.  We'll see.....

Mine has handles yes
Mine do not have reflective piping, like the inside of my hard bags care. I believe your's has some extra padding on the sides.
Otherwise that is why I went for the regular not the deluxe. I have a sleeve for my tablet.
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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #31 on: March 26, 2013, 08:34:32 pm »
Just received the Bestem bags toady. Perfect fit. Very nice quality. Did a mock pack with 2 weeks worth of clothes , fit perfect. Well thought out design.
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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #32 on: March 26, 2013, 09:41:33 pm »
Free opinion, worth every penny...

I have used the Kawasaki bag liners since 2008. They are extremely well-made, have all sorts of special pockets and zippered compartments, and a padded laptop/tablet section in one of the pair. They are of course custom-fitted for the Concours saddlebags.

Due to their structured padding, they are somewhat rigid and hold their shape very well. But that is also one of their drawbacks: they do not (IMO) make optimal use of the available interior volume of the hard bags.

I just received a set of fitted soft bags from Kathy's Journey Designs  http://kathysjourneydesigns.com  The bags are very well made. These have enough pockets and stashes for my needs. They do not have a dedicated laptop protector, but I always carry my MacBook Pro in a padded sleeve anyway. I usually pack items in separate ultralight nylon pouches which then go into the saddlebag liners. I am finding I can pack more in these soft bags, and still get the hard cases to close without a struggle. Heaviest items (tools, tire inflation, locks etc.) go in the bottom, toward the front in an attempt to improve mass centralization. ::)

In defiance of the thread's title, these are NOT going to be cheaper! Thus far, I am liking the setup.
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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #33 on: March 26, 2013, 10:21:01 pm »
I ordered a set of the Cee baileys bags from Murph, yesterday. Been needing them a long time. Looking forward to receiving them.

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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #35 on: March 27, 2013, 11:17:58 am »
Free opinion, worth every penny...

I have used the Kawasaki bag liners since 2008. They are extremely well-made, have all sorts of special pockets and zippered compartments, and a padded laptop/tablet section in one of the pair. They are of course custom-fitted for the Concours saddlebags.

Due to their structured padding, they are somewhat rigid and hold their shape very well. But that is also one of their drawbacks: they do not (IMO) make optimal use of the available interior volume of the hard bags.

I just received a set of fitted soft bags from Kathy's Journey Designs  http://kathysjourneydesigns.com  The bags are very well made. These have enough pockets and stashes for my needs. They do not have a dedicated laptop protector, but I always carry my MacBook Pro in a padded sleeve anyway. I usually pack items in separate ultralight nylon pouches which then go into the saddlebag liners. I am finding I can pack more in these soft bags, and still get the hard cases to close without a struggle. Heaviest items (tools, tire inflation, locks etc.) go in the bottom, toward the front in an attempt to improve mass centralization. ::)

In defiance of the thread's title, these are NOT going to be cheaper! Thus far, I am liking the setup.


I ordered these bags a while back, they are not the cheapest but they are a nice quality product made in the US
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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #36 on: March 27, 2013, 02:47:29 pm »
Free opinion, worth every penny...

I have used the Kawasaki bag liners since 2008. They are extremely well-made, have all sorts of special pockets and zippered compartments, and a padded laptop/tablet section in one of the pair. They are of course custom-fitted for the Concours saddlebags.

Due to their structured padding, they are somewhat rigid and hold their shape very well. But that is also one of their drawbacks: they do not (IMO) make optimal use of the available interior volume of the hard bags.

I just received a set of fitted soft bags from Kathy's Journey Designs  http://kathysjourneydesigns.com  The bags are very well made. These have enough pockets and stashes for my needs. They do not have a dedicated laptop protector, but I always carry my MacBook Pro in a padded sleeve anyway. I usually pack items in separate ultralight nylon pouches which then go into the saddlebag liners. I am finding I can pack more in these soft bags, and still get the hard cases to close without a struggle. Heaviest items (tools, tire inflation, locks etc.) go in the bottom, toward the front in an attempt to improve mass centralization. ::)

In defiance of the thread's title, these are NOT going to be cheaper! Thus far, I am liking the setup.

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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #37 on: March 27, 2013, 08:46:38 pm »
I pinged Bestem re the difference between the 'regular' and 'deluxe' liners.  Their reply:

Hello,

The deluxe come with a liner on the inside and additional pockets.

Thanks

Sincerely,
Bestem USA

As I said, the model I bought has the padded liner.  Nice feature, but not sure it's worth the extra $19.  Either way, I'm happy with 'em and can't wait to try 'em out on the road.
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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #38 on: March 27, 2013, 08:56:11 pm »
Sluggo,
 Mine only has the laptop pocket and it fit my 14 inch laptop. No other pockets except the ones on the outside.
I am very satisfied with the regular ones but..... I would not sweat the $19.00   3 jack and cokes.
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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #39 on: March 28, 2013, 12:02:21 am »
To sum it up. I like nice things. But I like them as cheaply as possible! LOL
Plus, I just bought Murph's wedges, bluetooth headset, mount for my radar detector, looking at a new pipe, etc....


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Re: Cheaper Saddlebag liners
« Reply #40 on: March 29, 2013, 12:40:53 am »
I bought the Bestem regular bag liners and used them recently on my trip to Daytona Bike Week 2013.  I am very happy with them.
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