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Offline Don

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Saddlebags - Do they leak
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:22:51 am »
Hello,

I just bought a 2004 Concours.  I live in Canada and the snow has just about melted enough for me to ride it! 

Is it reasonable to assume that the saddlebags are NOT watertight. 

Don in Regina

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Re: Saddlebags - Do they leak
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 02:00:56 am »
Mine still are, and I have been through some pretty good downpours.

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Re: Saddlebags - Do they leak
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 02:13:54 am »
63,000 miles on my 2003 Connie, here in the Pacific Northwe't, Washington State, most of it on the Olympic Peninsula, now northeast of Seattle, and mine are still tight.  So is the Givi E460 trunk box and both sets of Givi side bags for the Wee-Strom.  Your results may vary.
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Re: Saddlebags - Do they leak
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 02:28:23 am »
  Have owned my 1994 C10 since new with 115,000 miles on it and never had a leak in the saddle bags. I'm happy with that!! :)
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Re: Saddlebags - Do they leak
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 11:29:29 am »
My left saddlebag leaks a bit if there's a lot of rain.  But it was tweaked slightly in a parking lot dump. 
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Re: Saddlebags - Do they leak
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 12:38:33 pm »
Don, The rubber seal on C-10 saddlebags can be replaced if needed. The pair on my '87 haven't leaked yet.

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Re: Saddlebags - Do they leak
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 02:37:04 pm »
Outback Jon has the right idea.  mine were perfectly watertight until some doofus tapped me from the rear end and tweaked one of my cases.  it still works and function (and looks) fine, but it's off slight enough to allow the littlest bit of moisture in.  I just put stuff in plastic grocery bags and keep going.   :great:

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Re: Saddlebags - Do they leak
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2018, 10:27:51 pm »
If you have a non accident leaker, Push on the outer 1/2 of the case towards the inside half with the bag latched closed. if it has a noticeable gap, say more than 1/32-1/16" you can bend the hook that the latch clasps on slightly with a needle nose plier to make the latches hold tighter. Be careful that metal is soft and can be damaged. You just need to bend it slightly to make it latch tighter. You want a little gap so that the Oring has room to collapse to make the seal.
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Re: Saddlebags - Do they leak
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2018, 09:22:54 am »
Of the two Connies I have owned, neither one of them had an issue with rain water getting inside the bags. However, if one forgets a bag of ice that was procured earlier in the day, then yeah, that bag was not water tight. It all ran out, eventually, all over the garage floor. Mostly...    :-[
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Re: Saddlebags - Do they leak
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2018, 12:33:50 am »
Much obliged for all these answers.  When I hit that inevitable rainstorm, I will rely on bags at first but be more optimistic that the saddlebags won't leak. 

Thanks from Regina!