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Leather Classic Saddlebags So you finally got your cruiser and it’s not a full dresser and you need some saddlebags. How do you decide which set is right for you? That depends on how far you plan to cruise. Simple leather saddlebags are great for storage as well as giving your bike an old school look. Personally I prefer the ones that come with a hard plastic liner for two reasons. For one they do not collapse when they are empty and for two they offer some waterproofing as long as the lid is also fairly tight. I know we don't plan on riding in the rain but when you get caught in it it’s nice to have a change of clothes in the saddlebags that are dry or at least all your stuff is dry and not ruined from getting wet.

When it comes to choosing a set of bags there is a pretty large variety available, also let’s not forget you also have the option of a tail bag or a sissy bar bag as well as a tank bag. So with all that in mind the possibilities are endless. However if you are looking for an old school look Saddlemen makes some great classic looking saddle bags. They manufacture anything from plain to studded and slant  saddle bags as well as making some pretty nice sissy bar bags with conches and those old school looks. Touring Motorcycle Luggage

How long are you going on the road?

I know most of us probably take day trips or a weekend at most and with that in mind keep in mind what you plan on doing and get the right size bag. You will find anything form large to Jumbo size saddlebags can be found to fit most motorcycles. The only time you might have problems with throw over types is when you have a custom bike that has the lights moved forward to where the rear fender is past the lights. If you have the lights located in front of the rear fender then look at a sissy bar bag or a tank bag for storage.

Most saddlebags are either made from real leather or synthetic imitation leather to keep the bags durable as well as looking classy. Now if you are really looking at doing long trips and staying on the road then you probably need to look at a set of motorcycle luggage that is really made to hold enough stuff to give you enough storage to accommodate a serious cross country trip. T Bags and Saddlestow make some seriously massive luggage to accommodate a long road trip. Most of their stuff is made from ballistic or denier nylon and it is also expandable depending on your storage needs.

So if you need versatility in storage a set of motorcycle luggage that allows you to expand storage capacity is going to suit your needs better than anything else. However if you are just looking to tool around town or take that weekend out of town trip a set of saddlebags is a good fit for you especially if looks are important, a good pair of saddlebags can make your bike stand out from all the other cruisers your parked next to.

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