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No, thanks... That's a great explanation.

So basically you're looking to replace the OEM bags. To be honest yeah, other than custom mounting some GIVI or HB there aren't a lot of options that have much more room.

I'm surprised though, I always thought the OEM bags weren't bad, but then again the LeatherLykes are even smaller so I guess it's all a matter of perspective.

I feel like the new FLH bags are something crazy like 60L or something like that. When I'm on the FLHP I almost feel like I don't need the topcase.
The bags on the SLT are similar to the hard leather 9like) covered bags I had. The odd shape and the cutout for the shock results in less usable room.
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The bags on the SLT are similar to the hard leather 9like) covered bags I had. The odd shape and the cutout for the shock results in less usable room.
Yeah I assume they're the same as the OEM ones my buddies run on their pair of touring 883's. I helped install both sets so I'm passingly familiar.

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Aside from room the stock bags are in no way water resistant. And if you use trash compactor liners like I do they have the reflector mounting posts that stick in there and tear them and snag anything else. I consider my bags to be like the trunk of a car. Most people would be upset if their car trunk leaked. Mfgs have been making trunks that don't leak for a long time, for the most part. Additionally, I think that mounting the plastic bags with just two bolts for support (especially on what I call a vibrator) is not a very good approach. In general, I think the stock bags from the cheap covering job on down are crap. I thought this when considering the bike and still do, lol. Well maybe not lol but leaning over--you get the idea. All just my opinion and I am sure some just love them. "Oh Honey, they are just the most darling little things. Why, I just love them to pieces".
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Aside from room the stock bags are in no way water resistant. And if you use trash compactor liners like I do they have the reflector mounting posts that stick in there and tear them and snag anything else. I consider my bags to be like the trunk of a car. Most people would be upset if their car trunk leaked. Mfgs have been making trunks that don't leak for a long time, for the most part. Additionally, I think that mounting the plastic bags with just two bolts for support (especially on what I call a vibrator) is not a very good approach. In general, I think the stock bags from the cheap covering job on down are crap. I thought this when considering the bike and still do, lol. Well maybe not lol but leaning over--you get the idea. All just my opinion and I am sure some just love them. "Oh Honey, they are just the most darling little things. Why, I just love them to pieces".
I should probably point out that those two bikes in the picture are in Key West, and they're from Philly. They've toured all over in all sorts of weather without complaints of leaks.

I've heard similar complaints that LeatherLykes can leak but I've only ever experienced a little drip once or twice, and not even in both bags the same day.

< Shrugs >

Funny though on my first road trip with the FLHP I rode through a toad soaker and found one of the OEM bags had actually taken on a little water. Scratched my head over that one. Guess I need to pay more attention when closing that lid with the handy "one hand" lever assembly.

< Shrugs more >

I will say I'm sure the Givis are water tight, like my HB's. Though you never can tell with clamshell style bags, once in a while you manage a drip if the lid/seal gets slightly misaligned, maybe if they're overstuffed or something.

Well I'll be interested to see what you wind up doing.

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One thing I've noticed about my Juniors is that if I wash the bags with the wand at the quarter car wash, water gets in. Other than that, they're pretty much waterproof.
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I put Givi Monokey (e21) bags, a Bestem T-box and a Windjammer on my sporty. Sorry I cant put up any pics here. If you google "sportstour" images you'll see some photos from my build that were lost to photobucket.
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I put Givi Monokey (e21) bags, a Bestem T-box and a Windjammer on my sporty. Sorry I cant put up any pics here. If you google "sportstour" images you'll see some photos from my build that were lost to photobucket.
I'll see if I can find them. I can see a lot of box possibilities. I am continuing the bag thing. thanks
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Aside from room the stock bags are in no way water resistant. And if you use trash compactor liners like I do they have the reflector mounting posts that stick in there and tear them and snag anything else. I consider my bags to be like the trunk of a car. Most people would be upset if their car trunk leaked. Mfgs have been making trunks that don't leak for a long time, for the most part. Additionally, I think that mounting the plastic bags with just two bolts for support (especially on what I call a vibrator) is not a very good approach. In general, I think the stock bags from the cheap covering job on down are crap. I thought this when considering the bike and still do, lol. Well maybe not lol but leaning over--you get the idea. All just my opinion and I am sure some just love them. "Oh Honey, they are just the most darling little things. Why, I just love them to pieces".
When I was running my bags that look similar to those I had a little water get in but not very much. It was mainly in very heavy rains and I think it came in through the latches. And I never had an issue with the way the bags mounted. I forget when I changed them out but I may have had 75,000 or more miles on them when I did.

I liked them because I never forgot to close them. I cannot tell you how many times I have pulled out with my current bags only to sense that one was not closed and reach back to feel it flapping in the wind.

Good luck in the search. I'm very interested in what you find as I am considering a change myself
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