Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register

Author Topic: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.  (Read 12413 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Online P.K.

  • Vendors
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Suzuki DR650
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 526
  • Thanked: 2 times
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #260 on: August 02, 2017, 06:26:28 pm »
BEFOK..!

Thanks for the comliment and the pic. Looks great.

NOMAD BIKE BAGS  https://www.nomadgear.co.za

PETE.
0823578842
 

Online P.K.

  • Vendors
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Suzuki DR650
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 526
  • Thanked: 2 times
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #261 on: August 03, 2017, 11:00:41 am »
I like it, especially the way you have 'reinforced' the part that goes over the saddle.
Looks like about liter volume per side? And that to me is fair - all you need to add is a tent on the rear and maybe one of those squire tool bags for the spare tube and stuff.

Thanks Tom.
I designed this for what I want and it`s perfect for ME...everyone has their own requirements, but the principle is the same.
I can put spare tubes in the which are always heavy and take up space...as well as stove and a few tins. The rest of them I fill withe small clothing items, etc.

I can still use a barrelbag accross the rack and my tent accross the seat with room to spare.
If I really still need space there is enough room to still wear a small daypack, although you them can`t move back and forward on the seat as much as I personally like.

My plan is to do the same for the 640,690 and XR...and any other bike on request.

I hate making substandard stuff and this one ticks all the boxes for me ito functionality and toughness.
NOMAD BIKE BAGS  https://www.nomadgear.co.za

PETE.
0823578842
 

Offline Advrider

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Honda CRF-1000L Africa Twin
    Location: Mpumalanga
  • Posts: 774
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #262 on: August 13, 2017, 07:09:03 am »
Great products like to see how a business grow and better it self well done.
Live it, Love it, Ride it...
 

Online P.K.

  • Vendors
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Suzuki DR650
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 526
  • Thanked: 2 times
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #263 on: August 13, 2017, 06:52:30 pm »
Thanks boet...always nice to get positive feedback.
NOMAD BIKE BAGS  https://www.nomadgear.co.za

PETE.
0823578842
 

Online P.K.

  • Vendors
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Suzuki DR650
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 526
  • Thanked: 2 times
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #264 on: August 13, 2017, 07:13:20 pm »
DR softluggage prototype testing !! ....in the DR`s natural habitat.

VERY hapy with the design and functionality.

We hope to replicate this design for other bikes now.
NOMAD BIKE BAGS  https://www.nomadgear.co.za

PETE.
0823578842
 

Offline 1190

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW F800GS
    Location: Eastern Cape
  • Posts: 1,482
  • Thanked: 3 times
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #265 on: August 14, 2017, 12:49:06 pm »
Don't you have an opening for a product tester :lol8: you get to have all the fun :thumleft:
Smith & Wesson the original point and click interface
 

Online P.K.

  • Vendors
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Suzuki DR650
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 526
  • Thanked: 2 times
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #266 on: August 15, 2017, 09:52:33 am »
Don't you have an opening for a product tester :lol8: you get to have all the fun :thumleft:

Ha Ha...you not the first to ask......
Sorry boet . I take the responsibility VERY seriously and feel that I need to test each product personally.
NOMAD BIKE BAGS  https://www.nomadgear.co.za

PETE.
0823578842
 

Offline 1190

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW F800GS
    Location: Eastern Cape
  • Posts: 1,482
  • Thanked: 3 times
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #267 on: August 17, 2017, 10:04:08 am »
Don't you have an opening for a product tester :lol8: you get to have all the fun :thumleft:

Ha Ha...you not the first to ask......
Sorry boet . I take the responsibility VERY seriously and feel that I need to test each product personally.
:imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Smith & Wesson the original point and click interface
 

Online TinusBez

Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #268 on: August 26, 2017, 06:45:50 am »
So Pete asked me for a “bag” report I humbly obliged reflecting on the rollie bag (around 40l) and how it performed in Lesotho. The ride report can be found here http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=213876.0

Shortly before the trip I discussed a tail bag option with Pete. Having blown a substantial amount of money on getting ready for the trip that last few hundred ronds were the straw that was going to break the horse’s back so I stuck with the rollie as my “on the bike” luggage.
It had to carry tools, tubes x3 (2 rear and 1 front), medical kit and a few other non-essentials later moved to the main bag (SW Motech 60l) which was with the bakkie. I only had to cart it from Joburg to Bethlehem and from Rhodes back home with one overnight at Notties hotel.

Like so



I also thought I’d bastardise the bag a little with some cheap last minute adjustments like fitting 4 quick release clips stitched to the webbing with clamps bought at Outdoor warehouse and a roll of 25mm rope. These clips are useless and one broke off before the trip even started, luckily I had ROK straps and strapped the bag down good.

Access
As you can imagine I was the slowest because I had to untie the ROK strap and then only could I access the bag. The tail bag I had discussed with Pete would have worked much better as the bottom would be secured to the luggage plate leaving only a zip to open and viola. I like the one Martin has and will be buying something similar. Like so



Weight
Loaded it came to 10kg. I left the compressor at home which brought it down to about 9kg and after chucking other things like gas stove and butane plus changing tubes it was small enough to fold the rollie to about half its size. The weight certainly made a difference.
When I tested the rollie fully loaded near Heidelberg military base (or something like that), the air vents (sharp ends) of the compressor chafed through the bottom of the bag and scratched the luggage plate. Thinking I’d stick with the compressor I found an old neoprene laptop insert around the house and used that at the base of the bag plus an old shower mat between the plate and the bag and have had no problems with chafing throughout the trip. The neoprene also showed no signs of chafe.

Overall
For the money spent, can’t complain however, I will invest in a tail bag my main issue being to untie and tie straps when time was of the essence i.e. I blame myself because it was the wrong choice of bag.

So we learn.



Bike on the left



Non-essentials chucked and much smaller




« Last Edit: August 26, 2017, 06:55:15 am by TinusBez »
KTM: 500 EXC-F current
KTM: 1190 Adv R Sold
Sweat dries, blood clots and bones heal, Suck it up princess
 

Online P.K.

  • Vendors
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Suzuki DR650
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 526
  • Thanked: 2 times
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #269 on: August 29, 2017, 01:23:57 pm »
Thanks Tinus for making the effort to review your experiences with our bags.
I will go through your comments properly and respond here. This type of feedback helps us improve our product.

Nice to see my bags used properly, for a proper trip....
« Last Edit: August 29, 2017, 01:25:33 pm by P.K. »
NOMAD BIKE BAGS  https://www.nomadgear.co.za

PETE.
0823578842
 

Offline Gérrard

  • AKA 'jupiter' maar noem my Gerard.
  • Global Moderator
  • Castrated Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: Kawasaki KLR 650
    Location: Eastern Cape
  • Posts: 27,918
  • Thanked: 41 times
  • WAT KYK JY
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #270 on: August 29, 2017, 01:59:28 pm »
I've said it before and I'm going to say it a last time. As tail bags go, the Kaoko is unbeatable. Only needs another pocket on the left where the handle is, and like the original, must tie independently to the baseplate. Many use it, so can't be much wrong with it, except the price. I asked for one the other day and there were four guys cueing behind me. When one popped up for sale it was snapped by a fifth guy. Price was R1k which was good.

If you can make a similar one for around R800.00, you will have a winner.
A F'ugly is a different sort of bike, the 1150 is boring and the 1100s makes me smile.

...dis nooit te laat om n happy childhood te he nie !
 

Online TinusBez

Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #271 on: August 29, 2017, 02:09:13 pm »
I've said it before and I'm going to say it a last time. As tail bags go, the Kaoko is unbeatable. Only needs another pocket on the left where the handle is, and like the original, must tie independently to the baseplate. Many use it, so can't be much wrong with it, except the price. I asked for one the other day and there were four guys cueing behind me. When one popped up for sale it was snapped by a fifth guy. Price was R1k which was good.

If you can make a similar one for around R800.00, you will have a winner.

One of the guys on the trip has one and they really do work like a charm.
KTM: 500 EXC-F current
KTM: 1190 Adv R Sold
Sweat dries, blood clots and bones heal, Suck it up princess
 

Online P.K.

  • Vendors
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Suzuki DR650
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 526
  • Thanked: 2 times
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #272 on: August 30, 2017, 11:46:14 am »
Your comments are noted...thanks.
The Kaoko is  a semi rigid bag....ie, if you put it down on a table (or luggage rack) it will retain its shape and if on a bike and even if only half full will do the same thing and not flap about too wildly.
My bags are soft bags with no internal framework, either hard or semi rigid and as such in my opinion need to be strapped to your rack OVER THE TOP OF THE BAG.

Your bag will never move or flap in the wind if full, half-full and the contents will never shift on a rough track.

I have made bags with a rigid base plate inside the bag that customers then bolt onto luggage racks, but then that needs to be fitted to individual bike racks.
My current design is universal and will fit any bike (which was my objective)...with just 2 x 25mm cam buckle straps. Now I concede that releasing 2 cam buckles might take you 15 - 20 seconds and then you open the zip, so in all about 30 seconds. In my opinion this is a small price to pay to make sure your tools or luggage NEVER move......and at R300.00 it`s reasonably good value for a very functional item.

I put quite a lot of effort and thought into my designs and try to strike a balance between functionality and price, but can`t always please everyone. I am a firm believer in strapping OVER any bike luggage...it just works better. Obviously this is why I am open to customers designing their own bags or method of fastening that works for them.

It is also one of the rearons I don`t use plastic side-release clips on my bags or tiedown straps : they are just not strong enough for my liking...hence the cam buckles that NEVER let go.

That said, if clients want to...and a few have, I will put straps on the base of the bag...no problem.
« Last Edit: August 31, 2017, 08:40:07 am by P.K. »
NOMAD BIKE BAGS  https://www.nomadgear.co.za

PETE.
0823578842
 

Online P.K.

  • Vendors
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Suzuki DR650
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 526
  • Thanked: 2 times
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #273 on: August 30, 2017, 03:03:57 pm »
Just finished a complete soft luggage system for a GSA heading for 2 weeks in Namibia. Pretty pleased with the result.
My instruction to the client: "go out and hammer them this weekend full of luggage so we can tweak any niggles that come out...."
NOMAD BIKE BAGS  https://www.nomadgear.co.za

PETE.
0823578842
 

Online P.K.

  • Vendors
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Suzuki DR650
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 526
  • Thanked: 2 times
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #274 on: August 31, 2017, 08:41:11 am »
Comments and criticism welcome....give it your best shot !!
NOMAD BIKE BAGS  https://www.nomadgear.co.za

PETE.
0823578842
 

Online P.K.

  • Vendors
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Suzuki DR650
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 526
  • Thanked: 2 times
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #275 on: September 01, 2017, 01:02:23 pm »
BLOODY HELL....NOT EVEN A COMMENT.

AND I WAS SO PLEASED WITH MYSELF !!
NOMAD BIKE BAGS  https://www.nomadgear.co.za

PETE.
0823578842
 

Offline ROOI

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 3,032
  • Thanked: 3 times
  • XR650R YZ 250 2t WR AKA Red Rider
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #276 on: September 01, 2017, 01:11:21 pm »
BLOODY HELL....NOT EVEN A COMMENT.

AND I WAS SO PLEASED WITH MYSELF !!
It looks Nice now how about this
FTS
 

Offline 1190

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW F800GS
    Location: Eastern Cape
  • Posts: 1,482
  • Thanked: 3 times
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #277 on: September 02, 2017, 10:08:29 am »
BLOODY HELL....NOT EVEN A COMMENT.

AND I WAS SO PLEASED WITH MYSELF !!
I think it looks the business :thumleft: Does it go on both sides?
Smith & Wesson the original point and click interface
 

Online P.K.

  • Vendors
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Suzuki DR650
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 526
  • Thanked: 2 times
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #278 on: September 02, 2017, 06:27:32 pm »
BLOODY HELL....NOT EVEN A COMMENT.

AND I WAS SO PLEASED WITH MYSELF !!
I think it looks the business :thumleft: Does it go on both sides?


Yip...2 x soft pannier bags, 2 x small barrelbags and a medium barrelbag.
Quite a practical setup for the trip they are doing.
Client (wisely in my opinion) didn`t want to use rigid pannier boxes on their trip to Namibia.
NOMAD BIKE BAGS  https://www.nomadgear.co.za

PETE.
0823578842
 

Offline adrekruger

  • Member
  • **
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS Adventure
  • Posts: 58
    • View Profile
Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #279 on: September 04, 2017, 07:43:23 am »
Whats the price on such a setup?

Looks practical.