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I'm making my own liners for the 28 Liter hard saddlebags. I really didn't care for the liners that Kawasaki sells for the bags. My liners are made out of 500d Cordura. All the zippers are YKK. I feel that my liners are much more functional that the Kawi liners. Mine are much easier to pack and seem to hold more. I'll warrantee the liners against defects in materials and workmanship for as long as you own them. I'm selling them for $110 plus shipping for a pair.

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Email sent - exceptional work!!!
 

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So, I ordered a set of these a few weeks ago- Andy was quick to respond and we got the deal done in a couple days. The bags arrived in time for a a short trip that I'd had planned. I decided to get the "Blemmies" (proto-type/early effort) bags. Hey, they are inside my cases most of the time. They looked really good though, and it took me a while to see where he'd missed his line on one of the seams. It also took me a while to figure out why he'd doubled up on the zippers at the top of the bags. I got it when I was packing though; it makes them easy to load and completely reversible. One bag was easily able to swallow up my personal gear for a 3 day trip. It was easy to fit into the case and left me room to pack a few pairs of spare gloves in the lid. My only complaint is that the heavy canvas he uses for the bag is like Velcro for cat hair! Be warned, don't leave these sitting around, irresistible for cat naps.

The other case is for the bike stuff, plus river stops. I kinda like the way I have things stacked in there now, so haven't set up the other bag. One thought I had was to set it up as my Camping Kitchen bag, then be able to tuck it in there for camping trips and distribute the other items into the seat duffel.

Or not, none of my trip buddies has a bike that'll haul the mail like the N1ka. Andy's Bags make an excellent addition!
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I'm a little curious as to the model of use for these. Given that it takes 5 seconds to pull the luggage off the bike and carry your stuff in a locked suitcase to wherever you're going, why would anyone need liners? Obviously there's interest from several and it it took some effort to get the cases off the bike I could understand but with Ninja cases I don't see it.
Everybody travels different but my mode is to get where you're going, chuck the luggage (tent or motel) locked up and hit the local roads/sights for a while on my Naked Ninja.
Looks like really nice work on the bags, BTW. A talent I do not possess.
 

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I'm a little curious as to the model of use for these. Given that it takes 5 seconds to pull the luggage off the bike and carry your stuff in a locked suitcase to wherever you're going, why would anyone need liners? Obviously there's interest from several and it it took some effort to get the cases off the bike I could understand but with Ninja cases I don't see it.
Everybody travels different but my mode is to get where you're going, chuck the luggage (tent or motel) locked up and hit the local roads/sights for a while on my Naked Ninja.
Looks like really nice work on the bags, BTW. A talent I do not possess.
Thanks for the compliment!

For me, I found it was easier to take just the liners than the hard cases. They take up much less space in the hotel room, it's easier to root around inside of them to look for something, they're easier to carry, and I don't have to worry about not scratching them. Plus, they're not dirty, especially after riding through a rainstorm or any multi-day ride.
 

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I just received my bags. They are great. I am going to the California Superbike School in May and I can't wait to use them. I was stressing out about pulling off the hard cases and carting them around the hotel. Great quality and fast turn around!
 

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Thanks for the compliment!

For me, I found it was easier to take just the liners than the hard cases. They take up much less space in the hotel room, it's easier to root around inside of them to look for something, they're easier to carry, and I don't have to worry about not scratching them. Plus, they're not dirty, especially after riding through a rainstorm or any multi-day ride.
Late to reply but I can definitely identify with the last issue-dirty bags. A few times I can remember putting the bags right into the shower and running it for a while before drying them off and using them. Usually it's just right onto the floor.
 

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Still available.
Hi smooth, I'm also keen to buy a set of these.
I've just sent a message to your gmail address above.
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I've received my bags (thanks Andy) and am happy to confirm earlier comments - good quality, they fit the panniers/saddle bags perfectly (lightly packed them to try out) and the dual zippers and internal compartments each side are well thought out.
I'll be using them for the first time this coming weekend and will give an update on useability experience.
The photos at the start above show the bags exactly (y) (y)
 

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Last weekend I went on my first overnight trip, and it was the first chance I got to use these bags. I like them. They are bigger than the liners from Kawasaki so they can be used to fill up the whole pannier, not just the volume under the internal straps. These are very well thought out, with external zippers on both sides, and each side has internal mesh compartments with zippers for storing things like toiletries, small electronics, maps, and chargers. I used this feature of having two mesh compartments accessible from either side frequently and it was nice to not have to empty out my clothes and other contents in order to get to an item at the bottom of the bag; just flip it around and unzip the other side. At first the bags seem weird as they are not stiff, and do not hold their shape. But this is a good thing, as it allows more stuff to be put in the bag, and odd ball stuff to be put outside of the bags (like shoes) and not eat up valuable Pannier volume with empty air or overly thick fabric/materials. These are very well made, thought out and functional.

The Panniers by themself are a little awkward getting things in and out on the side of the road. If you have small items you could use multiple small bags stuffed inside, but these liners does the job nicely. Just put everything in the bag, on the side of the road when you need something open the pannier, pull out the bag ,stand up, look through it with the bag on your seat, not bent over or squatted down rummaging with things spilling out on the road.

I am sure a large manufactured could come along and make something better looking (SW-Motech for example) by changing the external material (leather, fake leather, and or waxed cotton, water proof etc), that looks better in the photos and putting some branding on there that we say we do not care about but for some reason we do. But these are Pannier liners, that would probably just make the bags less flexible, and less functional in the end. I think the design of these bags really has been refined to the point of being most optimal for its use, and in the end, I think that is what we should want from pannier liners. The bag's material does pick up lint, dry leaves, and other little random bits of dirt and dust probably more so then the material backpacks are commonly made from. But a it keeps the contents clean, and a few hits of the hand knocks of most debris.

I had trouble contacting smooth initially via his private e-mail address. I suspect my mail was marked as spam or junk. But Smooth responded quickly to the private message/conversations feature of this forum, gave good payment instructions, and promptly shipped the bags, and I received them in just a few days.

In summary these are well made, very well thought out, and make life easier on the road. They do not have the Kawasaki branding that draws us to the competition for knowing we are going to get a nice looking quality product, but these are more functional, people from this community gives good reviews, and in the end, that is what should matter the most. I almost bought the Kawasaki liners as the prices between the two are close, and I felt more reassured to buy from Kawasaki. I am glad I bought these over the Kawi version as these are more functional, more useful, support the community, and it is well made. Well done Smooth:)(y)
 

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Late to reply but I can definitely identify with the last issue-dirty bags. A few times I can remember putting the bags right into the shower and running it for a while before drying them off and using them. Usually it's just right onto the floor.
I use a single bag insert for holding items like a rain jacket, tire gauge, selfie stick, cargo net, and other small items. But, I just use an amazon knock off that works for this role
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Thanks for the comprehensive review 1hr_ride.
That's exactly my experience with these bags and I totally agree with your assessment and comments.
Your review saves me having to write one myself :) (y)🍻
 

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Thanks for the comprehensive review 1hr_ride.
That's exactly my experience with these bags and I totally agree with your assessment and comments.
Your review saves me having to write one myself :) (y)🍻
Yeah, I am looking into them now too, just wrote him via the email address and awaiting reply to do with US vs. Can. dollars and if he knows about import duties. Could get him to put gift on the declarations form perhaps if this type of item is an issue I guess.
 

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And he does custom work. I ordered a set and requested that for the left side case the space be split with the a separate lower bag to keep my tool kit and tire repair stuff in. No need to pull that out at the day's destination. Alas, so far I haven't been able to test out the concept. Hopefully this fall.
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