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post #1 of 14 Old 05-06-2012, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Melted Saddlebags

I took a ride from Ames to Des Moines today, and when I got to Des Moines I saw that my saddlebags and "heat shields" had melted. They handled 400 miles before today just fine, but now they are F.U.B.A.R.. Let this be a warning for those of you thinking about soft bags with aftermarket pipes in the stock location. The bags were Nelson Rigg CL-950, and I would definitely recommend them to someone with a different exhaust set up.
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-06-2012, 09:51 PM
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You must have exhausts with heat shields to use that type of bag on the 919, IMHO.

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Do u think it would have happened if u had the stock pipes on? I am planning a trip for the middle of this month and have soft saddle bags. I just swaped my pipes back to stock fearing that that may happen
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If you can put your hands on aftermarket cans and keep them on, then there should not be a problem.
Some makes of cans run hotter than others, and as the packing degrades, they all get hotter.
My SS Yosh TRSs run cool, safe enough for my wife never to have to worry about getting burned.
Can material has an effect as well.
SS is the hottest.
Titanium is not as hot.
Carbon Fibre is the coolest.
If one is worried, as simple wrap of heat blanket material around the cans where the soft luggage touches, should be more than adequate.

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The bags seem to have melted from touching the exhaust tips, the part where they touched the packed portion of the exhaust pipe is still fine.

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The bags seem to have melted from touching the exhaust tips, the part where they touched the packed portion of the exhaust pipe is still fine.
That does not surprise me as the gases are hot after the metal is up to temperature, especially if the bike is at higher power output level.

I know someone with an R-1 that gutted their stock cans, and ended up melting the tail section from the gases.

I guess a takeaway from this thread is to make sure one's soft luggage is back from tips.

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I've been using my Nelson Riggs bags on stock pipes for a couple years now and no melting. I do have the heat proof inserts. I have notices that the back of the bags near the exhaust outlet do get hot. I try to keep them further to the front on the heat shields.

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post #12 of 14 Old 05-07-2012, 02:06 PM
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not too bad i destroyed some leather saddle bags when i had my harley. lol

im curios what bags you have marylandmike?

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not too bad i destroyed some leather saddle bags when i had my harley. lol

im curios what bags you have marylandmike?
It's these. Very similar to Storm Cases.
Nanuk Case 905 - Waterproof, Crushproof Professional Protective Case

Not real big but good for carrying tools and other stuff that might be needed on the road.

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post #14 of 14 Old 05-08-2012, 07:21 PM
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I melted my tourmaster soft bags as well, I had put over 20k miles on them but they floated back at about 110 mph and melted... my bad, they should have been strapped down better. the stock can also got hot enough to melt the insider liner but the out side was fine and dandy

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