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Old September 21st, 2020, 09:01 AM   #1
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Bilt saddlebags are garbage

I bought bilt soft saddlebags for my honda shadow 1100. The store forgot to tell me these were for show, not use. Mounted 2 1/4" above tail pipe as instructed. 2 weeks later, open my rt. Side bag to see the bottom all but completely gone. The stitching had come undone, my 2 items I had inside gone. Those items? 1 pair of gloves and a ball cap.
THESE BAGS ARE GARBAGE!!! These garbage bags were bought at Cycle gear in Springfield Oregon. Do not waste your money on these.
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Old September 21st, 2020, 03:07 PM   #2
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Everything from Bilt is garbage.
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Old October 12th, 2020, 08:55 AM   #3
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Old February 10th, 2022, 02:05 AM   #4
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Issues with stitching always. Better take a look before taking away from shop
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Old February 13th, 2022, 04:11 AM   #5
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pop rivit the darn thing back together or sew it with wire and that'll hold till the fabric gives way....
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Old February 14th, 2022, 08:58 AM   #6
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heh, heh... most of these private-label brands are crap. Retailer specifies lowst costs possible to maximise profits, so vendors have to build as quickly and cheaply as possible.

Or they get you hooked with high-quality in beginning and slowly lower it so you don't notice. Such as Costco's Kirkland brand. Their vodka used to be made by Grey Goose, very smooth and tasty. At some point, they switched vendors to LaVecke with similar quality (probably cheaper wholesae price). But... they got greedy and started squeezing them for lower prices to make bigger profits. Quality started slipping more and more over the years. Now if you taste-test their Kirkland vodka side-by-side with Grey Goose, you can totally notice difference, whereas before, they were indistinguishable.

Best way to sew up bags to make them tougher is with kevlar fishing-line. Feels and sews just like regular thread, but 10x stronger! Make sure you properly knot each end to prevent unraveling.
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