Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
The Mutazu bags are decent. They flex, come cheaply painted (doesn't matter if you're getting them painted anyway), the paint isn't bad but it's got a bit of an orange peel to it and isn't near the quality of paint your bike has. Cheap plastic chrome trim, and the mounting hardware is 'basic'. BUT; for the cost, they are pretty good. Better than any other cheap bags I've seen, they look good, and hold a lot of gear! I've had mine loaded up with luggage strapped on top.
$1500+ Corbin bags are nice. Solid, seem like something that would be OEM in quality! But they are $1500! For a couple hundred bucks you can get Mutazu bags that do a pretty good job. I'd buy them again. As for the other brands? I've yet to see another 'cheap' brand I've liked enough to put it on my bike. I've seen the $50-$100 hard bags on other bikes. Nearly all of them were broken after a short period of use. VERY flimsy, easily cracked, etc. The Mutazu bags are at least better than that!
One thing you can do is line the inside of cheap bags with bondo or another body filler to strengthen them up. I've used the bondo 'kits' before with the resin and strips. On my first car, an old beater I had in high school. Had a couple holes in it. That stuff was hard as a rock when it dried! Had to smooth it out with an angle grinder.
Also; sometimes you'll see re-branded Mutazu bags elsewhere for a little bit more. Sometimes you'll see them cheaper than from Mutazu too, are they cheap chinese knockoffs of a cheap chinese knockoff? Who knows. Or maybe they are the real deal and we all wasted money? LOL
Let us know! For $50 it's worth a try right?
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT