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Has anybody out there tried the Mutazu RS Hardbags? I am thinking of going that route due to their very large size. However, if a forum member could shed a little light on how they look mounted and any pros / cons it would be much appreciated.

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People seem to like them. I was gonna go that route but then I found a decent deal on the forums here for some HL bags. I already have a Harley tour pak (trunk) so I have plenty of storage.

The general consensus from what I've read is that they are thin and flex alot, and most people seem to indicate it's a good idea to use washers where the bolts mount to keep the plastic from cracking. That said, it really does seem like people are very pleased with them and they seem to last a long time for people. Just don't abuse it or treat it likes it's something it's not. I wouldn't make a habit of forcing it to the gills and then forcing the latch shut! But of course, you're paying much, much less (probably 1/3 at MOST) of what similar sized bags made a bit tougher will cost ya.

I think they look great on the 900 as well.

Let us know what you think if you get some! My HL bags should be here before too long.
 

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Near went with a set of those... i think they look great... but stumbled across something else
 

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Mutazu is good but its kind cheap. i looks really good when you ride by.....but if you park and i stop walking and start looking......its not perfect and thats all i can say.
 

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What is it about them that you don't care for? They look pretty sharp in the photos
 

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Using the Mutazu bag brackets...

I just mounted a set of Mutazu MU hard bags (smaller than the ones you're considering). I like the style, but agree that they "flex" a lot, depending on how you mount them. The plastic itself is pretty thin, but then I'm comparing it to a Givi hard case that I had on a previous bike... of course the *single* Givi case and mounting plate cost more than BOTH Mutazu bags together, including the shipping!

One warning on mounting them -- Mutazu is now selling a nice looking set of chrome mounts made specifically to fit the 900 (they only cost ~$30 as an "upgrade" in place of the ugly/useless/free "universal" mounts they will send with the bags). I bought these "upgrades" and, while they look nice, their three mounting holes for the bags are too close together, allowing for a LOT of flex. I solved the problem by:
1. Using the three mounting holes, plus...
2. Using two long bolts and spacers to turn the two points where the bracket attaches to the frame into mounts for the bag as well, plus...
3. Using nylon washers outside, and metal fender washers inside the bags to prevent cracking around the holes, and finally...
4. Making a custom aluminum bracket that attaches the bags to each other for stability. Mutazu and others sell braces/brackets like these, but I didn't feel like placing another order. (Incidentally, this bracket is where we ran the wires for the lights, splicing them in behind the taillight.)
All together, this system makes the bags VERY stable, which is what I wanted as I need to carry lunch, shoes, and a backpack to work every day!

In the end, I probably would have saved a lot of headache by just buying the Kawasaki OEM mounts (as seen on the 900LT) -- but they would have cost a good bit more.
 

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Hey Ken, I have the RS bags on my bike. I've been real pleased with them. I did have a problem with the tail light lens covers fading to an ugly pink, but because I've been working in Shreveport and had my bike outside all summer. Recently I went on a trip to Red River New Mexico and took the bike on a road Poncho Villa would be proud of (high mountain rock road...not gravel, I left gravel 5 miles back) and cracked the other tail light lens. When I got back, I called Mutazu to order a pair of tail light lens covers. They were very helpful, but I ended up purchasing a pair of their burgundy/maroon RS bags instead. I took a chance, but the color of the bike and bags don't match. I actually think I like the color of the new bags better than the candy diamond red. Anyway, I'm at home now and the bike is at my camper in Shreveport. When I get back, I'll try to take a picture of the bags mounted and post them. I did make my own brackets and try to draw them in closer to the bike as much as possible. The brackets they come with are flimsy.
 

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Hey Ken, I have the RS bags on my bike. I've been real pleased with them. I did have a problem with the tail light lens covers fading to an ugly pink, but because I've been working in Shreveport and had my bike outside all summer. Recently I went on a trip to Red River New Mexico and took the bike on a road Poncho Villa would be proud of (high mountain rock road...not gravel, I left gravel 5 miles back) and cracked the other tail light lens. When I got back, I called Mutazu to order a pair of tail light lens covers. They were very helpful, but I ended up purchasing a pair of their burgundy/maroon RS bags instead. I took a chance, but the color of the bike and bags don't match. I actually think I like the color of the new bags better than the candy diamond red. Anyway, I'm at home now and the bike is at my camper in Shreveport. When I get back, I'll try to take a picture of the bags mounted and post them. I did make my own brackets and try to draw them in closer to the bike as much as possible. The brackets they come with are flimsy.
Some people have had luck mounting the bags to the OEM saddlebag mounts. You can get them from Kawasaki for around $180, or if you have an 'LT' model 900 or 1700 (or presumably other big twin Kawi's as well) you've already got 'em!
 

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Ken, the secret will be in the brackets ... do not use quick release brackets, they will not support the bags ... use the kawasaki OEM brackets, they are not cheap, they will however support the bag as well as the weight of your gear. These brackets aint cheap, try ebay or on here, maybe a bike wreckers.

You have seen my MU's, they are still hanging in tough. No cracks what ever, if you need the photo links to the install, pm me and i will send them to you direct. Some have had issues with cracks, probably the brackets they have use, and locks, over stuffing them to the point of having to much preasure on the doors and locks.

Treat them right and they will look after you.

Cheers Maurice
 

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I hope I can remember how to post these:



Overcast day today, color difference doesn't really show that much, but maybe you can tell the difference.
 

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Thanks for all your help fellas. The bags are on order (same color as Zig's) and I found some black, powder coated OEM mounts for $109 from a bike shop in Mississippi. Now the waiting begins....:cool:
 

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Hi, long time lurker, new member here. I put the RS bags on my 900 custom around April or so, and they have been working great. They are cheap plastic, but it's thick and sturdy plastic. I paid extra for the upgraded mounting brackets, and they are ok I guess, but the bags do bounce around a bit. I have the lights hooked up as running lights and they work great too. They aren't the coolest looking bags, but they are big and hold a ton of stuff (note the pic of my helmet and jacket in one bag), which means I get to ride my bike more often and take the car less.


 

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Hi, long time lurker, new member here. I put the RS bags on my 900 custom around April or so, and they have been working great. They are cheap plastic, but it's thick and sturdy plastic. I paid extra for the upgraded mounting brackets, and they are ok I guess, but the bags do bounce around a bit. I have the lights hooked up as running lights and they work great too. They aren't the coolest looking bags, but they are big and hold a ton of stuff (note the pic of my helmet and jacket in one bag), which means I get to ride my bike more often and take the car less.


Looks good!

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Welcome sunman. Good looking bike.
 

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I just recently installed the Mutazu MU bags on my bike and I couldn't be happier with them. I used the Kawasaki mounts with oversized washers on the inside and out and they do not shake at all. The only problem I ran into was the wiring that comes with the bags to hook up to the parking/brake lights is about a foot too short. I had to extend the wiring to make it reach under the seat where i hooked it up. The back of the bike now lights up like a Christmas tree when I apply the brakes. Other than the wiring being a little too short, I don't think you can get a better set of hard bags for the price.
 

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Hey fellas,

Bags came today. Got them installed (pain in the ars with the trunk). Where did you route the wiring to get the lights running? I'll get pics up later.
 
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