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SW-Motech blaze bags w/rails review

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Bigturbomax

So id like to start by saying ive had these bags installed since 300 miles and now have almost 1100 miles. That out of the way its not a super long term review but ive used them quite alot and have been pretty impressed. As everyone knows, these are the same bags sold in the Yamaha catalog only without Yamaha badging. 

 

First impressions

 

Install was very straightforward, took about 30 minutes with only hand tools. Fitment is good as the bags compliment the lines of the bike well in my opinion. The rail system feels a little cheap but looks nice. Despite seeming light duty, ive had no problems with loading the bags down so they are apparently up to the task. I suppose this lightness is actually a benefit in a way as the bags and rails add very little weight to the bike. The brackets and rails are aluminum and the bags are some kind of nylon/textile. Motech calls it "ballistic nylon", whatever that means. Bags are light feeling but seem tough. All zippers are smooth to operate and have rubber pulls so they dont jingle.  Even un-expanded there is lots more space inside than i was expecting.

 

General use

 

The top load zips open generously making it pretty easy to load them. The side pockets are rather small and i find them mostly only useful for spare change and a second pair of gloves (i like to keep my warm gloves with me in case it gets chilly in the evening after work). I can also cram my helmet skirt in a side pocket if needed. They are semi solid so they hold their shape well even when empty. The bottom of the bags slide on the rails and locks down with a quick disconnect cam buckle strap, the top uses a large velcro strap across the pillion seat. I worried during initial install that this may not be too secure. I no longer have any concerns about this as ive done several freeway blasts (up to the ton, but not sustained) and one 3 hour afternoon ride down country roads averaging 50 mph with lots of turns and the bags didnt budge. 

 

Capacity

 

I typically use these bags so as not to wear a backpack for the daily commute. So most of the time i only have a few small items with me. On occasion i have loaded them pretty good for random needs. Please dont laugh at the examples i give, this is just to show the day to day usefulness. I on one occasion found that a 6 roll package of the extra thick charmin fits gracefully in one bag. Last week i bought $50 worth of meat for a BBQ and fit it all in the bags. Every week i need to bring water to work to keep my little fidge at the shop stocked. Id hate to have to drive the cage just for a case of water. So for reference, i put 24 16oz bottles of water, one monster energy drink and an apple for breakfast split between the two bags. They didnt mind the weigh at all. No sagging or anything worrisome. In all this i have yet to need to unzip the expandable section to increase capacity. So in summation while these may not be the best long haul/touring set up available, they are a great option for the city commuter. Lightweight, easily/quickly removable and enough room for most errands i run. 

 

Final thoughts

 

There are some small details that id like to point out that i think are nice little touches. One is the little reflective piping on the sides of the bags helping increase night time visibility. Another is the fact that the bags both have a handle and one handle has a velcro wrap on it. I think is is cool because if i ever took any overnight trip and checked into a hotel, the bags will attach to eachother at the handles when removed (which is quick cuz its one velcro strap and 2 quick connect latches) making them into a sort of little suitcase that is easily handled with one hand. 

 

I almost bought the Yamaha branded version of these bags but revzilla had them on sale for a price that was hard to beat. 

 

Anyway, for a lightweight saddle bag set at a reasonable price i am very satisfied with these. My only complaint is the strap across the pillion seat looks a little goofy. I may have to find a way to route that under the seat eventually. 

 

 

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DewMan

Nice review. Much appreciated. I few pictures would also be appreciated.  :)

 


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FZ07R WaNaB

Here's a couple pics of my setup (Yamaha version) with a Kriega US30 - works great!

 

 

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Bigturbomax
23 hours ago, DewMan said:

Nice review. Much appreciated. I few pictures would also be appreciated.  :)

 

And heres the motech version of the bags...

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Bigturbomax

I had to redo that last post after resizing photos cuz i couldnt fit the 3rd photo. 

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Bigturbomax

So, small status update. Its been almost 7 months. Bags are a permanent addition. Only removed when bike is being washed so i can get everything clean. Now at just under 4,000 miles and the bags are still holding up great. No rips, tears or frays. Zippers are still as smooth as when i bought them. The only sign of wear whatsoever is the embroydered motech logo has faded slightly. I LOVE these bags!

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FZ07R WaNaB
11 hours ago, Bigturbomax said:

So, small status update. Its been almost 7 months. Bags are a permanent addition. Only removed when bike is being washed so i can get everything clean. Now at just under 4,000 miles and the bags are still holding up great. No rips, tears or frays. Zippers are still as smooth as when i bought them. The only sign of wear whatsoever is the embroydered motech logo has faded slightly. I LOVE these bags!

Just curious as I haven't used mine much yet, how much weight are the good for - more specifically, pounds/kilos per each bag?  I think the manual says 13lbs per bag, but I wondered how much you can get away with. Thanks

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kbob2000

As long as you aren't filling them with lead bars, I think you will be fine.  The amount of water he mentions above is probably near 13 lbs, but that is about as heavy an item as I could see fitting in them.  I've used them for food, clothes and water on my camping trips with a few tools in the bottom.  Never worried about them for a second.  I even dropped my bike on uneven ground yesterday and I can't see any damage and the bars were fine.

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rick
4 hours ago, FZ07R WaNaB said:

Just curious as I haven't used mine much yet, how much weight are the good for - more specifically, pounds/kilos per each bag?  I think the manual says 13lbs per bag, but I wondered how much you can get away with. Thanks

My SW mo bags are also pretty much perfect after 2 years. Their gear is pretty much always top quality. 

 

13 lbs of clothes/gear per bag sounds about right for 1 hollow metal tube and a velcro strap. And 26 lbs total  is a lot of stuff. A sturdy seat bag might be a better spot for something heavier. And my monster Nelson Rigg seat bag, that mostly sits on the back seat, needs a bit of rearward support. That's where the SW Mo luggage rack comes in handy.

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Bigturbomax

Another useful tidbit, as of today i tried washing the bike with the bags on. I pulled out the inner rain bags and left some unimportant stuff in there. There are not rated water proof and come with inner bags for rain use. That being said i went nuts with the water hose just to test tye water resistance. Even sprayed right at the zippers. NOTHING inside got wet at all. Water was just beading up and running off the outside. They air dried in about 10 minutes. These damn bags keep impressing me. 

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intensity_white

I have the SW Motech branded bags from my previous bike that I have been able to fit to my 18 MT.  

 

One thing I learned from this is that there are two versions of the bag, and I had the "High" version from my previous bike, which is what the MT/FZ 07 need.  

 

The other thing I've noticed is that I don't believe these bags are compatible with tail tidies.  I'm afraid the bags will cover too much of the turn signals.  I wish the supports flared out a bit more the help keep them clear of the signals, but as it is, the bags push up against them a tiny bit.

 

That said, they haven't been off my bike since installation.  I find them essential equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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tavisb
2 hours ago, intensity_white said:

I have the SW Motech branded bags from my previous bike that I have been able to fit to my 18 MT.  

 

One thing I learned from this is that there are two versions of the bag, and I had the "High" version from my previous bike, which is what the MT/FZ 07 need.  

 

The other thing I've noticed is that I don't believe these bags are compatible with tail tidies.  I'm afraid the bags will cover too much of the turn signals.  I wish the supports flared out a bit more the help keep them clear of the signals, but as it is, the bags push up against them a tiny bit.

 

That said, they haven't been off my bike since installation.  I find them essential equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks, I am about to install a set on my 07, luckily haven't done the tail tidy yet. I'll take a close look at  it when I get the bags on.

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Bigturbomax

Its just as well for me that tail tidies dont really work with it as i think the tail doesnt look nearly as wierd with the bags in place lol. It kinda fills it all in.

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intensity_white
14 minutes ago, tavisb said:

Thanks, I am about to install a set on my 07, luckily haven't done the tail tidy yet. I'll take a close look at  it when I get the bags on.

I'd be interested in your opinion about the tail tidy after you install the bags.  I'm just guessin' here.

 

4 minutes ago, Bigturbomax said:

Its just as well for me that tail tidies dont really work with it as i think the tail doesnt look nearly as wierd with the bags in place lol. It kinda fills it all in.

 

Agreed!

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chademinent

I've got at least 5000 miles on my SW Motech bags, and they still look and work great!  Love them!  I've got a tail tidy on mine and i think it looks great with the bags on there, but i do use an integrated brake/turn signal.

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kbob2000

I have a cheap amazon tail tidy on mine, with a motodynamics integrated tail light.  Still needed external signals to stay legal in Germany so I added some flush mounts that are meant for fairings so they don't stick out much and don't interfere with the bags.

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Old Man

I don't need both tail and side bags, but on this bike I plan to get the SW-Motech Alu-rack with the mounting plates for soft tail bags like a Kriega or stick with my Nelson Rigg 1040ST. Expands to 30 liters.

 

I keep my rain suit in it and I can still fit over half a basket of groceries. Empty it'll hold a full face helmet and change.  Even with my rain  suit in it I can pack easily 3 days worth of clothes, a change of shoes, and my tablet and assorted electrical cables and chargers for same. 

 

Right now it's mounted to the pillion and is very sleek. Lots of people love this bag, including myself. I've had mine on numerous bikes and it's held up past expectations (6 years and counting). 

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imherefortheride

@rick @Bigturbomax @chademinent Can any of you gents post a pic of how the support bar mounts to the passenger pegs? Im wondering if a FJ 09 specific Blaze system will work with our FZs. Thanks a bunch!

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norcal616
5 hours ago, imherefortheride said:

@rick @Bigturbomax @chademinent Can any of you gents post a pic of how the support bar mounts to the passenger pegs? Im wondering if a FJ 09 specific Blaze system will work with our FZs. Thanks a bunch!

The left passenger peg support is off my FZ-07( wider bolt spacing and longer in length)... The right one is off the FJ-09( small bolt spacing and shorter in length..also the FJ-09 one kicks way further out...

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imherefortheride

Thanks for the follow up @norcal616. I was able to download the PDF instructions for both the FZ and FJ; The mounting plates are very different. A huge bummer cuz I found a used Blaze system off an FJ that's rediculously cheap. Looks like I'll have to pony up to get the right equipment. Thanks again! 

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Cruizin

Also want to remind you guys that our very own Vendor @shrike1 makes custom fit bag mounts made especially for the FZ/MT-07.  He also makes his custom bags. 

People use his mounts to mount tons of different brands of bags on the FZ-07.

 

 

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