Wolfman Expedition Saddlebags

I like soft luggage on the KLR and this summer my trusty bike is sporting this Wolfman setup. These Wolfman Expedition saddlebags are great for carrying your adventure gear or whatever you haul on your bike.

The Expedition saddlebags have been around for a while and have a great reputation. They are waterproof, durable and come in yellow or black. I like the yellow for greater visibility on the road.

Wolfman devised the Universal Saddlebag Straps which allow you to mount these bags on many different types of racks. I use these Precision Motorcycle Racks and they work fine. Installing the bags is quick and easy.

The first step is to lay the bags across the bike. Then adjust these main straps to an even height on the left and right sides of the bike.

The bags attach to the side rack with the Universal Saddlebag Straps. Each bag uses four of these, two on the front and two on the rear. Above is the front side attaching point of the right side bag.

This picture shows the two rear straps for the right side bag. These small straps work great for keeping the bag secure on the rack. Put some gear inside the bags to provide some shape while you mount them. I have found this makes things easier.  

My rain gear is stuffed in the bottom of this bag, and there is room for a lot more. Each bag has a 19 liter capacity. If you have trouble with metric conversions like I do, just remember these bags hold a lot of gear when they are carefully packed.

With the bag packed, tighten the upper and lower horizontal straps across each bag. This pulls them tight against the racks where they will remain pretty secure.

To close the bag, roll the top tightly down and secured with the verticals strap on each side. Be sure to let the air out as you roll the top down.

Finally, this "V" strap threads from the back, through a front D ring and clips on the back side again. Pull this one tight to squash down the top of the bag and you are done. 

Before starting down the road I double check all straps and ensure everything is secure. At every stop, I give the straps a tug to ensure all is well. They are normally a bit loose the first stop, but after things settle down, the straps stay very secure. 

After your adventure ride, these bags are easy to remove and store, or just leave them on the bike. The bottom line here is, I like these saddlebags and recommend them to give your bike some extra hauling capacity.