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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-14-2008, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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2005 Silver Tribal 1800F with Matazu Silver Hard Saddlebags

After looking around for some sort of hard bags I decided to try the Matazu GA bags (http://www.mutazu.com) at only $115. They are inexpensive, lockable and fill the bill nicely. The color is almost an exact match with the bike paint being a little more metallic. I had planned on having to paint the bags but these are so close it is not worth the effort or expense. I mounted them to my hondaline backrest/luggage rack, only one hole had to be drilled on each side. I fabricated the mounts after trying Easy Brackets. The Easy Brackets just were not solid enough, the bags looked like they were loose. I sold my goldwing after I bought this bike and really miss having some luggage space.


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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-14-2008, 10:28 AM
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Re: 2005 Silver Tribal 1800F with Matazu Silver Hard Saddlebags

Those bags look real good on your bike.

I hear you about missing luggage space.
I rode for 13 years on a Honda PC800 with a GIVI 52 liter tour trunk
and I don't understand how anybody can ride around on a
motorcycle without saddlebags.
Before the PC800 I had a 1975 GL1000 for 15 years and it was equipped
with a Windjammer 3 fairing and Calafia Fats saddlebags.
Have to use saddlebags if you are going to stop for groceries
on your motorcycle.

My bags are Dyers Fiberglass Works bags that I painted myself.
I just recently added some lights to the rear of the saddlebags.
Drag Specialties Catseye taillights with 28 red LEDs in each taillight.
plus six white LEDs meant to light up a license plate but just
lighting up the fender on my bike.




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Re: 2005 Silver Tribal 1800F with Matazu Silver Hard Saddlebags

I too am leaning towards the hard bags, but Im planning on buyin another bike (Victory or HD) but none the less, I will keep the X, so I may just keep the soft bags for now, and then will have a full dresser when I buy the new scoot!!

The bags look good man!! They fit it well, how is the fit and finish on them?

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Re: 2005 Silver Tribal 1800F with Matazu Silver Hard Saddlebags

Hey Coyote,
What bags did you get from Dyers, the Classic or Prestige. where did you get them painted? Were they tough to install? Did you use the ghost brackets, can they be taken off easily? They look great. Thanks for any input.
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Re: 2005 Silver Tribal 1800F with Matazu Silver Hard Saddlebags

I got the classic hardbags a couple of years ago.
I purchased them in primer coat and a friend of mine showed me
how to paint and sand them to an OEM finish using spray cans.
He was a professional painter years ago.

He did the first coat, I did all the rest, 20 color coats on the
saddlebags and trunk, 30 color coats on the fairing because
I had some difficulty with bugs and dandelion seeds as I was
spraying outdoors. Two coats of clear after I sanded the color
smooth. Turned out very nice. I got two coats out of each can
of paint, so ten cans on the saddlebags, ten cans on the trunk
and 15 cans on the fairing, then three cans of clear.
Total 38 cans.
Multiply each can by $5 and add some money for the sandpaper
and that is what it cost me to paint the stuff to match my bike.

I used EasyBrackets VTXC1BR to mount my saddlebags
to my Hondaline Deluxe luggage rack, which is why my
bags stick out a bit on the sides. I have had the saddlebags
for two years and took them off for the first time a couple
months ago when I finally mounted a set of catseye
LED taillights on the bags so that people will notice the bike
is wide when I ride at night.
Had to drill a hole for the wiring to enter the saddlebag
and a couple to mount the lights.
Hardest part of taking them off was finding the key to the Easybrackets.
Will try to show a photo.


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Re: 2005 Silver Tribal 1800F with Matazu Silver Hard Saddlebags

Very nice looking bags.

It seems like everything in motorcycling is getting bigger, I remember when I bought my 800, it was a big bike, everybody was riding 1100 Shadows and 1340 Harley's, now those seem like little bikes. Similarly I had big leather saddlebags on the Shadow, but my VTX came with Leatherlikes, and I could fit both saddlebags from the Shadow into one of the VTX's bags.

I like being able to carry all sorts of stuff, but at the same time, I'm stripping my Shadow down to closer and closer to a chopper, because there is something to a really clean bike without big lumpy luggage all over it.

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Re: 2005 Silver Tribal 1800F with Matazu Silver Hard Saddlebags

what are Matazu bags made of ....are they fibreglass or plastic ...I have had some Tsukayu bags ordered from HDL for over two months now ....starting to get impatient....I've never seen hard bags as inexpensive as these Matazus' what's the catch

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Re: 2005 Silver Tribal 1800F with Matazu Silver Hard Saddlebags

The Matazu bags are made of some kind of molded plastic. They would not be as strong as fiberglass but they seen adequate. The fit and finish are pretty good for bags that cost only $115.00. I am well pleased and would buy them again, especially since the silver color I ordered matches my bike well. I ordered these also because they are small, I did not want to relocate my turn signals. I had originally bought a set of National Cycle Crusiliners but they would not work unless I relocated the signals and on the F model, that was more work than I wanted to undertake. The cruisliners were excellent quality, too bad they did not fit properly.

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Re: 2005 Silver Tribal 1800F with Matazu Silver Hard Saddlebags

My Dyers Fiberglass Works saddlebags were shipped in primer coat
from North Carolina 10 working days after I placed my order.
Delivery came three working days later as I live on the East Coast.
Might take a few days longer if you live in the Midwest or the West Coast.
Same thing a couple months later when I ordered the matching trunk.
I do not know whether there would be a delay if I ordered the
bags color matched to my bike, but suspect that there might be.
It certainly took me some time to paint and sand the bags.
My bags cost me about 1/4 as much as a set of Corbin Beetle bags
would have cost me, and if I wreck my bike, I can easily afford
another set of the Dyers bags, which I probably could not with
the Corbins.

My Dyers bags are wide enough to carry a spare half-helmet inside.
I have a set of skinny Harley police saddlebags in my basement that
are not wide enough to carry a half-helmet.
I have photos comparing them on another post in the forum,
but the photos might not be displayable since the forum's server crashed
and the new forum has strict rules about size of photos displayed.

Here is a link to one of my earlier posts about installing the saddlebags.
No photos here comparing the size of the skinny Harley bags though.
viewtopic.php?t=138140&highlight=dyers

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