Wolfman Summit Saddlebag Test
Designed for daily commuting, weekend solo touring, or the occasional off-road excursion, Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage’s Summit saddlebag set are up to the job of providing durable cargo carrying.The Summit saddlebags are constructed of ballistic nylon fabric, heavy-duty dual zippers on the main compartments, a single heavy-duty zipper on the exterior compartments, two wide straps that go over the seat, and one-inch wide fastening straps with robust, nylon buckles to secure the bags to the motorcycle.
Although the bags are not listed as waterproof, and you can separately purchase a set of rain bags, the material and design offer some protection against rain for short exposures.Installation is very straightforward with a five-point mounting system that requires no tools – one buckle-based strap under the rear fender, two buckle-based straps that loop around each foot peg, and two wide straps that fit across the seat. Consequently, removing these saddlebags is just as easy as putting them on.The Summit’s design favors motorcycles with low-slung pipes, we tested them on a Kawasaki KLR650
with its stock high pipe and have no issues with overheating or melting the protective rubber pad on the exhaust side of the bike.However, the bag’s position on the motorcycle does eliminate carrying a passenger, a common limitation of hard and soft bags of this type. As for the rider, the bag’s position does not interfere with mounting, dismounting or foot controls.In spite of the bag’s spacious 40-liter volume (20 liters each side), wind-resistance is not a factor while riding even in fairly stiff winds that I encounter during my commute to and from the office.Overall, Wolfman Luggage’s Summit saddlebags offer versatility, durability, practicality and are easily removed and installed – perfect for the weekend or daily rider.The Wolfman Summit Saddlebags carry a price of $169.95 (MSRP). For additional information, log onto Woflman’s website