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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-31-2011, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Saddlebag problem

I have the stock saddlebags that came with my 2010 T-Bird 1600 SE and there is a problem with the plastic stiffener(sp). It always comes loose which allows the top of the bag to collapse. One side is sewed into the leathr but the other just fits in a leather groove or slot. I have the feeling that it is supposed to be sewn in on the other side as well. Does anyone know for sure?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-31-2011, 04:23 PM
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I picked up my T-bird Storm on July 10th of this year and have already complained and received replacement bags. After talking to the dealer and rep the bags are made without the stitching on the inside hinged portion of the bag. It was designed and made that way. My replacements are better but will eventually begin to collapse or cave in on the top as the first set did. My solution, that I have not tried yet is to unmount them and get some Marine glue, a soft towel, wooden blocks and a few clamps. Gluing the interior moulded plastic stiffener to the stitched (not real but composite leather) seam. The other option of course is if you have purchase the bags with the bike the service warranty should cover replacements. I took photos sent them to my dealer and they forwarded them on to the local rep who approved replacements, which I received in about a week. ~ for what it's worth.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-31-2011, 08:42 PM
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I had the same problem with the bags on my 2010 SE.They were covered by the warranty.
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I picked up my T-bird Storm on July 10th of this year and have already complained and received replacement bags. After talking to the dealer and rep the bags are made without the stitching on the inside hinged portion of the bag. It was designed and made that way. My replacements are better but will eventually begin to collapse or cave in on the top as the first set did. My solution, that I have not tried yet is to unmount them and get some Marine glue, a soft towel, wooden blocks and a few clamps. Gluing the interior moulded plastic stiffener to the stitched (not real but composite leather) seam. The other option of course is if you have purchase the bags with the bike the service warranty should cover replacements. I took photos sent them to my dealer and they forwarded them on to the local rep who approved replacements, which I received in about a week. ~ for what it's worth.
Just talked with my dealer and confirmed what you said; that's just the way they are made but they didn'nt have an answer as to why. I am going to contact Triumph corporate and see if they can provide an answer. Your solution to a 'self fix' is exactly what I was going to do with mine but it's a shame to spend all that money and have to spend time making things better. Thanks for the response and info.
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I had the same problem with the bags on my 2010 SE.They were covered by the warranty.
I know warranty covers it but what good is it when they're all the same. Triumph needs to address this issue. Thanks for the reply.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2011, 06:52 PM
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Having the same problem with my bags...they look like **** now!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2011, 06:53 PM
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I think I paid around $600.00 for them too!
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