You state that Heavy Duty Ballistic Nylon is spec’d as your main saddlebag material…. What is Ballistic Nylon?
Ballistic nylon is a thick synthetic nylon fabric used for a variety of applications. Ballistic nylon was originally developed by the DuPont Corporation as a use for military flak jackets. Ballistic nylon offers high tear and abrasion, which makes it well suited for outdoor gear bags and protective clothing.
Why do you use snaps vs Velcro as your secondary attachment on your fender bags?
Velcro of good quality, when new, does provide exceptional sheer resistance, but over time will start to become contaminated with dirt and debris reducing its ability to hold. The Velcro would also need to be held to the front fender with a type of adhesive which over time can work loose and separate from the fender or leave behind glue residue when attempting to remove.
Our experience with the snaps is that they are easy to install and have proven to be a solid secondary attachment for securing the fender bag.
Are the OBR ADV Gear bags waterproof?
OBR ADV Gear bags are fully sewn, which is difficult to make completely waterproof without expensive seam sealing equipment. The materials used have a light polyurethane coating on one side making the material itself waterproof. An extra wide storm cover has also been designed over the zipper to help prevent water intrusion through the zipper coils. Most pack using small dry bags to ensure full protection from the elements.
Tip – We have found the large sealed bags by Hefty and/or Ziploc to be a cheap alternative to dry bags. They are inexpensive, work well, last multiple trips, and have a flat profile which helps with load arrangement.
What bikes will the OBR ADV Gear bags fit?
OBR ADV Gear bags were designed to be as universal as possible. It was our goal to not have any bike specific inventory. Our bags will fit almost all Enduro class motorcycles and smaller Adventure Dual Sport motorcycles. Fitment to some of the larger Adventure class motorcycles will depend on the bike as the sub frames on most Adventure bikes are configured a bit differently. The design concept of our bags is that they do not require any type of rack supportive system to work, but utilizing the bikes side panels as the supportive surface required.
Will the OBR ADV Gear bags scuff my bikes side panels?
Since the OBR ADV Gear bag designs are frameless, there is contact to the side panels from the bags. Dust can collect behind the bags sometimes slightly discoloring the side panels, but we have found that the Mr. Clean-Clean Erase Pads work really well when washing the bike to remove any discoloration that might have occurred.
Responsibility lies on the end user to ensure proper installation of any OBR ADV Gear item. Loading a motorcycle with travel gear can have an impact on handling of that motorcycle. Proper installation of gear, gear loading, necessary suspension adjustments, and checking that no loose articles are in such a way to cause interference with any of the operational components of the motorcycle is the responsibility of the end user. OBR ADV Gear is not liable nor responsible for any improperly installed gear or any accidents caused by improperly installed/loaded gear.