Nelson-Rigg CL-855 Touring Saddlebags: Review

Throwover Textile Bags For Your Weekend Trip

The Nelson-Rigg CL 855s are semi-rigid throwover bags that’ll fit just about any motorcycle you can think of, using a broad Velcro strap that mounts over or under the seat, secured by four adjustable straps. Protective pads prevent marring, and an optional tie down is there if you use a saddlebag rack. The bags should work with most OEM or aftermarket mounts, and they’re still quickly detachable.

The CL 855s are constructed of heavy duty ballistic nylon and incorporate a plastic stiffener to hold their shape, with the lids being secured via zipper and security straps. The main compartments hold 29 liters of whatever, while the outer side pockets hold smaller items. There's even reflective piping and, yes, a lifetime warranty. Removing the bags is a two-second operation, and the main strap stays attached so you can carry them into the house over your shoulder cowboy-style -- or you can use the large handles if you’d rather not make a spectacle of yourself.

The CLs turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. So far I’ve used them on my Honda Shadow, my 1966 BSA Lightning, and my Suzuki dualsport. Those 28.76 liters held everything I needed for a week’s worth of touring. Although the CLs aren’t waterproof, they are fairly water resistant; I got nailed twice before I tossed on the rain covers, and still ended up with dry socks.

In my book the CLs are top shelf; they hold a lot of gear, are well-made, and can be transferred from bike to bike in less time than it takes to type this sentence. At $149.95, they're a stellar bargain, especially when you consider their combination of quality, versatility and utility.

Nelson Rigg CL 855 bags
(5 stars)

Price: $149.95