OEM USA Bags - zipper service?

Chuck Driscoll cdriscol2001 at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 23 14:11:19 PDT 2008

I have one of these on the KLR. I like it a lot. I bought the medium, because I did not want to swing my leg over the large. It can't hold a helmet, but it keeps things very dry, and I throw my tankbag in it when I leave the bike. It was great on a two day tour to Glacier. My daughter used it as a backrest. She is only 10 years old and around 70 lbs, but it held her without any problem. I peeled off the cheesy Iron Cross sticker on the lid. 

Chuck Driscoll

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--- On Thu, 10/23/08, Philip Hamm <philbike20 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> From: Philip Hamm <philbike20 at hotmail.com>
> Subject: Re: OEM USA Bags - zipper service?
> To: gpzlist at micapeak.com
> Date: Thursday, October 23, 2008, 9:26 AM
> Great idea!
> I wonder - would it cost more to by and replace the zippers
> in a good luggage shop than the JCWhitney GIVI clone bags
> would cost?  And would it be worth it?
> In case anyone's not familiar with the JC Whitney
> trunk:
> http://www.jcwhitney.com/MATTE-BLACK-TRAVEL-TRUNKS/GP_2010969_N_111+10211+600014603_10111.jcw
> It's basically an uber cheap Givi clone.  From looking
> at installation pictures from people who own these bags at
> www.sport-touring.net I believe that I could attach the
> mounting plates to the OEM Kawasaki pannier hardware fairly
> easily.
> I hate those damn zippers; I've never been thrilled
> with the zip-zip velcro USA GPZ OEM bags.  Though I do love
> how weatherproof they are - when they are ziped and velcroed
> tight I've ridden hours in downpours and never had
> anything but VERY SLIGHT leakage.
> -Phil
> From: <marque at copper.net>Subject: zipper serviceTo:
> <gpzlist at micapeak.com>Message-ID:
> <20081021122029.1AA8E715 at resin18.mta.everyone.net>Content-Type:
> text/plain; charset="UTF-8"  Any good luggage
> repair shop should be able to help... Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008
> 16:26:48 -0400From: Philip Hamm
> <philbike20 at hotmail.com>Subject: OEM USA Bags - zipper
> service?To: <gpzlist at micapeak.com>Message-ID:
> <BAY101-W37A07B0CA9FC3879E519A4D52F0 at phx.gbl>Content-Type:
> text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"  Has anone
> successfully had the zippers replaced in their OEM USA
> saddlebags? I am afraid that the zippers on mine are
> starting to see the end of their days. If you have had
> service done on the zippers, please share your experience.
> If my zippers completely fail, I am considering trying to
> mount some JC Whitney GIVI copy bags, I believe the mounts
> should attach to the GPZ brackets. -Phil
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