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Thread: Viaterra CLAW, Nelson-Rigg Spirit 30 & Cramster Colt - Review

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    My Rx's exhaust burnt Stallion's saddle bag & the plastic under the saddlebag when returning from Tristate G2G held at Munnar during Mar 2011. Probably, if I'm little careful enough to pack (not like stuffing things & packing) then crapster...sorry...cramster might hold. Unfortunately that doesn't work with me, especially when I'm returning from any trip. I'm 10 times cautious when starting a trip, but the last day I'm all excited to return home & dump things & that probably might be the reason.

    All said...I've moved away from saddlebags for good; after using a tail bag & learnt to travel light, I'm all in love with tail bags & tail bags only.
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    waiting for the review of other two...

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    Nelsonrigg was simple straight forward tailbag; simple box where you could dump stuff. Sometimes simplicity is best






    Had a strong velcro in addition to two strong YKK zippers



    A good handle to carry around & doesn't look like a motorcycle tail bag



    The underneath was built with very friction material to bind to seat strong; what didn't impress me much was that, it has 4 straps to bind to the motorcycle. This wasn't so comfortable as it was shown in Youtube videos, may be on my CBR 250R. I also had to buy extra straps for $29.99 which I conveniently didn't.



    Sturdy construction & retains the shape no matter what...



    Finally I did a great Indian juggad by fitting plastic D-clips & that was way too convenient. This bag helped me to carry out several trips with just 2 flip side... 1. The stitches weren't strong enough for the bag to be stuffed. After about 3-4 trips, the stitch gave up once & I'd to fix it with a cobbler at Mumbai 2. 30 liters wasn't just sufficient for a week's trip. I realized I need about 40 liters & may be it was sufficient was 2-3 days trip All the more, the extra length of strap that I tied gave up while returning back & the tire just wore up the strap & one of the Dclip gave up. That is when I started looking for another bag & that is when I stumbled on Viaterra CLAW or what I like to call a TADDLE BAG
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    The Viaterra experience... I'd ordered a bag on 19-Jan & it left the warehouse on the same day; there're very few online stores that accept CC payments in this country & Viaterra is one of them, consider me lucky. Both I & Viaterra kept tracking the shipment everyday; we found the package reached my locality on 21-Jan, the lazy bumbs at DTDC delivered to me only on 24-Jan. Absolutely great packing - 5/5
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    Comes with a free rain cover - 5/5



    This is what I found on the interior pocket, but then on one open & close, no apprehension, things are fine. And mind you, this was with just only one zipper, all others were intact - 4/5

    This is the inner pocket, likewise there's another pocket at the exterior, just behind this one as big as this one, probably to place bike documents etc







    The front side, or the side that rider rests upon, when mounted



    The rear side, or the side that is visible to others, when mounted. Notice the long strap that comes like the one in any duffle bag, that allows us easy to carry anywhere without having to look like a motorcycle tail bag



    Underneath, that sits on the rear seat



    Material quality, I'd say it's same or better than Nelsonrigg & would be insulting to compare with Colt because, Colt uses 600 Denier Polyester + Nylon while Viaterra uses 1680 x 1680 Denier Synthetic Fabric. Read more about Denier here - Units of textile measurement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    How good is the underside of the CLAW?? I mean does it stick to the seat well with the straps tied tightly.. Hope it won't slip or shake while taking a corner/curve..
    I hope there is more write up on the CLAW; the amount of luggage it can take and if it has has a outer pocket on the upper side for quick access to bike docs and maps and stuff like that??

    Once again thanks a ton for your review on these..

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegeneboy View Post
    How good is the underside of the CLAW?? I mean does it stick to the seat well with the straps tied tightly.. Hope it won't slip or shake while taking a corner/curve..
    I hope there is more write up on the CLAW; the amount of luggage it can take and if it has has a outer pocket on the upper side for quick access to bike docs and maps and stuff like that??

    Once again thanks a ton for your review on these..
    Sorry for hijacking the wonderful thread RG.
    Capacity - 55 litres.
    Many many pockets.

    Visit this - ViaTerra Claw - All-In-One Motorcycle Luggage System

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    Comes with a YKK zipper



    I believe it's way too easy to load; though Colt is widthy, but need to get used up to loading. But this one is damn easy as Nelsonrigg I suppose One thing to notice is that the stitches inside are superb + the straps are made invisible. I think Viaterra has two layers of interiors because the one you see below is very spongy. Now this means, I can probably have my camera lens unscratched if the lens cover opens up. The stitches at the bottom (where the straps for mounting) are totally invisible. Even Nelsonrigg has them visible



    This was another defect in addition to the above zipper on both the sides of the strap that is tied to rear footrest (we'll get to that shortly); but I suppose this hardly matters because, this is the velco part that help the additional length of strap from hanging or tying up else where. Since there isn't any weight associated, I think I can live with it



    Also notice the slight difference in the sides marked 1 & 2; this is the side that comes right behind the rider. Again, I think it hardly matters



    And this is the outside that will be visible to others; notice how reflective the materials are



    Though this is a tail bag, there're 2 clips, just like the clips provided on saddle bag like Colt. This also comes in handy if the zipper is broken or when things are too much to accommodate (for people who like to carry their house hehe) to simply pack tight & not using the zipper



    This is one of the best part where the corner of the CLAW has plastic support; TWO thumbs up!!!



    Marked below 1 to 6 are the places where the plastic tube shown above appears including the other side making it totally 12 of them. A & B (also appears the other side) are two additional sleep loops, which I don't know for what they're provided. May be for fastening with a bungee chord...if at all the straps give up...MAY BE???
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    The best are these... Left side is 1.5 liter bottle & right side is 1 liter bottle. I'm more than confident it can hold 2 X 2 liter bottles comfortably, that too on both sides. This means, I can actually carry 4 X 2 liters of water on both sides!!! That is 8 liters of water*



    So I thought of testing something else...especially with this...





    Along with this bag, I never got instruction as how to mount the bag; however, Viaterra provided me a LIVE SUPPORT through phone as how the bag is to be mounted on my CBR 250R - 5/5

    So let me share as how... This is the side that is right behind the rider that has two straps each one to be fastened to the rear footpeg & tightened through the DClips. 1 goes to right side rear foot peg & 2 to the left. Now that secures the bag from moving from left & right




    The best part is this one; this is the part visible to the others, and has only one strap instead of 2 (in Nelsonrigg). Here the strap from 2 has to be fastened to the tail of the bike & to be fastened to the DClip as provided at #1. I was skeptical as how the bag would hold & boom!!! What an idea Sirjee??? The bag simply didn't move a MILLIMETER!!! Now, I've only tested with an empty bag & just pulled the bike from side stand just by pulling the CLAW & there was absolutely no issues or whatsoever. I think this is far better than Nelsonrigg's 4 mount strap system
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    ^^ but this can only be used for solo touring...

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    Quote Originally Posted by princesirohi View Post
    ^^ but this can only be used for solo touring...
    Saar...that's why I already said...TAIL BAGS
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