Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 7
Rated 2 out of 5 by ArlingtonSportster Stunning but Impractical
The small items that I carry on my motorcycle fall into three groups: those that I may need almost every time that I ride; those that I may need occasionally; and those that I may need rarely or in an emergency. If you need a small bag for items in the third group, the Down Tube Bag may be for you. But if you're planning on regularly accessing to your stored items, you might want to move on.
When I first un-boxed the Down Tube Bag, I was stunned at how beautiful it looked: the leather was neatly cut, the stitches were precise, and the color were evenly dyed black. And there was nothing flimsy about it: the leather was thick, the buckles were robust, and the heft was pure Harley-Davidson. Then I opened the bag itself.
The entire interior of the bag is sealed by a zippered, nylon cover. The nylon cover fits taut, and opens only left to right, across the mid-section of the nylon cover. This not only reduces usable space, but makes it difficult to see the bag's contents. When I tried to reach inside to fish around for one item, my small hand barely fit through the zipper opening. Figure on having to empty the entire contents each time you need to retrieve something. The utility of the bag could have been improved by expanding (or removing) the nylon cover, by placing the zipper at the upper perimeter of the nylon cover, and/or by allowing the nylon cover to be opened on three sides rather than only across the mid-section.
The installation process also was flawed. To mount the Down Tube Bag, you need to re-drill four pre-drilled holes. One of the four pre-drilled holes was not where it was supposed to be. Had I not checked for proper alignment, I would have made a large, unnecessary hole in the back of the Down Tube Bag. Lastly, when installed on the down tube cross member, two bolts are to be torqued to 25 - 35 foot pounds. Since the heads of the bolts are inside the Down Tube Bag, the business end of the torque wrench is inside the Down Tube Bag. With the zippered nylon cover and limited interior access, this was a needlessly difficult and convoluted process.
May 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pecci Sweet
Was looking for a way to have everyday essential carry items with me every time I take off ; head lamp, few tools, red chemlight, zip ties, knife, case of beer...etc and this bag fits that purpose perfectly (kidding about the beer though :) ). Well made bag with heavy duty leather straps and buckles. Front made of very dense leather with hard plastic back that on my bike mounts with use of two thick metal mounting brackets. My 2016 Iron already had a place to mount the bag. Took me about 5 minutes to install. Make sure to have a tube of loctite blue. Not a big deal drilling out the required holes on the back of the bag. Drilling locations vary by how the bag will install on your bike and what mounting bracket you use. You will need 2 req drill bits, ratchet with extension and hex wrench to install. Under the leather flap is the zippered compartment. Its not designed to be a carry all but for essential carry of a few critical items it's perfect.
April 28, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by JIM57 Does NOT fit 2015 Wide Glide
I tried for several hours on 2 different days to mount this thing to my bike and no matter how loose I left all of the fasteners, It was impossible to mount it. Everything went well until I tried to get the last fastener through the back and there was no way to get it (or make it) fit. Don't waste your money on this.
April 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stro Purposed served.
If your looking for a small storage that'll fit your essentials (registration, insurance docs, flash light, knife, puncture kit, zip ties, cloths, etc...) for every day riding, then this serves it's purpose. It fits everything securely, zippered and buckled with a little room to spare.
I ended up going with this over the single sided saddlebag because I want to put passenger pegs on my Iron one day and I couldn't be happier. Whether I'm traveling light or with a backpack, I have peace of mind that all my essentials and emergency items are always with me.
October 16, 2014