Yamaha's Roadliner Bags are a Rip Off

A buddy of mine has a 2006 Yamaha Roadliner, the basic model. He didn't buy the Stratoliner (which comes with hard bags and windshield)...

Yamaha Roadliner saddlebagsA buddy of mine has a 2006 Yamaha Roadliner, the basic model.

He didn't buy the Stratoliner (which comes with hard bags and windshield) because he needed to save money and buy the bags and windshield later. He's in the Marines, so he doesn't get paid much money.

Anyways, finally he decided to buy some bags and a windshield.

So, he opted to order the bags and windshield that Yamaha offers specifically for the Roadliner. Turns out the bags cost $1,119.95, and then you have to buy the mounting hardware separately for $203.95. Basically, $1,323.00 for a set of hard bags!!!

And get this, the bags don't have any latches to keep the lids shut. Yamaha instead sells locks as optional, for another $76.95. Without the locks, there is no way to keep the lids from flapping up and down in the wind. Actually, the bags have holes in them where the locks are supposed to go. So, my friend runs shoelaces through the lock holes to keep the bags shut.

Not all bags come with locks, but all bags come with a latch or buckle to keep the lids shut. You'd think for $1,323.00, the bags would at least have latches!

I guess you have to hand it to Yamaha, they did Harley Davidson one better. At least Harley provides a latch AND lock on their hard bags, without charging you extra.

Well, the Marines are sending him to Iraq next month. He'll be getting double the pay for going into battle. I suppose Yamaha will get the money for the locks when he comes back.

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  1. Holy Cow!!! I can't believe they charge that much for the bags. You are so right, for that price they should include latches that lock.

    Seems like there should be something out there that is just as good, but a whole lot cheaper. Like on e-bay or somewhere.

    Good luck to your buddy in Iraq.

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  2. What a bunch of bastards at Yamaha. I thought Harley was sticking it to me.

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  3. I baught the same bike and about fainted when i saw the price also. I started looking around and found Corbin. For the same price I got a matching finish and custom "kick pads". The factory crash bars will not fit but who cares. The Corbin bags mold to the rear fender and the new ones even have a slot to put the factory backrest into(mine does not). If your friend can return the bags, show him the ones from Corbin. If he can't don't as it will only depress him.

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  4. Custom Classic Saddlebags4/03/2008 10:18:00 AM

    My name is Mike and I am the owner of Custom Classic Saddlebags. Our website is www.ccsaddlebags.com and we make saddlebags for the Yamaha Roadliner. These bags are quick detachable, on and off the bike in seconds and even locks to the bike with a key. The lids can also be locked closed. Our prices are from $559.99-$599.99 and it includes the quick detachable brackets. Call me 858-213-6643 or visit our site.

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  5. Yea, Yamaha is sticking it to us with the bags/locks, but look at the the bright side, they gave us one heck of a bike! Id rather have that then ohh say harley, who chose to go the other way and stick it to us with the bike itself.

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  6. I bought a roadliner and turned it into a strat. I love the bike and the bags and I'm still 7K below a roadking with way more power and considerably better handling. this is not a cheap activity. In the long run he and I could have saved alot of money buying a strat. I was very particular about the color and could only fing roadliners in blue.

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  7. I agree on the rip off. What isn't mentioned is that the Yamaha bags leak in anything greater than a light shower

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  8. Hi. You are damn right. It's actually too much money for the whole stuff.I bought them and I gotta admit it: they DO look great but to my surprise there ain't so much space inside and it's always a battle to stuff'em with anything. They ain't worth the money: I am trying now to sell 'em and buy me the Corbin ones. Ciao. Manuel from Italy

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  9. wwwTsukayu com makes fairings, hardbags and acc. for Roadliners. Found them in the back of RoadBike Mag. Bruce

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  10. Check out the Iron Max saddlebags for a Roadliner under the Customer Photos at www.ironbags.com.

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  11. I completely agree with all of you on the bags being a damm rip off. You could buy 3 other things to dress up your bike for the cost of those bags. I was looking for passenger floor boards and Yamaha wanted $80.00 for the damm mounting bracket.

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  12. It is a shame that yamaha makes all the money on parts.. Other companies have bags set for the liners now you just have to shop for what you like.

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  13. How about me who ordered the whole outfit on April 27 prepaid. The bags came in two weeks and are sitting in my salesman's office as we wait for the mounting hardware and locks. I talked to the Yamaha District Manager in person and he told me that he's sorry but Yamaha makes cycles and not accessories. I also own a Harley and waited a month for the bags and two months for a windshield. They're all the same.

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  14. Eddie B
    I totally agree with all stated about the Yamaha Bags, I lucked up and got a like new set, mounting gear and all, for $800.00. I recently checked Corbin color match bags for the Roadliner and they are going for over $1600.00. The even bigger issue for me is the Roadliner/Strat is the best bike Yamaha makes and it almost impossible to get aftermarket parts. And with what Yamaha charges for anything related to bikes, if you’re going to upgrade through Yamaha you might as well by another bike.

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