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webBikeWorld SHAD E48 Semi-Rigid Side Case Review

Discussion in 'Motorcycling News' started by NetriderBot, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. #1 NetriderBot, Mar 28, 2016
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    The brand-new SHAD "Semi Rigid" collection includes tank bags, a backpack and saddlebags or panniers.

    These are relatively inexpensive but all nicely designed.

    They're a good compromise between expensive and heavy hard bags and flabby soft bags.

    The E48 Semi Rigid side bags look simple enough but they're actually a very clever design.

    SHAD has mounting racks (side bag holders) for the E48 for a variety of popular motorcycles.

    The mounts and the bags are very easy to install.

    We fitted a set to a brand-new V-Strom 650 base model, provided courtesy of Ellicott City Motorsports in Maryland.

    It took only about 15 minutes to complete the job, it's that simple.

    And you'll end up with a very nice set of semi-rigid, expandable side bags that hold an amazing amount of stuff.

    In fact, we even fit a full-face helmet inside an E48, with photos below to prove it!

    If you're looking for an inexpensive way to get some carrying capacity, the new semi-rigid line of luggage from SHAD may be the way to go.

    We've never been fans of soft luggage. Unless it's packed to the gills, it looks like a deflated beach ball and flops around like a fresh-caught mackerel on a hot deck.

    But not everyone wants big-buck, heavy hard luggage. Semi-hard (or semi-rigid) bags are the perfect compromise.

    The trick is that you still need some type of framework to mount the bags; simply throwing them over the back of the bike won't cut it.

    SHAD recently announced a new semi-rigid lineup that currently consists of two different tank bags (E04 and E22); a backpack with an external helmet holder (E83) and the E48 Semi-Rigid Side Bags shown here.

    The E48 is deceiving, because it actually appears relatively small or compact, but it holds an amazing amount if gear. That's one of the benefits of semi-rigid motorcycle luggage -- the thin walls and light weight provide a maximum size/weight-to-capacity ratio.

    The E48 bags are currently available for the following popular motorcycles:

    Honda CB500X/F/R
    Honda VFR800
    Kawasaki ER6, Z800
    KTM Duke 125/250/390
    Suzuki V-Strom 650, GSR750
    Yamaha MT 07, MT 09, FZ7, FZ8, FZ9, FJ09
    SHAD also has bike-specific mounts for those motorcycles, along with a "universal" carrier that attaches to SHAD side mounts if you already own some SHAD panniers and want to swap out occasionally (or permanently) for the E48 semi-rigid bags.

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