Hello. New to the forum and new to the GS. Love it so far. Curious if anyone has any experience with soft luggage...mainly saddle bags. Are there any out there that clear the exhaust far enough so that the bag doesn't melt? Thanks for any input.
Giant Loop (giantloopmoto.com) has a new set of soft saddlebags that they are calling Siskiyou Panniers. They had the prototypes last year at the Horizons Unlimited meeting in California (which is very much worth the trip). They looked really good. They aren't out yet - next week. I ordered a set. We will see how it goes.
I have one of the Great Basin saddlebags with lots of miles on it and the quality and durability have been well above average. On their website take a look at the last picture to the right under the bags. It looks like a set on a 1200GS and it appears to be clearing the exhaust. I think it comes with some guards if it is an issue.