RIPbiker13 of HD Forums rides a 2011 Cross Bones and had this to say about his Garage Leathers’ swingarm bag experience.
I saved up and got my new swingarm bag from Garage Leathers in and sealed it and installed it. I was so excited to try it out I didn’t bother to check the weather out near my work, which is a good 50mi away.
Let’s start off with the bag. It’s awesome! It looks great, holds enough for me and it resisted allowing water inside remarkably well!
On my ride out it was a beautiful day and only a few clouds in the sky. Things didn’t start to get bad until 30 or so miles from home. Long story story short I was caught in a swell or cell, not sure of the exact term used. But it went from clear and blue to dark and gray/black in less than a minute. The rain started as a sprinkle and became a full blown storm complete with dime-size hail, again in less than a minute.
It got so bad I couldn’t even see my speedo on my tank. I slowed down considerably and thought I was going to be fine, then the wind started. The hail started blowing in sideways. I started having to fight the wind to keep from getting blown over and the water on the road made this more tricky than it should have been.
“I’ve ridden in many storms over the past 10 years on a motorcycle but this was by far the worst most powerful storm I have ever had the displeasure to find myself in. I made it back home to find the contents of my swingarm bag completely dry however. It was a the silver lining form me that day.”
So here I am riding down the road fighting the wind and struggling to keep it strait, then the gust came. I felt the front tire begin to slide and I knew I was screwed. Now up to this point I was fighting to get get the bike to the shoulder, but when the gust hit me I no longer needed to fight, it just went. Only, to the wrong shoulder. The wind was coming in from my right, and it pushed my clear across the oncoming lane and into the ditch. I managed to keep the bike up the entire time and got nothing but wet and muddy. All in all I feel it was a success. I walked away from it completely unharmed.