Tool bag durability?

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I was just wondering if the tool bags on KDX's stay closed and are of goog workmanship. The bag on my old XR has gone ka-poot. While trailblazing the other day, I noticed my red replacement lever in the middle of the road on my return trip. I looked back in horror to find the pouch open and my tools gone. The zipper had come apart/came off track. Luckily, I found everthing except my handy pair of Channel-Lock pliers.
Anything like this happen on your KDX's? I'm lusting after a new KDX 220, and I'm just curious about a few small things. Does any body make a Cordura nylon zipper and velco bag that will fit a KDX? I think that fix the problem altogether (if the problem even exists with Kawis).
 
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I haven't had any probs with the bag on my 220. I used to have an xr many years ago. Had the same problem. One time I crashed pretty good and saw tools flying everywhere because the bag had come open at some point or on impact.
 
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the factory tool bag is a joke, they are prone to zipper failure and are in a bad location if ya gotta get off the bike in a hurry, after loosing about 40 buck worth of craftsman tool i learned two things, 1 - use cheap K-mart tools for your tool bag, 2- move your tool bag behind your headlight , look on reader rides at my idea, a seat wedge pack for a mountian bike fits there perfectly and they cost a heck of alot less than the factory kaw unit 80 bucks as i recall, never had a tool problem since, except for everyone else asking me to carry their stuff.:cool:
 
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My stock bags zipper broke during a long ride and my beef jerkey for lunch was inside. I was furious because i spent a lot of time making that jerkey, not to mention I was very hungry! Before the zipper broke the strap that holds everything in place had broken. Had that still been there, maybe I wouldn't have lost my lunch. I threw both kawi bags away after that and went to the Moose bag. It is made my Chase Harper and has an internal strap for holding things down inside. We run theses on all of our bikes and they hold up very well. I think they are abou $42.

Brenda
 

DANIEL JOSEPH

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#5
One word "Junk". Mine came off the bike before it left the show room. Buy a fanny pack, you'll be better off.
 
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I have not had any trouble with my bag to date but I was going to mention the Moose bag Canadian Dave reviewed on the JustKDX site. However I can't find it listed there. I remember one of the things he didn't like about it was the height made it hard to slide rearward to avoid low hanging branches.

I checked out joe woj's bike in the readers rides but the picture was too far away to show how the headlight bag was mounted. I'm interested in that set up. C-Dave and joe woj, can you help answer those questions for me?
 
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I've had an Xr and a KDX and in my opinion they are identical. The only thing they are good for is granola bars and light snacks. I think I'll just get a motocross style rear fender from Fredette.
Keith
 
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I just removed the entire bag and instead use a little pouch bag around my waist to carry any extras. The rear fender bag was in a bad place and not very sturdy, plus it looked pretty cheezy being purple on my green bike.
 

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I bought a handle bar bag from DK. I hate it

not sure what brand it was but it cost $18. straps to handle bars. I have a large Ims fuel tank and I hate the bag.
 
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Get a moose rear fender pack. They are water-proof, never open accidentally, hold tons of stuff and holds up for a long time. I have had mine for over a year and through numerous wrecks. Not a rip and water has never gotten into it and my tools have never gotten out.
 
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my idea for a mountian bike seat wedge pack, came from the failure of the stock units faulty zipper, and bad mounting location, you can pick one up at any decent mountian bike shop, i used a blackburn wedge pack made to fit under a bike seat, it will fit right behind the front plate right above the back of the headlight, it has a heavy plastic liner inside so it can be drilled to the plate with a couple of bolts, painted them white to match the plate, it came in black so it will match just about any bike, and its made of heavy nylon mesh and has heavy duty zipper, it fits perfect between the crossbar and the front plate, the only drawback is im not sure that it will work unless you do away with the oddometer, it holds plenty of stuff, and is a good mod that keeps your tools put and out of harms way, hope this helps, if you need more info get back to me,
 
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Okay, that makes sense how you mounted it. Too bad you have to remove the odo though.
 

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Rockrider - a buddy of mine used a bicycle underseat tool case on his KLX, but mounted it to the front of the numberplate, allowing him to retain the odo. His tool case was fabric covered but had a fairly rigid shell, and he used snaps at each corner. It didn't flop around like the larger, soft number plate bags, but it wasn't real large, either.
 
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There was a post about a bag company that made really nice tool bags- dirt bike specific, they had a website but I forgot it. There was a great number plate bag. I think they were going to start distributing through MSR. Anyone remember the site?:(