saddlebag leather on RKC

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by mangiacavallo, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. mangiacavallo

    mangiacavallo Member

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    because i have no garage, i cover my RKC in a Cycle Shell.
    just had two days of torrential downpour. the bike looks great a day later. the Cycle Shell did its work.
    but i noticed that the faux leather on the saddlebags now has a slight buckle to it. probably caused by ambient moisture in the air for 2 days.
    is there a way to get that faux leather stretched tight again?

    cheers.
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Put it in the sun for a while. I had the same problem with the covers and brought it to the attention of the dealer. They said the same thing and they went back to tight again.
     
  3. billyd1

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    That isn't faux, it's real leather and mine tighten back up also as they dry. I guess the leather swells and shrinks from moisture changes.
     
  4. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    That's correct, why do you think cows look so fat in the rain :lolrolling
     
  5. billyd1

    billyd1 Active Member

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    Gave me an idea! It's rainin' out hmmmm. I'll leave my wallet outside and see if it fattens up any!!!!:33:
     
  6. nogoslim

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    My buddy uses one of those Cycle Shell's to store his bar hopper in for the winter, but he puts a DrizAir in with his bike. It takes the excess moisture out of the shelter. Dri-Z-Air Dehumidifiers: DriZAir removes excess moisture from the air It might help you keep your leather bags dryer. If its real damp, try two of them... Leather shrinks when it drys. It also gets wet when it rains...
     
  7. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    normal when it gets cold here mine do the same kind of bubble up as the inner shell shrinks
     
  8. mangiacavallo

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    wow. see? one simple little post and i learned so much.
    first, i assumed it was fake leather on the saddlebags. guess i was wrong about that.
    then, bud informs me it's actually the inner shell that shrinks, making the leather buckle. didn't know that.
    what a great web site this is!
    you guys are great.
    thanks a million.
     
  9. glens

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    While not trying to sound overly contentious I'd like to "voice" my skepticism about the plastic changing size very much at all over the normal range of ambient temperatures.

    Over 24k miles on my '07 RKC the wrinkles coming and going were pretty much purely the result of moisture content. They always ended up tight again before it was all said and done.
     
  10. Gus LTD

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    After spending the last 10 yrs with a roadking classic. I to agree with all the above info. I kept plenty of conditioner on mine also. Mine almost looked brand new when i sold her. That bike was a beauty, I never as much as replaced a bulb on that thing! I only hope this one is as good. Very well built bike without a bunch of cute but easily broken parts.