Whether you own a Vulcan or an Eliminator, you will probably agree that the Saddlebag is the most important accessory of a motorcycle.Accessories not only help motorcycle enthusiasts safely and securely store their belongings, but also they enhance the bike’s appearance.Caring for Kawasaki bags is important, as it helps to maintain their condition, as well as keep them functional for longer. This also helps keep their appearance. Bikes with saddlebags of poor quality leather or rusting metallic detail will make the bike look bad too.
Fiberglass and Leather
There are a number of things you need to do to care for your Kawasaki saddlebags. It all depends on the material used on the bike. Leather requires much more attention compared to fiberglass. Metallic details such as buckles and studs will also need your attention, since they can rust or lose their shine over time.
Fiberglass saddlebags do not need special attention to maintain them. Soap and water from time to time is enough, as long as grime and dirt is removed. If they have conspicuous buckles or metallic parts, they may need to be polished from time to time.
Taking care of leather can be broken down into 4 simple steps: Cleaning, conditioning, polishing, and moisture protection. Even though this may seem like a lot of work, it does not take a lot of time; also you do not need to do it frequently.
Cleaning involves using a damp cloth and cleaning solutions. Most experts discourage the use of detergents and laundry soap. These detergents can be harsh to some types of leather. Look for leather cleaner, which is effective, but will not ruin the leather over time. Do not use a lot of water. Limit the amount and only remove dirt with a damp cloth.
Conditioning is done to prevent drying. Even though too much moisture will ruin the leather, if the leather is too dry it will crack. You do not need to do this frequently, unless your saddlebag is exposed to a lot of direct sunlight.You can find leather conditioners in the store you shop for your other household detergents and cleaners. Some people apply mink oil. However, the best conditioner to use is one specifically meant for leather.
In order to keep the saddlebags looking good and appealing, you need to polish them from time to time. You should ideally polish after cleaning. Conditioning is not always necessary before polishing, but you must remove dirt and grime with a damp cloth before you begin to polish.You may be tempted to use a lot of polish on your Kawasaki Saddlebags. However, you only need to apply an amount that is necessary to give it the shine that will make it look good. Too much polish will clog its pores and dry it up over time. A small amount of it is necessary to protect and give it the excellent shine.
Protecting the Saddlebag
The last step is to protect the leather. You need to protect the bag from excessive moisture by applying a water repellent solution. This solution is available in many stores. Another way to protect the saddlebags is to use water resistant covers. These prevent exposure to excess moisture, when it rains or snows.This is imperative for people who own bikes like the Kawasaki Vulcan, which they use for long trips. It is also important to do this often, if your bike is exposed to weather elements. Taking time to maintain your Kawasaki saddlebag is worth it, if you consider the benefits.