Thanks in advance.
I had to do some minor modifications to the mounting hardware to get them to fit properly on my R69S, and the running lights supplied with the kit were of poor quality (this may have changed more recently). I replaced the lights with the proper Hella versions, which added a little over $100 to my cost. The hinges and locks for the lids are much better than those on the original Enduros. The pinstriping is stick-on, but I found it easy to apply and it seems to be secure once it is in place. The bags look sensational, with a high gloss that rivals the Glasurit paint on the bike. I have noticed a couple of very tiny areas (.5in. X .5in.) where the paint has very faint cracks, and I will have to watch those spots to see if the flaws spread. My guess is that twisting and tugging on the bags during installation caused this to happen. I know where the cracks are, but I doubt that anyone else would be able to find them.
At the time I bought these bags, I could only choose between them and a set of rare originals. I have always thought that the construction of the originals was mediocre and the flyaway lids put me off, so I went for the Oldtimers. Others will disagree, preferring the pebbled finish and originality of the old Enduros.
Recently, I have noticed that Danny Vu is selling his version on eBay again, for $1200 per set. People who bought his version in the past seemed to be happy with them, and if they had been available when I was in the market, I would definitely have given them a close look. Danny lives near me and I would have been able to examine them in person. AND, there is at present a really nice set of originals on eBay--worth watching.
So, at present you really have three choices: troll for the originals, buy from Danny, or go for the Oldtimers. Once they are on the bike, you will probably be pleased, whichever one you choose. My guess is that the originals will be the most expensive. If I were writing a check today, I would probably go with Danny.
I have a set of the original Enduro sadle bags. I found them sort-of beat up and in need of repair but they were easy to restore. Here is the link to the restoration.
To improve the durability and use of the bags I sprayed FlexSeal all over the inside of the bags. I also bought a set of mounts from Oldtimers that made it easier to install and remove. To combat the missing lid issue I installed rubber grommets in the holes that hold the lid in position (in the front). Once the little tabs are installed through the grommets its very secure and I have not had any issue. I also found a key for the locks and can lock the lids if Im on a longer trip or need security.
I don't put a ton of stuff in the bags but I do use them (rain gear) and they have been fine. IMHO .... what I like the most about the original bags ..... the textured finish. Its low maintenance and doesn't have to be polished every time I clean up the bike.
I've never seen a pair of Danny's in person but from pictures they look to be much better quality, fit & finish than the originals.
But of course... they are not original. A Paradox, HaHa.
Does anyone know who many sets of original Enduro bags Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Newman of CT. actually produced in their garage?
At least a ballpark number.
An acquaintance who lives in Germany and familiar with BMW's saw a picture of them on my /2 and said he has never seen them before. Basically a USA thing.
1969 BMW r60/2, US Model, 1995 BMW K75, 2006 Yamaha TW200, 2007 Ural Patrol, 1991 Honda XR250L
Had I been outbid, I was prepared to go with the Bluemoon bags. My bike however, is not a museum example and I felt the original bags would be a better fit for the bike as opposed to shiny new ones.
I feel pretty confident that they'll be in good condition when they arrive.