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Tech Tip: Managing Zippers on Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag

By February 11, 2016FAQ, Saddlebags, Tech Tips

Email from customer: “Hi, love my Coyote Saddlebag mounted on the KTM 500 EXC but the downside to every trip is my stuggle with the zipper. Man I get pissed. Am I missing something? Any way to make it operate easier? Thanks, C”

Hello Cal,

Dang, sorry to hear your zipper is giving you fits. Some things to try:

* Wash the Saddlebag with warm, soapy water, give it good rinse and let it air dry. Dirt and dust particles are usually the biggest challenges for zippers.

* Lubricate the zippers. There are commercially available zipper lube products, but often a little soap, wax or even lip balm will help.

* When you get into the bag, first roll the storm flap back out of the way, then roll the flap back over the zipper to keep it protected after you close the bag.

* Avoid over packing. When the Saddlebag is not stuff drum tight, the zippers are much easier to manage. Consider using our Possibles Pouches to add external pockets, or a Rogue Dry Bag to expand the Saddlebag – compartmentalizing gear makes it easier to access the things you need during the day of riding and helps prevent the zipper from buckling being tightly stuffed.

If you’ve tried everything, then there is an outside chance that you got a defective zipper. If you think this is the case, please print, fill out and include a copy of the attached warranty and repair return form with your CLEAN bag. Use RMA # [today’s date]. If there is a defect, we will repair or replace the Tank Bag at no charge to you.

Thank you for choosing Giant Loop for your adventures,
Team GL