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ABOUT WILLIE & MAX SADDLEBAGS

Willie & Max™ are avid motorcyclists, who like our "Pony Express" ancestors, believe in riding hard, traveling light and giving 100% in everything they do. They design, construct and test all of their Willie & Max Saddlebags with these beliefs in mind.

Their products are designed to be totally functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Willie & Max Saddlebags and accessories are constructed using the finest materials to ensure ruggedness and reliability in all kinds of weather. All of the Willie & Max Saddlebags and accessories are priced to be affordable. Willie & Max saddlebags have versatility combined with classic designs and outstanding American craftsmanship. These are qualities not often found in today's manufacturing. That is why their soft luggage is your best choice for your motorcycle. Click here for Surfside's full range of Willie & Max Saddlebags.

WILLIE & MAX SADDLEBAGS STORY

Written By: Ken "Hawkeye" Glassman
Printed in Roadbike, May 2002, pg. 82.

In the late '70's, two friends, nicknamed Willie and Max, were planning a three-day ride from suburban Chicago around Lake Michigan. They searched in vain for luggage to fit their Triumph Bonnevilles. Harley Davidson had heavy leather saddlebags for its motorcycles, but they were expensive and unsuitable for the Triumphs. The friends resigned themselves to tying clumsy duffel Saddlebags onto their seats (those were the days before bungee cords) and hoped that it wouldn't rain and drench their stuff. Then, Max had an idea. The contract sewing company he worked for had just received a sample of a new synthetic leather material called "naugahyde". He thought something could be made out of the stuff to fit the bikes. Willie, a talented artist, sketched a Willie & Max Saddlebags design on a lunch napkin, and Max took it to work. Soon after, they had prototypes that suited their needs - strong, lightweight, waterproof, good looking luggage that would hold what they wanted and attached securely. At the first stop on their ride, they pulled into a diner as other motorcyclists were leaving. The bikers asked Willie and Max where they had gotten their neat Willie & Max Saddlebags. Max replied that he'd made them. One guy said he would like to buy Willie & Max Saddlebags like that, asked Max if he would make a set for him, and handed them his name and number. That same scene played out at stops along their route. By the time the guys got home they had 10 orders, and the seed of a business was sown.

From the start, the partners were sold on the synthetic leather material. Because of the irregular size and shape of natural hides, there is a lot of waste when cutting them up for patterns. That makes real leather twice as expensive as synthetic and prices many folks out of the market. Leather saddlebags are heavier, require maintenance to keep them looking good, and aren't waterproof. They did ask the manufacturer of the synthetic leather to make some changes. They wanted the material thicker and therefore more rugged, and a UV coating was added so that sunlight wouldn't cause it to fade or deteriorate. They use the best quality roller pin buckles they can find, D-rings that wouldn't rust, and chrome studs and conchos for decoration. Later, they brought out more styles and sizes and developed adjustable yokes, which go over or under the seat, so the Willie & Max Saddlebags fit just about any motorcycle. Now, all Willie & Max Saddlebags, including touring trunks, tool pouches, and sissy bar Willie & Max Saddlebags are lined with corrugated plastic to maintain the Willie & Max Saddlebags' shape, even when empty. "It wasn't really necessary", says Max, "but we know how much our customers care about their bikes' looks."

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