A lot of touring riders like to install a windshield bag (a pouch located near the base of the windshield) for storing small items like sunglasses, lip balm, and garage-door openers. There are many windshield bags available for stock windshields, and with the huge popularity of its patented windshield design, Klock Werks decided it only made sense to create one specifically for the FLARE. I have a FLARE windshield on my Harley-Davidson Street Glide and recently installed the new NAVBag.
TheNAVBagbag is held closed by a tough magnetic strip that runs around the entire opening. You can open the bag by pulling a small tab near that opening. I was impressed by how powerful the magnetic strip is—you really have to pull for the bag to open, so there’s no chance of it flying open when riding.
The NAVBag is made of a sturdy, water-resistant textile material with a vinyl front. It’s hard-sided, so it retains its rectangular shape no matter its contents. The reason it’s called the NAVBag is because it’s made to accept a navigation system (GPS) in the clear front pocket. I don’t have a GPS, and quite frankly, I tend to steer people away from using them on their motorcycles, as I believe it’s just another way to get distracted on the road. But if you do use a GPS, you can slip the device in the front pocket of the NAVBag and operate the touch screen through the plastic, as its capable of transmitting the electrostatic energy necessary to operate most touch-screen devices.
Using one of the supplied foam pieces, I was able to fit my Motorola Droid 4into the pocket securely. I was unable, however, to operate the Droid’s touch screen through the NAVBag’s plastic. Instructions for the NAVBag say it operates with “most touch-screen devices,” meaning not all of them. Guess my Droid is one that is not accommodated. Those with iPhones will probably have better luck, but you might give Klock Werks a call before you order just to confirm the NAVBags compatibility with the phones electrostatic screen.
The only issue I had with the bag initially is that it blocked part of my view of the speedometer. When I mentioned this to the folks at Klock Werks they told me there is an “adjustment block” included with those foam pieces. Its the thin piece and it fits on the inner fairing under the bags bottom. You place it there so the bag adjusts upwards so you can view the front if youre using a device or to simply to tilt the bag up so you can see the gauges. Silly me didnt read that far down in the installation instructions where it explains that. So, Im telling you so you dont run into the same issue I did.
I love my NAVBag and am thankful that Klock Werks designed such a useful and innovative product. Retail price is $119.95, plus shipping. For more information and to order, visit KustomBaggers.com.
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