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Saddle bags?

What saddle bags have yall chosen? Should I have to worry about it rubbing the rear tire?
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I've got Willie and Max Braided Series Large Slants #SB709. They measured out at 16"x11"x6.5" a lot bigger than the old triumph bags I had. The old bags were pretty flimsy but never rubbed the tire. The did deform a bit around the right shock.

I also went with the Kawasaki brackets to relocate the turns signals. Got them from #K53021-094 for $110.84 it includes the tail light and helmet lock relocation bracket.

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I would be more concerned with the saddle bags being melted by the pipe than rubbing the tire. The river road fake leather vinyl ones I have melted on my trip last summer. We had to reposition them twice. I'm looking for detachable hard luggage.

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Hey GDouglas, do you have any close-up pics of your highway pegs? They look pretty good. Did you make them yourself? I`ve never seen any others quite like those.


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WalMart coolerS. Work great, plenty of Storage. Hard lined.


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My bike came with slant bags with a tag inside that says Diamond Plate Buffalo Leather. The right-hand bag is braced up by a foam block wedged in the helmet hook, but still shows evidence of rubbing on the tire in tight left turns. The left one does come close to the exhaust. I was able to use the helmet hooks with the helmet I was borrowing from my brother, but wth mine they don't work. I have the supports and reloc brackets on order now (The price listed above is out of date).
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I've got the Willie&Max Black Magic Large Slant bags. Here's the link:

A little pricey at $199 but nicely made, plastic insert reinforced, and look great IMHO. Worth checking out.

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I am thinking of getting Leatherlyte bags. They are locking and come with a kit to relocate the rear lights. Has anyone had these bags? They are apparently made to fit each bike and in the 750's case, make allowance for the rear suspension.
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I bought the Highway Hawk bag guards off someone on ebay for around 60 bucks. Very well made, heavy chromed, and relocates your helmet locks, (kind of tight) and the River Road Classic Compact throw over bags. If you adjust them with the laces in the overlap that goes under your seat, you can get them where they can't hang low enough to touch your pipes, and even without moving my signals, I've never had any problem getting into or loading/unloading the bags. These are the same ones:|294%3A50

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Originally Posted by adelaidedarling View Post
I am thinking of getting Leatherlyte bags. They are locking and come with a kit to relocate the rear lights. Has anyone had these bags? They are apparently made to fit each bike and in the 750's case, make allowance for the rear suspension.
I have the touring version (larger capacity) of the Leather Lyke bags and I love them. They come with relocation brackets and they lock and they have a device to stabilize them up off of the shocks. They are great for around town gear and for touring luggage. They are also easy to remove for bike maintenance.

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-Replaced Stator (9,000 and 16,000 mi.)
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-Replaced and Relocated R/R
-Greased rear splines
-Fused Stator (photos)
-Metzeler ME880 Marathon 170/80-15 (Rear), 110/90-19 (Front)
-TOC MCCTs installed
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