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I am looking for a saddle bag for my VN. Do i need to instal any protector to keep the bags from falling agais the tire of the bike, or will my shock keep it out of the way?
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Are you looking for hardbags or soft? Lots of guys, including me, have just thrown softbags with a yoke over the seat and strapped them down. I haven`t driven that far with them, but for commuting to work and running around town, these worked ok for me.

If you are looking for something more secure (lockable) and not too expensive, check out these Mutazu hardbags that sloppy has here.

He used the Kawi Fire and Steel bag supports which are pricey, at about $130 I think.

The Mutazu GA, LN, and FY hardbags that fit the vn750 are $115. The GA is the biggest at 7.5 inches thick, but has no lights included. The LN is 6.5 inches and the FY is 5.5 inches, and both of them have built in taillights.

They also have some universal mounting brackets for about $29, IIRC. He has a link to Mutazu in his thread, but I will put it here too.

If you are on a really tight budget, I just spotted some soft leather bags they have for $70 on here too.

I hope this helps find some bags that work for you.


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Originally Posted by dre82s View Post
I am looking for a saddle bag for my VN. Do i need to instal any protector to keep the bags from falling agais the tire of the bike, or will my shock keep it out of the way?
i would recomend supports but u should be ok but its a risk i wouldnt take on long trecs.... now the blinkers will probably need to be relocated... now the relocation and saddlebag supports came with my bike when i bought it so as of where or ow much not to sure ... i would start with ebay and u may find some here

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I have Saddlemen hard saddlebages I got from They have some good cheap ones on their. They are medium size and are big enuf for what I need them for. You might be able to go bigger cause it looks like they would fit. My mounts are three peice universal from a "ma and pa" bike shop. the helmet locks had to come off, I didnt relockat them. The turn signals are easy to relockat with a universal license plat mount from a local Cycle Gear store. turn signals as well, thier smaller then stock but do the job.

All together I spent about $150 and it took mabey an hour to put it all together.

Best thing I'v done to the bike so far. And for all those out there that have stuffed thier jacket full of groceries you know what I'm talking about. Unless I'm the only one that has done that!! LOL!!


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Hey Dre82s,

The saddlebag supports are designed to keep your bags from getting wrapped up in your rear wheel. If your bags have enough free play in them that they even come close to the rear wheel, you should go for some kind of support. Some people here have made their own or found supports for less than $30, some people have spent much more. It's a safety issue. How much is your piece mind and your safety worth to you?

I'm a big fan of a penny of prevention is worth a dollar of cure.

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my cheap soft bags hit the tire... I am in limbo on what i am going to do
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I bought some supports cheep of ebay that I had to bend together a bit to match up the holes. It worked great for me. I didn't relocate my signals though. The willie & Max bags I have fit pretty good. I also mounted led brake lights to the back of the bag. Now I did shorten the length of the stock signals & that helped. Here's a Pic & Here

You'll also notice I changed to a different seat but I had these bags before that. I always had them mounted under the seat. The yoke is not adjustable any more. I made a stronger one piece yoke to better support the bags. I did leave the zippers intact.
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I went whole hog, got the Fire and Steel brackets from Kawasaki, which also relocate the turn signals, and the bolt on Auburn Leather bags, also from Kawasaki. I got them from Michael Andretti Powersports online, for about 70% of what the local stealerdealer wanted, plus no tax or shipping. Still came to almost $400. But it was a good investment, it was done right, the bags have been on the bike for 8 years and 43,000 miles, and still look like new. They really make the bike look good too.

If the Kawasaki brackets are still available, and you plan on keeping the bike for awhile, I recommend getting them. Or maybe you could find them used. They can also be used with pretty much any throw over bag, or with hard bags. What were once common accessories are now becoming hard to find. Jerry.

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Before I joined the Mutazu Dark Side, I had leather bags with no supports. They mostly sat okay on the shocks, but when I loaded them up they deformed and wrapped around the shock a wee bit. Looked weird, although well clear of the tire. I have the GA hard bags now (which require supports), and don't miss them leather things a bit.
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I bought my saddle bags from Saddleman.

I LOVE the size. They're big enough that I can pack a whole weekend for myself, throw the bed roll on the passenger seat and take off, or I can pack at least one day for me and the ol' lady to spend together.

I didn't order supports because I was stubborn (and in a hurry to get them on). While the don't touch the tires, it doesn't look quite as nice as it will when I get supports for it- kinda makes her look a little bow legged. I'm also disappointed at the fact the helmet lock ripped through the leather- one reason why I'm removing it! I think I'm going to try to use the Willie & Max universal bag supports- Iron Pony has them for like $60 so that's reasonable.

As for the "long trek" comment, I have to say, I rode from Columbus Ohio to Nashville Tennessee with my bags as they are with no problems. Made for a nice ride and it was great to have all my gear with me considering it was 35 degrees on the return trip


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