I'm back. Been busy working alot and riding while its still warm out. I'll try and answer your questions on the hard bags. Do I like them? You bet. As far as the side openings go, I wanted them to do that so I could avoid a turn signal relocate! They do make a top loader but you have the turn signal issue to deal with. Something I didn't want to get involved with. There is a rain gutter that goes around the door. So far, works just fine. Didn't ride in any hard rain though. The mounting brackets are pre-bent 1 1/16" wide by 1/4" thick Black Painted steel. The one issue I had was that I didn't have the clearance of the shocks. SO, to resolve that issue, I bought longer metric bolts that are Stainless Steel and Made Spacers that are 3/4" long from 3/4" Grey Electrical Conduit. I still need to paint them black. I now have plenty of clearance. The bags are made in two pieces (top and bottom) of molded plastic with a nice glossy black painted finnish. These bags are not fragil so to speak. I feel they are good quality and should hold up nicely. Just that you would half to ask me in a few years for me to give you and honest answer on that issue! As far as the wiring goes. It was easy. I went to radio shack and bought the wiring connectors. I wired each side to one wire for the break and ground. There are 2 Pairs of wires of each color. Red, which you don't use (for tail light). Brown/yellow stripe. And Blue. There are 2 bulbs in the tail light. Reason for 2 Pair of wires. Blue is the break and the brown/yellow is the ground. The wiring connectors were soldered. Like I said. The install took about 4 hours to do. Since I figured everything out, It should take less time with this info! I will be adding 2 bullet shaped lightes underneath each bag and will wire them up to the tail light. That will give me plenty of lighting in the back and will look good. If you guys want wiring pictures, I can post them for you. Just let me know for sure and I will do that. Got to go to Pittsburgh this weekend though. So can do after I get back. Hope I answered all your questions, and Stay Safe out there!