Well Sloppy, to answer your questions...
Yes, I also used the Kaw saddlebag supports. Other supports would surely involve more effort and time to get a good fit and look.
My most recent crash was posted here in a thread back in September (https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12642
). Earlier, in another crash I was rear-ended by an inattentive cager the day b4 last Thanksgiving, during lunchtime (I was right in front of him, at high noon, with perfect visibility and good weather conditions). The bike landed on the left saddlebag. I landed on my feet; later X-rays showed that I had no real injuries in this accident.
Moral to the last crash: if the bike is in any real turn, locking up the front wheel then will
result in a low-side crash. To help prevent this condition, either ride a bike with anti-lock brakes, or regularly practice using the Vulcan's brakes in "panic" situations (but in a straight path). This poses a real dilemma for us bikers if we are in a curve (especially a curve to the right) and need to stop quickly; we of course won't always have the luxury of time and space needed to stand the bike up straight in order to brake hard. In a curve to the right, this can easily put us in the path of any oncoming traffic.
Moral to the earlier crash: if you make a turn, be sure and use your bike's turn signals. This is especially true if you think no one is behind you
but you are still in "busy" traffic conditions....
Moral from both crashes: dress for the crash--NOT
the ride. Your overall level of conspicuity must compete with a cager's cell phone, so plan accordingly. Be sure you also wear gear that will protect you not just from impact, but also from road rash (i.e., wear crash-ready cover apparel for arms, legs, etc). Without boots that offer excellent ankle protection, I would instead have been in the hospital from the second crash (instead of just a sprained ankle). Boots that offer excellent toe protection kept me from serious injury in the earlier crash, as I'm pretty sure the offender ran over my left foot.
Why all this? Well, if you ride often enough and long enough, STUFF HAPPENS
In both cases, the GA saddlebags fractured, but remained basically intact. In both cases, the bike would have suffered more extensive damage without these hard bags.