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Does anyone know of a product similar to the Ghost or Easy Brackets for quick-release saddlebag mounting? Neither of them list the 750 as a supported fitment, but they both list nearly every other vulcan ever made.

Also, I found saddlemen bags that come with quick-disconnect hardware:

http://www.westendmotorsports.com/saddlemen-rigidmount-specificfit-quickdisconnect-saddlebagsbrfor-vulcan-9906brdrifter-p-16176.html

but it's specifically listed for VN750 1999 and up. Mine is a 1997. Anyone know what the difference is, or why these won't work?

I really dislike the bags that came with my bike, mostly because I think the yoke setup is super cheesy. Would rather have some mounted bags on each side, but it's proving to be a lot more difficult than it should be. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

thanks
 

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Does anyone know of a product similar to the Ghost or Easy Brackets for quick-release saddlebag mounting? Neither of them list the 750 as a supported fitment, but they both list nearly every other vulcan ever made.

Also, I found saddlemen bags that come with quick-disconnect hardware:

http://www.westendmotorsports.com/s...lebagsbrfor-vulcan-9906brdrifter-p-16176.html

but it's specifically listed for VN750 1999 and up. Mine is a 1997. Anyone know what the difference is, or why these won't work?

I really dislike the bags that came with my bike, mostly because I think the yoke setup is super cheesy. Would rather have some mounted bags on each side, but it's proving to be a lot more difficult than it should be. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

thanks
It will fit 85'-06' there all the same. :beerchug:
 

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Welcome to the Vulcan forum toxick. Are you a new rider, or just new to the vn750.
 

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It will fit 85'-06' there all the same. :beerchug:
Only thing I would worry about- I went to that link and below "Vulcan 750 '99-'06" it says "Drifter".

Now I'm not an expert on the different models of Vulcan but the one called the Drifter was not as far as I know our VN750. Googling "Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter" pulls hits talking about an 800 and a 1500. No 750. Here's the "History of the Drifter". http://www.vulcandrifterriders.com/historyp2.html

So bottom line- make sure the "750" was not a typo. They may have meant the 800 Drifter.

Our bikes are older and there isn't a ton of aftermarket stuff still available for them. I have found many times it was a typo or an old item no longer available still on a website, etc. You really need to investigate before you buy. And sadly if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.

So let us know what you find out!
 

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I really dislike the bags that came with my bike, mostly because I think the yoke setup is super cheesy.
PS- I LOVE the yoke setup because I grew up on farms and ranches and rode horses and it reminds me where they came from and that they ARE saddle bags. You want attached luggage. Which personally I think is super cheesy!! :p
 

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Does anyone know of a product similar to the Ghost or Easy Brackets for quick-release saddlebag mounting? Neither of them list the 750 as a supported fitment, but they both list nearly every other vulcan ever made.

Also, I found saddlemen bags that come with quick-disconnect hardware:

http://www.westendmotorsports.com/s...lebagsbrfor-vulcan-9906brdrifter-p-16176.html

but it's specifically listed for VN750 1999 and up. Mine is a 1997. Anyone know what the difference is, or why these won't work?

I really dislike the bags that came with my bike, mostly because I think the yoke setup is super cheesy. Would rather have some mounted bags on each side, but it's proving to be a lot more difficult than it should be. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

thanks
i did not like the sloppy fit of the throw overs. i cut the yoke off and hard mounted mine. there some posts around about this. oh, i relocated the blinkers to allow bigger bags & get them where i wanted them.
 

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Rev. Dr.
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Welcome to the Vulcan forum toxick. Are you a new rider, or just new to the vn750.
Thanks. I've been lurking for about a year. Signed up last June (I think) after I bought my 750. First bike I owned. Then I bought an '02 Mean Streak 1500 in August and, I'm sorry to say, have been neglecting my 750 since then. I couldn't help it. The meanie is like a drug. Especially with those soothing cobra pipes on it :rockon:

I've been riding it more lately since the meanie is in the shop, and it's reminded me of how truly awesome this bike is and how much fun it is to ride. I'm looking at dumping some money into customizing it...first, decent bags. Second, Jardine controls (like I have on the meanie - LOVE THEM, and since I'm so damn tall, NEED them). Then...I dunno, LED replacements, 120db horn, exhaust, paint...you know, the basics.

Used to be I couldn't change my oil without f'ing it up, but I'm getting pretty comfortable doing work on my bikes now, due in no small part to this, and other forums like it...and, no, that's not why the meanie is in the shop :)

:beerchug: Cheers!
 

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Only thing I would worry about- I went to that link and below "Vulcan 750 '99-'06" it says "Drifter".
I believe the "Drifter" term refers to the style of bags, not the bike. Saddlemen Desperado has studs, Saddlemen Drifter does not.

You want attached luggage. Which personally I think is super cheesy!!
Touche! To each his own, right? :)

By the way - All-the-way-across-nebraska-high-five! My parents live in Omaha. I still make it back there every couple of months.
 

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I believe the "Drifter" term refers to the style of bags, not the bike. Saddlemen Desperado has studs, Saddlemen Drifter does not.
Cool if so. But I would still check. I've been hosed a time or two. I'd also check their return policy just in case. Although as handy as you (and we!) are getting in reality ANYTHING can work if you have the tools and the knowledge to make it work. Worst case scenario is fabricating some kind of bracket! :smiley_th

Touche! To each his own, right? :)

By the way - All-the-way-across-nebraska-high-five! My parents live in Omaha. I still make it back there every couple of months.
Of course. I am more into the Bobber aesthetic, so I'm all about getting stuff OFF if it's not needed. The dresser bikes and such look so clunky and inelegant to me. Hard bags just scream "extra weight" in my mind. 90% of my riding is to and from work, and around town. I want that baby small, light and FAST.

Let me know when you make it down here and we can hang out, show you my shop, whatever. Do you ever ride one of your Vulcans this far?
 

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krebsne said:
Cool if so. But I would still check. I've been hosed a time or two. I'd also check their return policy just in case. Although as handy as you (and we!) are getting in reality ANYTHING can work if you have the tools and the knowledge to make it work. Worst case scenario is fabricating some kind of bracket! :smiley_th
Yup, I figure if I get bags I like I can eventually make them work.

Of course. I am more into the Bobber aesthetic, so I'm all about getting stuff OFF if it's not needed. The dresser bikes and such look so clunky and inelegant to me. Hard bags just scream "extra weight" in my mind. 90% of my riding is to and from work, and around town. I want that baby small, light and FAST.
Oh, I am definitely with you on that one. That's why I'm looking for quick-disconnect type mounts so I can just remove them when I'm not going to be hauling a load around...

My meanie doesn't have bags at all. It's too damn pretty for bags (see pic below)

Let me know when you make it down here and we can hang out, show you my shop, whatever. Do you ever ride one of your Vulcans this far?
Hell yeah I ride my Vulcans that far :) They have each been to Omaha at least once. I gotta say I do like being out on the western end of the state, though, since I'm so close to Colorado --- and the Rockies. Good roads on them there mountains :)

 

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I've lived in Ogallala and Mullen so I second the vote for "outstate". Omaha drives me nuts sometimes. Taxes, corruption, unions, oh my. But hey, it's where I ended up!

We'll have to touch base if we're ever in each other's necks of the woods!
 

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I've lived in Ogallala and Mullen so I second the vote for "outstate". Omaha drives me nuts sometimes. Taxes, corruption, unions, oh my. But hey, it's where I ended up!

We'll have to touch base if we're ever in each other's necks of the woods!

What a coincidence, I just stopped on ogallala to gas up on my way to Paxton. Sitting in ole's right now about to chow down on the best steak for 100 miles :). Man, I love having Fridays off.

Drop me a line if you're ever out here. We'll get a group together to go cruise the Rockies.
 

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Only thing I would worry about- I went to that link and below "Vulcan 750 '99-'06" it says "Drifter".

Now I'm not an expert on the different models of Vulcan but the one called the Drifter was not as far as I know our VN750. Googling "Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter" pulls hits talking about an 800 and a 1500. No 750. Here's the "History of the Drifter". http://www.vulcandrifterriders.com/historyp2.html

So bottom line- make sure the "750" was not a typo. They may have meant the 800 Drifter.

Our bikes are older and there isn't a ton of aftermarket stuff still available for them. I have found many times it was a typo or an old item no longer available still on a website, etc. You really need to investigate before you buy. And sadly if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.

So let us know what you find out!
Drifter refers to the "style" it also comes in a "desperado". :beerchug:

Desperado features chrome studs, three straps with buckles and conchos
Drifter features a smooth, clean and uncluttered styling with three straps and buckles
 
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