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I,m looking to up grade my saddlebags and get a bit more room, I have the zip off Tourmaster slant bags (16"x10"x6") for 960 x 2 = 1920 cu. in., this is the 3rd bike I have had them on and have been pretty well satisfied, except I would like a bit more room, and I think they stick out too much, so here is what I am looking at... http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/13/124/19918/ITEM/Saddlemen-Desperado-Saddlebags-with-Shock-Cutaway.aspx ...As they are (17.5"x12.5"x6.5") for 1,422 x 2 = 2,844 cu. in., almost 1,000 cu. in. larger by my simple but incomplete measurements, but I don't know how much the shock cutout will deduct from that total, but I don't think it would be a lot... I will remove the HD bag struts and use the (Saddlemen) S4 Quick disconnect mounting system, and am thinking letting them snug into the bike will make for a better looking set-up... http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/14/144/19964/DPITEM/Cruiser-Motorcycle-Saddlebag-Supports-Saddlemen-S4-Quick-Disconnect-Saddlebag-Docking-Post-and-Fastner-Kit.aspx ...Anyone using this setup...??? Knowledge and or opinions please... Thanks...:beerchug:...
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I can't open your links?
I couldn't either, but I think I fixed it... Try'r again...lol...
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I couldn't either, but I think I fixed it... Try'r again...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
It's fixed ,I can see them.

Those are good looking bags to my way of thinking,I ran a set of the Tourmaster zip off ,bags on my750 They were well made but i didn't like the look of them much either,and bought a set of Viking bags that were bigger and came with hard mounts or the throwover yoke.They were considerably less than those bags but I like those better.I looked at the Fire and Steel bags for my 1500 and can buy a lot bigger hard bag with mounts from Mutazu for 100 dollars less.

If you want leather bags those look good and are about as big as you would want on your Sporty,I have bought other Saddlemen products and have always been satisfied with the quality.I bought a Saddlemen seat cover replacement for my old ATV ,which has seen much use and still looks good.

Bottom line is do you like 'em and if you do,I'd buy them they probably are well made,Denny Ray
 

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Well after starting to order I find I need one more part, http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/13/124/18013/ITEM/Saddlemen-Universal-Saddlebag-Support-Brackets.aspx
and that puts the total cost to 207+90+45= $342, and makes me want to go back to square 1 which was out of stock everywhere I checked, http://www.leatherup.com/p/Motorcycle-Saddlebags/Waterproof-Classic-Studded-Triple-Buckle-with-Conchos-Motorcycle-Saddlebags/56146.html
Maybe I will just wait and forget about the wide load and go with this much cheaper route, its 19"x 12"x 6"=1,368x 2 = 2,736 cu. in., quite a bit bigger than mine...lol...
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Hard to beat the price on that last set! Those Saddlemen bags are sure sharp though. River Road makes some nice bags for much better prices than the Saddlemen bags... You might do some searches for River Road and see what comes up...
 

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Here us a link to some well made bags that are failry inexpensive,I have an extra set of the slanted Charger style that I had on my 750. http://www.vikingbags.com/
 

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OMG!!! That website lists the saddlebags that I paid $115 for for $700!!!

http://www.vikingbags.com/saddle-bags-motorcycle-hard51-921-prd1.html

-Sloppy
Yeah I saw that too ,I don't think that is correct or any body will buy em at that price anyway. Look to the right of them for the $105 charger style bags there are several tabs on top look at the prices on the other bags.Any body that pays that much foe GA 's deserves them. I think OLD Dog is smarter than that:)

P.S. after looking at that again I am pretty sure it's a misprint, the List price they show is cheaper than the discount
 

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Yeah I saw that too ,I don't think that is correct or any body will buy em any way Look to the right of them for the $105 charger style bags there are several tabs on top look at the prices on the other bags.Any body that pays that much foe GA 's deserves them. I think OLD Dog is smarter than that:)
GAs would shake apart on my rigidly-motor-mounted Sportster, the newer rubber-mounted-engine ones still probably shake quite a bit when idling, the GAs probably wouldn't hold up there either.

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GAs would shake apart on my rigidly-motor-mounted Sportster, the newer rubber-mounted-engine ones still probably shake quite a bit when idling, the GAs probably wouldn't hold up there either.
-Sloppy
Yeah, they didn't take all the shake & bake out of them...lol... I'm mostly thinking my bags are big enough and look ok from my point of view, if the cheaper ones I wanted are out of stock I don't think I will pay the high dollar yet...
I thought that was pretty good "List Price $590 Our Price $700"... Who do they think they are, a Harley Dealership...lol...??? Anyway it was 63* here and rain, a good day to work in my tin lizzy so I took my rear wheel off and took it to the Kawasaki shop and had a new 150/80/16 Metzeler ME880 put on, so I'm in good shape now for a bit, not bad wear out of the Dunlop though at 9k...
I think next time I will just take the bike and let them do it all, but I have a tire balancer and like to check their balanceing myself...lol...
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I've got a set of River Road bags (simulated leather) and really like em'. I've had them on the 750 and now the 900 for 2 years now and they still look good as new. I think I picked them up on comp acc for about $85. BTW, OD I just bought the same saddlebag bracket set from Saddlemen and keep in mind that you may need to add spacers (like I did) to get them to fit properly.


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Well after starting to order I find I need one more part, http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/13/124/18013/ITEM/Saddlemen-Universal-Saddlebag-Support-Brackets.aspx
and that puts the total cost to 207+90+45= $342, and makes me want to go back to square 1 which was out of stock everywhere I checked, http://www.leatherup.com/p/Motorcycle-Saddlebags/Waterproof-Classic-Studded-Triple-Buckle-with-Conchos-Motorcycle-Saddlebags/56146.html
Maybe I will just wait and forget about the wide load and go with this much cheaper route, its 19"x 12"x 6"=1,368x 2 = 2,736 cu. in., quite a bit bigger than mine...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
I'm not into studs, but IMHO, you can't go wrong with Saddlemen. I'd spend the extra $$$.
 
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