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i could not resist, called him and meeting tomorrow. i guess they were on a sportster so probably the will be a good fit-

still, any opinions helpful! ive never dealt with saddle bags before--
 

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They don't look too bad. I'd make sure they seem quite solid and not drying out at all before you commit to them (can't really see what the lower part of them looks like).
You may have to relocate the rear turnsignals in order to easily open them.
 

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Hard to tell how big they are, but you can size 'em up for the 750. The main thing to look for is the ability to adjust the bag height - the strap probably has some holes for various positions of the bags. You just want to make sure that they won't hit the exhaust pipes on your bike.
 

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the strap probably has some holes for various positions of the bags. You just want to make sure that they won't hit the exhaust pipes on your bike.
They look like they're zippered for easy removal, but with what Cindy said there (I didn't think of that at first) it almost looks like a solid strap between them.
Better be sure to check on that.

And they do look pretty firm, so I wouldn't think you'll need supports.
 

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these look ok although i'm personally not a fan of studs.it looks like you most likley will not need saddlebag supports with these, but from what i see you will definetly need to shorten that piese in between connecting them to put them higher and not touch the pipes. or maybe move them further back (although then signal relocation is a must as probably the supports) hard to gudge the quality from the fotos. IMO 100$ is not a trivial ammount of money for these.
 

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these look ok although i'm personally not a fan of studs.it looks like you most likley will not need saddlebag supports with these, but from what i see you will definetly need to shorten that piese in between connecting them to put them higher and not touch the pipes. or maybe move them further back (although then signal relocation is a must as probably the supports) hard to gudge the quality from the fotos. IMO 100$ is not a trivial ammount of money for these.
Ya know, that's a good point about the price. I got my Willie & Max slant bags off of eBay for maybe $35. They needed a little cleaning up, but for the price, it was worth it. Jetboy, maybe you want to eBay it first? There's always a million bags for sale.
 

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good point! i checked ebay but had a hard time telling good from bad only in the picks- i figured local i could at least hold them in my hands-
these are the only ones going local that look any good at all under 200 dollars-

hmm- well, ill see ho wmy day goes tomorrow- i fi can get down to see them or not
thanks for all the good advice!
 

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you convinced me-- the deciding factor ended up being the studs. you said it and i thought about it, and yep-- i dont want studs. its just not the direction i want to take the bike-

so looking on ebay now for some nice used non-studed soft bags.
 

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Check the specs on these, but I think the Kaw bags are something like 13 x 10 x 5? Something on that order. So when you're looking on eBay, if someone hasn't posted the measures yet, ask - some of the large bags are really big and won't fit our bikes.
 

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im kinda stupid cause i have original vn750 bags- came with the bike- i should just measure those! I'd use them but-- well they really are ugly--polyester blue things---
 

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two words... rit dye... or fabric paint...

Seriously though, some dont' like the look (most do when they see it in person), but I LOVE my ammo can saddlebags - especially now that I modified them so they are hinged in the back. Pic on my profile, more in a thread named "ammo can saddle bags".
 

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I went with saddleman in the synthetic leather. Cost $135 and I dont get the wet pimples with them. I have 2 sets of leather bags 1 boxtop and 1 flap top --pics if you want and $35 for either. Both were only on for a few months until I found out what I really wanted. both bags are throw-overs and I used the bolts under the seat to mount them but you will need supports for any soft bag you put on.
 

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I've got Willie and Max slants on my bike. The previous owner put them on the bike and I think that they look pretty good. They measure 12" long x 10" deep and 6" wide. They're smaller than some, but there is no need to relocate the turn signals or use saddle bag supports. The helmet lock is not accessible though because of the location of the bag. I have no idea how much they cost since they were already on the bike, but I like 'em...and no studs. :)
 
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