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How does a person go about mounting leather, non throw-over saddlebags? Plain ole' saddlebag supports aren't going to get it done. Does a person have to build some sort of framework?

Anybody have pics?

I've searched, and can't seem to find much.

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I'm guessing... Do you just use something like the Kawasaki kit support kit, drill a hole through the side of the bag, and bolt right through the bag?
 

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Well, I'm doing some ridgid mounts that I am planning on making removable...
The bags are Vikings (I think they will be here today) and supposedly have a hard back that has a shock cut out... I made myself up a sketch just to keep my mind streight (I sometimes have CRS)...
here it is if you can understand what I have in mind...
If you need to go outside the shock you would have strut them out...


Upper left corner you can see in a smaller scale the fender strut and fender and bag using the legged nuts with wire ties to keep from flopping...
The clip (hitch pin clip) removes and the wing nut for removal...
Note also, although the back of the bag is supposed to be ridgid I have a piece of aluminun on both sides...
The hitch pin clip is because I ride Sportster and need to keep the wing nut from viberating off...lol... I beat you to it...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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My post above is just to help you think your bike and bags out as about all are different, I just didn't want to pay the +/- $150 for the "Easy Brackets" or the same for "Ghost Brackets"...
PS-I can't remember what or how the fender struts were made on my VN750, but to strut out past the shocks you might use a piece of thin wall square tubing...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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http://www.accessories4bikes.com/product_info.php?cPath=38_61_87&products_id=1537

This is what I used. Moves the turnsignals and helmet locks back 6 inches also. You drill the bags and mount them to the same bolts that hold the squared y shaped back support. Could weld nuts to the support to lower them to the height to prefer. My bags are hard mount Saddlemens. The brackets also bring the bags out away from the tire enough to clear the shocks.
 

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Check the pictures under my signature. If you use these mounts it raises the bags up mounting per the instructions but as I said you can weld nuts to the frames and lower the bags and or make them easily removable.
 

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Well, winter has me thinking of spring, and has got me to splurge on the bike. LOL!
I've had a couple days off work, and have (for better or worse) been hitting Ebay. :)

In my quest to have saddlebags, I've bought the following items...

Turn signal relocation brackets for $20.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370473055083&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK:MEWNX:IT


Genuine, Brand New Kawasaki Saddlebag Supports for $69. (needing a few nuts and washers)
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170589994790&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK:MEWNX:IT


Frontier II 'Chubby' Saddlebags for $250 (brand new) These had a $275 'buy it now' but he took a $250 'best offer' and free shipping.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180561966506&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK:MEWNX:IT


So... For $355 (with shipping) I've got some really nice leather bags ready to go. The absolute cheapest I could find the bags ALONE was $375 shipped. Plus, all parts are brand new, except the turn signal relocaters. I'll have to add a few screws, washers, etc... but that's no big deal. I'm happy, as what I've paid is close to half of full retail.

There are a set of hard bags on Ebay that look like they have an extremely strong mounting setup. I had never seen a set like them before. They are specifically for a VN750. Anybody know anything about them? FYI, I am not in the market. My wallet has taken enough of a hit! $149.99 + $40 shipping. Complete, ready to go, with keys. I -almost- bought these.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150544635785&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK:MEWAX:IT


Now... If I could find a rear rack for a good price... :)

Good Luck!
 
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