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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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So, Lacy decides she wants some bags on her Vegas. No problem, right? We're surfing the options and while the OE stuff is nice, it does come in a bit expensive. I'm figuring I'll let her pick what she wants, more or less. Of course, she has criteria. She doesn't want lids that open toward the bike; either they need to flip forward or away. Well, that narrows down the pickings considerably. Outside of the Vic stuff, there are options from Viking Bags, Saddleline, and Saddlemen. Well, Viking Bags stuff seems to be mostly out of stock. Saddleline, after shipping, costs as much as Vic stuff. So we picked some Saddlemen Cruis'n Deluxe bags. I found them on Dennis Kirk at a very reasonably price, brackets included, so I jumped on it.

However, this is a universal aftermarket application, so I'm gonna do this little write-up to help everyone avoid some hassle and trips to the hardware store.

The package came with Saddlemen's universal supports. I've used some similar before when I hung a set of their Drifter Slants on my Vulcan a number of years ago. Worked fine there, but then, we're not dealing with an application as ubiquitous as Kawasaki.

Issue 1: You're gonna need spacers and longer bolts.



If you look closely you can see that, without spacers, there's definitely going to some interference with the belt guard. I failed to get a before shot, but even with the big stupid fender washers provided in the kit stuck between the fender trip piece and the bracket, the guard was gonna travel enough to thump on that lower support clip.

A second problem is the front-flip lids hanging up on the seat. Not a deal breaker like interference with the belt guard, but annoying all the same.

I used four M8-1.25x100 bolts from Lowe's. I suppose a 90mm might work, but they didn't have any, and I think the 100mm are a safer bet. For spacers I used zinc steel 1/2"x5/8"x1". The walls were thinner than I'd like, but those measurements should work if you happen to find some with a smaller inner diameter. I suppose a 3/4" length would be fine as well.



Issue 2: To align the top of the bag in an aesthetically pleasing manner with the top of the fender, I had to drill the mounting holes kinda high in the bag. If you have a rear seat, this may be a non-issue, but as Lacy has a solo seat and a luggage rack, I really didn't want to hear about them being too tall. The problem here is that the inner edge of the bag lid hangs below the mounting hole. The material is flexible enough it's not really a big deal, but it looks a little dumb. I'm thinking about cutting a relief there, but would hate to leave the material unprotected. If anyone's got a suggestion on what I can possibly coat the edges of the the...Vinyl? Leather? Whatever it is...I'd appreciate it.



The final result doesn't suck. As long as they stay on there, we should be fine


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She sure has wide hips. The bike Billie, the bike!

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What I can see looks real good - got a full profile shot? I'm curious how they contour around the fender's curve.
I know a guy who just added extended, swept bags and rear fender to his Judge, combined with custom zoomie pipes which he custom welded to stop in front of the bags. It could have looked wild but ended up more like weird because of an awkward gap between the front of the bags and his sidecovers. One side could be fixed by re-working the exhaust into a big dual-collector to fill the space, but the other side is never going to look right in my opinion. But I've been wrong before, we'll see what he ends up doing with it. Your bags seem like a much more sensible solution


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What I can see looks real good - got a full profile shot? I'm curious how they contour around the fender's curve.
I know a guy who just added extended, swept bags and rear fender to his Judge, combined with custom zoomie pipes which he custom welded to stop in front of the bags. It could have looked wild but ended up more like weird because of an awkward gap between the front of the bags and his sidecovers. One side could be fixed by re-working the exhaust into a big dual-collector to fill the space, but the other side is never going to look right in my opinion. But I've been wrong before, we'll see what he ends up doing with it. Your bags seem like a much more sensible solution

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I had Easy Brackets for my Wife's Stryker when she had it. They were great because I could take the bags of when they weren't in use. I think there are a few companies that make quick detach brackets for Victory's. Of course they do come at a much higher cost than included with the bags.

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I had the same bags on my Vegas with the easy brackets for quick removal. They are a nice size bag.

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I think quick release brackets will be the next order of business. But she's happy. So am I, cuz now she call haul her own shit.

I would've liked them a hair smaller in each direction, I think.

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FWIW I think they look just right....good fit.
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Maybe some of that liquid electrical tape stuff would seal up what your trying to do. It's just hard IMOP the get bags to look good on bikes with the double pipes over under set up. I had them on my Kawasaki 900 Vulcan. But luckily they were kind of low as those set up go. I had river roads XL slants on it. They were great.
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I like how they look.

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