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The Gunner is a thin, lean bike and I wanted removable saddlebags that were thin, useful, expandable, and modular. I had the thin Condor utility pouch on the swing arm. Great for riding and stashing my glasses, registration, house keys and whatnot. But, when I ride with my wife, we need a little more space. I made some measurements and ended up going with the Condor Outdoor 137 shoulder bags- $25 each- and some Easy Brackets made for the Vegas- $160. I ended up at Home Depot buying a 2x4 sheet of 1/2" plywood- $9. Total cost $229 plus shipping. We have a ride coming up and I paid extra for express shipping...

Anyhow, I mounted the Easy bracket spools and attached the brackets. I then measured the bag- 8"x 11.25"x 5". I cut the plywood 8x11.25 and sanded slightly until it fit against the back wall of the inside of the bags snugly. Then, I took the piece of wood, held it to the easy bracket and used a small level and maneuvered it until I got it level and placed where I wanted it. I used a marker to trace the bracket onto the wood and then took the bracket off, placed it onto the wood, and traced out the holes. I drilled the holes and then used that piece of wood as a jig for the second piece to ensure the placement of the bags was identical. Then I put the wood on the outside of the bag and used it to drill the holes through the back of the bag. I had a piece of wood inside the bag to stop from drilling though the entire bag. I mounted the brackets and then checked fitment on the bike. Perfection! They are thin but each bag is over 400 sq inches. Plenty for a rolled up sweatshirt, her purse, some glasses, or anything else that goes in a saddlebag. I then mounted my swing arm bag onto the outside and it fit great! I plan on adding some small modular pouches to the outside, and I may even buy two more of these bags in case I want expanded capacity. The molle straps work awesome. I can even bungie things to the outside of the bags like the little folding three legged stools we take to bike events to have a place to sit. Let me know what you think!
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Getting it positioned properly
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Got one bag mounted!!!
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Another pic of the rt side bag
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Keeping it skinny from behind!
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Attached the swing arm bag temporarily to see how it works. The bags hold their shape pretty well. I'm probably going to get a couple of the molle water bottle holders and some smaller pouches for the outside. I also have some very small bungee cords to attach things to the outside as well. I am thrilled with how they look and how functional they are.

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Please tell me what you think!
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I think that came out great! (Sorry I didn't get promised pics of my bolts and brackets to you already.)

And I can tell you that yours was a heck of a lot cheaper than the Victory OEM option!!

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Thank you! I just rode with them on for the first time this morning- all highway. No noise, no issues. I may pick up some small locks to lock the zipper pulls together, but boy are they on there solidly! The zippers are covered- they look pretty water resistant but they are a little tough- I can live with that for $20-something per bag! They are a little difficult to close because the bag is not rigid, but honestly, I cannot complain. I also cut a piece of wood for the bottom to alleviate sag. The cool benefit to the wood is that it is a light color so when I look for things in the bag it's pretty easy.

It was nice to not need a backpack this morning to bring my lunch and things to work. I even have a Stanley travel coffee cup that doesn't leak and I can bring my coffee with me. I need that additional cup at work in the morning and hated having the weight in the backpack when riding before.

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Let me know what you think!
I think you did a great job, but are they waterproof?

I just got an ad for these today. And here I thought $99 was a hell of a deal?!

http://www.compacc.com/p/tourmaster-...ce=Emailvision

Anyway, the one thing they got going for them is they come with the rain covers.

I'm glad to see people working around these crazy OEM luggage prices.




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