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I like the look of those saddle bags. They look like Viking. Were then easy to mount? Were you able to include the mounting hardware that came with the saddle bags or did you make you brackets/hardware
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They are Viking Bags. When I bought them Viking had a bracket setup somewhat designed for the steel frame Victorys. Last time I looked on their site the bracket assembly was not available.

As with all the aftermarket bag/bracket setups I have encountered, other hardware is required. The factory fastener package was a waste. I used bolts and nuts to create a stud system so the bags slide onto a stud and then are nutted secure, for easy bag removal. I also employed some 1/8" steel plates, siliconed inside the bag and held in place with the bottom stud nuts, so I could load the bags as I wanted w/o worrying about the eventual collapse of the fiberglass sidewall.

The plastic Viking emblem that acted as a stop for the bag top broke early on, as it was cast with an air pocket close to the stud used to attach it to the bags. NO warranty, but $16.00 + shipping for a new emblem.

The first and only time I used some conditioner on the faux leather it started to, lift in spots, from the bags.

Depending on the model Victory the top of the bags will be close to the same height as the passenger seat, which calls for careful luggage stacking so the faux leather does not get worn through, and/or a taller than stock passenger seat.

Hope that helps.

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Thanks for all the detailed info. It will be helpful. I purchased some Viking Saddle bags (similar to the ones you have) as a kinda backup. I currently have Victory hard saddlebags for my Gunner. They are little small and are showing some wear ( 4 years old). I got a really good deal on the Vikings. I shipped them to my parents in Florida and they will bring them home duty free shortly (I'm in Canada). This makes returns somewhat difficult. I figured I'd have to cobble up some mounting scheme. Luckily a friend of mine is an skilled fabricator and has assisted me in the passed. He built a heal shifted for me and a couple of other items. A little disappointed by the quality of your saddlebags as I was hopping for better quality.

I'll let you know how my experience is.

Once again thanks for the info.
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Happy to help. Good luck with the project. When you get closer let me know if you would like some pics of what I did.

Yes the Viking bags could have been much better. However I compared them to US Saddlebag whose offering was going for about $1K. I just went back to their site and they are having a 25% off sale. Oh well. the Viking bags are working for now.
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