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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 10-25-2013, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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I've been in the market for some saddlebags to put on my Hammer, and recently came across some surprisingly inexpensive, leather-covered hard bags from a company by the name of Viking. Having done some research, I've seen some mixed reviews: some appreciate how durable the craftsmanship of the bags, themselves appears to be, and don't mind that they needed to do a bit of extra work to mount them. Others hate that the fasteners that come in the mounting kits are absolute crap, requiring a trip to the hardware store to replace, and others yet seem to have ruin afoul of some bad customer service (while some report good experiences, although not with the former customers' offending sales rep). I'm almost of a mind to try my luck, but before I do, I thought I should see if anyone here has had any experience with Viking Bags and can say whether it's worth saving a hundred and a half bucks or so to order a pair.

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I have Viking bags (actually these are large enough that Viking calls them 'Luggage') on my M50 Boulevard. They're super easy to mount, they're sturdy and some of their models are lockable. Plus I don't think they have anything over $250. Most common size saddlebags are in the $150 range. I like mine. I've got over 12000 miles on them and the Mojave sun hasn't faded them yet.

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iron bags are some of the best you can buy

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Iron Bags start at $900
http://www.ironbags.com/freedombag.phtml

Viking's largest leather bags (I'm going to order these shortly) are $280
http://www.vikingbags.com/victory-ki...-7100-prd1.htm

Tsukayu leather wrapped hard bags (I have these now) are $611 to $690
http://www.tsukayu.com/LeatherSeries.htm

So... for $900 and up, the Iron Bags had better give me head every morning and make me a sandwich every night. You could buy BOTH the Tsukayu AND the Viking bags for the price of the Iron Bags...

The Tsukayus are looking rough... but they are the old real leather ones... and they're 6 years old. They have endured everything from 12 hours days in the rain to drag racing in the 100 degree heat. They don't owe me anything.



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Viking's largest bags (I'm going to order these shortly) are $280
Aren't these Vikings smaller than what you already have?

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I have Viking bags (actually these are large enough that Viking calls them 'Luggage') on my M50 Boulevard. They're super easy to mount, they're sturdy and some of their models are lockable. Plus I don't think they have anything over $250. Most common size saddlebags are in the $150 range. I like mine. I've got over 12000 miles on them and the Mojave sun hasn't faded them yet.
Thanks, I was hoping someone could comment on their longevity, too; looking durable and actually being durable are two different things.

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Aren't these Vikings smaller than what you already have?
Tsukayus dimensions are pictured:



The Vikings are 22" x 13.5" x 7-3/8" so yes, a little bit...


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i had got a set of viking bags to put on my ole ladys 8 ball she likes them for the price i think they r worth it and the shipment was very quick

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I bought a set of Viking bags and put them on my Kingpin. I have since traded it, and I only had them on a couple months. After about 2 weeks I could not get them to lock. I never really looked into why as it wasn't that big a deal to me, but they did seem to have cheap lock hardware. The bags seemed solid otherwise. The ones I bought said they would fit on my Kingpin but not with the hardware they provided.. I ended up getting the Quick disconnect brackets.

I also found it odd that they send me two bags and each had a different lock. So two more keys to keep up with.

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I have Viking Bags on my Judge. Mounting was not that bad, but they are small compared to the Trax bags on my Tiger. Viking's hold 3000 CI or 49 liters, the Trax hold 74 liters. The Vikings look good & are definitely waterproof. Having two separate keys is a pain & the key locks on the bags are worthless in any case. The latch on the back of each bag is drilled from a small padlock which I will make use of on trips. I had some plugs missing & called customer service, still have not received them, ended up using Duct tape to seal the holes...
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