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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-17-2012, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hardstreet Slimbags with Hardstreet mounting brackets for my model and year Vegas. They stick out and ride so high I can't even consider using them. What am I doing wrong??









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My wife had an 09 Vegas low. I thought it was a great looking bike with the Midnight cherry and white Colour combo. Then she put bags on it like those ones in your pics. The only thing that made them even slightly remotely esthetically tolerable was that they were painted the same as the bike. But, I always thought they did not do justice to the lines of the bike and I wished she never put them on.... Sorry. I get it that we need something to put stuff in... But.....the ones she got just well......you know.....

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looks like the wrong mounting bracket for your bike. Just seem to be to high like 4 inches.

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billet slim brackets look like they hang down to the right height. Easy bracket you could have mixed it up on wrong side or they sent you the wrong one for your bike. I am looking at their web sit picture trying to figure it out.

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different btacket

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looks like the wrong mounting bracket for your bike. Just seem to be to high like 4 inches.
I took it apart last night and changed it around but gave upecause my garage was 100 degrees. I'm back at it this morning. The bracket is the one listed for my bike.

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My wife had an 09 Vegas low. I thought it was a great looking bike with the Midnight cherry and white Colour combo. Then she put bags on it like those ones in your pics. The only thing that made them even slightly remotely esthetically tolerable was that they were painted the same as the bike. But, I always thought they did not do justice to the lines of the bike and I wished she never put them on.... Sorry. I get it that we need something to put stuff in... But.....the ones she got just well......you know.....
I agree 100% but it more for necessity than looks. My motorcycle is my primary transportation and the current small leather bags just don't get it.

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My neighbor is a fabricating genius. We spent all day cutting and welding our own brackets and used some of the quick detach brackets and some of the leather saddlebag brackets plus mounting plates. I'm going to ride it as is a couple days then remove them and take them to work for sandblasting and wrinkle paint.

I think my neighbor could fabricate you a new arm if you needed one.

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Well, that seems to have a world of difference. Apparently, the supplier is very wrong on their applications. Now, they are good looking. Hope they do what you need them to do.

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Well, that seems to have a world of difference. Apparently, the supplier is very wrong on their applications. Now, they are good looking. Hope they do what you need them to do.
I'm good to go now!!!

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So much better looking now...

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