Pics of Sportsters with saddlebags

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by cromwell, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. cromwell

    cromwell Active Member

    176
    26
    0
    Why is it so had to find pics of bikes with bags to include how they are mounted....
     
  2. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

    4,034
    68
    42
  3. Smokintoad

    Smokintoad Member

    82
    16
    0
    Here are a couple pics of my Nighster...

    They are throw-overs that I mounted to aluminum plates mounted to the docking kit with longer bolts. The main plates attach to both docking kit bolts and extend from the rear docking bolts to just past the shock mounts. Each plate has 2 bolts, 1 in front of the shocks and 1 between the docking bolts. Basically the distance between the front and rear bolts depend on the bag dimension. Then a stack of washers ~1" to get the proper spacing for the bags to hang vertically and in line with the bike. The bags have an aluminum plate both inside and outside to sandwich the leather. I did not choose to mount the main plate with the shock bolts, as I was still working on a detachable setup. The bags rest against the shocks. It works well with the right sized bags. I have no real info on the bags themselves, I found these by trial and error at my local Renegade Classic.
     

    Attached Files:

  4. Paul1955

    Paul1955 Member

    10
    1
    0
    I don't have 5 posts yet so I can't post links or pictures, but you can see shots of my '09 XL1200C with HD Express Rider bags and HD mounts in my album.

    Paul
     
  5. glider

    glider Veteran Member

    25,464
    108
    44
    I remember it to but I can't find it.

    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2009
  6. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

    8,176
    98
    16
    Cromwell, there are so many ways to mount bags, most need to have a metal frame to keep them out of the wheel or belt area. As Steve says, go to the Sportster section and you will see the gamut...from simple "throwover bag"...all the way to MzBlings' bejeweled Sportster hard bag touring setup, which Glider posted previously.

    Here is a bike showing those bag support hoops...from pic of JohnCooking's ride...

    [​IMG]


    The simplist are the "throwover bags" which simply have a middle yoke that drapes over the rear fender, the shock tower mount and rear turnsignal keep in centered and are secured by the seat. There are loops for lanyards on the back of each tie them to those thin wire (1/4 metal hoop supports) to prevent flapping or fouling wheel/belt area. Shown are the DragSpecialties Throwover Bags (I recently changed to Leatherneck Jim's bags that match the Mustang tank bib) I have on the bike below.

    [​IMG]

    Next type is the metal plate that the bags secure to, but have keyhole or button/key catches that stay with the bags so only tiny chrome knobs show when bags are removed like the ones Smok'inToad posted earlier. The bags may be leather, with polystyrene reinforced molded back and fit very flush, and virtually all the USA made ones like Leatherworks, Leatherneck Jims, Boss Bags and others use this integral metal plates mounted bag system that key releases in a jiffy.

    Finally there are the honest to gosh bagger type, with guards, lights and virtually a touring bike setup. The world is your oyster, based on what you want for your application, if you ride two-up for long distances, or just short commuting.
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2009
  7. Sepultura

    Sepultura Member

    7
    1
    0
    Do one need those support hoops before you can install saddlebags? Do I need them if i buy just those throwover bags?
     
  8. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    5,276
    133
    156
  9. glider

    glider Veteran Member

    25,464
    108
    44
  10. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    5,276
    133
    156
    I rememberd the post so it was easy to find
    :lero

    Brian