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The stock bags are fine , but won't win any looks contest . They are OK for what they are , and not very big . There is a pair of used nylon bags in the classifieds right now . If you have your stock exhaust on , older leather bags from an A or B won't fit , your pipe sits too high .
 

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First issue is the actual VRSCR bags have been recalled for cracking around the mounts in the bag itself, and for good reason. Other VRSC bags will fit though if you have the VRSCR mounts.
The bags are too small to fit much of anything. They are known to detach and go tumbling down the road. They are not waterproof, so if it rains you have to stop and wrap them in the cover that may not come with your used bag. They don't look particularly good or bad.

I have a set that I keep just in case. I has been a very rare occasion over the years that I needed a bag and the VRSCR bag was suitable. One time I put them on to go about 100 miles away and buy a Springfield XDS (look it up, it's small). The gun with factory case did not fit in the bag.

If I were looking at a small bag for rare use then fine. If I wanted to do ANY sort of normal bagger stuff I'd get something much bigger. One good thing is your stock mounts will make adapting something else much easier.
 

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I have a set on my Street Rod. Actually they're the ones with the 3 chrome accents on the side ,not the original VRSCR imprinted bags.
They're the same base bag with "stronger plastic tub" to correct the cracking."
They're handy but as has been mentioned,they lack capacity.

They look better than leather throw over bags meant for "other cruisers".

You can carry a rain suit in one of them & gloves,ball cap/hat, and extra glasses ,etc in the other. But that's about all.



:eek:fftopic: Although I could carry my XDs in there as well. I'd have to leave its' case in the safe.
But then again that's why there are holsters and my XDs hasn't seen much use since I bought a Sig Sauer P320.
 

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They look better than leather throw over bags meant for "other cruisers". You can carry a rain suit in one of them & gloves,ball cap/hat, and extra glasses ,etc in the other. But that's about all.

The bags are too small to fit much of anything. They are known to detach and go tumbling down the road. They are not waterproof, so if it rains you have to stop and wrap them in the cover that may not come with your used bag. They don't look particularly good or bad.

Pretty much sums it up - except with the difference of opinion on the looks. They can and do fall off unless you use cable ties or similar: the original quick detach fitting is not secure. Ask me how I know..



Fwiw I think the lines look pretty darn good (on the D anyway).
 

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Navigating obsolete H-D parts for a quick release SaddleBag answer

Got the R bracket new from Vintage Parts thru H-D on 15% off day and a set of new " D " Bags with the 3 side chrome accents like H-D Heathen mentioned for $ 230 off E Bay. I also ordered a second set of the push to lock P/N 90819-01 locks from H-D so each bag has two locks. DUH H-D ! You can order them from H-D but their locks do not come with the male stud pin that gets attached to the saddlebag that locks in. Nor is it available. E Bay has a "Southco" P/N E2-50-101-20 which is the exact - cabinet lock !! H-D uses, and it comes with a PRN EZ-30 bracket with stud and they are cheaper. I think the studs may be too short though so I'm making my own. Then drill out the last aft rivet on the saddlebag, enlarge the hole for the stud, attach the lock on the saddlebag brackets backwards, slide one leg under the tubing drill, metric tap and attach with 1 ea. 4489M screw on both Lt. and Rt. sides of the saddlebag support. Yes, its a PIA. But as Mike in ATL said the stock brackets make mounting some other bag easier. For me it will be a Viking with the slant cutout on the inside for the shock - just drill off the H-D bag rivets from stock steel bracket, line up the Viking, mark and drill, and bolt on. And you can always bolt the stock nylon bags back on the bracket if you really want that stock look and smaller size. :blahblah: :D
 

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I actually have a spare set of the bag brackets that I intend to someday use to mount hard bags. (Likely the Viking bags).

Sounds as though that extra lock & pin will solve the flying bag issue.
 

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Sorry- correction - since H-D, in their infinite wisdom, has the single lock on the saddlebag on the AFT !! side of the bag ( which lets the forward side lift up in the wind - REALLY GREAT ENGINEERING THERE H-D ! ) drill the last FWD saddlebag rivet out and proceed as above. Alternately you could use the Southco bracket, remove the Q.D., pop rivet on a nutplate to it and bolt the fwd end on from inside the saddlebag, it's just not quick release to carry the bags into an over night stay, but really secure.
 

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No single point of failure crap.

Yea, H-D Heathen the extra lock & pin will keep the bags on the bike but riders will still have to properly line up the bags, and listen for each pin to pop into the Q.D. receiver. They do need a little lube like chain wax to reduce friction cause its too easy to think they popped in when they are almost there but not actually locked. Single point of failure like H-D engineered into these original bags is just crazy. They should have the two Q.D. locks and even an over center safety lock or even just a removeable ty-wrap as a last chance hold on. Having been almost killed with my wife on by a unsecured boat chair that flew off a trailered boat up ahead of us I don't want to do that to someone behind me and if I wanna go 120-130 MPH suddenly I don't want to have to think about my crappy saddlebag attachments. Geez you'd think I was riding a bike that parts just fly off of - like a H-D ! Woops - Yea, well somehow I am now riding one, an awesome R Model, but I'll fix their B/S. :blahblah: :D
 

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" - cabinet lock" - on an 800 euro set of bags ? ffs :bash:


Sorry- correction - since H-D, in their infinite wisdom, has the single lock on the saddlebag on the AFT !! side of the bag ( which lets the forward side lift up in the wind - REALLY GREAT ENGINEERING THERE H-D ! ) drill the last FWD saddlebag rivet out and proceed as above. Alternately you could use the Southco bracket, remove the Q.D., pop rivet on a nutplate to it and bolt the fwd end on from inside the saddlebag, it's just not quick release to carry the bags into an over night stay, but really secure.
Sounds like somebody else has seen or experienced the failure mode 1st hand :) More likely to happen when the bags are empty, as the weight makes it harder for them to lift and rotate. Fastener on the front sounds like a grid idea. Opportunity for a dzus fastener maybe even.
 

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H-D's Busy Work.

I'm lucky Alan I got the memo from you all here on the site so I haven't experienced my nice new bags departing the bike ( THANKS ! ) but the nice thing about using a second original " H-D " Southco Cabinet Quick Release bracket and stud (instead of a bolt like I suggested or your great DZUS 1/4 turn idea inside the bag) is that you can leave all items in the bag during removal from the bike ( especially in the rain ) and release the aft and fwd Q.D. with a push of the pin - BTW the added fwd Q.D. will require a small screwdriver or a piece of plastic to depress the release pin as it ends up kinda buried BUT that also is an anti-theft device. Of course if you put your items inside a waterproof plastic bag inside in the saddlebag ( not a bad idea ) and you don't have to remove the bags from the bike then a fwd bolt or DZUS fastener would be great. Man mopping up after H-D's little design faux pas is just so fun ! :banghead: :blahblah: :D
 

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High Speed tested for your protection.

Mike yea they had to discontinue the entire V Rod line due to they were just too fast - too fast for the dealers, too fast for the salesmen, even too fast for some that bought them - (their bags might fly off and they don't turn very well at high speed as some have found out ). Speaking of fast, when I saw that Motus article on Revzilla I figured I might see you in there, went looking, and there you were ! Touche' ! The Motus is a logical step-up or step-over from the V Rod and you, our own 1130cc.com high speed test pilot have proved the bags don't blow off at 163 + MPH for us. :notworth: Thanks Mike ! :D
 

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I have the Harley leather covered hard bags on my vrod. The look is ok, kinda like it better without but it is nice not wearing a backpack everywhere imo.
 
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