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Easy to do

It's easy to do, but yes, you do need to remove the seat, pillion, strap, rear fender, dogs-ass, and put it all back. All to fit in a couple of threaded studs on which the saddlebag supports mount. Everything comes apart and fits back together easily. No yanking, pulling or annoying mismatches required. It was actually a fun installation to do since it went so smoothly- but, I've always loved taking things apart and putting them back together.

Consider it a bonding experience with your bikes rear-end.

I wouldn't want to do it sitting on the curb in snow- but if you have a garage and basic tools, it's no problem. The directions are very clear, step-by-step with pictures. You'll need a socket-allen wrench to losen (not remove) the rear shock top bolts- as I can't imagine doing it with a little 'L' wrench. But I have baby soft 'keyboard' hands. A socket set and some combo wrenches as well.

After years fiddling with leather bags, buckles and snaps- I love my new hard bags! :)

I'm new to this V-rod, but it seems to require a combination of metric and SAE fasteners, and I never seem to grab the right socket or wrench any more. Doah! (a small price to pay)
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