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Reviewed by: Cory Stiff (corystiff)
Reviewed for: 2008 1300 VTX1300C
Used for: 1-6 months
Overall Rating: 5
Ease of install: 4
Would buy again: yes
So far these are the greatest saddlebags I have ever owned! I absolutely LOVE the hard mount feature, the bags are very, very sturdy and stable. You would think these bags were made specifically for bike and were not a 'one size fits most' set. The bags also look great in my opinion and are very functional, easy to get in and out of, the 2 buckles and 2 snaps on each bag keep the lids closed no matter how jam-packed they are. I also love the plastic-lined bottoms, definitely helps with the rigidity of the bags. The only thing I would change is the rigidity of the lids, in the hot sun the synthetic lid heats up and caves in a small bit if the bags are not full. Not a big deal but just a cosmetic thing, definitely not a deal-breaker! If they added a thin plastic stiffener they would keep their shape better in the hot sun, but again, not a show-stopper. I usually push the lid out with my hand when digging in there for something and most of the time it stays. As far as installation, I ended up needing to order special bolts from Amazon.com (strange, I know, but they were the ONLY ones I could find with the size I needed). For some reason I could not get one set of the bolts to thread, however being a 'one size fits most' set, this did not come as a huge shocker. The install was not difficult but took a little time to ensure the holes drilled in the rear of the bags were in the right locations. Took me a little more than an hour from start to finish but I am not very handy so it may take the next guy less time. Also, I did install these in addition to a short Cobra backrest, again, custom bolts are needed for this application. In summary, I highly recommend this saddlebag set! If you are looking for a less-expensive alternative to fiberglass hard mount bags but still want a that hard mount option, this is the set for you! No more throw-overs for me, I am sold!
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