Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3
Rated 4 out of 5 by ArmyVetBoyScout A great leather product, that is easily modified.
Modular design of leather front, side and yoke pannels stitched together with a plastic back. Three steel/nickle rings to lace to chrome saddlebag support (sold seperately). Two bags lace together over fender, by a leather thong that pass through three rows of holes in yoke.
I had to replace one of the yokes after it was ripped off the bike durring an accident. Traced torn yoke onto heavy saddle leather, pre-drilled holes in leather and plastic, and stitched the pieces back together. I reinforced the stitches with a single rivet at each end of a stitched line, but didn't bother with pre-glueing parts before assembly.
Additionaly, I replaced top laces with a bolt and fender washer, that pass through existing holes in yoke and into existing hole in fender (hole in fender was rearmost mount on stock XL883N seat.). I also replaced the three ties that secure steel rings on back of bag to the chrome saddlebag support, with a single loop of 550 cord that passes between support and bike (as bags are lifted from the gound to secure the two bags' yokes over fender). Hooking the saddlebag-support between the 550 cord loop and the back of the saddlebags is MUCH easier than tieing three seperate ties to the saddlebag-guards, but a single loop isnt as secure as three seperate ties. Use at your own risk.
My next mod will be to rivet a metal plate to the yoke, just above each bag's flap. The plate will have a bolt projecting on the inside (closest to fender) that match a hole/slot that is on the side of the homebuilt luggage rack. ...similar to that of a WWII WLA.
August 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cajunwood Classic leather bags
Love these bags. Heavy leather with perfect stitching and fit. Room for all those things you wish you could bring along; rain gear, gloves etc.
April 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by ColonelG The product performs as designed except for
the bag supports that shipped with the bags simply did not fit my bike - so I elected to use the bags without the supports but there is metal hardware on the hard back of the bags that will scratch if not covered.
October 18, 2013