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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-19-2010, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of saddlebags do you have?(anyone with Beetle Bags?)

I am looking around for some saddlebags for my '09 Custom. I was curious what some of you guys had and liked. Would love to see some pictures too!

I was talking to a dealer and he mentioned Mike Corbin's "Beetle Bags." I have looked them up and really like them, but don't know how they would do on a Custom instead of a Classic. Or how they would do on a '09 since that year model isn't listed on the website. If anyone does have them what is your overall impression? Will they work with passenger floorboards?(cobra swept) I have a sissybar so as far as spacing for mounting I think that I am fine.

Here is the link to them...

http://www.corbin.com/kawasaki/kv900bag.shtml

Am not sure if I really want hard bags or not, but I think that these look great and don't "slow the look" of the bike as my wife says...

Thanks for the help!!!

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I doubt they would work, unless you put a classic fender on a custom (bolts right up)
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What types of bags do any of you have on your 900's? I am still looking and just wanted to hear from users rather than pick one and be dissatisfied.

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I've got Saddlemen jumbo teardrops on my Classic. They're alright. If I was going to do it over I'd get hard bags, but that's on a Classic. I don't know how they'd look on a Custom. Right off hand, I'd say leather might look better on a Custom.

Those Beetle Bags look really nice, but those prices!!! I've got a Corbin seat and I will attest to their quality and customer service (both top notch). But that's a lot for bags.

Whatever you get, I'd highly recommend some sort of quick release set up.

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I've got Saddlemen jumbo teardrops on my Classic. They're alright. If I was going to do it over I'd get hard bags, but that's on a Classic. I don't know how they'd look on a Custom. Right off hand, I'd say leather might look better on a Custom.

Those Beetle Bags look really nice, but those prices!!! I've got a Corbin seat and I will attest to their quality and customer service (both top notch). But that's a lot for bags.

Whatever you get, I'd highly recommend some sort of quick release set up.
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Should you ever decide to go with the hard bags, I might be interested in your Jumbos. I have the same bags in the Large size and wish I had gone with the Jumbos...

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I've got a set of the OEM bags on my 09 Custom SE and am very happy with them. I wish they were a little deeper, but that would be my only change. The bags I have are the Alamo bags in std width. http://www.kawasaki.com/KawasakiNew/...CategoryID=160

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Finally heard from my stealership that my Saddlemen hard mount bags are in for my '09 Classic. Will pick them up today or tomorrow, mount them and then post pics. I was told that these bags were specifically made for the VN 900s. Stay tuned.
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I've got Viking bags on my Custom, love um. The company gets a lot of bad press for bad customer service, but the bags are holding up well and they have a few different styles.


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Should you ever decide to go with the hard bags, I might be interested in your Jumbos. I have the same bags in the Large size and wish I had gone with the Jumbos...
Will do, but I will probably keep these til the sun disintegrates them.

BTW, I had a problem with them sagging to the point where they were rubbing the frame (5 lb per bag limit, my ass! I was a little abusive), so I got 2 plastic cutting boards 1/4" thick and cut them to fit the back of the bags. Then I bolted them on along with the little hook thing that goes over the support. Now I can put almost anything in 'em! We've done our grocery shopping, milk jugs & all and not had a problem.

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I have seen those beetles on a 1600 classic in laconia. man they look real nice and mold to the bike sweet. Price is nuts but you get what you pay for.

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