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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-14-2010, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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New to the saddlebag world, questions.

Coming from sportbikes before I got my 900 classic last summer, never had bags before. Searching through bag threads here, I don't see many using throw-over type bags, that fit under or over the seat.

Should this style be avoided, vs. brackets, etc. ?
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-14-2010, 10:48 AM
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You can get just about any type of bags but make sure you get the supports too.


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use brackets regardless.... throwovers or fixed styles need to be held away from moving parts. throwovers can dull paint and without brackets they can get rubbed holes in them pretty qucikly. I found my first set of throwovers were cheaply made too and sagged and looked like Cr%$#@ pretty quickly.



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Coming from sportbikes before I got my 900 classic last summer, never had bags before. Searching through bag threads here, I don't see many using throw-over type bags, that fit under or over the seat.

Should this style be avoided, vs. brackets, etc. ?
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For your bike, i'd stay away from the throw-overs. The crossover piece will cause excessive wear on your seat or fender (where ever it rubs) and you still need to find a way to tie them down or you'll look like you're flapping wings going down the road and beat the crap out of your bike and whatever's in the bags.

They have quick-removal bracket type bags if you don't want to leave them on all the time.

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Throwovers suck... for 23 reasons...
Whether you get hard or soft doesn't matter as long as they're attached. However, I can recommend the Ghost Brackets though. I put them on my LT and really like being able to remove the bags for cleaning and maintenance.

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Keep away from throw overs for the reasons stated above, there are plenty of aftermarket leather and fiberglass bags and brackets avaiablel for this model, all with reinforced tubs, this keeps the shape and stops stuff from rubbing or falling into moving parts, also there a lot cheaper than OEM bags.

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Thanks guys. Rollingbones, I like those Ghost Brackets. Pricey, but they look well made. Same for their bags.
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I like the "lived in" look of toss over bags.. I hate the way-too-groomed look of the fiberglass or reinforced bags. If you have a backrest to stop the throwovers from sliding off you'll pretty much only have to tie one leather lace to each bag to stop it from flapping. Laces can span as far as you need to to find a crossmember. I take mine off and on so often it's nice to just untie a knot and lift them off.
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I bought these bags after looking high and low at lots of different options. These cost a little more than most, but I think they were well worth it. I just couldn't see throwing sloppy bags on a nice looking bike. I went back and forth between the Kawi factory bags and these (ussaddlebags) for quite a while.
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