Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Quimper Peninsula
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I think they are ok and I am warming to them. The Honda bags are more user friendly than the Leatherworks, Inc., bags I had on my 1500 Valkyrie. I'm glad I got the studded ones. On closer examination, I have to agree with you they are all leather with the exception of the side that mounts to the braket. It will be interesting how well they absorb the Obenauf's Leather Preservative Oil.
The saddlebag hardware is all installed on the bike but the saddlebags are not mounted yet. I have a wide variety of stainless steel fender washers out in my storage unit and I want to use them to help spread out the weight on the saddlebag mounting surface. It may be a solution to a non-existing problem but it can't hurt. I'm also replacing the OEM socket head bolts with stainless steel button head bolts to have a smoother rounded profile in the bag. I'm thinking the button head bolts will do less damage to anything in the bags.
I was considering removing the passenger footpeg, passenger seat, and sissybar pad since I don't plan on having any passengers. But then I am going back for my 52nd high school reunion and I promised my old girlfriend that I would give her a ride so the passenger stuff may stay.
I was having an issue with both the gear shift and rear brake peddle being too low so today I did replace the factory driver's footpeg with Knight Design LLC lowering pegs with a 29mm drop. I have yet to try them out.
Last edited by Farther; 01-07-2021 at 01:12 AM.