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Honda's saddlebags are crap in my opinion, overpriced and don't lock. I purchased Aftermarket Road Glide bags and put the on my Valkyrie. Functional, water tight and these lock. Will color match them later.
 

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I too have Honda leather bags. They do not lock and I had a moderately expensive item stolen. I have been looking for a substitute pair of bags. When I reached this point with my 99 Valk STD, I bought a set of used California Sidecar fiberglass bags. If you don't mind, where did you get the HD knock-offs and what is the quality like? Thank you, in advance.
 

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with all due respect,those bags on a bike as stream lined as the valk may be functional, but FUGGLY!!! especially from the rear! sorry guy, i don't mean to hurt your pride. corbin or nothin for me and as for now it is nothin untill i save for the corbins
 

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LOL, the Valkyrie 1800 is about as streamlined as Rosie O'Donnell's butt. The Corbin bags look nice but not $1989.00 nice, for IM plastic. Also Corbin has a reputation for not standing behind their warranty and poor workmanship. I have ~$450.00 invested in my bags, my not look the best but they are functional and easily removable.
 

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Used the Honda grab rail mounts $130.00, Bags $219.95, Mounts $55.59, Locks $11.95 Amazon.com for everything except the Honda mounts. Quality of the bags is very good. Come painted gloss Black. Will color match mine later.
 

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Used the Honda grab rail mounts $130.00, Bags $219.95, Mounts $55.59, Locks $11.95 Amazon.com for everything except the Honda mounts. Quality of the bags is very good. Come painted gloss Black. Will color match mine later.
I think color-matching them is gonna make all the difference in the world. The lines on the bags are kinda close to the contour of the radiator pods -- once they're the same color, I'll bet they look more like they belong. Looking forward to seeing that result.
 

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hey bmwblock , now i understand after looking at your handle! your a beemer guy. although i respect all bikers , you guys are famous for function over form ! as for corbin ,at least they made a effort to make some after market stuff for our machines, supply and demand dictates the price. that is why no one makes stuff for the valk, sounds like jr. high school economics to me. they have been in business a long time,must be doing something right. multitudes of products for many bikes but always SOMEONE to bitch about something they do or don't do. it is like, i'll never own a ford, i buy gmc.
 

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hey bmwblock , now i understand after looking at your handle! your a beemer guy. although i respect all bikers , you guys are famous for function over form ! as for corbin ,at least they made a effort to make some after market stuff for our machines, supply and demand dictates the price. that is why no one makes stuff for the valk, sounds like jr. high school economics to me. they have been in business a long time,must be doing something right. multitudes of products for many bikes but always SOMEONE to bitch about something they do or don't do. it is like, i'll never own a ford, i buy gmc.
I think it might be hit-or-miss with Corbin, or at least it used to be. There was a stretch of time a few years back that I'd seen quite a few complaints about post-sale customer service. Though I must say there seems to have been a marked improvement in that area in the last few years.

You're right about the Valk, though, and the CTX1300 I had before it, as far as after-market support for limited year, low-volume machines -- it's just not worth it for after-market manufacturers to tool up for them. And when they do, like in the case with Corbin bags, they have to recoup their costs somehow. So it really just comes down to an individual's preference as to whether they want to pay for it or not.
It's the price we pay for buying un-Harley's. :D
 

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yes ,you seem to understand what i'm talking about! not many think this way, corbin spends a lot on r&d to fit up for something, i give them credit for the fleetliner bags.they are a work of art , fit and finish and mounting perfect! BUT $$$! to each his own i guess
 

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Waaaaay toooooo wide. They stick out toooooo much. They stock oem leather bags fit perfect if you follow the directions as the left and right bag stays mount differently. The oem quality is top notch and their design matches the bike with the stock seat. Corbin also looks very nice as they are molded at the same angle of the rear fender. The oem bags can be found for less online for $829 with all mounting hardware and easily installed in 1.5 hrs.
 

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Did you get a pic after they were painted?
 

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I found a set of saddlebags off a 99 Valkyrie Interstate and made some brackets to mount them. They look great on the new valk and follow it's lines really nice. Although, it is tough to find a cheap set. Most people think that they are made of gold. Putting on the saddlebags allowed me to change my exhaust as well to a set of Rush pipes. win-win.

You could also look at Tsukayu. They make a really nice saddlebag in a few different sizes. It is what I was going to get until I got a deal on my Interstate bags.

https://www.tsukayu.com/Strong.htm
 

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Hey bscrive - would you happen to have a pic of your mounts?
The stock Valk IS bags tie to the fender strut - which the new Valk lacks.
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Yes, pics please.
I have a 98 Valk with Honda Hard Bags and really like them. After my "Corbin Sticker Shock" I began thinking about buying a used set and fabbing them on my 2014 F6C.
Remember..."Copying is the most sincere form of flattery"
 

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Finally got these mostly mocked up - still needs a little tweaking, but it's mostly done. Dropping the modified Legacy Valk Saddlebag mounts off at the welder tomorrow.:)

I am currently using the 2014 Valk Saddlebag mounts that work with the passenger seat - I ordered the ones that mount to the "fender", and not the passenger hand holds - but my dealership sees to have mixed up the order... :rolleyes: At any rate, the mounting holes are in the same place, as they still have to mate up with 2014 Valk Saddlebag frames.

The curved piece of aluminum is my trial fit piece; am having mild steel 3/16" (same thickness as the Honda brackets) plates water jet out tomorrow as well.

The "front" Legacy Valk arm with the tape on it is now 1/2 width; needed to cut off the back (up against the fender) of the tubular member and replace with 1/8" flat plate in order to bring the bags in closer. The tape is just holding it in place and making sure I do not scratch the fender. :eek:

The bottom front mount had to be cut off the Legacy Valk tubing - I used some piping from an old set of handlebars to make an insert, reduced it's diameter with my belt sander, and then cut out a section of tubing from my collection of old crash bars and luggage rack that had the right curve in order to mate with a flat plate that is bolted to the 2014 Valk Luggage Mount boss. Not shown, but I designed this so that the stock plastic fascia still fit. Once I get the other parts welded, I'll bring them back and fit them, tack this joint last, pull them apart, weld em up, final fit, then off to the powder coater.

Still not sure if the rear mount that spans from left saddlebag to right saddlebag is necessary. The 2014 Valk is ...shall we say... beamier... :D than the Legacy Valk. Which means I would have to do some more metal work to adapt the horizontal stay. Even if it is not needed for rigidity (and it might be), I may still do it; when the bike goes down, having one side connected to the other will help distribute the loading, hopefully not pushing the down-side saddlebag into the rear fender (actually its the aluminum sub-frame UNDER the fender that is of concern).

Anyhow, I think it will look good; Have the bags off at the painters to match the blue.

Still not sure that this was easier than just starting from scratch like Brian did (thanks again BSCRIVE!) ; but I like the idea of the saddlebag crash bar. Although it will not be as strong as the Legacy Valk setup - that was mounted to structural members on 3 corners; as opposed to bent 3/6" steel and an aluminum frame boss. I did try to adapt the 2014 Valk Saddlebag carriers - but it appeared harder to try and make them work with the Legacy Valk saddlebag size and mounting points.

Was a bit of a pita, but not too bad. Took me about 2 long weekends overall - with maybe half the time figuring things out. Used a hacksaw (a lot), table mounted bench sander (a lotter...), a 4" Makita hand grinder (hardest part was cutting off the backside of that front mount and fitting a 1/8" flat plate) and a drill press. If you have a welder, it will be easier - but you can just as well fab it yourself, then mark the (smallish) pieces and carry them to the welder; oddly enough, mine are in my Legacy Valk saddlebag at the moment for the ride to work tomorrow!

Paint and powder should both be done in a couple weeks; looking forward to some trips where I can carry something in addition to a comb and a credit card...;)
 

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