I ordered the lockable leather wrapped Viking bags and installed them today with the Honda mounting hardware.
Gotta say, I'm not impressed with the bags at all. First off all, they didn't ship their "Universal mounting hardware" with the bags like they were supposed to. Then I had to jump through a bunch of hoops to get them to sent it, including sending them a picture of what I didn't receive. Makes sense right? I ended up not needing their mounting hardware in the end, except for some of the washers.
Then right after I already drilled 2 of the holes, I saw that the glue they used to stick the leather to the plastic was letting go, and is smeared all over the back on one of the bags. The mounting bolts were going through that part so I figure that will hold it together anyway.
Speaking of the plastic, it is pretty thin, as is the leather. I am legitimately concerned that the mounting bolts will rip through eventually. And for a bag that is supposed to be leather with plastic inserts, the construction of the bag has a lot less leather than I was expecting. The entire back panel has no leather at all. It's just a sheet of thin plastic and that is meant to support all the weight.
The two bags look like they were made by two different companies trying to copy each other. The rivets aren't in the same location on each bag, the stitching around the outside edge is different thicknesses, and the hinges on each bag are not in the same place or level with each other.
I suppose you could chalk all of that up to the price you pay for a hand crafted product, but I don't believe they are hand crafted. At least not by anybody with any skill. The work is too sloppy. Especially that glue that is letting go and smeared all over the back of one of the bags.
I got these bags for 30% off of the original price of $275. The listed price and the price I paid are far too high for the product I received in my opinion. I know that motorcycle accessories are always way over priced, but even taking that into account, I feel pretty ripped off.
I would say that if you are going to order from Viking, get the hard bags. People seem to find those worth the price of admission. Unfortunately, $400 was just too rich for my blood.