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Now that my new Corbin solo (Gunfighter) seat is breaking in, I'm looking at longer multiple-day trips, so probably the OEM Honda saddlebags, and moving the handlebar about 3/4" toward my shoulders. Do the Honda bags work OK with the Corbin seat? Which mounting brackets are needed? Opinions on bar risers?

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I don't have the Gunfighter but I do have their dual tour seat and I have no issues at all with the OEM bags. I am also using the OEM mounts and OEM stays which are both needed to mount the bags. Possible made of gold to account for their price.

There are 2 different OEM mounts, one for single seat set ups and one for dual seats. The stays are the same for both. You can get the part numbers from here...
http://powersports.honda.com/2014/gold-wing-valkyrie/accessories.aspx

There is a nice post here about installing them...
http://www.f6cforum.com/forum/9-honda-f6c-parts-accessories/6050-saddle-bags.html

As for the risers I have not done it personally but I have read stories from people that have, well not risers as such but new extended bars. The short story is that it is not easy. There is no slack to do anything with the wiring, hydraulics and the control cables so apparently it is a ******* of a job but doable if you are super keen.
 

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thanks alot for the links-
that makes it as clear as it's gonna get.

i'll leave in the morning for a 3 day tour of NE Washington- and see if I can live well enough out of my expanded tail bag. a little nervous about being in the mountains without my old Roadcrafter and electrics. too bad we never seem to get our money back out of those golden OEM accessories when we sell a bike, huh?

i'm unwilling (yet) to re-do any cables, wiring, hoses to move the bars , and looks like the stock stuff would accommodate that much movement without f**king things up. one way to find out, i guess...

thanks, Shrubbo............
 

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I put on my own custom bars and I don't regret it one bit. Yes, it was a bit of work lengthening everything, but well worth it. I just couldn't take the odd angle my elbow was in riding with the OEM bars. I ended up putting 16" long bars in. Now, the bars come to me instead of me going to the bars. If I were to do it again I would have made 14" bars.
 

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I put on my own custom bars and I don't regret it one bit. Yes, it was a bit of work lengthening everything, but well worth it. I just couldn't take the odd angle my elbow was in riding with the OEM bars. I ended up putting 16" long bars in. Now, the bars come to me instead of me going to the bars. If I were to do it again I would have made 14" bars.
OK I'm curious (and a bit confused) about this, are you saying your handlebars are only 16" wide? What is the rise, angle, and pullback of your current bars? Did you need to order longer cables or did you reroute the oem cables to make them fit?
 

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I now have a pullback of 16". The OEM bars had a pullback of 8" The grips are 32" wide, the same as the OEM bars.
I had to extend the wiring by 8" by splicing wires in for each wire. I cut the wiring harnesses in half and soldered 8" pieces in.
I had to order new clutch line, brake line and throttle cables that were 8" longer than stock.
 

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I now have a pullback of 16". The OEM bars had a pullback of 8" The grips are 32" wide, the same as the OEM bars.
I had to extend the wiring by 8" by splicing wires in for each wire. I cut the wiring harnesses in half and soldered 8" pieces in.
I had to order new clutch line, brake line and throttle cables that were 8" longer than stock.
OK that makes a lot more sense, I guess I should have known, but in my defense I'm still a newbie with bikes. :redface: That sounds like a bit of a project, how much time did it take you? Do you think I'd have to lengthen the wires/cables if I only want an extra couple inches?
 

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I have the Corbin seat and OEM bags and it all fits together well with no issues. The bags are a little smaller than I would like, but still bigger than the bags you can buy for the Valkyrie from Corbin.
 

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I am 6' tall with a 31" inseam. When I ride with the stock seats I can feel the passenger seat pressing against me. I removed the passenger seat and this is much better. My question is how does the Corbin gunfighter compare to the stock seat with the passenger seat removed.
 

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I am 6' tall with a 31" inseam. When I ride with the stock seats I can feel the passenger seat pressing against me. I removed the passenger seat and this is much better. My question is how does the Corbin gunfighter compare to the stock seat with the passenger seat removed.
If you buy the stock gunfighter, you will sit a bit farther back than stock, like 1"-2". I'm not as tall as you, but I doubt you would have any issues with the seating position.

I don't know where you're at, but if you're anywhere near GA, you can sit on mine and see for yourself.
 

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I am in Pensacola, FL so it would be quite a hike to Woodstock, GA but I certainly appreciate the offer. I did a 100 mile ride Sunday morning on some backroads and had a really good time but I was ready to get off when I got home.
 

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OK that makes a lot more sense, I guess I should have known, but in my defense I'm still a newbie with bikes. :redface: That sounds like a bit of a project, how much time did it take you? Do you think I'd have to lengthen the wires/cables if I only want an extra couple inches?
Sorry for the late reply.

There is not a lot of play in the wires and clutch/brake lines. These would probably have to be lengthened.

You would probably be fine with the throttle cables, though.

It took me a weekend to lengthen the wires and install all the new cables and lines.
 

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I now have a pullback of 16". The OEM bars had a pullback of 8" The grips are 32" wide, the same as the OEM bars.
I had to extend the wiring by 8" by splicing wires in for each wire. I cut the wiring harnesses in half and soldered 8" pieces in.
I had to order new clutch line, brake line and throttle cables that were 8" longer than stock.
Where did you get your clutch brake and throttle cables?
And where did you get custom bars?
 

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I'm 5'11" and bony.
I rode for awhile with the stock seat without the passenger seat, and being an old broken-up guy, wanted a little more lower back support, so got the Gunfighter solo, which like tuboyoshi said, moved me back about an inch, making me completely straight-armed. I then got 1" riser blocks from Twisted Throttle (part # gm.H121). They popped right on, didn't have to touch the wires or cables. Downsides: they don't come in black, and the instrument pod mounting bracket has to be re-fabbed a bit. This also raises the Honda Boulevard screen, depending on how you rotate the bars (I'm still experimenting...). Seat, airflow at all speeds, reach to bars, all work better now. A little smaller black oval mirrors, black powdercoated the stock hand and foot levers, and it rides and looks good to me. Now, as usual, how 'bout another 100 horses?...
 
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