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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-03-2008, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Harley Bags on VTX

Anyone tried this, hows it work out, I can fabricate brackets just need to know if they will line up where the shocks are and any opinions or experience dealing with mounting

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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-03-2008, 11:37 PM
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Re: Harley Bags on VTX

Harley Davidson has made a lot of different saddlebags over the years.

Some of our forum members are riding around with old 1970s style Harley police bags
mounted on their VTX bikes. Others have the newer leather covered saddlebags
from the RoadKings.

I was looking into the saddlebags off a newer ElectraGlide (2000 and up) but
was put off by the inboard portion being indented to wrap around the rear shock.
I was mostly concerned that if I mounted that saddlebag over the outside
of the rear shock on my VTX bike that I would lose the ability to carry a passenger.
Really, you need to mount the bag behind the rear shocks to carry a passenger.

I had LeatherLyke bags for a couple of years before one of mine developed
a nasty crack. I repaired it, but after that spent a lot of time worrying
when and where the next crack would show up. Gave away the used saddlebags
to a friend who still has not mounted them on his bike yet, and probably never will.



I had Harley police bags (white skinny ones from the 1970s) on my bike for a few months,
partly for the novelty and because there are at least three local police agencies
riding around on Harleys with white saddlebags. If you look around, youy can often find
those saddlebags for sale from guys who want their Harleys to become "choppers".
They will part with the bags cheap, especially if they have a few scratches in them
from a slide on the pavement.



But the brackets that I made to
mount those bags did not allow me to mount my luggage rack, and the saddlebags
themselves were way too skinny to carry the things that I like to carry in my
saddlebags, like for instance a spare half helmet.
For me, the bags were too small to be useful.

I ended up purchasing a set of Dyer Fiberglass Works saddlebags and mounting
them on an EasyBracket that mounts on my luggage rack, where I later mounted
the matching trunk that Dyers sells.

I suppose that I could have mounted the Harley bags on the same type of
EasyBracket, but that would not have made the Harley bags wide enough
to carry a half helmet inside.

Dyers Classic saddlebags and trunk with Hondaline windshield


Dyers saddlebags and trunk with fairing

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post #3 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-04-2008, 01:55 AM
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Re: Harley Bags on VTX

Here's my VTX 1800 S with Harley Softail Heritage saddlebags. They are mounted over the shocks and my wife has room for her feet (but just barely). I have 2" extensions for the the rear pegs on order to give her a little more room.

I bought more than one set of saddlebags to find, what I felt, was "just right" on my Retro styled VTX. I love how the H/D bags look on the bike and there's plenty of room for what I want to bring. I had a buddy modify the stock brackets so they would fit up to the VTX. We held the bags up to the bike so they were behind the shocks when we were doing some trial fitting, but I didn't like the way they looked.

I have a set of H/D Road King leather covered hard bags that I didn't end up using that I'm going to sell. Let me know if you have any interest.


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By bvanvick at 2008-08-06
2005 VTX 1800-S, black, whitewalls, 2-up windshield, 3" Big Straights custom cut at a 45 degree angle, light bar, Harley Heritage saddlebags, LED front and rear turn signals, 11.5" Progressive rear springs, Progressive front springs, Peaceful Cruzin tank bra, etc.
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Re: Harley Bags on VTX

j- i have some pics of brackets fabbed for HD road king classic mate to vtx18c - not my project, found on the web while i was considering this project. i'll email them to you.

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Re: Harley Bags on VTX

For me the down side of the HD bags on my VTX was the gap between the rear fender and bag. The VTX is not designed for this type of bag. The wheel base is kinda short and the rear shocks are not made into the frame so you end up with a gap. Larger than I want. I have seen VTX's with HD hard bags and some with both bags and fairing. The fairing looks good on a X but I just didn't want the gap. The newer bags will hold a lot though.
A friend has the Valk. interstate bags on her X and they look good on it.
I tried to find a photo of a X with harley bags but it was nil.
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Re: Harley Bags on VTX

I agree that a big gap between the bag and fender doesn't look good. That's why I had the stock brackets re-made to fit the VTX and I didn't use Ghost or Easy brackets.

Here's a pic of mine from the back. Not very much gap.


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By bvanvick at 2008-08-06
2005 VTX 1800-S, black, whitewalls, 2-up windshield, 3" Big Straights custom cut at a 45 degree angle, light bar, Harley Heritage saddlebags, LED front and rear turn signals, 11.5" Progressive rear springs, Progressive front springs, Peaceful Cruzin tank bra, etc.
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Re: Harley Bags on VTX

Pickle, that has got to be one of the cleanest S's that I've seen. Pipes, bags, seats, backrest, it's all put together nicely.

Can you give alittle input on what or how you mounted the bags so close to the fender? Can you remove them easily? I've got easybrackets and would like to bring the rear closer to the fender.

Sorry for the highjack. I prolly should've PM'd but I thought others may wanna know.
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Pickle, that has got to be one of the cleanest S's that I've seen. Pipes, bags, seats, backrest, it's all put together nicely.

Can you give alittle input on what or how you mounted the bags so close to the fender? Can you remove them easily? I've got easybrackets and would like to bring the rear closer to the fender.

Sorry for the highjack. I prolly should've PM'd but I thought others may wanna know.

Thanks for the prop's! I appreciate it!

The Heritage bags I bought had the tube brackets still attached to the bags. There are two spacers welded on the top of the brackets that the bolts that go into the fender braces go through. We cut the Heritage bracket and relocated the spacers farther apart so they line up with the VTX fender brace holes. So, the only thing that holds the bag away from the fender is a 1/2" or so round tube bracket. To remove them, I have to take out the 2 bolts that go through the saddlebag bracket and into the fender brace. They aren't as easy to remove as Easy brackets, but I will sacrafice some ease of removal to make sure they look "just right".

It's kind of hard to put into words, but I hope you can follow what I'm saying.

Again, thanks for the kind words about the bike!!!


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2005 VTX 1800-S, black, whitewalls, 2-up windshield, 3" Big Straights custom cut at a 45 degree angle, light bar, Harley Heritage saddlebags, LED front and rear turn signals, 11.5" Progressive rear springs, Progressive front springs, Peaceful Cruzin tank bra, etc.
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Re: Harley Bags on VTX

Yup I uderstand what'cher sayin'. Think I'll do something like that with my CC bags.

Thanks.
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Re: Harley Bags on VTX

Hey Marang,

Is that an Ultimate seat on your VTX?

I like my Corbin (even though their customer service sucks), but I'd love to have an Ultimate Big Boy. The problem I'm having is how to have a backrest for my wife. She won't ride without one and I don't want a sissy bar / backrest type deal. I really like the backrest that attaches to the passenger pillion, but Ultimate doesn't make a passenger pillion the accepts a backrest.

I have even thought about buying a rider seat only and trying to make it work with the Corbin passenger pillion. I'm sure that would be tough to do, though.


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2005 VTX 1800-S, black, whitewalls, 2-up windshield, 3" Big Straights custom cut at a 45 degree angle, light bar, Harley Heritage saddlebags, LED front and rear turn signals, 11.5" Progressive rear springs, Progressive front springs, Peaceful Cruzin tank bra, etc.
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