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