Motorcycle Saddle Bags
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Motorcycle saddlebags are constructed in a wide variety of ways. The first major decision to make on this front is whether to choose hard bags or soft bags. The rigid walls of the hard bags make them extremely durable and offer the best protection for your belongings, whether it’s from being crushed, from getting wet in rain, or from theft. The downside is that they cannot be collapsed down when not in use and may require more modifications to be done to the bike before they can be mounted. Soft bags are nice and light and are usually easy to install, depending on the model and motorcycle. They can be removed with ease as well, making it more convenient to take your luggage with you. The downside is that they do not offer the best overall protection and most options are not completely waterproof on their own.
The way your saddlebags look is also important. They have to match the style of the bike, or they will stick out and be an eye sore. Leather bags are very popular for touring and cruiser bikes because of their authentic look. They do, however require more maintenance. Synthetic leather saddlebags provide the look of leather, but require far less maintenance. For a more detailed look, you can choose bags that are studded, have conchos, or have buckles. Sport bikes and ADV bikes look great with textile bags. The textile options are very durable as well. For added security, be sure to choose lockable saddlebags.
One of the most important considerations to make before choosing saddlebags is how they will be mounted to your machine. There are both universal and fitment specific options. The simplest mounting option is throw over bags. These bags use a yoke that goes under the seat or over the fender to hold the bags on the bike. The bags hang freely on the bike. You can add saddlebag support to hold the bags away from the fender, exhaust and tire. Rigid mount saddlebags provide a more securely fixed option. Depending on the shock location on your bike, you may need to choose bags with a shock cutout. Quick disconnect mounting allows to remove the bags without having to remove the whole mounting system.
At Dennis Kirk, you will find the best selection of motorcycle saddlebags for the lowest guaranteed prices. We keep the most bags in stock and ready to ship to you the same day that you order them. That way, you can get back out riding with the storage you need as soon as possible. And when your order is over $89, we will ship it to you absolutely free. Use our Shop By Ride selector at the top of the page to find all of the bags that fit your specific motorcycle. Also, if you are unsure of what is best for you, feel free to contact our knowledgeable Tech Support Team to have your questions answered.