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I am confused.

I have some old, floppy, weather saddle bags for 93 vt1100.

I want some new ones. Rigid type. Eyeing up a couple castle and saddleman ones. Now, I don't have the support brackets. Guy at the dealership told me you actually mount them to the brackets and they stay put... is this true? I thought you do the throw over thing, put your passenger seat on and the brackets only held the bags away from your shock and fenders...

BTW, my blinkers are in the stock position... and I'd prefer them to stay there if possible.
 

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Either way is Ok. Rigid mounted is more secure and they won't move with the wind as much. Throwing it over the fender is also Ok. The brackets prevent the bags from getting sucked into your rear wheel.

You could convert your existing saddlebags into more rigid ones by adding plastic inserts into the bags.
 

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You could convert your existing saddlebags into more rigid ones by adding plastic inserts into the bags.

Definitely. See attached... makes a great improvement!

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So if I get some throw over bags, can they be rigid mounted too?
 

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So if I get some throw over bags, can they be rigid mounted too?
Yes, they can. It will require some customizing of the bags but it can be done. I made some semi rigid bags out of some willie max throughs. I reinforec the bags with plastic on the back side. Then I change 2 of the fender bolts those bolts with a stud on the end and secured the bags to the rail with a wing nut. Not quite Quick disconnect but easily removed.
 

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I think rigid bags are easier to rigid mount. But, recently I did a rigid mount on a friend's throw overs, then cut off the yoke and tossed it. We made up some mounts from flat aluminum stock and drilled them so we could bolt through them into the seat brace bolts. The mounts, placed inside the bags, looked like a "T". He already had a good set of bag braces installed and I would not have done the rigid mount with soft bags without bag braces.
 

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Curious, anybody find bags that work with the existing signal lights and stock shocks? The guys at Iron Pony tell me I need to move the lights or shocks to fit their bags. They also wanted $80 for the bag bars, and I know I can get a universal for $40. So... have good bags that mount with minor mods?
 

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Most SMALL bags will work with the lights in the stock location, under 12" length.
 

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I never need to haul much, so some smaller ones would work great for me. I don't even like the look of having bags, but they are more of a requirement I'll have to live with.
 

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Check the Eureka Boy website for a complete write up on hard mounting of soft bags.
I ride a Shadow Spirit 1100 and the mod worked for me.
Bags are much more secure with the hard mount.
Eureka boy also has a write up for a very easy turn signal relocation.

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Problem is I have a 93 VT 1100 (pre-spirit) and am not sure if that bracket will work. Maybe I could make something...
 

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Also, what do you do with the holes left over in the rails where the blinkers used to be?
 

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I fastened my Willie&Max bags to the fender rail, with large "ZipTies" through them with support...
I use them corrogated plastic (political) signs cut to fit fer stiffening up the sides of the bags...
** This gets that garbage off the side of the road too...**
Fender mounted Bag supports were already in place by PO...
I`ve now fashioned a second set of W&Ms to fit, "throw over" the ones fastened on fer MORE storage fer my trip...
I`ll get pics later,
Dennis
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Is my bike supposed to have some stock supports because I have nothing.

Just wish aftermarket supports weren't so expensive... Heck, $75+ for some little brackets?
 

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Problem is I have a 93 VT 1100 (pre-spirit) and am not sure if that bracket will work. Maybe I could make something...
Just make one. I litterally made mine out of a piece of flat. put in a vice to bend it. Drilled 4 holes and done. No need to spend money when I got the flat for free.
 

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I seen some bags on leatherup that claim to have a rigid insert. Reasonable prices it seemed.
 

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just get the direct mount. don't try you own " customizing ". i have some cheap ones that work great, but i'm looking at the Viking bags now. they will match your bike and have a nice selection & good price.
 

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