Solid saddlebags, you're going to face the same issues, just replace "sewing machine" with "welder".i was thinking about doing something with some surplus ammo cans, using some kind of a metal bracket from hobby lobby to attach to both the can and the body. since the cans are waterproof, i wouldn't have to worry about sealing them. and I can easily add on a padlock. just didn't know if anyone had every done anything DIY before.
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Since one would need a really GOOD 'Leather' sewing machine, and most are NOT capable of sewing through the thick leather that would be needed for a set of saddlebags, AND one would need to purchase quite a big piece of leather, which ALSO isn't cheap, the cost would probably be more prohibitive than just buying a set off eBay or someone else. I've even seen nice looking sets of hard saddlebags on eBay for $50-80, including having LED lights built into them. I also got a set of 'buffalo leather saddlebags' from there for $50 about 12 years ago, and they only wore out (a.k.a. a mouse chewed through one to get to the snack bar I had in one) about 2 years ago, so lasted for about 10 years total. I've seen the same set of bags on eBay lately for about $80, but for lasting that long, I'd say they're worth it, since that set came with windshield bag, tool roll, backpack, sissy bar bag, and rain covers with the saddlebags. To replace them, I got a nicer looking set at a local rally for $119, which are still on the bike a couple years later, and still looking fairly new. Since getting them, though, I took off the zippered cross over under the seat, and cut holes in them to mount them directly to the fender supports.
I actually saw a set like you're talking about for sale on eBay, already drilled and setup to mount. You might want to check it out, if that's what you want.I've seen miliatry surplus ammo cans used as saddle bags...
water tight and steel so they're easy to weld on to a bracket or drill and bolt on.