A big thanks to Mike from the 2015 Motorcycle Supershow for sending me pix of my Head Designer- Mandy Monroe, J. Casey wonna be- Stucky and myself receiving some hardware for 6th, 4th and 1st in the Level 3 Builders Café Class!
Throughout my years of riding and
accessorizing my bikes, I've found that universally manufactured gear can be
extremely hit or miss. While it's best to find motorcycle luggage that works
best in a number of different environments, sometimes this can be a detrimental
drawback to the usefulness and fitting of the bag itself. Apart from their
legacy as an iconic bike company, Harley
Davidson uses similar design aesthetics in the framework and fairing
construction on many of their models. When shopping for aftermarket gear like
saddlebags, this becomes a clear advantage in selections and availability.
Standing high above the competition, Viking Bags remains one of my personal
favorite luggage manufacturers. If you're looking for an attractive and
reliable set of Harley Davidson luggage, Viking Bags' lineup should be on your
The Importance of a Well-Placed
If there's one piece of gear that's become
an iconic tradition for riders all over the world, it's the motorcycle
saddlebag. These side luggage bags transform two-wheeled bikes to true
long-distance warriors, allowing everything from extra clothing to extra parts
to be by your side. But modern
motorcycle saddlebags have become even more adaptable and durable
than ever before, using only the toughest materials and innovative styling to
carry your luggage to unimaginable destinations. Personally, I've chosen a set
of saddlebags that are easy to remove and mount on any of my motorcycles, that
way I spend less time actually installing the luggage and more time on the road
enjoying the ride. But I've also gone through my fair share of saddlebags over
the years, and I've learned more lessons about durability than any rider should
Mounting Hardware Hassles
I've learned that buying a pair of
saddlebags that don't come with their own mounting gear, then trying to mount
the saddlebags with a set of local hardware store nuts and bolts will end
terribly...and cost more than I'm willing to admit. I've also learned that just
because a high-quality leather saddlebag costs more, doesn't mean the leather
will last in poor weather conditions. I've ruined electronics in misty rain
weather before, because I thought the traditional flap-style cover was a good
idea on a rainy evening. In fact, I wouldn't buy another motorcycle saddlebag
without a weatherproofed sealant around the exterior. My valuables are mine,
and no ride is worth losing gear over a little inclement weather.
Harley Specific Saddlebags for Unique
Now, when you've got a specific model of
motorcycle in mind, selecting the right saddlebag becomes even easier. Harley saddlebags are generally built to flow
with the natural design of these cruiser legends, so you can always match your
beauty with something really special. As mentioned previously, Viking Bags can
do no wrong in the luggage department, blending affordability with stylish
sophistication in one fell swoop. Speaking of classic aesthetics, the Harley Davidson Dyna Charger series saddlebags is one of my absolute favorites; it features
minimalistic construction, chrome-polished studs and a quick-release buckle
system for easy yet protective access to the interior compartments. This
saddlebag puts convenient luggage storage out of the way, allowing me to store
extra helmets, riding gear and work accessories with the greatest of ease.
Go Big For A Luxurious Ride
Of course, you might want something a
little bigger for your everyday needs, and Viking certainly gets it done right.
Ergonomically constructed and perfectly fit for any Harley Davidson, the
large-sized Nomad Universal bag makes a perfect companion for those
long-distance adventures, the everyday commutes and the all-season rides.
Installing a larger bag on the side of your motorcycle gives you the ability to
pack more luggage into one ride, sure, but it also creates a more aggressive
appearance by showing off your new sporting saddlebags to the world. You'll
never run out of room the larger you go, and with a Harley Davidson
purpose-built saddlebag, you know even the smallest storage items are protected
along the way. But the great thing about owning a Harley Davidson is the simple
fact that no aftermarket gear is ever enough. I keep an extra set of saddlebags
handy for stylistic purposes, but you may want to outfit your bike with a new
set of luggage every time you leave home.
Low Rider Excellence
While Harley Davidson motorcycles all
feature a signature styling that simply cannot be replicated, there comes a
time when certain models are best served when gear is custom-tailored to their
frame. To get a little bit more specific for a moment, Dyna
Low Ryder Saddlebags can really make this classic beauty stand
out from the rest of the pack. A simple pair of side luggage not only helps you
pack down your gear on a long road trip, it widens the stance and makes the
Dyna Low Rider that much meaner on the streets. But the saddlebag market runs
so deep, everybody can find exactly what they want without fear of losing any
actual bike space. Side pockets, interior pockets, hidden pockets and
compartment dividers all make themselves useful when it comes to storage. The
Dyna Low Rider is already a modern work of art, and even the addition of the
right saddlebags can make it look even more iconic. Of course, nothing beats
the convenience of lockable storage, either!
In a world where customizing exhaust pipes,
handlebars, rims and even gas tanks are the main priority in aftermarket gear,
saddlebags can often be an afterthought when accessorizing a motorcycle.
Everybody needs a pair, but it's usually not the same as buying a new
transmission. In many situations, upgrading to a new pair of saddlebags will
not only help complete the look of your bike like no other aftermarket
accessory, these side luggage compartments will also help you travel farther,
carry more personal items and make the whole experience that much better. It's
true – saddlebags allow you to take your motorcycle farther than you ever
your luggage and settle in for a nice, long ride. You're going to be
here for a while!
It's taken me a couple of days to recover from the Supershow, Holidays and the weeks leading up to these event. We had a great showing in the newly added Level 3 Builders Café Racers Class and taking 6th, 4th and the big daddy 1st place for Tony R.'s '82 V-Go. Thanks to an understanding wife, Paint Werx, Brightside and Tony for helping me build a great bike...Cheers!