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Question Saddle Bags lets see your setups!

Ok here is the deal I'm trying to make a baby old school bagger. I'm not looking to break the bank but would like a set of throw over leathers saddle bags that will fit the street and not hit the shock or a set that has a harder inside panel that I can screw in with the mounting gear that comes with the rear rack. I'm not spending 390+ dollars to get a set of very ugly bags to get a wire hangers worth of metal for no reason. And with the rear rack on the bike it keeps the bags off the paint no questions asked. So what do you use? What works on the bike for you? What or how do you suggest to mod for other bags? Thank you all for your time and if anyone else has bag questions feel free to ask hopefully we can all make our bikes better together.
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Would also love the know if anyone has found a swing arm bag that works as well? Thank you again.
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Hey Navyvet, have you looked at the active topics under the thread "mods done to street 500"? lots of posts there.
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No saddle bags here, I just didn't think I would ever carry that much gear. I do have a bag bungeed to the luggage rack as you can see, and can also strap another bag on top of that one if needed.
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Hey Navyvet, have you looked at the active topics under the thread "mods done to street 500"? lots of posts there.
VP-56 and VT-10.
Thank you for the heads up thought it would be under here.
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No saddle bags here, I just didn't think I would ever carry that much gear. I do have a bag bungeed to the luggage rack as you can see, and can also strap another bag on top of that one if needed.
I'm one of the "Travel light and carry a big credit card" riders and have typically used about a one cubic-foot backpack for my touring needs. It always held enough for a week or so on the road that is my typical road trip.....

But I'm planning a road trip to Arizona in late May that's now going to be over 4,000 miles and running into perhaps 3-weeks. I've upgraded for this trip. I ride my Sportster for road trips and I've recently purchased a much larger leather "sissy-bar" bag that has about 3-times the storage capacity of my little leather backpack.

I'm going to prepack it soon and I'm planning on creating a thread to address what to take on a long road trip. I'm still packing "light" but with a lot more than I take on a week-long road trip.

BTW My much larger leather sissy bar bag only cost $50 and I agree with the idea of not wasting money just to provide storage on your motorcycle.
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Ok here is the deal I'm trying to make a baby old school bagger. I'm not looking to break the bank but would like a set of throw over leathers saddle bags that will fit the street and not hit the shock or a set that has a harder inside panel that I can screw in with the mounting gear that comes with the rear rack. I'm not spending 390+ dollars to get a set of very ugly bags to get a wire hangers worth of metal for no reason. And with the rear rack on the bike it keeps the bags off the paint no questions asked. So what do you use? What works on the bike for you? What or how do you suggest to mod for other bags? Thank you all for your time and if anyone else has bag questions feel free to ask hopefully we can all make our bikes better together.
I have a pair of leather saddle bags that were given to me for my Sportster that I'd give to you if you'll pay shipping. They can use a little mink oil or other leather treatment because they've dried out due to non-use but could easily be revitalized. With a little effort I'm sure they could be adapted for the Street although they're not designed for it. I would guess that shipping would be less than $20 but don't know for sure. Let me know by PM if you're interested. I'd like to get rid of them because I never used them and they're just lying around doing nothing.

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On one of the saddlebag posts I said I would post some pictures. I finally took some pictures and can show my several set ups.
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