Originally Posted by trayski
Do not get the Viking bags...it looks so easy to install on their website. What they don't mention is that you have to relocate your turn signals and license plate.
Unless you go with a swing arm bag just about any saddles bags that hold more than a bottle of water and pack of smokes are going to require a turn signal relocation. And you don't have to relocate your license plate.
I bought the Viking Dyna Super Glide FXD Spear Shock-Cutout Saddlebags and then their quick disconnect mounting system. Save yourself some trouble if you do go with Viking and order the quick disconnect mount kit when you order the bags. Super easy install. If you check out the other mounting brackets out there like Easy Brackets or EZ-Brackets they are exactly the same brackets. I think they're all made in the same factory in Pakistan. The mounting hardware that comes with the Viking bags is essentially worthless. A real shame since the bags are really thick high quality leather wrapped around a fiberglass shell. I couldn't find a better bag for the price
IMO. Their customer service is hit or miss being able to reach anyone.
I'd probably buy another set of bags from Viking. I also went with the HD turn signal relocation kit which comes with the lay back license plate frame. Killed two birds with one stone. Turn signal relocation should take about 30 minutes. On my 2012 FXDC the insulation on the turn signal wires was too thick to feed through the mounting tube on the relocation kit so I had to remove the insulation and then redo with shrink tubing once I had the wires routed to the plugs inside the brake light.
In a nutshell I have a large nice set of bags on a lockable quick disconnect mount for about $300. The bags also come with locks. Each lock was keyed differently. Pictures below.
"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both" - Benjamin Franklin
2012 FXDC "Big Blue Pearl"
2010 XL883L "Vivid Black"
Moisture free since 2011