I bought these medium deluxe lockable saddlebags for my Suzuki S-40 knowing upfront they wouldn't fit. The nylon straps attached to the bottom and even the wide throw over straps were all cut off and discarded. I bought a couple of yards of 1 inch wide black nylon strapping (backpack straps), a spool of black very strong upholstery thread, the appropriate needle and 4 sets of D-rings all from Jo-Ann Fabric and two 2 oz. tubes of E6000 adhesive from Michael's. First, new turn-signals had to be relocated from the chrome fender bar to the luggage rack vertical surfaces that support the luggage shelf. I glued 2 straps per bag to the underside of the bag lids with the E6000 adhesive at 90 degrees to the fabric lid hinge, very close to the hinge itself. One strap in front of and another one immediately behind the hinge. These straps were glued all the way across the top of the lids (6 inches) in a rather deep puddle of glue and allowed to cure overnight. The following day an additional wider glue puddle was poured over the exposed side of the straps completely encapsulating the strap in a shiny yet flexible bond about 1.5 inches wide and allowed to cure again overnight. The glue is somewhat viscous and with careful support and blocking in both X and Y directions you'll do just fine. An additional 5th strap was constructed with D-rings at both ends. In use this strap lays across the operator seat just forward of the ridge between operator and the passenger. Since this is pulled aft slightly, it stays put, against this sloped cushion. The D-rings are arranged so that they fall over the edge of the seat before the straps from the bag are laced in. When the front bag straps are pulled up tight in the D-rings, there is only about 1 inch of bag strap left unpulled through the rings. Aft, one strap was left long, the other had a D-ring set at 5 inches. This allowed the long strap to engage the D-ring directly behind the center of the seat (between the seat and the luggage rack) Be sure to sear the ends of the straps after cutting so they don't unravel. Also, when attaching D-rings to the end of a strap, sew them in tight with lots of thread. They should stay in whatever position you put them in. The alternative is continuously tightening and retightening loose D-rings. On the right side of the motorcycle a hold-down strap was run between the belt-tightening screw on the end of the swing arm and the luggage rack. This keeps the bag off the rotating back wheel. On the left side, the belt guard performs this function. This arrangement works well for a couple of reasons: 1st the hinge line of the lid is almost exactly in the same vertical plane as the bottom of the lid. (the bags neither tighten or loosen on the straps as the bags are opened) 2nd the inside wall of the bags won't be pulled inward by the straps, because their not attached to the inside wall. In fact, because their attached to the lid, the load is transferred to the outer "cuff" of the lid to the outside wall through the velcro but primarily through the "leather" straps that close the bag. Unless your installation is on a Suzuki S-40 there will be some, maybe several variations on what I've done. I had the turn signals done at a motorcycle shop. Originally I had planned on placing the throw over strap under the seat, but electrical components and wiring stymied that idea. The narrow straps under the seat might have worked but the seat is a pain in the ass to remove and I really wasn't looking for a permanent installation. As is I can remove or replace both bags as a unit, in about 30 seconds. The bags appear to be well made and should last a very long time. A little creativity can go a long way towards a successful installation. I've only completed this job within the last week, but I've gone to the market and returned with two six packs of beer, two half gallons of milk and two loaves of bread, in one trip. Good luck. Joe
Deluxe Lockable Motorcycle Saddlebags.
The Deluxe Lockable Motorcycle Saddlebags from Inspire are durable bags that come in two sizes. The small measures 15.50”Lx10.50”Hx5.50”W and the medium measures 17.50”Lx11.50”Hx6”W. These nylon bags have a rigid construction that have been designed to hold their shape and have been treated to be water-resistant (though not waterproof). These bags, which can be purchased with or without stud accents, also feature a quick release mechanism under a traditional buckle-style closure so you can easily open and close them, as well as a pin that you can secure with a luggage lock. A small hanging pocket on the inside of the bag will keep your little items organized. These black bags can be used either as throw overs, or they can be bolted to your bike.
Small - 15.50" L x 10.50" H x 5.50" W
Medium - 17.50" L x 11.50" H x 6" W
Deluxe Lockable Saddlebags Features
- Chrome Plated Buckles and Studs
- Sturdy and strong construction to increase durability
- Tab openings for easy-open/ easy-close
- Versitale Mounting - Bolt-On or Adjustable Throw-Over Velcro Yoke Strap with D-Ring Strap
- Yoke is detachable for easy installation when bolting the bags to your bike
- Storm/ Debris protection with an velcro close to keep the Lid of the bag in place
- Reinforced rigid bag construction help holds shape
- 4 holes on the backside & allows easy installation
- Twistable Tab insert locks to protect your belongings
- Additional Quick Release with Strap and 2 straps for tie-down located at the bottom of the saddlebag
- Each bag is treated with water-resistant (not waterproof), we recommend you using our waterproof cream
Deluxe Lockable Motorcycle Saddlebags Sizing Instructions
Measure distance horizontally from the edge of the rear turn signal to where the passenger would be aligned on the seat. Next, measure the distance vertically from the exhaust pipe to approximately two inches below the top of the rear fender. *Please remember to allow at least one inch clearance between the bottom of the saddlebag and the exhaust pipe. This will prevent the saddlebag from being damaged by touching the exhaust pipe.
Throw Over Mounting Instructions
Generally, to install throw-over saddlebags to your bike, you would need to remove the passenger seat. You would then ensure that the hook and loop connectors are firmly pressed together and secure bonding the two bags. To ensure additional stability, use the strap at the top of one saddlebag and thread through the double d-ring on the other saddlebag. Place the saddlebags on the top of your bike and adjust to how you want the bags to sit. After this is complete, re-install your passenger seat back on the bike. There are additional straps on the bottom of the saddlebags for added security and stability as well.
Hard Mounting Instructions
Visually align saddlebags to your bike (you make need a second pair of hands) to give a general idea of where bags should be placed. Attach your barrel bolts and washers to the bags and attach saddlebags to your bike with the fender bolts.
Most Helpful Reviews :
Bought these for my wife's 2003 Yamaha V Star 650. I figured from the reviews that the mounting holes wouldn't match, and they didn't, but it took 30 seconds to measure and drill a new hole. Not an issue. People complaining about lack of instructions? Come on, is not brain surgery. The medium bags are more than big enough and almost as big as the ones on my Suzuki C90. They went on great and look even better. Will definitely buy from Jafrum again.
I gave these bags a 4 because they did not fit my '99 Valkyrie without some modifications. I got the medium bags and they were just right for my Valkyrie. The under seat crossover straps were too thick to fit the seat back on so took them off, welded up a set of brackets to bolt directly on. Much sturdier that the cross over fender mount, actually quite solid. After painting the brackets, mounting and trying to open the bag I found the Velcro was way too much and made it difficult to open with 1 hand so I cut out a patch of the hook side from some I had on hand and put in the center of the loop side that came on the bags, leaving about 1" exposed on each end so the flap is still held in place but easy to open now and the wind doesn't open them. I really like the bags, plenty of room for my several days rides. Jafrum is great to do business with, real nice products without gouging prices. Jafrum has shipped very quickly on every order I have done with them, thanks guys.
Nice bags for my Valkyrie.
This was my first time installing saddlebags - fairly straightforward installation. There were no installation instructions included, but the video on the product page helped. For the price, these bags are unbelievable. I got the Medium size, which allowed me to insert my heavy leather jacket with full liner without a problem. I would recommend these bags, especially considering the price.
I purchased these bags which are great quality. However, the mounting bracket screws were too big too fit the bracket; therefore the kit was not usable. I called Jafrum and was told it was a universal bracket kit and could return the bags and kit for a refund. I wish they would have offered to provide the correct kit with screws that fit. I kept the bags and had to purchase a suitable bracket kit.
Nice well made saddlebags. I will be returning only because they are too small for my bike and didn't like how they looked on it.
These saddlebags are great quality and priced right. Unfortunately they did not fit on my 2011 Honda Shadow 750 so i had to return them. I will continue to order products from here as I have never been disappointed in the quality of the merchandize
The Good: Perfect size. Great look. Super price. Fantastic Quality.
These saddlebags were a great addition to the bike. They match perfectly with the studding on my seats. Ample room to carry a lot of stuff on a day ride. They're sturdy and the Velcro seals the tops down extremely well. Overall the quality and price surpass any others that fit what I was looking for.
The Bad: The universal mounting system could be improved on. As throw overs they take a bit of work to get the adjustment correct.
Very satisfied with every aspect of this purchase
These are the second set of saddle bags I got from Jafrum. I liked the first set so much. I bought the same set for my second bike less the studs to match my seat. They seal up from the weather not only with lockable latches but also with Velcro strips on the front and back of the bags. They also have a wide range of adjustment for positioning them front to back for looks and fit.
It's had to believe that so little money can get you this much product. Excellent quality and features!!
there were no directions to put the bags on and the hardware that came with it was diffuclt to figure out. The bags did get on and are great! I went with the larger bags and they have lots of room. Shipping was super fast too!!!
Nicely constructed bags. However, as with many accessories, expect to do some modifications for these to fit. I mounted these on my 2007 Suzuki M50. The holes in the bags do not align with the 2 bolts on the frame of the bike. I used one of the existing holes and then drilled a new one hole (and installed a grommet, so the weight of a loaded bag wouldn't make the hole bigger. But, that leaves 3 holes unused and potential sources for water to get in. I plugged them with JB WaterWeld expoxy putty. I agree with the other rider that said the brackets are a joke. While they might work, the design is such that the bags would almost appear to be floating to the side of the bike. Plus, you'd have to find really, really long bolts, which would put a weight of a filled bag on the edge of a long bolt. Expect to buy something else. The bolts were all much too short, so I spent more money to buy those. One of the bolts on my Suzuki threads into a nut that is welded to the frame. So, I had to find a metric bolt that was long enough. (Home Depot and Lowe's did not have them, but Ace Hardware did, which has a big selection of both metric and standard bolts.) I discarded the bracke that came with the bags and bought the universal saddlebag guards, but they aren't universal. They had an odd twist so they don't fit flush on the frame or against the saddlebags. I paid a blacksmith shop (horse riding stables will know where those are...and they are sometimes in recreated historic villages.) He twisted them back into place. (One broke, but he welded it and ground it down to look nice.) All and all... it was much, much more effort than I ever imagined to get these installed. I'm not sure it would be any easier with other bags.
I had been looking for a pair of saddlebags for my husbands 2004 Honda Shadow(750) that seem to be a nightmare, but then I just happened to come across this web site, and was so surprised. Jafrum, just made my Christmas list for many return purchases. I looked at all they had to offer and finely settled on this set of saddlebags, I ended up getting the medium in size not knowing if they would be a good fit or if I would have to return them. Well, on Christmas morning I found out they fit perfectly, they stylish, heavy duty, well made, and easily attached to his bike. They are larger then what he did have on his bike so he his thrilled with all the extra room he now has. They look great on his Honda Shadow, I'm now looking for the perfect pair for my Yamaha V-Star, and I have no doubt I will find them. For the quality and the price of items on Jafrum you can't beat them, I am so glad I found they..
The bags are so much better than I expected. I purchased them on a half price sale. I can't say enough about their quality.I tried emailing you for a description but never got a response so ordered the bags anyway. I am having to create my own mount system and it's not fun. The quality of the bags make it all worthwhile though, they are GREAT and I love them.
Deluxe Hard Lockable bolton saddlebages The Bags ARE Well made and look alot better then the areganal bags I had on my bike I'v had alot of complaments about how good thy look
these saddle bags are great quality much better than I expected. the quick snap buckles are a bit tight but maybe they will break in after some use. I wish they would have put sinch buckles on the bottom straps, I was told to just tie them off somewhere on the bike or the mounting bracket.
Very nice bags. Seem to be well made. I got the small bags. I should have ordered the bigger bags .I will be returning the small and ordering the bigger bags. I am using them on a 2009 HD FXDC with the signals moved back to the tail light
Wow these bags looks great on my 04 Marauder. The only problem were the brackets just don't work out on my bike, so I had to order the right ones. The holes don't line up on the bags, so I mounted as throw over style, but still look good.