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I recently got Leatherlyke cross country saddlebags bags for my Vulcan 1500 classic. Everything looks and fits fine, except for the fact that the bags rest on my shock springs. I believe they are designed to be that way, but it makes me slightly nervous to have this weight rubbing and “hitting” my shocks especially when I go over big bumps. The bags attach on the fender struts and kind of sit loose on the bottom, their front inside end resting on the shock springs. I was wondering whether anyone knows of some kind of spacer bar/bracket that one can buy to more rigidly attach these bags? This would give me more piece of mind. If I’d known this problem beforehand I wouldn’t have bought these bags. Apart from that they work great. Thanks….
 

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http://leatherlyke.com/hoese/images/bagmount.gif

Above is a picture from the manufacturers site, pretty much shows how their luggage mounts. The white "plastic" piece on the bottom left of the bag is what rests on the shocks. Its actually a very small contact point. i just called the manufacturer up & they claim the "small" lateral load on the springs is normal & safe.
Below is a link to how folks with Honda Valkyrie and custom shocks remedied this problem:
http://www.horseapple.com/Valkyrie/...ck_Protector/leatherlyke_shock_protector.html
 

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leatherlyke luggage question

Hello kokobo, Beaver here. I have a 1600 Classic with leatherlyke bags on her. I wouldn't worry about the way they mount, resting on the shocks. They have thick nylon pads that rest on the shocks. I have had mine on for four months and have carried some heavy loads (60+ lbs) with no problems. I even dropped my bike on her right side with no damage at all to the bag. I like the simplicity of the mount and being a mechanic myself, I would not hesitate to modify anything I felt needed it.
I hope this information helps.
 

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Hello kokobo...

Coming up on 9 years now with Leatherlyke on my Vulcan 1500-A9 and not a single problem of wear, noise, or whatever. I\ve even used my Leatherlykes for a cooler on one occasion. So where's the problem ??

best regards...

Ernie in NH
 
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