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Default Fitting throw over saddlebags on your motorcycle

About once a day I get an email asking about fitting the bags on a specific bike.

Before we start lets's make sure they will fit:

Let's assume you are interested in throw-overs that measure: 14" WIDE X 7" THICK X 11" TALL

This means that each bag is 16 inches long (measured horizontally), seven inches thick and 11 inches tall (measured vertically)

First Measure from the top of your pipes or chain (if the chain is unguarded), whichever is higher, to the bottom of your seat. You need 12 inches, if the dimension is any less don't buy the bags they are too tall. Don't worry about the shocks. Throw overs go over the shocks. If you have rear turn signals measure horizontally from the turn signal forward. This is where the front of the saddlebags will be. Generally speaking I have found that saddlebags up to 14 inches wide are not a problem.

INSTALLING YOUR SADDLEBAGS

1.. Remove your seat. Most Sportster motorcycle seats are removed by unscrewing the Philips head screw located at the rear of the seat. Slide the seat forward while lifting up slightly to detach the keyhole bracket from the seat post. Then slide the seat to the rear to detach the seat tongue from the rear tank bracket. The process is the same for solo and two-up seats.

2. The yoke is the part of the bags that fits under the seat. Unlace the yoke, position both bags in the location you want them to stay. Overlap one side of the yoke over the other. Using a marker, mark where the yoke lays over any obstructing hardware and the outline of outer edge of the upper yoke where it overlaps the lower wing of the yoke. Note: The saddlebags typically lay over the shocks. Some saddlebags are supplied with an additional yoke extender to be used with extra -wide bikes. This is typically not needed.

3. Lay the bags out flat, place the yoke over a piece of wood, telephone book or something similar. Line the marks up that you made in step 2. The existing holes work for the vast majority of motorcycles.
If the holes don't line up, use an awl, ice pick or drill and make about six holes through both pieces of the yoke. Use the piece of leather strip to lace them together.

NOTE: on most motorcycles it is not necessary to make new holes. Some combination of the existing holes should fit.

4. Place the saddlebags on your bike. Reinstall the seat. Use the lower tie downs to secure the bottom of the bags.

5. Give your bike a final safety check. Make sure the seat and saddlebags are secure and the bags cannot come in contact with your wheel, spokes, belt or chain.

If you have any questions I’m always glad to help. Email : DONC314@HOTMAIL.COM

I have attached photos of a few saddlebags mounted on my 05 XL to give you an idea of how you can mount various saddlebags.

As always don't stab, slice, fold, spindle or mutilate yourself while using sharp instruments!

NOTE:
I have been getting a lot of questions regarding throw over bags fitting various motorcycles. Throw overs are designed to fit your motorcycle without modifying your bike. They typically go over the shocks and in front of the signal lights. Some motorcycle dealers have been telling people that these bags will not fit your bike. They then try to sell you several hundred dollars , sometimes over a thousand dollar set of bags. Measure your bike and decide for yourself! Unfortunately some of these people either don't know or are willing to lie in order to make a sale.
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Don,

I ordered a set of your throw-overs today on your web site. I should have read the "fine print" before I pulled the trigger because I didn't realize XL forum member's had a 15% discount code to enter at check out.

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Have the blinkers in your pictures been relocated toward the back of the bike?

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Have the blinkers in your pictures been relocated toward the back of the bike?
I can answer that. His blinkers are in the stock position. They have not been relocated.

That's one of the reasons I chose his bags. You don't have to relocate the turn signals.
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Don,

I ordered a set of your throw-overs today on your web site. I should have read the "fine print" before I pulled the trigger because I didn't realize XL forum member's had a 15% discount code to enter at check out.

No problem,

Your 15% refund has been processed.

I tread very lightly when letting the other forum members know about sales. None of us want the forum to be filled with Spam.

Just a little heads-up for the other members who didn't get Bert's message:
Forum members always qualify for a 10% discount. We are running a 15% off sale on everything in the store even sale items. Just enter the coupon code: xlforum in the coupon field when you check out.

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About once a day I get an email asking about fitting the bags on a specific bike.

Before we start lets's make sure they will fit:

Let's assume you are interested in throw-overs that measure: 14" WIDE X 7" THICK X 11" TALL

This means that each bag is 14 inches long (measured horizontally), seven inches thick and 11 inches tall (measured vertically)

First Measure from the top of your pipes or chain (if the chain is unguarded), whichever is higher, to the bottom of your seat. You need 12 inches, if the dimension is any less don't buy the bags they are too tall. Don't worry about the shocks. Throw overs go over the shocks. If you have rear turn signals measure horizontally from the turn signal forward. This is where the front of the saddlebags will be. Generally speaking I have found that saddlebags up to 14 inches wide are not a problem.

INSTALLING YOUR SADDLEBAGS

1.. Remove your seat. Most Sportster motorcycle seats are removed by unscrewing the Philips head screw located at the rear of the seat. Slide the seat forward while lifting up slightly to detach the keyhole bracket from the seat post. Then slide the seat to the rear to detach the seat tongue from the rear tank bracket. The process is the same for solo and two-up seats.

2. The yoke is the part of the bags that fits under the seat. Unlace the yoke, position both bags in the location you want them to stay. Overlap one side of the yoke over the other. Using a marker, mark where the yoke lays over any obstructing hardware and the outline of outer edge of the upper yoke where it overlaps the lower wing of the yoke. Note: The saddlebags typically lay over the shocks. Some saddlebags are supplied with an additional yoke extender to be used with extra -wide bikes. This is typically not needed.

3. Lay the bags out flat, place the yoke over a piece of wood, telephone book or something similar. Line the marks up that you made in step 2. The existing holes work for the vast majority of motorcycles.
If the holes don't line up, use an awl, ice pick or drill and make about six holes through both pieces of the yoke. Use the piece of leather strip to lace them together.

NOTE: on most motorcycles it is not necessary to make new holes. Some combination of the existing holes should fit.

4. Place the saddlebags on your bike. Reinstall the seat. Use the lower tie downs to secure the bottom of the bags.

5. Give your bike a final safety check. Make sure the seat and saddlebags are secure and the bags cannot come in contact with your wheel, spokes, belt or chain.

If you have any questions I’m always glad to help. Email : DONC314@HOTMAIL.COM

I have attached photos of a few saddlebags mounted on my 05 XL to give you an idea of how you can mount various saddlebags.

As always don't stab, slice, fold, spindle or mutilate yourself while using sharp instruments!

NOTE:
I have been getting a lot of questions regarding throw over bags fitting various motorcycles. Throw overs are designed to fit your motorcycle without modifying your bike. They typically go over the shocks and in front of the signal lights. Some motorcycle dealers have been telling people that these bags will not fit your bike. They then try to sell you several hundred dollars , sometimes over a thousand dollar set of bags. Measure your bike and decide for yourself! Unfortunately some of these people either don't know or are willing to lie in order to make a sale.
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do you have any pics of how the bags look with a solo seat?
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do you have any pics of how the bags look with a solo seat?
I took some a few years ago when my bike had a stock solo. I'll look around and see if I can find them

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