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I purchased a pair of Leather Pros 3000 series saddlebags a couple months ago (http://www.leatherpros.com/website1_004.htm) and thought I'd post a short review now that I've put a couple thousand miles on them. Yes, they're expensive. But they're Made in USA and once you see the bags in person, you will not miss the cash. The most difficult part of installation was relocating the turn signals to the license plate, otherwise it was quite simple. The bags are well designed and look as if they'll last just about forever. The thick leather is riveted tightly to a strong plastic frame, so sagging is not an issue. And the brilliant cam mounting system holds the bags rock solid in place. I have a detachable backrest and the bags mount very close to the fender even with the extra hardware for the backrest, which positions the bags just far enough out to provide plenty of room for my Road King shocks – there's almost an inch or so of space around the shocks behind the bags, so clearance is not an issue.

The bags attach and detach in seconds, can be locked to the motorcycle with a small padlock, and the lids lock as well providing about as much security as can be expected short of chaining a guard dog to your motorcycle. I ordered extra long straps so I'd have the option of strapping stuff to the top of the bags, and I also purchased the nylon carrying straps (not pictured), which came in really handy on a recent trip to Savannah. They roll up small and attach in seconds to the D-rings on the front and back of the bags; the length of the carrying straps can be adjusted across a wide range so you can carry the bags like hand luggage or on your shoulder.

Despite the obvious design quality, I had a couple of issues with the bags when I first got them. The lock on one bag did not function correctly and the straps on the other bag were too long, so that there was too much slack even when tightened as far as they'd go. I eventually returned the bags to Leather Pros for warranty service and got them back about ten days later with both issues corrected. Garry, who is a pleasure to deal with on the phone, first offered to just send me new locks, because they would be easy to install, but I wanted the straps adjusted, too. He even threw in a pair of pouches for my trouble (visible in the last few pictures), which I thought was a nice touch. I had considered buying the pouches when I first ordered the bags, but the pictures on Leather Pros' website don't really do them justice and I thought they might look a bit odd attached to the rear of the bags. They can also be mounted on the front of the bags, but would block access to the passenger pegs. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong about how good the pouches look. Now that I have them, I think the bags look much better with the pouches and they add quite a bit of functional carrying space for quick access to things that don't necessarily need to be locked.

My wife and I got caught in torrential rain on the way back from Savannah a few days ago, and the contents of the saddlebags stayed bone dry. Drier than we did in our FroggToggs, and much drier than the contents of our nylon overnight bag... because we forgot to break out the integrated raincover until it was too late I let the leather dry out for a day or so, wiped the bags clean and rubbed some Urad into them. Now they look as good as new. Way to go Leather Pros! I am highly satisfied with both these saddlebags as well as the company and definitely plan to purchase a trunk bag from LP down the road (excellently reviewed here by tstoeckel http://xlforum.net/forums/s...9&postcount=16).















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Excellent write-up! LeatherPros makes some great stuff. I just put a set of these bags on my Dyna, and everything CitySlicker stated is right on the money... they are not cheap, but they are worth every penny. I also have the LeatherPros trunk bag attached to a detachable sissy bar. I can go from full touring setup to stripped down in less than 5 minutes with no tools needed. Gary at LeatherPros will do whatever it takes to make things right.
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That's a good looking set-up you got there CitySlicker. Good review. I would also like to throw in my endorsement of Leather Pros Inc. luggage. Worth the coin and will last forever. Garry Campbell is a joy to deal with. I got the extra pouches but haven't mounted them yet, so it was interesting to see how they look on your '06. And yes, each bag will hold 1 carton of ice cold Fiji Bitter.
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I've got the same ones, though an earlier version without the built in lid lock.

Love 'em.
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Same bag's here. They are great and like you said they stay dry as a bone inside. The long straps are very handy to secure a jacket or bag under. I only use them on long distance multiple day runs though...

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I've got the same ones, though an earlier version without the built in lid lock.

Love 'em.
Mine are the earlier version too. When the new "lid lock" system came out I sent them back and Gary modified them for me...
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Oh, nice! I really think the rings underneath the lids work well enough (with a little MasterLock looped through them), so I think I'll stick with that. It's a little more inconvenient, but it still gets the job done.
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I have the leather lykes, but those are great looking bags.
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A month or so ago, one of the bolts holding the hardware on which the bags hang snapped off at the strut as I was removing the detachable backrest. That was pretty unnerving, considering that my wife had just been on the motorcycle leaning against the backrest. The bolt had some surface rust, but wasn't rusted through. I chalked it up to a fluke or bad batch of bolts. But nevertheless concerned, I removed the remaining three bolts for inspection and called Garry at Leather Pros. He said he'd send me a new set of bolts right away, free of charge.





While I had him on the phone, I asked him about repairing the quick-release buckle and strap that had been damaged on my trip out west last fall when a car surprised me passing me in a hairpin turn I managed to maintain control after we bumped and wasn't hurt at all – just pissed off and depressed, because the accident ruined an otherwise great ride over the Rim of the World above San Bernardino. The bag took the impact like a champ. It was one of those rare accidents in which the car actually suffered more damage than the motorcycle.

I had been meaning to call Leather Pros about it for months, but was dragging my feet because I expected to have to ship the bag back to Leather Pros for the repair. As it was, the bag still functioned well enough and I had long since gotten used to having that strap flapping in the breeze going down the road. But Garry made it easy and sent me a kit with everything I needed to do the repair myself, complete with screw rivets, also free of charge. Getting the old rivets off was a PITA, but once that was done, the rest was easy.

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Mike, looking great and they sure look like they could hold a bunch!
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