I recently got a 2006 V-Star 650 Silverado. My first cruiser bike and I love it. The saddlebags really come in handy but I was a little concerned about the fact that anyone could walk up to my bike and open them up so I figured out a way to lock them up.....Now if someone really wanted in bad enough they could probably still rip them open but seeing a padlock on them is more of a deterrent then just seeing 2 buckles.
2-standard door hasps
12-1/8 in diameter pop rivets
12-1/8 in diameter rivet washers
First I cut the hinge end of the door hasps off leaving myself with only the plate with large rectangular hole.
Next I drilled 4 holes in the plate with a 1/8 in drill bit.
Then I carefully held the plates in position on the cover of the saddlebags and drilled through the pre-drilled holes in the plates.
Then I installed 4 pop rivets in the holes, slid a washer on the backside of each rivet and popped them into place with a rivet gun.
Next I used a knife to cut out the leather where the main hole in the plate was.
Then I placed the eyelet part of the hasp through the finished saddlebag lid.
Then I closed the lid and pressed on the hasp enough that the eyelet part of the hasp left an imprint on the main bag.
Then I took the eyelet end out and lined it up with the imprint on the main bag and once again using my 1/8 drill bit, drilled through the 2 holes and the main bag.
Finally I riveted the eyelet in place using the same method as before with a 1/8 in washer on the backside of each rivet.
*****One thing I didn't take into account was how much of the eyelet would be exposed upon closing the bag. I ended up having to use a round file to elongate the hole slightly to accommodate the padlocks I bought, but they work great and don't look too bad either in my opinion.*****