no. The saddle bags that came on my bike have a pin you pull out to release them. I dont think they have been off the bike in the last 18 years - I had to yank on them pretty good for them to let go. After that they go on and off easy.
If you think you have all the releases figured take a block of wood or a plastic mallet and just tap it up and see if it pops loose.
That is true for anything, for example if your oil drain plug seems tight, or your spark plugs are really in there, its better to tap the wrench with a hammer and send an impact/shock thru the metal to pop it loose, than it is to brut force torque or yank on it.
If the back rest doesnt move when you tap on it, then something else is holding it.
BTW, to set the preload on most Vstar bikes there is a spanner wrench in the tool set that you must have to change the setting. I dont know where the factory tool kit is on your bike. On some bikes its really hidden.
Last edited by KCW; 09-29-2018 at 07:08 AM.