Dodge and Chazz,
Thanks! Dodge, I know the bags are a total rip off IF you add them later. I couldn't justify it either, but I paid a bit under $600 delivered for my Hard Bag Set (still a lot), but manageable. I've seen some going for cheaper, and some for more, but I think that what we agreed to is a fair deal for both of us.
Condition is important to me as a cheaper set that was beat up didn't interest me as much. These Hard Bags were taken off his bike after only about a month, and come with ALL hardware and mounting brackets. He was a nice guy and I enjoyed buying these from him, but I still haven't got them yet, but he sent pics. Also, just like when you get the Tourer NEW, there is a Jar of Mink Oil in the Bags. He is throwing in the Mink Oil too.
Other bags looked decent (Saddlemen Tear Drop, Kuryakyn Edge Bags, and a few others), BUT as far as Hard Bags go, I think the Yamaha Hard Bags look the best and compliment the bike the best. I would say they look like they belong on the bike, but that's silly, because in actuality, They Do!
My Delima in getting these was, is it going to turn my heavily Modded cool looking bike into a different look that I won't like as much? I actually HOPE and think I will like the bike better and it will seem more substantial. Again, I got these 50% for Looks and 50% for function.
Dodge, I was in a similar boat. This is my first bike and it's just for the weekends cruising around. I also like the Stryker and a few others, but, I've dumped in so much money into the Bike, that it would be dumb to sell it, plus I think it looks pretty good. I just wish it was a little bigger. I am 6 feet tall and the bike is fine, but it's a little on the small side for me.
I got a smoking deal on my Bike. The Guy bought his 2009 V-Star 950 Brand NEW from the dealer, but in 2011. It was stock except for the Yamaha detachable Sissy Bar he added, only had 730 miles on Odometer, and he also purchased a $1,500 dealer extended warranty through the end of 2016 which was transferred to me for free.
I paid $4,700 a little over a year ago. Since that time I think I have added approximately $5,500 in mods including these Bags I just bought. I have a little over $10,000 into the bike. Heck I could have gotten a used Harley, or a Stryker or paid a bit more for a Raider.
But too late now, and I do have a nice looking Bike, I think. Done several more mods since these pics.