They look great, they follow the lines well. Thanks!I have Viking bags and they're quite good. BUT, the hardware that Viking sells for installing them is..... well, let's just say they're crap. So, you might want to look into getting different support brackets from online and bolts from your local ACE or Home Depot, etc.
Originally I had used the Viking hardware that came with them and didn't experience any noticeable issues, but after reading some threads about other people's complaints with the hardware, decided to upgrade my setup. When removing the bags, one of my bolts had a definite bend to it. So I replaced the brackets and bolts and added some other stuff to increase strength of the arrangement.
My actual bags appear to be quite hardy materials and I have zero complaints about them. I do recommend them.
Well I ended up ordering Saddlemen saddlebags. Can only get Viking bags in the US, and it costs a fortune to ship here. Saddlemen are very similar to Viking. Got the extra jumbo ones.I just remembered something else with Viking bags. Every so often they'll send out (to proven customers) e-mails asking if you'd like to have your bike featured on their website. If so, send them some pics. They even ask if you'd like to make a short video about your experience with the bags.
I sent them, over the course of a few years, probably half a dozen pics and sure enough, they made it onto their website. What I did not think about until I stumbled across it by accident was that they might also take your pictures and put them on the internet.
One day I went online and felt like looking at random pictures of my species bike. There were quite a few pictures from everywhere and WOW! THAT one is mine! I found 5 more when I kept on looking.
Generally, when I look at online pictures of my type bike there will still be from 3 to 6 pics that I recognize as my machine. I just looked again yesterday and 4 were still in there. If you don't mind that happening, assuming you send them any pics, then you'll be pleased to see your specimen become "famous" (sorta). If you don't want the pics to get online then don't send Viking any pics. I personally don't mind but all of the pics are on the old-side now with nothing updated to its current look.
NB is New Brunswick, Canada. East coast.If they are what you want, then we all hope you'll enjoy them!! I suppose, as a generic statement, the lesson learned from my above posting about pictures getting on the internet, might possibly extend to other manufacturers aside from Viking.
I've no personal experience with Saddlemen bags but they've been around for a long time and have a good selection, too. Once you've got them on how about showing us a few pics???
Incidentally, where is "NB"?
Love the room, very spacious for a long trip.Looks good. How's the internal room? My Viking bags set out at the bottom a little also. I had brackets like the picture below. I bent the brackets so they were more vertical and the bags sat much straighter. Hope that made sense.