Well before I get to the questions, a little about myself is that I traded my Ninja 750 for a 99' v star 650. I'm in the process of making the bike into a bobber and that where the questions come in. I bobbed the front fender and took off the rear fender, gas tank and other various pieces so I can paint them. The question I have is that I have taken the rear fender off to prep before painting it and can't seem to figure out how to get the strut bar(?) that holds the saddle bags off. I have some pictures to clarify what I am talking about and maybe you can help me figure out how to take them off. Thanks!