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Am I an idiot? I can't install these things for the life of me.

I bought these bags from Viking Bags and right now I don't know what to do to secure the bottom of the bags (getting the angle right is another story). Do I have to tie them down? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of a "quick release" bag if I have to tie the things down? Oh yeah, the damn company's plastic release clips don't work, how secure :rolleyes:

I'm tempted to return them and just save for a ghost mount system
 

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Ol Sugar Bear will take a shot here, ain't really sure the bags you got. So, for what it's worth, the throw over bags I got on my old bike, as long as I got stuff in them they don't need tyed down at all, empty causes problems. May be way off base with what you are lookin for, mine are leather, soft. Hope I can help a little:)Ride safe.
 

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Always use saddlebag supports to keep them out of the wheels
 

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I have some bags from Xelement that are also the quick release type. Like Sugar Bear said, as long as I have something in them, I have no problem. I am going to put a ring on them so I can lace them to my support brackets to help keep them in place. I am just afraid that riding into a strong enough crosswind that they may need a little help staying put!
 

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I also have bags from Viking bags. I bought them last year. They were great when I called their to get some help with mine. I did end up abandoning the "quick removal" idea, so I could get a secure mount. I have never really had the need to remove them like I thought I would. Once I got used to having rain suit and all my other stuff on the bike all the time. I hate to leave the house without it/them.
 

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I never understood the need for saddlebag supports until my 950 ate up a pair of bags. I noticed a burning smell when I got home and noticed it had worn a hole in one bag, and had actually ruined a balaclava (hood) I had in it.
 

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I put a set of Max and Willie bags on my 950. They have zippers so that I can take them off an on quickly. On the bottom, they use a big zip tie with a release lever built in so that you can zip and unzip the zip tie.
 

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Well I just said forget it with the throwover style. I ended up getting the throwover style to work but the bags felt very flimsy, as if they would flop around on the back (even with the lower support)

I just hard mounted them today and it looks much nicer without the throwover support in the middle, plus they are quite sturdy on the road and when opening up the bag itself.
 

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I'm glad you got it to work.

Well I just said forget it with the throwover style. I ended up getting the throwover style to work but the bags felt very flimsy, as if they would flop around on the back (even with the lower support)

I just hard mounted them today and it looks much nicer without the throwover support in the middle, plus they are quite sturdy on the road and when opening up the bag itself.
 
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