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Ok, so the wife and I are ready to bite the bullet and add some saddlebags to our '14 V Star 950. Anyway, for the price we have it narrowed down to the Viking Rondo bags:

http://www.vikingbags.com/yamaha-v-star-950-rondo-motorcycle-saddlebags-9031-prd1.htm


Just wondering if anyone has some input on good dealer/online store to buy from with good pricing or will all be pretty close to Viking's pricing? I know someone had posted a site once they use to get them, but most other sites don't list them for the V Star 950, of course...

All input appreciated as we are ready to purchase!
 

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I hope you have better luck with their saddle bags than my son had with the sissy bar bag he bought from them. The plastic snaps are so cheaply made that they all either managed to either break or pull out on the first day of our trip....most of them the very first time we tightened them down. I'm glad we had plenty of bungee cords and zip ties. He sent the bags back for a refund immediately when we got home and bought something that will last.
 

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I have the "Midnight Lamellar Lg. Blk. Saddlebags" by Viking . I bought them diesct from the Viking website .They are listed at $289 right now . They seem to be of good quality. I did have a hood latch bolt work loose and put some red permatex on it when I put it back together . On my Road Star the biggest issue is getting bag clearance on the drive belt guard . I don`t know about the bags you are looking at but my hard bags are nice . Maybe a wee bit smaller than I would like .
 

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I hope I have good luck with them, too! From searches on here and elsewhere on the web, most people seem pleased with them that have had for a few years, but there are some here and there that have had issues.

And looking at their offerings there are definitely some that look much cheaper and like they would fall apart just in the pictures. Hoping the ones we picked are a little better than that!
 

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Well, got the bags and finally got them installed. What a PITA! First, the supplied mounting bolts for the hard install were too short because of the Cobra sissy bar. Came with 70mm length had to find 90mm bolts to work. And then one of the stock bolts holding the side trim/sissy bar was stuck in there. Had to run to dealership to get that out which they did, luckily.

Then getting the bags bolts installed and in was another PITA, but once done, it looks good and happy with them, especially for the money. Seem to be nice quality and look nice on the bike.

Here is current pictures:



 

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Watch to make sure they clear the belt guard. I had a heck of a time getting my bags to not smack on the guard.
 

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Bounce up and down on the rear seat to see if the mounting brackets don`t smack into the belt guard. I had to go with different mounting brackets on my hardbags from Viking. All is fine now , but it took a lot of maneuvering.
 

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Thanks for that input. Will have to check that. Have not had a chance to ride it since finishing the install.
 

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Hey all, listen to Jim's warning. I installed the Viking bags on my '14 V Star 950. With no one on the bike we were fine, with two on the rear most bracket mount was touching top of belt guard.

Stupid me, should have stopped there and figured out a solution, but decided to go for a ride. Ended up tearing up the upper belt guard and rubbing the bracket against the outside edge of the rear sprocket. Luckily don't seemed to have damaged the belt or the sprocket enough to affect drivability.

That being said, new upper belt guard ordered. Glad I didn't have to order new sprocket as that is like $500! Solution we are trying? Had to find even longer mounting bolts (120mm!) and two 1" spacers. Spacers are mounted between the bike and bag bracket to push them out further. Also cranked up the rear shock pre-load two more clicks. Actually did that on ride home to try and stop the rubbing. Like the ride better now. Think we are now at 5 or 6 out of 9 on the shock pre-load.

New upper belt guard should be in by Friday. Get that mounted up and make sure we are good clearance wise and try this again. Bag is still very stable and doesn't move around which I was a bit worried about with the additional 1" spacer on there. Pretty much no movement.

So, bit of a warning to you all. Bag quality I am happy with, but just be careful on the mounting. Would fit fine if their mounting bracket had an additional 1" for the top part there and longer bolts with the kit, but it didn't. Hopefully that is all it takes...
 

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Hope that solves your issue. I would be somewhat leery of tightening the suspension as opposed to just raising the bags somehow. Even with the shock stiffer a good hard bump may still put you against the belt.
 

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Yes, the bumping pre-load was stop gap with original issue. And what we have done actually spaces the bag/bracket out further from the bike, not move it up. Right now, no bracket interference with any part of bike with 2 people on bike.

Plus upside, think the bike rides/handles better two up with the increased rear pre-load. Going to run with that for a while. Stock setting (3) was just too soft.
 
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