Trying to put leather bags on my 2004 HD Sportster 1200, with a sissy bar. Instructions were VERY vague. Supplied bolts were not long enough. Had to go buy my own longer bolts. I got 2.5" & 3" long Stainless Steel bolts. The 3" bolts for the back needed to be cut off to 2 & 3/4" long. I did that with just a hack saw. Do your research, look at youtube videos.
I received saddlemans saddle bag tiedown kit.The instructions are not helpful and they give no idea what this kit is supposed to look like installed.I will be working blind on this.I request that the seller send me some sort of diagram on what this supposed to look like.
I used the bag as a backrest/luggage on the seat of the bike. The straps worked perfectly and the comfort was great. I rode from Florida to Dallas through the remnants of hurricane Patricia and it worked great. Everything in the bag was dry. the only thing I was unhappy with is the carry handle on the top of the bag has a small tear in the leather. other than that it was a great investment. I will get a lot of use out of it.
The size and look of the bag is great but the mounting hardware sucks, you can't get the bag to fit tightly and they could make some refinements so it works better . There should be a solid piece of wood or fiberglass on the bottom of the bag because the bottom folds around my luggage rack. The zippers on the front that go from bottom to top always slide down and unzip.