Sorry about the long post. This is continuing another thread
and I will link this up in the Product Review section too. But I got my BB Reproductions old school retro Duo-Glide bags today and put them on my í05 Deluxe. I like Ďem a lot and would recommend getting them if itís the look you are going for and you know how they differ from the other hard bag choices out there. There is ordering and contact detail in the thread linked above.
The whole kit was very well packaged and arrived ready to install and in perfect shape. Everything was wrapped and bubbled and peanutted and newspaperd and double boxed. There were not any instructions that I could find, and I didnít look to hard, because they are immediately self explanatory. A big help was that they shipped one of the brackets with the springs, cotter pins, bolts, washers and spacers already in place and taped to stay that way. Once you see that it all makes perfect sense how it all goes together.
It is a very simple installation. Basically you crank out the two Torx bolts on your fender rail, crank the new longer 9/16 bolts in through the bracket and set the bag up on the pins. Push it all against the springs, which keep tension on the mounting points to keep it all in place over the bumps, then pop in the four cotter pins and you are done. Total install time is maybe 15 minutes if you take your time.
The bags are not rigidly hinged so they pop off easy enough when you open the latches. The latches lock with some pretty basic keys and are not high security. But the do actually lock. They are leather strapped to stay on (so you canít lose them) and snap lock back in place solidly. The actual material is slightly textured and pretty stiff. In the center where the emblems are it can be flexed and press in maybe ĹĒ.
They are very big inside and there are really no obstructions so you get to use all the space. They hold as much as the other $1,200 aftermarket hard bags out there and way more than the $900 H-D bags. These were $650 delivered.
The brackets are black so you wonít be driving around with the bags off but they come off very simply for cleaning and washing. Four pins and they are off. Once you lock them you canít get inside to remove them so they wonít walk away without a fight. A little persuasion on the latches though and I bet they give up.
Anyway, they are very solid feeling, well made, easy to install, retro looking, large inside, and half the price of higher end hard bags. I think they fit with the custom layback plates
too. Take a look and let me know what you think. I think I have found a good custom painter near by
so I hope to have then sprayed Glacier White to match the skunk tail and have a Chopper Blue swoosh with a grey/dark blue pin stripe around it very soon. Squint and you can almost see it coming together.
Hereís a few pictures. I have some detail pics too. But these are from my garage at night and I hope to have some sunny day outside long shots this weekend.