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Lacing Saddlebags I bought some saddlebags and I know they're not too big, but I don't know how to lace them. They are leather, but it's a soft bag. Do I need mounting brackets? and How do I lace them? The description of the bags is:  The pair of saddlebags attach with laces and they also feature a zipper for easy on/off, so they can be taken off and carried with you. (includes rainflies) measures 14" X 7.1/2" X 9". Universal fit. Throw over Saddle Bags are so easy to install, all you have to do is take off your seat throw the saddle bags over and adjust the laces to the length you want them and then put your seat back on and you are ready to go.

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Yes you will need brackets. You can find them at your Honda dealership. They mount to your fender where the two fender bracket bolts are located. You take the two bolts out, line the saddlebag brackets up with the holes, then replace the bolts. It should take about 5 mins.

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