Things You’ll Need:
Determine what type of saddlebags you will be installing on your motorcycle
Saddlebags come in hard and soft styles, with each installed in
basically the same manner. Hard bags tend to offer more security for
your items but are a bit on the bulky side, while soft bags offering a
little more flexibility.
Check to make sure that your fender bolt area is clean and prepped for
installation of your saddlebags. Both hard and soft saddlebags on
Harley Davidsons are installed over the fender bolt area on the rear of
the motorcycle, so clearing this area of debris and grime will keep it
free of scratches and blemishes.
Install any spacers or lifting brackets before you try and place your bags on your Harley Davidson
These spacers will keep you bags from resting against your exhaust
pipes and will avoid damage to your motorcycle and to the bags
themselves. Make sure they are installed tightly and spaced properly
before mounting your bags.
Open the saddle bag packaging and lay out the included hardware. The
hardware will be necessary to properly mount your saddlebags to your
fenders, so be sure that you do not misplace it. If your saddle bag
comes with a fender mounting bracket, install it along the fender
before proceeding. This bracket will be used to hold and stabilize your
saddlebags, so it is essential that it is properly tightened and
Hold your saddle bag up to the fender and align the bolt holes in the
saddle bag with the bolt area on the fender. Your saddle bag will have
mounting holes in the side of the bag that will align with the mounting
bracket. Place one of the bolts in the hole and tighten to hold it on.
Put the remaining bolt in place and tighten them both securely once
they are aligned correctly.
Repeat this process with the remaining saddle bag. The bags should
align evenly and be attached straight to avoid any imbalances or
shifting while the motorcycle is in motion. Try and wiggle or move the
bags to be sure your bolts are tight enough to prevent movement.
Take your Harley Davidson for a short ride. Stop and check the fitting
on your saddlebags and look at your bolts. Make sure nothing has moved
during your ride and that all of your fittings remain tight. With just
a bit of effort, your new saddlebags will make your Harley Davidson the
envy of the neighborhood.