After arriving home from our trip to Thunder Bay, I found that the package I was expecting from Viking Bags had arrived and it was with great excitement I opened it up and found everything wrapped and well packed.
When I unpacked the saddlebags, I was really impressed with the quality, the outside casing was solid, the stitching looked great, and overall very attractive.
The buckles straps are just for show, underneath there is a quick click release button, I really like that convenience.
Also, all the hardware and instructions were included, we didn't have to buy anything for installation.
Also, I like the locking system and the peace of mind it brings. Every time I park the bike and walk away I've worried about the security of my belongings, now I can feel more comfortable while I take a break or grab a bite at a restaurant.
The velcro that is on either side of the bag is heavy duty and will keep the bag airtight. This is especially important, we have encountered plenty of 'surprise' rain storms in our travels. Also, there have been lots of times I've grabbed something from my old saddlebags and forgot to close them properly, causing them to flap in the wind. The worse part of that scenario is having to pull over on a highway to close the bags, I'm sure the strong velcro on the viking bags will keep the lid closed securely in that instance.
You can see one part of the heavy duty velcro in this picture.
Larry was on board to help me with the installation, we found the hard copy instructions somewhat difficult to follow, however, we found the tutorial on the Viking website very helpful.
Larry came up with a great idea that I'd thought I would share, he found a 2 x 1 (inch) piece of board, we placed it on the exhaust pipes and it was very helpful to keep the bags level while we were aligning them up with the bike.
All in all, I'm very happy with the bags, I think they look great on my bike and I'm super pleased to have some real storage. If I filled both these bags, I think I could live out of them for weeks!
Don't they look great?
- One issue for me personally with the design is that I wasn't able to angle my laptop in the bag easily, however I wouldn't want to change it more than an inch because it was the appearance of the bag that initially attracted me.