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Questions regarding Hard Street Slim Saddlebags. Need experienced feedback!

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Hey everyone!

So this is my first post on the forum. I am a proud owner of a brand new 2012 Raven Stryker. I love it more every time I ride it.

I have some nagging questions that I would really love to hear from everyone who has already worked through these issues.

I have been scouring the forum gathering all the info I can regarding the Hard Street Slim Saddlebags. Like so many of you, I REALLY hate to put bags on my sleek, beautiful bike... But I am sick and tired of slinging a backpack on everywhere I go. And the hard street bags really seem to fit the lines of the Stryker quite well. I've decided on the Slim version, because I like the sleeker lines with the rest of the bike. So, here's what I'm confused about...

1. Are the hard bags sold individually, or as a pair? On hardstreet.com, the glossy black slimbags (1-HAR-4001-SB) are listed at $599. On Amazon, I found the same 1-HAR-4001-SB part number for $467. But after doing a live chat with an very helpful Amazon employee, he verified that would be for ONE saddlebag only. Does that make sense? Where is the cheapest place to purchase a pair of the glossy black slimbags?

2. I am completely lost as to which brackets I would need to mount to my Stryker. Here's what I want, you guys tell me if I'm crazy.... I would PREFER them to be QR, but I also want them to be as close to the bike as possible. I don't know if both of those are possible, or if I can only do one or the other.

3. Right now I am still running the stock pipes, but eventually I will be putting the Cobra Speedster Swept exhaust on it. I'm assuming that neither one of these pipes will interfere with the slimbags. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Thanks in advance for any advice you guys can offer. I look forward to being an active member of this forum!

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I have the Hardstreet sixers with the easy brackets on mine. I have a post on here that has some pictures of the brackets mounted on the bike which gives a pretty good idea how the brackets fit on the bike. They do stick out more than the other mounts but ease of taking them off to rear maintenance (even just for checking the air in the back tire), to me, is worth the extra distance from the bike. Nobody but me has noticed how far they stick out. Actually, the sixers look so natural on the bike people didn't even notice when I put them on until I pointed it out.

I ordered them from a Elite Motorsports on E-bay and they took about 8 weeks to get them. They were good to deal with but they had to order them from Cycra and that is where the delay was.
Easybracket makes a specific bracket for the Stryker for no backrest, fixed backrest, and quick-release bracket. You can go to http://www.easybrackets.com/ to check them out.
There is also a third bracket for the quick release backrest, though the difference is probably just the length of the bolt (just a guess.)
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