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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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Blackvapor did you ever get your bags mounted? I am looking to do the same with eithier the slims or the classic tour. I have not seen you around these parts lately?
Thanks Blackvapor for the feedback. I guess the standoff distance of the bags from the bike is going to be the tradeoff for going with eithier the Slim brackets or the Easy bracket. Thanks to this forum and Stryker1 posting the side by side rear shot of his and his wife's bike with the Custom Classic vs the Slims, it confirmed my decision to go with the slims. Those Classics are huge and the Easy Brackets are not for the classic. Now for the waiting game.
Blackvapor do you have the part number for the Easy Bracket. I called yesterday and they said their website was not updated and they would have to get back to me on which Easy bracket would fit the Stryker but they have not yet. I figured it would be V-Star 1300 (Min. bag width 15 in. at mount point) with OEM backrest (#GB-Y-VS13OBK-106)
Awesome information guys. Thanks so much:thumb:
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.)
Update: Customcruising.com did not have the one for the QR backrest but I did find one from here for less.

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