06 The large, ergonomic zipper pulls make it easy to gain access into the pockets with gloves on. A rain cover is included as well as mounting straps. With a whopping 3,100 ci of storage space, I was able to fit everything (eight tees, three pairs of jeans, a hoodie, pair of long johns, and a daub kit) with plenty of room left over in the main compartment. I hadn’t even touched the exterior pockets.
07 Before we could install the detachable saddlebags, the rear turn signals had to be relocated from the fender struts…
08 …to the end of the fender. The Turn Signal Relocation Kit ($44.95) consists of a light bar and necessary wiring/hardware to move the lights to the taillight. It’s kind of a pain because you have to completely disassemble the lights so you can remove them from the stock mounts and then feed the wire leads through the new light bar; not hard, just tedious. The other thing is, with the light bar sticking out so far it distracts from the clean and skinny look of the bike, but that’s the Department of Transportation for you.
09 To mount the saddlebags, sissy bar, and luggage rack, we had to mount the docking hardware ($39.95). The sissy bar and saddlebags mount to the front two mounts and the luggage rack mounts to the rear mount. The top of the luggage rack gets secured to the fender via the seat bolt at the rear of the stock two-up seat.
10 The saddlebags have a lower docking point down at the frame side plate where the passenger pegs mount (we removed the passenger pegs). You can’t run the saddlebags and swingarm bag at the same time. And you have to remove this docking point in order for the Swingarm Bag to mount up properly.
11 In the lead image you may have noticed our Blackline was outfitted with a Solo seat and a Headlamp Visor Kit. The solo seat is a brand-new item for the Blackline. The bike comes stock with a two-up seat and until now, there wasn’t a solo seat. If the Tuck and Roll Seat ($199.95) looks familiar, that’s because it comes stock on the new Softail Slim. Low profile and minimalist, the seat sets you low in the bike while adding style.
12 While its not offered as a direct bolt-on component for the Blackline, I wanted to see what the Headlamp Visor Kit ($119.95) would look like on the bike. Outstanding! The two-piece design sandwiches the headlight making it a quick and easy install (for applicable bikes). The plastic shell had to be modified so it would fit of over the headlight bracket mounting bolts on the back of the headlight bucket. It wasn’t too difficult, but once mounted we realized that the design of the headlight bracket was not strong enough to properly withstand the wind and vibration when motoring down the road, so the headlight bounced quite a bit and it was rather annoying. Hopefully Harley will make a kit that fits the Blackline.
13 Here’s the Blackline fully loaded. Sure it might be overkill with all this luggage installed, but just think how many miles you could go before having to do a load of laundry.
14 The Swingarm Bag mounts via adjustable Velcro straps. The fold-over flap has hidden quick-release plastic clips making it easy to get into the bag. The leather straps and buckles add a touch of old-school flair. The Messenger Bag has straps that slip over the sissy bar and cinch tight.
15 I really like the look of the Blackline with just the detachable saddlebags. It’s simple, easy to put on/take off, and matches the clean, classic look of the bike.
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