Cycle Visions Bagger Tail Saddlebag And Bareback Kit

Cycle Visions' Barebacks Kit

The Barebacks are designed to securely lock the saddlebags in place. The male attachment (A) replaces your stock fender bolts, while the female attachment (B), spring (C), and collar (D) are installed onto the saddlebag. When attaching the bags, the female attachment is slipped over the male attachment and the spring then pushes the collar over the male attachment, locking everything in place.

...and the spring then pushes the collar over the male attachment, locking everything in place.

The only thing you need to be aware of before you perform the installation is that you'll have to relocate your turn signals in order to mount the bags. Here you can see that the male attachments have been installed in place of the stock fender bolts, and the female attachments (along with the spring and collar) have been installed on the saddlebag.

To attach the bag, you simply pull the collar and spring back, slip the female over the male, and then let the spring and collar go.

Another cool product Cycle Visions has are these Bags Straps (MSRP: $24.95 per set). Cycle Visions offers the straps in two different lengths, depending on which bags you have.

The straps simply bolt in place between the Bareback hardware and the saddlebag mounting bracket. The straps make carrying the bags from place to place much easier.

When you don't need your bags and just want to show off your ride, Cycle Visions offers these chrome caps (MSRP: $29.95) that slip over the male attachments for a clean look.

The Bagger Tail System comes with mounting brackets and hardware (except for the quick-detach saddlebag hardware; you need to purchase that from Harley) to make your Softail look like an FLH/FLT-style bike.

Similar to the Barebacks, the Bagger Tail hardware replaces your stock fender bolts, so you have to relocate your turn signals. The top mounting bracket is secured in place over the fender strut. Here you can see that the H-D detachable saddlebag hardware (arrow) has been added.

The front of the lower mounting bracket is bolted in place between the passenger peg and the frame. Once the top and bottom mounting brackets are bolted onto both sides of the bike the rear of the top and lower brackets are secured together with this center piece that tucks up under the rear fender.

... the rear of the top and lower brackets are secured together with this center piece that tucks up under the rear fender

With everything secured with threadlocker, you now have the ability to mount the FLH/FLT-style hard bags to your Softail. The Bagger Tail is a very quick and easy solution for those who want to get more traveling distance out of their Softail. Also, look how good the system looks when it's painted to match the two-tone Deluxe.

Whether it's for a quick trip to the grocery store, commuting to and from work, or a three-day weekend getaway to Mexico with the boys, extra storage always comes in handy.

There are several reasons why the Softail family has had some of the most popular models in Harley's lineup year after year. One reason is the bike's smooth lines, thanks to its hidden rear suspension. Another reason is its versatility. With the right setup and components, you can go from solo show-winner to two-up tourer in a matter of seconds.

When it comes to outfitting a Softail to pull double duty as either a strip cruiser or long-distance hauler, Cycle Visions has two simple solutions: one is the company's Barebacks hardware (MSRP: $139.95), while the other is its Bagger Tail Saddlebag bracket system (MSRP: 299.95). The Barebacks are for those who want the option of adding or removing bags in seconds, and fit all Softail models as well as Dynas. The Bagger Tail is for those who are a little more serious about their saddlebags and want to add FLH/FLT-style hard or leather bags (all Softail models except Deuce). Both kits come with everything you need except the bags. You should contact Cycle Visions to find out which bags will work for your particular setup.

The Bareback system comes with four male and four female attachments, four springs and four collars. The kits vary depending on your model and can work with docking hardware for sissy bars.