Motorcycle Saddlebags – Hard Mounted Or Throw Over?

Everyone remembers getting their first motorcycle over fifty years ago and having that fancy saddlebag along side with them holding just about anything imaginable. Using your saddlebag could be done in many different ways, but one of the best ways was for storing all your necessities for your trips anywhere throughout the world. The pockets on your clothing just can’t hold everything you need securely, so by having a saddlebag you can keep everything safe for every motorcycle ride, whether long or short.

What exactly sets motorcycle saddlebags apart now a day? Currently two types motorcycle saddlebags have been designed hard mounted and throw over saddlebags.

Hard Mounted Saddlebags

If you require a stable saddlebag then a hard mounted motorcycle saddlebag is perfect for you. Back in the 1950s there was a group of motorcyclists that decided to drill several holes into their motorcycle fenders to place their motorcycle saddlebags onto securely. By doing this they prevented their saddlebags from flapping and flying off of their motorcycles, making it a huge hit in the motorcycle industry.

As this option became more popular many manufacturers began their trial and error periods and soon developed a motorcycle saddlebag that mounted onto the motorcycle, instead of drilling multiple holes into the fender.

Just about any motorcycle now has a hard mounted saddlebag one them, whether its been purchased with the motorcycle, or installed later on. Many people are turning to adding on a hard mounted saddlebag themselves, as it can be costly having someone do it for you.

Now you are probably wondering what kind of leather would be better, hard or soft? If you need astounding protection then you may consider hard leather, but soft leather can be good as well, just not as strong. It solely depends on the motorcyclist’s preference of texture and strength.

Throw Over Motorcycle Saddlebags

Now if you are looking to avoid making any modifications to your motorcycle then you may want to consider purchasing a throw over motorcycle saddlebag. Just like the name says, a throw over motorcycle saddlebag is thrown over the seat and attached with a string to hold them on.

When it comes to installing a throw over motorcycle saddlebag you may quickly discover that it can be quite frustrating installing it onto the motorcycle. Some require that you remove the seat, but others don’t.

Don’t fret at the difficulty in installing a throw over saddlebag; they can be quite useful especially if you don’t want to be making any modifications onto your motorcycle. It is a great way to have the storage, but be able to remove the storage at anytime.

Deciding on what motorcycle saddlebag is right for you may be difficult, but if you require something that is permanent then you may want to consider a hard mounted saddlebag, but if you want something temporary that requires no modifications then a throw over saddlebag is right for you. Do your research and don’t decide which one is right for you just by looking at one. Every saddlebag varies, so weigh your options.


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Bafang BBSHD kit:
250W complete e-bike kit:
500W complete e-bike kit:
1,000W complete e-bike kit:
36V 13Ah Hailong (shark) battery:
48V 15 Ah triangle battery:
52V 17.5 Ah triangle battery:
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All 18650 cells:
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500 Wh folding e-bike:
Weird suspension folding e-bike:
Segway ES2 scooter (AliExpress):
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Xiaomi M365 scooter:
100W Flexible solar panel:
100W Folding solar panel:
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The parts that I use for building batteries:
18650 cells:
18650 positive insulating washer:
Nickel strip:
Spot welder:
Silicone wire:
Black 18650 cell spacers:
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Large heat shrink tubing:
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Digital Battery Charger Unboxing | Sirius 2 | 12 Volts | 2 Amps

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The microprocessor manages automatically selection of multiphase charging cycles of all type of lead batteries and also lithium batteries (LifePO4)
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Sirius 2 has CAN-Bus bypass, It is also protected against reverse polarity, short circuit and it is waterproof (degree of protection IP65)
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Troubleshooting Motorcycle Battery Problems | Honda VTX 1800 |

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Our Honda VTX 1800 won’t start. In the video, see how testing the battery on a motorcycle can help determine if the battery has a charge and determine if the motorcycle battery is healthy. Learn how to replace the battery in your Honda VTX with a new OEM battery by filling the battery with electrolyte and then installing it in the machine.

Want to go a little further? Troubleshoot the charging system on your Honda VTX 1800:

Testing motorcycle battery voltage – 2:10
Testing motorcycle battery health – 3:50
Removing a motorcycle battery – 5:00
Adding electrolyte to a motorcycle battery – 5:25
Installing a new motorcycle battery – 8:45
Replacing the seat on a Honda VTX – 10:35

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In the video we’re working with a 2005 Honda VTX 1800. You may have similar steps on your machine. If you’re not sure whether these steps apply to your vehicle, leave a comment and we’ll get back to you.

Diagnosing a No-Start Condition on a Honda VTX 1800:

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CTEK Battery chargers – winter maintenance on motorcycle, boat, mower, and spare batteries.

These seem to be working great. They are the 0.8A CTEK charger. They were $48.00 each. I suppose, not surprisingly, the mower battery that hasn’t been touched for 7+ years is possibly not revivable. If I could revive the lawn mower battery, then it will save me $130.00 (Honda).


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Dead Motorcycle Battery? How To Remove Battery & Hardwire Trickle Charger Suzuki

Whether you forgot to turn off something electrical on your bike or you have a old battery that is struggling to hold a charge, you would not have enough juice to start your bike.

In this video I would show you how to remove your battery, charge or change it to a new one and also how to hardwire a trickle charger to your motorcycle for the winter period or to charge a flat battery.


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Fast Charging Setup Zero Motorcycle

This is an old setup. My current setup takes about 30 seconds to setup. And it only needs one side case. I keep this video just to show how fast the tech is developing.

This was my fast charging setup in Europe for the Zero SR by Zero Motorcycles. As you can see it takes less than 4 minutes. And with minor adjustments it can be reduced further.

I use two Elcon chargers with 2500W each plus the internal charger that can provide about 1300W. This means I can theoretically charge with about 6.3 kW. In real life it’s about 5.5 to 6.0 kW, though. The rest goes up in heat to warm the side cases, and I use this to keep my gloves warm 😉

In the video I am using a CEE red plug, but I also have a lot of adapters for CEE blue (caravan), household plugs, Type-2 Mennekes, ect. The setup for all of those is always the same, though.

Here’s a link that shows the interior of the (left) case:

I bought the setup from Hollywood Electrics. They are a great help and great people work there. If you are in the CA area and have a Zero you should visit them. Say ‘hi’ and give them a big hug from me!

If you need any information feel free to ask me anything.


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