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Victory Hammer Motorcycle Saddlebag Guide

Victory Hammer Motorcycle Saddlebag Guide

Whether you’ve got the Victory Hammer or the Hammer 8-Ball, you know that these bikes are some of the most unique muscle cruisers on the market. Victory is well known for its traditional American style, and the Hammer is direct evidence of this heavier style of motorcycle. First introduced in 2005, the Victory Hammer was an imposing cruiser with a 250 mm rear tire, dual-disk brakes, and the standard 97 horsepower and 113 foot-pounds of torque. Today’s 8-Ball is an outstanding cruiser motorcycle that delivers the great riding experience and styling that Victory is known for.

Viking Bags offers Hammer owners a wide variety of choice whether it’s style, storage, or fitment. With that impressive fat back tire, your Hammer surely deserves a bag that gives credit to its formidable strength and sleek styling – We have the perfect bags for you.

We feel it is important for all customers to understand four crucial dynamics when choosing bags for your Hammer.



What kind of statement do you want to make with your bags? Do you want to turn people’s heads, or do you want bags that become a part of your bike? Would you like buckles, studs, or just plain, streamlined bags? How do you want your bag to open?


How much storage are you looking for? Do you need enough space to last a week? Two weeks? Do you commute to work and need enough storage for your everyday gear?


Do you need to lock your bags? Viking Bags uses its own innovative Viking Bags key, unique to our bag systems to give owners peace of mind. Or do you want a bag to carry things to and from your destination without storing them overnight? Either way, our bags offer secure storage that will keep your items clean and safe.


Do you want the option of being able to remove your bags at the end of a ride? Do you want bags that mount permanently and conveniently?


Bags come in a variety of different styles. Most riders will want the bags that will match best with their bike. The majority of our bags come in two styles, plain or studded. If your bike already has studs, you can keep the theme going by adding a pair of Studded Saddlebags. All Viking Bags studs are rust proof, polished, and stainless steel. Non-studded or Plain bags are very clean themselves and can keep the clean look throughout.

Non Buckle
shock cut out


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Plain VS. Studded

Victory Hammer bags come in a variety of options and styles. There are two styles to choose from when purchasing saddlebags: Studded. If you’re looking for a traditional motorcycle look, our studded bags, with rustproof, polished stainless steel, are perfect. If studs are not your thing, our plain-faced bags with chrome buckles offer the same storage options while maintaining a streamlined look, but without all the flash. If you want to skip the chrome, we also offer straightforward style with black bags in our Warrior models for your Hammer. We designed our bags with you in mind, and we think you deserve options as formidable as your bike.

buckle vs. nobuckle


If you’re looking for something will a little less pizazz, we also offer bags with style but without buckles or shine – you can get sleek, clean lines with our Prima and Warrior model bags without sacrificing storage and security. Made of Viking leather, these plain bags offer security as well as style. In fact, both styles will fit the style of your Hammer perfectly whether you’re going for the classic muscle look or something a little more modern.

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Standard bags are typically mounted behind the shock but in front of the turn signal. In some cases, larger bags will extend back of the turn signal, requiring that the signal be relocated. However, you can sometimes get around this by using our quick disconnect system, which will push the bag further away from the body of the bike, usually far enough to accommodate the shocks.

Shock Cut-Out Bags, by comparison, have a rounded mold on the front corner of the bag that shapes the bag to accommodate the shock while resting closer to the bike. This lets you mount the bags very close to the body of the bike, giving a clean –lined look and a custom appearance.

You’ll pay a little more and there will be some loss of bag capacity, but this feature is available in several large bag styles and sizes so space shouldn’t be an issue. If you can’t get a the bag size and style you want on the back of your bike without it, or you like that neat, custom look, Shock Cut-Out bags could be for you.

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Hard VS. Soft

We also offer bags that are completely blacked out without any buckle. Take a look at our Warrior and Spear bags. They are two options for bags that have no shiny buckles or studs.




Viking Bags is the world’s largest manufacturer of saddlebags. We provide bike owners with over 200 bag options. With sizes ranging from small to extra-large, we know how challenging it can be to narrow down your choices. That’s why we’ve developed an easy-to-use filter on the navigation bar on the left side of our website. You can even narrow your choices by price and style by selecting or deselecting these options. Let us help you find the bag of your dreams.





Securing your valuables while out on the road is important – We get that. Viking Bags offers two secure options for protecting your items: Option 1 allows users to lock bags from the top, and Option 2 allows for bags that lock under the buckles. For added security, most of our bags can also be locked with a padlock. The QDS system also adds security with the benefit of being able to detach bags and bring them inside wherever you are. As for non-locking bags, we have those too. We do recommend that you not keep any valuable items in non-locking bags overnight with this option, however.




1- Quick Disconnect System (QDS)
2- Hard Mount Kit
3- Throw Over Kit

1. Quick Disconnect system
2. Hard mount kit
3. Throw over kit



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For the rider who spends a lot of time on the road, the Quick Disconnect System (QDS) is one of our best mounting options for security as well as easy use. With this system, you can feel secure knowing you can quickly and easily remove the bags and take them inside with you, wherever the road takes you. That’s not the only benefit: Being able to easily remove the bags also makes it incredibly easy to clean, maintain, and store your bags for the long haul.

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You can also permanently mount bags on your Hammer with the Hard Mount kit—in fact, this kit is included as our standard mounting kit with all Viking Bags purchases. It’s also our strongest mounting option. Fortunately, this option is still easy to remove – You can disconnect the two bolts on each side of the mount for cleaning, maintenance, and/or storage.

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For a cost effective option of mounting your bags, Viking Bags has you covered. The simple yoke system of our Throw Over kit attaches easily under the seat and the temporary frame that mounts to the rear fender. This kit also allows you to conveniently remove bags when they’re not needed on short trips or to store at home. Do keep in mind that this kit is only available on our smaller capacity bags, as they don’t need a more solid mount.








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