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Triumph Rocket III Motorcycle Saddlebags Guide

Triumph Rocket III Motorcycle Saddlebags Guide

Rugby and American football players are big, REALLY big. But, they don’t apologize for being big and bad. Rather, they harness their power into a form of grace. They are smooth, just never ultra-nimble.

As a Triumph Rocket owner, you know your bike won’t apologize for being big either. We don’t think it should. Rocket owners want big and they get it, in size and in power.

So, when it comes time to add saddlebags, it’s highly likely that you’ll want to go big, too. But, at Viking, we’ve learned, over our decades of motorcycle experience that no two Triumph Rocket owners are alike. We’ve even seen customizations where the Rocket almost looks like it wants to race. But, desire and ability are two different things and the Rocket is best left to what it does best- be big and be powerful.

Still, we’re going to give you a lot of options because accessorizing your machine is a personal decision. Do you want to go bigger or maintain the Rocket’s profile? We’ll let you decide, but here’s a brief look at some key decision points you’ll want to consider.



Do you want a classic studded look? A plain look? We have bags that have buckles and bags that don't, which do you prefer?


What kind of riding do you typically do? How much gear will you need to be carrying on any given ride?


Locking or non-locking. All of our bags have the padlock option but we recommend the added security of key lockable bags.


We offer three different options; Quick Disconnect System, Hard Mount Kit, and Throw Over Kit.


With Viking, you get lots of choices. As mentioned, we know our customers and they run the range from racers to long-trip touring riders. We only carry the best of breed, but most of our over 200 saddlebags empower you as the owner to build the bike of your dreams. If you are pondering your options and get stuck, simply give us a call and we’ll tell you what we think. With a combined 100 years of motorcycle experience powering our engine, we’ll give you an honest opinion from real bike owners.

Non Buckle
shock cut out


rc duna plain bag vs studded style

Plain VS. Studded

Although many might not consider studs as a functional element of a saddlebag, they can and do serve a purpose. As you remove and carry your bags, the studs will protect the main saddlebag surface from scuffing and scratches. This is also true when your bags are mounted. If debris is blowing past the bags, it will tend to be deflected by the studs versus impacting the bags themselves. We have plenty of Studded saddlebags for your Rocket III.

You can also decide you want a smoother and Plain look, especially if your vision of your finished ride is more sleek and modern.

You can’t go wrong with either choice and we offer most Viking saddlebags with smooth or stud finish.

buckle vs. nobuckle


Your first decision point for your new Viking saddlebags is whether or not you want buckles. If you are aiming for a smoother look, you might not want to try our Roadster saddlebags with a chrome buckle on the outside. However, because of the Rocket's larger than life profile, you might also opt for ourRoadster version with no buckles. Many of our saddlebags give you both options. 

rc dyna plain back vs shock cutout


One very important decision you’ll want to consider is our Shock Cut-Out versus Plain Back bag option. The Shock Cut-Out saddlebag design option is exactly what its name says, as the bag is designed to surround the rear shock with a cut-out that matches Triumph factory specs.

If you have customized your suspension, the Shock Cut-Out may not be an option for you, but call our customer service people as they are very experienced with working around most rear shock customizations and can guide you in the right direction.

Some Triumph owners prefer the Plain Back option for it’s clean lines and maximum capacity. We also suggest that Plain Back saddlebag buyers consider the Quick Disconnect System (QDS) as a way to work around your rear suspension without sacrificing capacity.   

rc dyna plain back vs shock cutout

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.




Many Rocket owners opt for one mounting system, but two or more saddlebags with varying capacities. The Rocket will certainly support any capacity, so your trip will be the only thing that dictates how much storage space you need.

If you want to increase the wide stance of the Rocket, our many maximum capacity saddlebags will help finish your ride’s look. But, you can also choose smaller capacities and allow the bags to sit inside the Rocket’s already robust profile. 





Let’s face it; there are thieves in this world. But, the average petty thief is deterred by basic security measures. Because we ride and live in the same world you do, we add an extra layer of security in every Viking bag with a no-cost padlock ring. You can add your key or combination lock to increase the security surrounding your bags and their contents. We’re not sure why everyone doesn’t do this, but our customers are happy we do.

Our saddlebags also come with integrated locks, either visible on the outside of the bag or under the buckle. Which option you choose will also be in keeping with the motorcycle you desire. As it is with most bag options, we’ve got your choice covered on most of our bag models.

These are the key choices you should consider when ordering any Viking saddlebags. You can’t go wrong and you can always give us a call if you’re not sure which way to go. With over 200 saddlebag choices, we’ll find the right bag for your bike. 




A key decision for you is how you want to mount your saddlebags. Because we love to offer variety to our customers, Viking offers three unique mounting options.

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



rc dyna removed qds brackets


Our Quick Disconnect System (QDS) is an innovation born from our own experiences and requests from a growing number of Triumph owners who want the security of a Hard Mount and the flexibility of a Throw Over.

With QDS, your bags secure to your ride, but allow you to quickly and easily throw your saddlebags over your shoulder, too. Many QDS buyers love that the mounting brackets are barely visible when they remove their bags, making the $114.95 additional expense well worth it. 

rc dyna hard mount brackets


We don’t just include the manufacturer recommended mounting bolts with every saddlebag we send to you, we also include a Hard Mount kit as well. Although we are seeing many customers shift to other mounting methods, the most common mount is still the Hard Mount. The combination of a permanent installation and no additional cost is a winner with many Rocket saddlebag buyers. 

rc dyna throw over brackets


Cowboys all over the world created and used Throw Over saddlebags. We’re pretty sure that a hard mount system wouldn’t have gone over big with the horses and a cowboy’s saddlebags were never far from their side.

A growing number of Triumph Rocket owners are choosing saddlebag mounting closer to those cowboy roots. But, Throw Over doesn’t mean that your bags will bounce off your bike at the first bump.

Our Throw Over mount includes a cradle, finished in chrome, so your bags will stay where they should ride after ride. Once you reach your destination, just detach your bags and search for the saloon. 








Hopefully you have found this article interesting and helpful. If you are interested in purchasing saddlebags for your Triumph Rocket, you can select the Rocket model and browse through our selection on our Triumph Rocket saddlebag page. If you have any questions please contact us, one of our motorcycle luggage experts will be happy to assist you. For further information, Contact Us