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Yamaha RoadStar Motorcycle SaddleBag Guide


Yamaha’s beautiful, classic-line Road Star bike is popular with cruisers. Its smooth handling and surprising power provide any casual rider or bike enthusiast with the best of both worlds. The Road Star has a 1,670cc air-cooled 48-degrees V-twin pushrod engine.

The Road Star’s powerful capacity is enhanced by its sparkling chrome accents and hardware, all hard edges and sweet lines combined.

If you own a Road Star or are thinking about it, Viking Bags has bags fit for your bike. They’ll need to be bags in the same league as your Road Star, bags that come in a range of sizes and customizations which means they’ll perform for you and your Road Star, whatever your plans may be. Bags that fit the look and function of your bike – whether used for weekend touring or weekday traffic. They’ll need to be Viking bags.



Do you like to turn people’s heads as you ride by or do you prefer a little less attention? Do you want to compliment the classic look of the Roadstar? Would you like buckles, studs or just a plain, sleek look to your bags? Would you like options as to how your bags open?


How much storage do you need? A week? Two? Maybe you need enough to store gear for work as part of your commute?


Do you need your bags to lock or not? Viking Bags are easily secured with our own innovative Viking Bags key, which is unique to only our bag systems.


Are you looking to permanently mount your bags? Would you prefer a less permanent option?


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


rc duna plain bag vs studded style

Plain VS. Studded

Almost all Viking bags come in studded and non-studded versions, so you can echo the style of your bike with your bags – or do the opposite. All studs are rustproof, polished stainless steel, so these studs have a long life of looking good. If you want a sleeker look for your bags, try the non-studded version for a crisp silhouette that keeps the center of attention where it should be – your bike.

As mentioned above, all Viking Bags saddlebags for the Roadstar come plain or studded. Our studded bags are rustproof, polished stainless steel that will add a little classic style to your motorcycle. If studs are not for you, our plain faced bags with chrome buckles offer the same storage options while maintaining a tidy look without all the flash. For all the riders out there who don’t want any chrome, we also offer basic black bags in our Cruise models without any chrome or studs.

buckle vs. nobuckle


We have many functional, smart bags with different fastening options. We have several types of buckles, and of course we have non-buckled or plain bags. Our Prima and Warrior bags are just two examples of Viking bags without buckles, just smooth lines and beautiful surfaces.

rc dyna plain back vs shock cutout


Our Standard Bagsfor the Dyna will save you a little on price in most cases, they are typically mounted behind the shock but in front of the turn signals. On the bigger bags, the size of the bags may extend farther back and a turn signal relocation will most likely be necessary. If you chose to get a bigger bag, the ideal thing to do is to use our quick disconnect system as it will push the bag just outside the shock.

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.




How much saddlebag room will you need? Do you carry job-related equipment with you daily? Are you packing personal necessities for a week-long or month-long trip? If you want our recommendation, we suggest allowing room for all of your usual items plus a little extra space.

Here at Viking Bags, we carry the largest selection of saddlebags in the world. We have bags from small all the way to extra-large sizes. What does that mean in terms of your needs? To answer that, our bag size filter can assist you. You choose your price point, size, backside and preferred mount type, and we will give you a list of bags that matches your needs to our products.





To lock or not to lock? If you choose a locking bag, you’ll receive a unique key that fits your bag alone. An extra layer of security is a padlock ring fitted as standard to each bag, though note the padlocks themselves are not sold through Viking Bags. Most riders find a bag with a lock to be a good idea. Viking bags have locks in two places, over the buckles or under them. On a bag with a lock under the buckle, you simply raise the buckle to find the lock.

Security is of course very personal, and your circumstances and feelings will dictate how you secure your bags – whether locked bags remain hard mounted to your bike, or you carry the bags with you.

When thinking about your lifestyle, neighborhood and the places you plan to ride, how much security do you really need? You will make that decision, and we can give you the options to help.

Though a bag is locked or padlocked, this may not guarantee the safety of the items you keep inside. It all depends on how determined a potential thief is to get at our belongings. If a thief is purely opportunistic, a padlock might keep your belongings safe. However, a lock or even two will not stop a determined professional criminal. If you store iPhones, iPads, digital cameras, or other high-tech equipment in your saddlebags, you will probably want to opt for keeping these investments close to you at all times. In this case, our QDS system will likely be your best option – it is fast enough that you won’t have to think twice about removing the bags and taking them with you at rest stops or gas stations. We also sell non-locking bags, in case perhaps locks are redundant, or you want to offset the QDS cost against locks that aren’t useful.




You may not have thought much about how to mount your saddlebags. There are three main choices when it comes to mounting hardware. There is a hard mount -- which means your bags won’t come off without a wrench -- and a Quick Disconnect System mount, which allows you to remove your bags on the road without tools and keep them with you. The third option is a throw-over mount. These mounting options offer different types of security, so think about how you’ll use these bags when choosing the best mounting system for your needs.

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 does exactly what it says – it is designed to be removed and reattached easily and with little fuss. QDS is a little more expensive than other mounting hardware; it’s $114.99 through Viking Bags’ website, but we suspect you’ll find that the extra investment will help immensely when it comes to convenience. Security is a good reason to choose the QDS as well; in areas where bags that are left on a bike can be a target for criminals, the best defense may be removing the bags. Sometimes the deciding factor will be that QDS lets you fit a plain back bag that might otherwise interfere with a bike’s shocks or other hardware – QDS sets the bags slightly away from the bike’s body. This is why we suggest this kit not be used with Shock Cut-Out bags; the shock cut-out isn’t needed as it will be far enough away from the shock to not need it.

There is one last important benefit with this mounting kit: when the bags are disconnected from the bike, only a few small docking posts remain to show that the bags were ever there. That means you can convert your bike for various riding needs, pretty much immediately, and swap back again when needed.

rc dyna hard mount brackets


When you buy a saddlebag from our website, a hard mount kit comes standard and free as part of the package. We will include standard bolts for any manufacturer, and we can cover production models of most bikes from most manufacturers, including Yamaha. That being said, we do not have every size bolt for every make and model, you might need to get some bolts at a hardware store. It’s just a few dollars, but we are unable to stock bolts for every possible model and trim.

The motorcycle saddlebag industry does not often provide free mounting hardware standard, but we do. We know our customer service and our products go above and beyond too!

The Hard Mount is the mounting option most often purchased. An added benefit is that the bags can’t come off without a wrench, so they remain very stable and will not come loose on the road.

rc dyna throw over brackets


Throw Over brackets are not entirely removable, nor do they remain permanently mounted to the bike. These brackets are on a chrome frame that fits over the back of your bike, and the cradle remains in place when your bags are removed. As such, it’s in between the QDS and the Hard Mount. Even if the bags are removed, you can still tell that there is a saddlebag mount, but it’s much easier to remove them than with a Hard Mount system. If there are any issues with the installation process, you can always give us a call. Among all of us, we have over 100 years’ worth of motorcycle knowledge, and we would be more than happy to share!








Hopefully you have found this article interesting and helpful. If you are interested in purchasing saddlebags for your Yamaha Roadstar, you can select your model and browse through our selection on our Suzuki saddlebag page. If you have any questions about any of our products, please don’t hesitate to contact us. One of our Motorcycle Luggage Experts will be happy to give you any help they can. For further information, Contact Us