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Yamaha V-Star Motorcycle SaddleBag Guide


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Yamaha’s V-Star line, which started production in 2007 and continues to today, offers a low-riding cruiser with enough versatility to ride city streets or open roads. Its double down tube steel frame, chrome accents, and longest wheelbase in its class make it a natural choice for entry-level cruisers and experienced riders looking for a casual, fun bike. The V-Star has an air-cooled, 4-stroke, V-twin, SOHC, 4-valve, fuel injected engine, which offers excellent fuel efficiency as well as a smooth, sweet ride.

If you are a V-Star enthusiast or are thinking about investing in one, Viking Bags offers the best saddlebags, hands down, for your V-Star. We offer bags with all of the range and flexibility you need as a rider, with a wide variety of styles and sizes – these bags will fit with your lifestyle and needs. Viking Bags provide the options and security to help you feel safe and satisfied on the road.

Viking Bags knows bikes, and we know the luggage that goes with them. As the largest seller of saddlebags in the world, we also pride ourselves on our outstanding customer service and guidance to choose the best bag for you. We know many types of people ride, for pleasure, for business, or both. Viking Bags knows you need saddlebags that match your lifestyle, not just your bike.

You know your bike and your needs – now what? Start by looking at the following four pieces of the perfect saddlebag puzzle.



Style: 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 Virago? Would you like buckles, studs or just a plain, sleek look to your bags? Would you like options as to how your bags open?

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

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

Security: 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.



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What’s your aesthetic? From buckles to locks to opening inwards or outwards, we have the ideal combination of options that will match what you are looking for. Think of these areas in particular as you search for the perfect bag:

Almost all Viking bags come in studded and non-studded versions, so you can choose whether you want a low key, blending basic black bag, or a reflective, shiny, attention-grabbing bag that accentuates your bike’s lines. All studs are rustproof, polished stainless steel, so these will look good through all weather for a long time.


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 two examples of Viking bags without buckles – plain black for stealth or low-key preference. 



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.

They are:

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


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The Quick Disconnect System is great if you need to keep your bags with you at all times. As the name implies, it is very easily removed on the road with no tools, and so can be taken with you. 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.

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When you buy a saddlebag from our website, a hard mount kit comes free, standard, 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. This is just one indication showing our customer service and our products are second to none.

Our hard mount kit is the kit most often chosen, and its stability means you can count on its permanence when cruising, riding hard, or undergoing wear and tear.



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Throw over brackets are convenient and easy. The throw over kit allows you to take the bags off from your bike in under 5 minutes. The chrome brackets stay on your bike after removal of the bags, this makes it easier to install bags again. If you have any questions regarding the installation process please give us a call, we have over 100 years of collective motorcycle experience and would love to answer any questions. 



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Think carefully about what you carry with you on a daily basis. Are you buying for day-to-day, or for special vacations or road trips? Do you want your bags to fit within the lines of your bike, or is it okay if they stick out a little? All of these questions will help you determine whether small, medium, large, or extra large capacity will suit your needs best.
Use our bag filter to help you sort easily through our options without seeing bags that won’t meet your needs. 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.



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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 Viking Bags does not sell the actual padlock – you will need to get that on your own. The majority of riders do choose to have some sort of lock on their bags. Viking bags have locks in two places, either over the buckles or under them. If your bag locks under the buckle, just lift the buckle to access 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. Additionally, note that locking bags are slightly more expensive than their non-locking counterparts.
To provide some guidance, we suggest that you think carefully about what you carry on a day-to-day basis, as well as what you carry on longer road trips. How long do you leave your bike alone when stopping on the road? Where will you be staying? Will your bike be a target by itself, or will you be with large numbers of other riders?
Even with a lock or padlock, of course you may not be able to guarantee the safety of the items inside. 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.







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