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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 04-18-2016, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Saddlebag Guards?

I think I should put saddlebag guards on my 2016 RGS. I don't really like the look of them but it's probably inevitable that I'll drop it and scratch the bags. I think I'll also need the bottom support bar as well?

Anyone had any experience with aftermarket guards or is it best to stick with OEM?

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Didn't even realize the RGS didn't come with Saddlebag guards. I hope to never drop this bike, but the saddlebag guards are nice to keep my wife's boots away from the bags.
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I recently put them on my RGS... I also wasn't sure how they would look, and was concerned they would make the bike look too bulky, but they actually look pretty good IMO. This is the only recent pic I can dig up right now... not a great view of the guards, but I think (coming from a Road King - which is now my wife's) they help make the bike look more complete without interfering with the sleek lines... and of course, it brings some piece of mind with the added bit of protection.

I too was worried I would forget to put the kickstand down one of these days, or slip in gravel or some such thing.

I went with the HD guards... it was a perfect fit, easy to install, and it comes with the bottom bar, and extra bolts or you can use use some of the existing ones.
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I got mine from Jon (PCPain) at Horney Toad HD. Good discount. I hadn't dropped a bike in many years. My 15 RGS has been down 3 times. The guards were on my list, but the bike went down 1st!
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Check ebay for a set of 2014 & up touring saddlebag guards. I bought a set of cvo take offs & had them powdercoated gloss black. Turned out nice, plus, I can now use my guard bags.

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That's the first thing I added to my bike & I'm glad I did.


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I recently put them on my RGS... I also wasn't sure how they would look, and was concerned they would make the bike look too bulky, but they actually look pretty good IMO. This is the only recent pic I can dig up right now... not a great view of the guards, but I think (coming from a Road King - which is now my wife's) they help make the bike look more complete without interfering with the sleek lines... and of course, it brings some piece of mind with the added bit of protection.

I too was worried I would forget to put the kickstand down one of these days, or slip in gravel or some such thing.

I went with the HD guards... it was a perfect fit, easy to install, and it comes with the bottom bar, and extra bolts or you can use use some of the existing ones.
Thanks for the pic. Actually looks fine! I didn't realize they came with the lower bar too. Figured HD would charge extra for that. I too came from a Road King and that bar saved my bags

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Yep, you'll need the whole kit, which includes the bars that go in front of the bags, and the ones underneath that go into those, and also support the bags.

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There is a supplier on Ebay that sells the bag guards that are 1 and 1/8" thick, the Harley bars are 7/8" thick. that is seriously stronger bars. They do not come with the lower support bars that fit into the guards but that can be bought separately from Harley. If you are handy with a measuring tape, hack saw and a drill you can cut your existing support bars before the bend that attaches to the bike at the front of the bags. Then slide them into the bag guards and drill the hole out for the bolt that connects the support bar to the bag guard. Another option might be while you're on Ebay see if anyone is selling the lower support bars. I know a Glide owner that has the thicker bars on his bike and through evasive maneuvers has laid the bike down twice. Both times the bars supported the bike without even touching the bags or bending the bars.
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after dropping mine last week I'm putting them on mine..


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