Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19

Thread: JD-VL saddlebags

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Reynolds,ND/Queen Valley,AZ
    Posts
    129

    Default JD-VL saddlebags

    How about some pictures of the early JD/VL saddlebags? What year were they first introduced? Is anyone reproducing them? I do have a picture of them in a 1930 dealer accessory catalog. In that year they came in faux Alligator hide. That is about all I know about them.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    England
    Posts
    1,305

    Default

    Here's a picture of a repro set on my 1930 VL a few years ago, with repro bags from the Carolinas I think.30VL11955left.JPG

    They still appear in the 1941 accessory catalog as the Utility Saddle Bags, priced at $7.55 a pair and with the part number 11785-X, with the X meaning they fitted much earlier bikes. The chrome 'towel rail' bag holders are $1.90 for a set of four, part number 11794-X.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    461

    Default

    That's a NICE looking 1930 Steve!!
    Jim

    AMCA #6520

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Sarasota, Florida
    Posts
    4,145

    Default

    Your 1930 VL is gorgeous, Steve. I'm not a big fan of saddlebags (other than for utility) but those bags really compliment your beautifully done VL.
    Eric Smith
    AMCA #886

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    England
    Posts
    1,305

    Default

    Thanks for the nice words guys. That bike is on the back cover of Volume 1 of The VL Years, and also featured in the Antique Motorcycle article '100 mph on a VL' from a while back. That stock 1930 made 85 mph on the airfield, authenticating Harley top speed estimates, while my breathed-on 1934 bobber was electronically timed at 103 mph.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    1 mile east of the Rocky Mountains.
    Posts
    860

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    158

    Default

    Here is a pair of early saddlebags that I believe are from the Jd - Vl era. I don't know what company made them, but I'm guessing an early accessory outfit.CIMG1389.JPGCIMG1390.jpgCIMG1391.jpgCIMG1392.jpg
    Craig

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Central Illinois, USA
    Posts
    4,217

    Default

    A winged-wheel must be timeless, Craig!

    This was cut from a wood-burning stove door.

    ....Cotten
    Attached Images Attached Images
    AMCA #776
    Dumpster Diver's Motto: Seek,... and Ye Shall Find!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    158

    Default

    Cotten; I've seen the winged wheel patches on the old M/C caps. But I'm not sure if this is a winged wheel. The circle appears to have a Dude walking. And I do mean Dude !!CIMG1397.jpg
    Craig

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Sarasota, Florida
    Posts
    4,145

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by 41craig View Post
    And I do mean Dude !!CIMG1397.jpg
    Craig
    Now that is funny !
    Eric Smith
    AMCA #886

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •