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    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.

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    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.

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    That's a NICE looking 1930 Steve!!
    Jim

    AMCA #6520

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    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

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    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.

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