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Motorcycle saddlebags are one of the most popular motorcycle equipment additions because it provides you the ability to store more items that you need. Whether it be motorcycle safety gear, biker accessories or even motorcycle protective gear, you can store pretty much anything you need inside of motorcycle saddlebags.
When you're planning to purchase a motorcycle saddlebag, you must consider how the bag will be mounted. There are two different ways you can mount your saddlebag, the first is called a throw-over and the second is a bolt-on saddlebag. How the throw-over saddlebag works is basically you attach the bag through “strings” that you tie under the seat and onto the shocks of your bike. However, if you're looking for a sturdier and secure saddlebag, than you will want to go with the bolt-on saddlebags. These types of bags are secured and will rarely fall off of your bike.
Of course, with most motorcycle saddlebags, you have the feature to lock the opening of the bag. This is very important if you carry expensive gear or other items that you don't want to risk being stolen. You will also notice that many motorcycle saddlebags have metal studs on them. Whether it's for decoration or within the rivets, you must ensure that all metal on your bag is made of stainless steel and not brass. If it's made of brass, it will begin to rust overtime, especially if you live in a humid climate.