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One of the test versions of saddlebags for Harley
Harley-Davidson Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson Electra Glide
15 Jan 2021

One of the test versions of saddlebags for Harley

There were two brothers (I don't know their names) way ahead of the curve in the late 40′s. Harley Davidson didn’t offer hard bags for their motorcycles until 1952. “Royalite Plastic” bags first appeared on the 1952 “K” model Harleys and then on Big Twin models in 1954.
Back to the two brothers, Resto’s dad and brother came up with this mock-up and offered it to the Harley Davidson Motor Company sometime around 1949. The HD Motor Company decline the brother's hard bag idea, due to the effort and popularity they had in their leather bag line. Harley Davidson offered about five different leather saddlebags for 1950.
Back to the hard bags on the 1948 Panhead, the brother's Handcrafted these bags using Cadillac fender and bumper shapes as the core. Then incorporating the Caddy’s glove box door and lock.

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