So I decided to buy some hard saddlebags. I have seen lots of people on here install their saddlebags, and noticed one theme that kept showing up. The dreaded fender rail to saddlebag GAP. I really don't like how that looks and there is NO WAY my bags are gonna look like that.
That was until I tried to install MY bags.
Given the angle in which our fender rails are at, and the fact that the backs of most saddlebags are flat, the using of many spacers seemed necessary. So, to clear the recessed bolt holes on the fender rails, that would then allow the saddlebag brackets to sit at any angle other that straight down, meant having to use a spacer about 1/4 to 1/2 inch for the forward most bolt hole.
The rear bolt hole(on fender rail) is very tapered back, so I ended up having to use approx. 3/4 inch worth of spacers. This allowed me to match up to the front to give a parallel to bike look.
Any way I explain it, it still just works out to Fugly. If any one has figured a way to get the bags closer to the bike, without having total access to a welding/steel manufactoring shop, please help.