Depending on what you do, sometimes it doesn’t take much to really change up the look of a bike. Take our friend Dan for example. For the past several years, Dan has been cruising around on his ’06 Road King Classic. A while back he ditched his windshield in favor of a full fairing and rockin’ audio setup. Just by adding a fairing, Dan drastically changed the look of his bike. Dan was content with his new styled bike for a while but like most of us, once again he got restless and when he turned to us for advice our response was, “Saddlebags.”
The tooled leather wrapped saddlebags on the Road King Classic help give the bike a nostalgic look; however, we told Dan that by simply adding some extended hard bags he could really make his bike look completely different. The more Dan thought about it the more he liked the idea because getting some new hard bags meant he’d actually have two bikes in one; the vintage-looking Road King Classic he originally fell in love with and a more modern/custom tourer with stretched bags and bumpin’ beats. While he was researching saddlebags online, Dan’s wife, Tina, let it be known that she wanted a more comfortable ride for herself and more room to store all here shoes on long weekend trips. So Dan broadened his search to include a new seat and a travel bag.
Dan found exactly what he wanted saddlebag-wise on the Dead Center Cycles (DCC) website. Dead Center Cycles offers its Smoothies extended saddlebags for ’93-and-newer FLH and FLHT models. What drew Dan to the DCC saddlebags was that they come complete with lids, locks, and hardware in a gloss black gel-coat finish (MSRP $1,399.99) so he didn’t have to order more parts from his local dealership to complete the swap. Most of the extended aftermarket saddlebags only come with the bottoms so you have to use your stock lids (if you own hard bags) or buy the lids, locks, and hardware separately, which can cost upwards of $600. By purchasing the DCC bags, Dan would have two complete sets of saddlebags.
As for the seat, Dan had heard good things about Saddlemen’s SaddleGel seats so he picked up one of the company’s Explorer seats. Saddlemen also offers a broad selection of travel bags, so while he was ordering his new seat, he ordered a Roller Sissybar bag as well. B
01. These are the DCC Smoothies Saddlebags that Dan ordered. The saddlebags are manufactu
02. The Smoothies feature recessed, lockable, compression latches. With this flush-mount
03. With the latches mounted in the middle of the lids it’s easy to open or close the lid
04. The Smoothies mount directly to the bike with the stock quick-release saddlebag studs
05. The 3¼ inches of extended stretch and not having exposed latches or any other externa
06. Currently DCC offers cutouts on both saddlebags for true dual exhausts but plan on of