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That looks awfully close to the exhaust, no?

I haven't decided yet whether I want dual saddle bags, or maybe just a small single bag that would go where the back seat would go.
 

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Actually, looks like they have a pretty large selection for the new Rebels.
Stupid question, but wouldn't the hardware/bags fit exactly the same between the 500's and the 300's? If you poke around on their site, they list the Rebel 300-specific options as unavailable for the time being, while you can order them for the 500-specific fit.
 

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Stupid question, but wouldn't the hardware/bags fit exactly the same between the 500's and the 300's? If you poke around on their site, they list the Rebel 300-specific options as unavailable for the time being, while you can order them for the 500-specific fit.
Yea they are the same.
 

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Viking hard saddlebags on Honda 500 ABS

The Viking bags in the photos are found at*www.vikingbags.com. The exact bags are: "Honda Rebel 500 Viking Lamellar Leather covered Shock". They are hard ABS with leather cover, hinge top, locking key, and rear shock absorber cutout so it sits much closer to the bike and is slightly narrower than the*exhaust*pipe. It you click on that specific bag photo on their web site, there is a photo of those exact bags mounted on a yellow Rebel 500. They are currently $384.99 -10% (June 2017) with the hard bag*mounting brackets*included. These bags do not require the factory accessory Honda bag brackets.

A few notes about the installation: (1) there are acorn-type 8mm nuts welded to the inside of the fender to protect the tire from being cut by bolt that is too long. Saddlebag bolts must be custom cut to length. (2) the upper bolt holes are drilled 7” from the bottom of the bags to clear the exhaust pipe. (3) This put the bags higher than I originally wanted them, forcing the addition of a non-usable (no foot pegs) passenger seat to keep them from looking too high. (4) the passenger seat and bracket is a tapered seat from a Triumph Thunderbird Storm. This required a custom bracket to mount the Triumph bracket. (5) the passenger seat also functions as a mini backrest. (6) overall these bags are what I wanted, but bags this big were difficult to measure and install to clear the shocks, brake caliper, exhaust pipe, and rider's derriere.

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And note the Rebel 500 has 8mm x 1.25 pitch threads on the fender bolts and Viking sent 1/4" SAE bolts. But the bracket system works great. Throw the Viking bolts into the bolt bin. Buy metric bolts.
 
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