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Saddlebags...newbie questions

I'm a new rider with a new Versys 650....and I'm interested in soft luggage and saddlebags.

My main question is about how to keep the bottom of the saddlebags from tilting inwards and possibly hitting the tire. (or just looking dorky)

I've searched the interwebs, and I can't find if I need to purchase some attachable metal rods to the bike to guard against the bags hitting the tire. (or holding them in place.) Lots of bikes require this.

The luggage mounting slots used for the LT's cases are still there on the 'regular' non-LT version. Is there something purchasable to take advantage of this?...to keep soft bags from tilting inward? (If not, I can't believe some company hasn't come up with something.) The general style of saddlebags I'm looking at have either straps or velcro-enhanced straps between the two bags. Is the idea to make sure the straps are so tight (or just tight enough) that it keeps the bags from tilting in?

I'm also interested in whether I should be taking advantage of the rear seat hand rails. That looks like something that would aid in securing luggage.

Here's the kind of stuff I'm looking at:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077TPKNH4...v_ov_lig_dp_it

https://www.amazon.com/Oxford-503000...sr=1-2-catcorr

In all the promo pics, they are all perfectly positioned (imagine that) and don't tilt. And even pics online of real users don't have any tilting problems. Any advice is appreciated.
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There is a rack system out there that utilizes the LT mounting slots. I can't remember offhand which manufacture it is. There are small bits permanently mounted to the frame, but the main part can be quickly mounted/dismounted using those slots.
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givi also makes racks just mean to support soft bags like the ones you posted, they're a bit cheaper than the one meant to be mounts for hard panniers.
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givi also makes racks just mean to support soft bags like the ones you posted, they're a bit cheaper than the one meant to be mounts for hard panniers.
Thanks, if anyone knows about these generic(?) racks for soft bags, I'd appreciate a link. Because the links posted by Flysig are meant for hard cases. I think they could be used for soft cases....but I'm having difficulty with the idea of spending $340 for specific equipment I don't need. ....and spending more on the support frame than the cases themselves.
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Thanks, if anyone knows about these generic(?) racks for soft bags, I'd appreciate a link. Because the links posted by Flysig are meant for hard cases. I think they could be used for soft cases....but I'm having difficulty with the idea of spending $340 for specific equipment I don't need. ....and spending more on the support frame than the cases themselves.
2015-2019 v650 saddlebag supports: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...-650-2015-2017

2010-2014 v650 saddlebag supports: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...-650-2010-2014
(I'm not sure why Givi and Revzilla both have the wrong image up, but this rack really looks like this (LINK)

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2015-2019 v650 saddlebag supports: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...-650-2015-2017

2010-2014 v650 saddlebag supports: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...-650-2010-2014
Thanks, I had already saved that web page thinking this could be what I'm looking for. But it's nice to get some confirmation from someone else.
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