I made some soft saddle bag supports for my 2008 V from 1/2" aluminum piping. I really don't hold that much gear in my bags mostly for my commute, so hopefully this will hold up for now. I can easily add a cross bar if it doesn't hold.
I spent $16 total, $8 per 3ft pipe.
These are the only tools i used.
I made a home made "pipe bender" i used it for a couple of different bends in the shape not just the big bend.
Trying the fit.
It will be attached where the reflector is and "behind" the passenger foot peg, im using allen bolts and some loctite
Used a hammer and my drive way to flatten the ends and set it up for drilling it out. I also later on rounded and filed the edges.
Kind of hard to tell but there is a couple of extra bends in it. one at the top and one at the bottom.
With the bags on, looking good.
Covered them in primer.
I painted them a matte black to kind of match the bikes finish. (paints still wet)
They turned out awesome for $16!
I have lots more photos if anyone is curious, pm me.