The saddle bag guards will keep the bags out of the wheel. No doubt about that. And they work great with bags chosen given the space available. No doubt about that either.
However, people sometimes (too often?) choose a bag without considerign the space available. It is very easy to select a set of bags that are too big (deep) on the 2017 DL650. Espeacially for americans. We like more, bigger, etc. The fact of the matter is that you can not use deep/tall bags on the Wee3. You can not put a 13" tall bag in a 12" space espeacially if the that lower limit is due to the presence of a hot muffler.
Unlike the Vee2 and Vee3 (2014+ DL1000s), the muffler can not be lowered by loosing the clamp and turning it a few degrees. We offer a free muffler lower brakcet to help with these models. I woudl be happy to do teh same for the Wee3 if it were possible.
Howeer, the muffler on the 2017+ DL650 can not be adjusted lower. It is simply a limiting factor that must be taken into account when selected bags.
I recieved an email yesterday as follows.
Thanks for making the saddle bag guards.
I am using them with Nelson Rigg small extendable bags and they work great.
Good fit and no sagging.
I'll let the member identify himself, but his expereince is due in no small part to his choice of bag. Anyone trying to use a set of Nelson Rigg 850s (very tall, ~14" or so) on the same setup would be very unhappy in in short order.
This has been an onging challenge for Wee3 owners. I tried to start a thread a while back on bags that work well for the Wee3. Now we know those in the picture do. And of course many other manufacturer's shorter bags will work as well.
I'll try contating Nelson Rigg again tomorrow to see if we can sell their short exandable bag along with the saddle bag guards, but I suggest people with bags that fit let people know of their success. They woudl be doing their fellow riders a service.