Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Saskatoon, Canada
I've ridden mine with a friend's soft bags, brand name I can't remember right now. They had no problem handling the heat sitting right against the muffler heat shields. It was about a 3 hour non-stop ride. You can put your bare hand on those heat shields immediately after a ride, so I don't think they ever get hot enough to damage soft bags. You might want to be careful about carrying anything inside of them that could be damaged by small amounts of heat though.