The bike I saw *definitely* had different grab handles. It was the same year as mine, 2014. Parts guy told me the replacement grab handles were part of the reason the bag kit is so expensive.Nothing to remove or replace. the '14 has a new sub frame which allows straight forward bag install without any brackets like the 11-13 models. Grab rails don't have to be touched for the bags to attach. Make sure they're locked in position. Try it a few times & you'll get the hang of it. Very easy to remove also.
Without the stock tail/fender in place its not as much of a PITA but I will have to admit, it is a bit awkward bc I have to stick my entire head down there to find the lock.Dan,
How about the location of the keyswitch to release the rear seat?
Is that a ***** to get at with the bags on?
I hope they fix that with the newer models!
Its a typical place on kawi's to stick it under the tail. My 08' zx10 was also underneath while my 06' zx10 was on top between the main and passenger pillion. Not sure what the deal was that they couldn't keep it on top but its not a deal breaker for me so.When I was looking to buy my '14 I asked the salesman to remove the seats so I could see what space there was for storage etc. It took us both quite a while to find the lock location. Seems like an afterthought.
THEY FINALLY CAME! The OEM KQR 28L bags ordered for my bike arrived at my dealer last week! I had them installed on Friday, just in time to ride today (Saturday). It took about two hours. The original grab handles on the tail are replaced with handles that are designed to accommodate the saddlebag mounts. And, yes, two holes have to be cut in the rear tail facia where the new handles/bag mount is bolted into the existing sub-frame structure. It's genius. Kawasaki has scored on the engineering for this. The dealer's staff did a masterful job with the install. And the re-keying of the bag lock to the bike's ignition key was done right there by the installer. Easy peasy.I've been waiting for a set for my 2015 N1K since late October -- the new color black-on-black model. They're supposed to be shipped the first week of January ...finally. Kawasaki has taken its sweet time producing these. There are lots of green-trimmed and blue-trimmed bags available, but not the new metallic black color. How hard is a simple color change for the trim?