I just installed some FirstGear Silverstone saddle bags to my 2003 Max. I mounted them under the seat and they do not impede the passenger. I originally had some OLD Chase Harper ones that I was using, but they were fairly small and looked bad. The V-max is not a very 'saddle bag friendly' bike, but it can be done! I moved the turn signals to the license plate surround. I also had to lower the Kerker about an inch to make sure that it didn't hit when the wife and I were both on the bike. During the summer months this bike IS my primary vehicle and to me the saddle bags are mandatory.