Buddy of mind recently dropped his Stratoliner with leather covered hard bags. Leather on left bag is torn to shreds. Bag is still in tact, but it's still gonna cost him $ome to repair the very noticeable damage. He's also worried about getting a good good texture/color match. 6 of 1, half dozen of the other. :cheers:I went with the hard bags with the leather look.I would hate to drop bike or have the lets say hard painted bags get scratched,dented etc.