Most of what I've looked at require some kind of clearance between the bags and pipes. Granted they are soft bags, the reason they appealed to me was the mounting style allows easy removal (OK, so I've really only looked at Tourmaster Cortech Sport saddle bags..)
I was wondering if anyone here does have the x-cones and uses saddle bags. I did a search for MIVV earlier and found a few pictures with tail bags, but if I'm really going to tour like I want to with the bike I'm going to want some saddle bags to go with the tail/tank bags (that I have yet to invest in)
The Givi side case racks require the top case rack for the 919, and I believe any aftermarket exhaust will require some sort of mod. I went back to stock exhaust when I installed the Givis. Both racks and 3 cases is about $700 minimum.
The problem with the side case racks shown is they attach to the stock rearsets, which I also do not have. I was hoping there was an easy solution but the lack of responses thus far is telling me I am on my own, which I am fine with. I'll probably end up fabbing my own setup to keep soft bags off of the exhaust. Hopefully I'll have a stroke of genius and figure out a way to do it and keep the setup easily removable.
I did a two day camping trip with Tourmaster soft bags resting directly on the heat shields over my stock pipes; got a little warm, but never to the point that it left any mark whatsoever on the bags or pipes...
I've put 10s of thousands of miles on my bike with saddle bags resting directly on the stock heat shields or directly on a set of Satos. Either way. Heat is no worry. The only place that gets hot enough to cause damage is thee end caps. Inlet and outlet side. So don't let your tie down straps touch those areas and you'll be fine.
How hot do the xcones usually get after a ride? I found the stock heat shields to get pretty hot after a ride so I'm sure the xcones wouldn't be that bad given that exhaust isn't circulating inside the pipe. As long as it's not hot enough to burn, I'm sure the saddlebags will be fine. Besides, the saddlebags usually come with some kind of heat resistant material on the side.
I'm going to do a bit of testing. They have IR thermometers at work in the datacenters, so I'm going to get the bike nice and hot riding at low/no speeds and have one of the engineers see how hot it gets.
I am aware that saddle bags have 'heat resistant' materials, but I've also melted "heat resistant' gloves touching an exhaust before (ahhhh, to be 18 and dumber than shit all over again)