Why in the world would the engineers and designers put the saddlebag electrical disconnect under the side panels?? I find these a real pain in the ass to remove....
I basically do the same thing, but more often since the riding season is 12 months a year here in the Texas Hill Country.When I clean the rear fenders behind the saddlebags I just leave them connected and park them on my short mechanics stool one at a time. I wash the fender skirt and the backside of the saddlebag then pop the bag back on. I don't do this every time I clean the bike, just maybe three times per riding season.