As much as I hate writing this review, it has to be done. The product I received was defective - the left side bracket was not tapped, preventing me from mounting it on my bike. After several attempts to reach customer service, I never heard back.
The color is more of a deep gray than a black, but hardly noticeable. The directions were a little tough to decipher but who reads directions anyway, right? Well worth the money for the protection these give.