Panniers: Useful or a pain in the arse?

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Re:Panniers: Useful or a pain in the arse?

Post by strimstrum » Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:59 am

I use Touratech Zega Aluminium panniers and they fit both my 1200GS and KTM 640. They have never leaked and I've been through some pretty shi**y weather on the continent. I don't use the expensive liners... Tesco's Big Green Bag fits just nicely and is easy to lift out and put back which means you can leave the panniers on the bike although even I've got to admit that checking into a hotel with a Tesco's Big green Bag as your luggage looks a bit naff - I tend to check in first then get my bags off the bike and scuttle past reception.

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Re:Panniers: Useful or a pain in the arse?

Post by Treadtrader » Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:12 am

I have to defend my Triumph panniers, never leaked and well designed.
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If you look, in the background is my old Volvo estate that Trimuph based the design of the Trophy on.:laugh:
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Re:Panniers: Useful or a pain in the arse?

Post by scurrell » Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:11 am

Treadtrader wrote:
If you look, in the background is my old Volvo estate that Trimuph based the design of the Trophy on.:laugh:
Well, that explains why Trophy jockeys always ride like Volvo drivers...





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Re:Panniers: Useful or a pain in the arse?

Post by africajim » Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:53 am

It's not that your Triumph luggage didn't leak, it was just the weather never got past that sail of a fairing to get to them! That's not a bike, it's more like a schooner!
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Post by Warthog » Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:17 am

I like panniers.

Secure, and allow more stuff to be kept low on the bike, rather than up high and back. Having done a lot of touring with a pillion, they are also inevitable two-up.

I had considered grafting my Project VND panniers from my late 1150 GS to my now TA600, but that never went anywhere. HOwever, I found that a set of Givi/Kappa E21 panniers are slim, yet still a very usable size. Sleeping gear in one, clothes in the other, leaving the topbox for the tent, stove, food etc...

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Re:Panniers: Useful or a pain in the arse?

Post by davsato » Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:27 am

you were lucky then, id heard too many warnings about triumph panniers to risk them. there was even a test in MCN at the time that tried to say they were fine, "only letting in a few teaspoons of water" in the jetwash test. one drop would be enough to reject them for me, especially at that price!
and they are still not great nowerdays, my neighbour has a tiger1050 and his panniers leaked, then triumph recalled them and put a massive thick rubber seal around them cutting the internal capacity a bit, and they still leak!

if i had to pay for luggage i would never choose oem stuff, (even though my honda luggage has been great) there are many cheaper and better options
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Re:Panniers: Useful or a pain in the arse?

Post by Treadtrader » Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:44 pm

africajim wrote:
It's not that your T:laugh: riumph luggage didn't leak, it was just the weather never got past that sail of a fairing to get to them! That's not a bike, it's more like a schooner!
You're all only jealous.:laugh:
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Re:Panniers: Useful or a pain in the arse?

Post by paula » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:09 pm

I have been looking at the wolfman soft pan's too, they look great only thing is being bright yellow and my bike being bright yellow I may be in danger of looking like a big blob of custard going down the road ....to the untrained eye! lol :silly:

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Re:Panniers: Useful or a pain in the arse?

Post by davsato » Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:16 pm

remember the old tv ad campaign- "get yourself seen"
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Re:Panniers: Useful or a pain in the arse?

Post by davsato » Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:18 pm

Alun wrote:
I'd like to see a pic of that bike with a body board sized bag davsato.
got my mate to dig out a pic
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