Hard or soft luggage?

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Hard or soft luggage?

Post by V-Rider » Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:41 pm

Looking at the possibility of selling my hard luggage set up on my 950 Adventure... Not even sure of its worth? It's a full set of 3 Jesse panniers and top box.
I'm tempted by the lighter weight and flexibility offered with soft luggage, as the bike is very bulky and fully laden is not the most confidence inspiring off road.
I'd love to see everyone's soft luggage set-ups (950/990 ADV more than anything) and thoughts on what to use? Whether multiple smaller bags stacked side-by-side as panniers or larger ones, or even loops?
Thoughts please! (thumbs)
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Re: Hard or soft luggage?

Post by BobH » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:04 pm

Just swapped from Magadans on my 990 to a set of the new Kriega OS 32 panniers. They look very well made and have the advantage of quickly taking off the frames and don't need to have straps over the seat when you need to get it off to reach the tool kit. taking them out next week for a week around Scotland before a longer trip abroad in a couple of months. They maintain their shape when packed too. So far so good.

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Re: Hard or soft luggage?

Post by V-Rider » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:13 pm

Liking the look of the OS32 panniers, look a solid bit of kit!
Liking some of the pictures too, looks like they're quite 'modular' in the sense that you can add further small bags onto the top / sides of them. Interesting!
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Re: Hard or soft luggage?

Post by adventure steele » Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:26 pm

Hadn't thought about soft panniers before those os-32's look pretty cool though :) look forward to seeing some pictures

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Re: Hard or soft luggage?

Post by BobH » Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:28 pm

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Just put the panniers on to see shape and size, will take some during trip once fully loaded

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Re: Hard or soft luggage?

Post by paul_tim2000 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:15 pm

Hard luggage gives (me) a sense of security and a deterrent against casual theft, soft luggage can be less bulky.
I've a big pair of Givi (46l?) panniers I use if I need to carry a lot of stuff but also have a pair of thinner (22L) hard cases I prefer to use when touring solo (the Stelvio is wide enough without me making filtering even more difficult). Also have a brilliant soft luggage system made by Gearsack which is soft panniers which can zip to a tailpack but rarely use it these days.

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Re: Hard or soft luggage?

Post by V-Rider » Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:04 pm

BobH wrote:Just swapped from Magadans on my 990 to a set of the new Kriega OS 32 panniers. They look very well made and have the advantage of quickly taking off the frames and don't need to have straps over the seat when you need to get it off to reach the tool kit. taking them out next week for a week around Scotland before a longer trip abroad in a couple of months. They maintain their shape when packed too. So far so good.
Bob, which frames did you fit the panniers to? Is it a universal fitment, or do you need a specific type of frame to fit them? I did see you have a sort of adaptor plate to lash the onto, but didn't know what type of rack that plate actually fits on!
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Re: Hard or soft luggage?

Post by BobH » Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:29 am

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BobH wrote:
Bob, which frames did you fit the panniers to? Is it a universal fitment, or do you need a specific type of frame to fit them? I did see you have a sort of adaptor plate to lash the onto, but didn't know what type of rack that plate actually fits on!
I have the original frames for the plastic panniers so used the universal fit platform https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorc ... rod/343371. If you check the Kriega website you will see the other platform for SW Motech type frames.

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Re: Hard or soft luggage?

Post by bowber » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:00 am

I use a Jofama throw over thingy, if I think I'll need more security then I fit my top box and leave it reasonably empty so I can put my helmet and coat in while visiting attractions etc.
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Re: Hard or soft luggage?

Post by Beepee » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:29 am

I've just bought the os32 kit as well for my 990. Haven't used it yet. Looks great and certainly more compact than the big H&B panniers.
I've got loads of Kriega items and never a complaint with them.

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