Riding with empty panniers.

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Riding with empty panniers.

Post by SteveW » Sat Jan 02, 2016 12:26 pm

I don't like Metal panniers. They are a pain when filtering, make the bike feel ungainly, increase fuel consumption, alter the dynamic of the bike and are vulnerable to the odd scrape.
I am sure loads of the "Adventure" bikes I see out on a day ride with top box and panniers are lugging fresh air about.
I'd never have my panniers fitted unless I had to carry extra kit.....why do you do it?.....Image?

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Re: Riding with empty panniers.

Post by AndyB » Sat Jan 02, 2016 12:34 pm

I don't!

My panniers stay in the loft until holiday time because there's no point in leaving them on the bike for exactly the reasons you describe. For small trips needing a bit of capacity the tank bag is my first item followed by the top box or a US20 or both if I need it. If the panniers are too much hassle to remove and replace in a minute or two you've got the wrong type (thumbs)

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Re: Riding with empty panniers.

Post by coyotedave » Sat Jan 02, 2016 12:52 pm

You never know when you might have to call you in at Tesco, :laugh:

Mine are in the loft clean and ready for holiday time.

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Re: Riding with empty panniers.

Post by Big Red » Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:00 pm

Mine stay on all the time, because they carry waterproofs and any stuff I need for work etc. Checked the fuel consumption once with and without them and it made no noticeable difference.

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Re: Riding with empty panniers.

Post by ratass » Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:02 pm

Mine stay on the gs cos if im on it im out for a trip,650 i only use one tail pack cos i travel ultra light.

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Re: Riding with empty panniers.

Post by Twintec » Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:08 pm

I ride with the top box on all the time but only fit the side panniers for trips.

I find the top box so handy for throwing stuff in, plus I keep waterproofs etc in it. It just makes the bike a lot more useable to me since I like to use the bike to run errands as well as just going out for a ride with no particular purpose. Also when parked up the top box accomodates my helmet so I don't need to carry it around.

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Re: Riding with empty panniers.

Post by Old Git Ray » Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:14 pm

Image....every time.

How else are they going to see my plethora of stickers and get jealous as to where I've been. :whistle:

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Re: Riding with empty panniers.

Post by Dark Knight » Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:39 pm

I have top box and panniers for the 660Z and 1200z and never use the top boxes as wary of the tail wagging the bike.
I only use the side panniers when on tour and use Kriega tail packs to carry the spare gloves, etc.

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Re: Riding with empty panniers.

Post by sohoeasy » Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:06 pm

FFS ! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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Re: Riding with empty panniers.

Post by jackdaw » Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:13 pm

Full or empty, it's important to remember they're on the back.

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