Seeking advice - racks & paniers - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
Bike and Rider Gear For discussions on different gear for the ride & rider.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 Old 02-01-2007, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 12
Seeking advice - racks & paniers

Greetings all!

In the process of getting the KLR ready for some serious riding come this spring and I'd like to get some input on racks and panniers.

The KLR is my only bike and as such has to be a Jack of all trades so flexibility is the key to whatever setup/configuration(s) I go with.


For starters I'm using a 12 liter Tourmaster tank bag. It's just fine as a "glove box" and works well for me in terms of volume and not getting in my way.

After seeing the reports on the Moto-DirectUSA soft saddle bags I got a set. Very nice for the price and should do well for the back roads/trails day trips and overnighters.

I've got a large J.C. Whitney (Givi knock-off) topcase on the way and that should cover me for more road oriented stuff and utility outings like shopping.


Now I need to decide on hard panniers/luggage for longer trips. At this point I'm leaning towards a Happy-Trail rack and some Givi E36's as striking a good balance between cost, ruggedness and security for urban travel. The fact that I can pop them off in a heartbeat for the motel or to toss on the soft bags and hit the trails is a huge plus in my book.

Running a close second in consideration is the Caribou system http://www.adventure-motorcycle.com/...=i&item=000040

I'm not going to be doing any "millions of miles from anywhere" trips this year. Most of my plans are along the lines of State highways, rural/unpaved backroads, doing as much camping as possible to save $$$ with the occasional motel as needed. I will be venturing to/through some larger cities so providing a reasonable level of security for my gear is a consideration.

I know that aluminum panniers are more typical for KLR's and adventure touring/riding in general but can't quite get my mind around them. Having metal cases that can be mangled and being firmly bolted to the bike makes me nervous about snags, crashes and fall-overs.

I guess what I'm looking for is some Real World input from those that have BTDT: "Brand X stuff sucks. It fell off in the middle of the road", "Configuration Y was a PITA to pack", "Brand Z is indestructible", etc...

Oh, and I've ruled out cheap racks and ammo cans. It's a KLR but I still think its attractive it its own way and I'm not going to make it look like something the Russian Army would have salvaged from a WWII battlefield.
Airwolf is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 02-01-2007, 05:42 PM
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 595
For my ride I'm considering some Pelican 1430's or 1440's... they are "Top Loader" style and until today I figured I'd have to fab my own rack. Someone posted this: http://www.packratadventuregear.com



This seemed like an excellent rack frame system to mount my Pelican cases to. And the rack is affordable.

Here's a pic of the 1430 (smaller top loader case)
Biker Scout is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 02-01-2007, 08:27 PM
3rd Gear
 
klrmike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: St.Marys wv
Posts: 603
Welcome Airwolf.Here is a link to a thread started by Jamie and has a lot of good responses.Good luck and have fun trying to figure out what set up you want.My wife said I about drove her crazy trying to figure out what I wanted :lol:


http://klrforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=730


Happy Trails
Mike

You can't shake hands with a fist
If you can read this,thank a teacher.Since it's in English,
thank a soldier.
---------------
What could possibly happen
---------------
05 KLR The faster Red one
01 Triumph Tiger Sold
08 KTM 990 Adv S
08 Yamaha 250 WR Sold
09 KTM 530 EXC
klrmike is offline  
 
post #4 of 11 Old 02-03-2007, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 12
Hey Mike, thanks for the URL!

Yeah, I'm going a bit bonkers with it as well. :shock:

I've put it off as long as I can getting other parts of the bike in shape. RL-1's should be here Monday and that just about completes the mechanical upgrades, now I'm *forced* to decide on the remaining stuff. :mrgreen:
Airwolf is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 02-03-2007, 06:49 PM
Lifetime Member
 
Daddyjoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Riding around the USofA
Posts: 1,429
The pelicans are strong and sturdy, at leat the ones on the wee I HAD was, but they look like crap in my opion. The givis look alot better but I don't know about the durability of them.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Daddyjoe is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 02-04-2007, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 12
I know what you mean. Can't fault the Pelicans for being damn near indestructible. Guess you give a little up in the looks department to get that.

Another thing I realized is that a set of Givi E36's would be about 40 inches wide on a KLR. :shock: Given that the stock handlebars are 35 inches it's sort of making me think twice about them.
Airwolf is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 02-10-2007, 07:32 AM
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 12
Anyone know the weight difference between aluminum and Pelican bags (same size) ?
flowback is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 02-19-2007, 08:56 PM
3rd Gear
 
klrmike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: St.Marys wv
Posts: 603
Just found this sight.Don't know anything about them,but here's the link
http://www.packratadventuregear.com/

You can't shake hands with a fist
If you can read this,thank a teacher.Since it's in English,
thank a soldier.
---------------
What could possibly happen
---------------
05 KLR The faster Red one
01 Triumph Tiger Sold
08 KTM 990 Adv S
08 Yamaha 250 WR Sold
09 KTM 530 EXC
klrmike is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 02-20-2007, 12:18 PM
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 595
Didn't I already post that? :h0009
Biker Scout is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 02-20-2007, 10:23 PM
3rd Gear
 
klrmike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: St.Marys wv
Posts: 603
ops: Man,I was on top of things there :lol:

You can't shake hands with a fist
If you can read this,thank a teacher.Since it's in English,
thank a soldier.
---------------
What could possibly happen
---------------
05 KLR The faster Red one
01 Triumph Tiger Sold
08 KTM 990 Adv S
08 Yamaha 250 WR Sold
09 KTM 530 EXC
klrmike is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Seeking Mentor/Tinker/Trainer in Orlando x32792 Introductions 1 01-27-2008 09:35 AM
2008 Racks Yet? irelage 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 3 05-16-2007 05:49 PM
Home made luggage racks VBstubby 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 2 10-21-2006 09:58 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome