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post #1 of 18 Old 05-31-2015, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Sold my aluminum panniers.

Lol, always wanted aluminum panniers. Then I finally get them and I don't really care for them... They seemed to be getting in the way and made it awkward to get on the bike. So, I think if I ever get the opportunity to take a long trip (not very likely though!) I will scoop a set of soft bags and some soft bag racks. Hope the new owner gets more use out of them than I did!

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Lol, always wanted aluminum panniers. Then I finally get them and I don't really care for them... They seemed to be getting in the way and made it awkward to get on the bike. So, I think if I ever get the opportunity to take a long trip (not very likely though!) I will scoop a set of soft bags and some soft bag racks. Hope the new owner gets more use out of them than I did!
I paid like $300 for Happy Trail's best luggage racks a few years ago so I could strap some ammo cases to them.

The Ammo Cases are like 90% done and I never finished them. I have only strapped things to the racks like maybe 10 times.

Ultimately they ended up being an expensive set of handle bars/place to hit my knees. Sigh. I suppose they do offer side protection.....
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Don't feel bad guys! The first time you were to lay it down the aluminum hard pannier would turn into a pretzel never to be closed again! I much prefer the Magadan soft bags I use now.
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Don't feel bad guys! The first time you were to lay it down the aluminum hard pannier would turn into a pretzel never to be closed again! I much prefer the Magadan soft bags I use now.
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Very true! Plus I was banging my darn shin on the things every time I climbed on, lol, not as graceful as I used to be!

I sold the racks with the panniers thinking it would make the sale more attractive. So if I get some nice soft bags someday I'll have to scoop another set of lighter sideracks to hook 'em on. Found some on ebay, buggers are pricey! Lol, I've still got a set of the factory (ick) KLR panniers that I can slap on if I need a little more storage. Still has my WRR beat all to heck, don't even have a luggage rack on that one!

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AVC has some lighter duty Givi side racks sufficient for soft bags for $180. Lots of people have gotten legs broken under hard cases, put a foot down and it gets drawn under the side case.
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Hmmm... $180? I was thinking of maybe some borrowed shopping cart parts and some reusable shopping bags... Too tacky? No wonder no-one wants to ride with me...

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I've become a big fan of the CycleRack, their bag supports, and the Nelson Rgg CL series of bags. That, and the Chase Harper Alaska bag.

If you can't fit what you need in that set-up, you have too much shit.

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Extra luggage

I don't do extreme off road riding, so I made a set of side racks from EMT pipe, and bought a set of $85.00 saddlebags.
I made same side racks for my Honda NX250. I can swap the bags between both bikes.
I ride mostly with out the bags, but when I really need the extra capacity, I just slap the bags on, and go.

Here's what my KLR looks like with them on... 2011 KLR650 (Scroll down 3 pix's)

Here's my NX with them on... NX250
( Scroll down 6 & 7 pix sets to the "Custom made side luggage frames.)

I also carry some DeLorme Atlas's, and they are to large for my tail bag, so I made this to carry them. It mounts to the same side racks on both bikes..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO7unOivJG8
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I don't do extreme off road riding, so I made a set of side racks from EMT pipe, and bought a set of $85.00 saddlebags.
I made same side racks for my Honda NX250. I can swap the bags between both bikes.
I ride mostly with out the bags, but when I really need the extra capacity, I just slap the bags on, and go.

Here's what my KLR looks like with them on... 2011 KLR650 (Scroll down 3 pix's)

Here's my NX with them on... NX250
( Scroll down 6 & 7 pix sets to the "Custom made side luggage frames.)

I also carry some DeLorme Atlas's, and they are to large for my tail bag, so I made this to carry them. It mounts to the same side racks on both bikes..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO7unOivJG8
Those are pretty nifty! I like the map holder as well, you are a handy guy . I do have a new mig welder that I haven't had a chance to really play with so I might try to cobble something up. It's one of those cheapo welders though, and I don't have gas so it could turn out pretty scary! Lol

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With a pair of ACTUAL saddlebags the weight is carried by the straps over the seat. The racks just serve to keep the bags away from the exhaust and swing arm ect. The bags may be fastened to the racks which serves only to stop them from flapping like wings while going over rough ground and stops them from dragging when leaned over in the corners.

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