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post #1 of 30 Old 06-18-2018, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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Tusk Panniers - What a DRAG

Put on my new black Tusk Panniers yesterday. It took most all of the day to do. Mainly because I was lulled by the directions into using those crimp connectors. Of course they don't work worth a crap so then had to go an solder the extension on the left blinker.

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Going to work this morning, I hit the highway and wow, these boxes cause an azzload of drag. I mean 400rpm worth or close. Also makes the bike less stable by a touch. Maybe if it the boxes were loaded it wouldn't seems so. But empty they like to play with all of the unstable air on a busy highway.
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post #2 of 30 Old 06-18-2018, 12:03 PM
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That's one of the issues with big rigid panniers. Another is that you can break a leg if they fall on you offroad. And they're heavy.

OTOH they carry a ton of stuff, can strap stuff down on top of them, can be entirely waterproof, and might take the brunt of the damage saving your bike in a crash.
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That's one of the issues with big rigid panniers. Another is that you can break a leg if they fall on you offroad. And they're heavy.

OTOH they carry a ton of stuff, can strap stuff down on top of them, can be entirely waterproof, and might take the brunt of the damage saving your bike in a crash.
Going to endeavor to crash as little as possible! This bike is so flippin heavy off road that it will probably kill me anyway.
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Going to endeavor to crash as little as possible! This bike is so flippin heavy off road that it will probably kill me anyway.
Well, just think back in time about 50-60 years!

Riders used to use the Triumph, BSA & Yamaha 650 air cooled parallel twins (they weighted a little more than a Gen 2 KLR) for Desert Racing and Cross Country travelling.
They had about 4.5 - 5.0 inches of front suspension and 3.5 - 4.5 inches of rear suspension (the weight was lower to the ground).

They were in "Seventh Heaven" coming off of HD & Indian V-Twins.

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post #5 of 30 Old 06-18-2018, 09:42 PM
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I just installed the 27 liters Tusk Pannier Boxes. I really like them, but they are bulky and you can feel the difference on the highway.
It took several hours the installation, it is for sure not a fast install, but was not too hard.

I think the pros are definitely more than the cons....
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I never did like the look of the "suitcase" looking panniers. I understand that they can hold a lot of stuff but the KLR does have some styling appeal. To me, the suitcases bolted on the rear really detract from the look of the motorcycle. I know Kawasaki makes bags for the bike but why isn't something like this available?


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Wow, I like that but you know something like that would cost a $1000.

Anyway, coming home yesterday on the highway I hit some traffic turbulance about 60mph and got the wobbles. I have a feeling that it is in part due to the panniers and in part due to the new kenda k270 which I find to be a little squirrely on the road. I may have to switch out that front tire for something else. Surely there has to be a way to route some air around these thing.
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Something more like this would be more aerodynamic


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I like the aerodynamic part but I love the being able open the top like a box. I may have to some up with maybe some sort of bulb for the front of these boxes when on trips where I need to get into the 70mph range.
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....I may have to some up with maybe some sort of bulb for the front of these boxes when on trips where I need to get into the 70mph range.
Here's a thought. I have one of these fuel holders mounted to the bottom of my Versys 1000 box. The tank inside holds about a quart. It's really a owners manual holder for a tractor. If you mounted one on the front of each box vertically, it may deflect the wind and help. You could use it for fuel or water. Even oil (if you have a 2008) LOL. The guys here can chime in and tell you where to get the bottle. I've forgotten. There's three sizes of bottles and I don't remember which one fits. I think it's just under a quart. I did find the tube. Here's the link to the plastic tube:
https://www.agrisupply.com/manual-ca...hoCxEwQAvD_BwE






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