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post #1 of 15 Old 06-16-2010, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone run the Wolfman Alpha rear bag? I was thinking of ordering it and didn't know if they were any good. Thanks, David.
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-16-2010, 03:53 PM
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I've run an Alpha bag for several years.. It's a truely fantastic bag, with tons of room, fast and stabil mounting, and it's really well built!!

I just in the last few weeks installed hard aluminum panniers on my KLR, and the reason I took so long was that the Alpha bag is so good!! It wasn't until I found a deal on a used set of panniers that I finally bit the bullet and went the hard luggage route.

I can't get onto Photobucket at work, but I'll link up a couple photos later tonight.
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Of course, the bad thing about an Alpha bag is that you can't do this.
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Looks good thanks. I will probably order one.
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post #5 of 15 Old 07-23-2010, 05:05 PM
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Hi Paper

Do you mind telling me two things, please?

1. What make / where did you pick up that cool head light guard?
2. What make / where did you acquire those excellent front panniers?

Many thanks, Ben
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post #6 of 15 Old 07-24-2010, 11:57 AM
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Hi Paper

Do you mind telling me two things, please?

1. What make / where did you pick up that cool head light guard?
2. What make / where did you acquire those excellent front panniers?

Many thanks, Ben
Mind?? I thought that's what we're here for..

Headlight guard.. I hate to tell you this, but I got it on eBay about 4 years ago and I have NO idea who it was that was selling them.. I really bought it for the brackets below the guard, so I could mount a pair of small 35w lights to it for extra ditch lighting.. I'm gonna do that one of these days..

The front panniers are a copy of the Aerostich tank panniers. I bought them from KLR650.com.. They're well made and I NEVER take them off, but they come off in seconds if needed.. The Aerostich models are better quality, more water resistant, and available in other colors, but I was cheap at the time and bought these..

The tank panniers have a good and bad side to them..

The block rocks and such from hitting you in the knees as you're going down the road, and the direct airflow into the radiator and your bike runs cooler..

The bad things are that they block the airflow to your legs and it gets warmer behind them.. They also block the exhaust of the radiator out the left side of the bike on Gen 1 bikes. So, the air goes lower, out the bottom of the radiator.. The problem here is that the air out that spot is HOT and you can't wear mesh pants when riding the bike, or you WILL burn the bottom of your left calf.. (been there)

I'm currently working on some sort of spacer that holds the bag away from this vent on the shroud. Hopefully it'll at least spread the hot air around a bit.. I love the panniers and don't want to do without them. Hell, they've been on the bike for about 20K miles, so I can't get rid of them now!!
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Thanks Paper - appreciate your candicy! Shame about the light guard, but never mind. I'm happy to fettle (think you guys call it farkling?!...), so may make one myself.

The front panniers look cool as hell (that's an excellent oxymoron, if ever I heard one!) and add an air of the "this bike looks like this because I'm using it as intended" kinda look! Love it.

Think I'll join you in constructing a spacer panel though - maybe modify a pair of those rear 'crash' protectors that you can buy? See if one is able to utilise alternative mounting points at the front of the bike? Or perhaps they already do front crash protectors that come down far enough to hold the bags off? Will have to have a look and see what can be done!

Thanks for your help.
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Note that the tank panniers also work well as rear bags (assuming you have a way of keeping them off the muffler). Great for small trips where you want to keep the weight low or don't have a top case


You don't know unless you ask.

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Thanks, that's a good thought too
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Fettle? Man that sounds cooler than farkle. Can we trade?




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