Originally Posted by uk trailer guy
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!!