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post #1 of 22 Old 03-12-2011, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Tank bag/Pannier/Luggage?

I recently purchased my first klr 650 (2009 mdl). I am looking for a great tank bag and lugage for the back. Should I go soft/aluminum/composite. Anygreat websites out there to find what I am looking for? suggestions?
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post #2 of 22 Old 03-12-2011, 05:34 PM
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I went with Happy-Trail and aerostitch website. Loads of threads on this site about luggage. Just search and you will find. I have the Wolfman Expedition soft luggage on my '09, no tank bag however. I like the soft bags so I can take then off real easy. Good luck, and happy riding.
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Thanks, a couple other people said the same thing about the soft bag easy off bonus.
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post #4 of 22 Old 03-12-2011, 08:50 PM
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I ran a Wolfman Alpha bag for years, as well as tank panniers and a Kawi tank bag. I now have aluminum bags and I'd never go back to soft bags..

Of course, opinions may vary.. I've always been a hard luggage guy.
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post #5 of 22 Old 03-12-2011, 08:52 PM
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I recently purchased my first klr 650 (2009 mdl). I am looking for a great tank bag and lugage for the back. Should I go soft/aluminum/composite. Anygreat websites out there to find what I am looking for? suggestions?

Wolfman tank bags are popular. I have the Explorer Lite it has a harness specifically designed for a KLR.

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post #6 of 22 Old 03-13-2011, 07:54 PM
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Welcome to the dark side Piglet!

+1 for the Wolfman Explorer Lite tank bag. Also running the Happy-Trail Teton aluminum panniers. So far I'm very pleased with my choices. It's nice to have the security and H2Oproofness of the solid boxes.

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99.9% of the time I can fit anything I need to fit into my trunk, which never leaves my bike. If I'm going on a trip, I slap the soft bags on the back. I think they are Fieldsheer. Nice, lots of reflective stuff. They push me pretty far up on the bike, but I got long legs. So, I guess I'm a soft bag guy.




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I have a Wolfman Lite on my bike (and love it!), but my husband doesn't like any tank bag on his bike because he finds they really impede his ability to stand on the pegs. Personally, I don't stand on the pegs much on my commute to work, so I just leave my tank bag on

I have some really old "Bagman" soft bags that I use if I need a lot of storage but what I've found that works well is to use these http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-tank-panniers.html as saddle bags and then just use a drybag duffel bag on the rear rack if I need more space. (I have a homemade rack on the back that keeps my soft bags held in place and away from the muffler)

Dan (the hubby) has a set of Happy Trails hard bags, but for whatever reason, he doesn't like them that much. He has stated that he's not going to put hard bags on his 800GS. I think that they're nice, but then again, I bought them for him I made sure to get the narrower boxes (7.5" I think?) so that they wouldn't be too unwieldy for him.

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Thanks so much!

Holy crud. Sounds like I better experience the bike a bit and take some time before I jump in on something. So many different tastes, likes, dislikes..That is why this forum is so good.
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