If you're looking for hard panniers, I'd highly recommend the Targhee set by Happy Trails (http://www.happy-trail.com). Right now their website references the Owyhee and Teton types for the '08 KLR, but after speaking with Tim, the owner, the other day. . .he said that the Targhees fit the '08 just right. The Owyhee and Teton types are essentially straight panniers, while the Targhees provide some additional storage by curving inward at the bottom of the pannier. I've got a black powder-coat set on order and will post some pics as soon as I have them installed.
I wanted a small, 'round town tailbag and don't like tank bags. Settled on the smallest Nelson-Rigg. Perfect size for the OEM rack. About $50. Will work fine for what I want right now, but not for a long haul.
I rarely publicly downgrade an item, but the OEM Kawi side bags seem really lightweight and flimsy. The talibag seemed a little more substantial but not much. They were at the dealers and mounted on a showroom 08.
i just got a pair of Moto Pak GTS-90 soft bags and really like their looks. haven't had a chance to use them yet but the design and construction appears excellent. versatile enough for a klr and a zrx. made in canada. check out their web page www.motopakluggage.com
This thread brings to mind -- has anyone chopped the front of the rack (passenger handholds?) so that soft bags could fit better? I'm going to get a set of soft bags before next spring, but looks like just about any mounting situation will be pretty clumsy.
Relocating the rear turn signals per a recent thread will be a big help.
I haven't searched this, so my question may be redundant. If so, would someone point me in the right direction?
Big? Give me a few days to photograph the set up my buddy did on his 05 for a set of soft bags. We are the ones that did the turn signal relocation and I think his setup will work great. The bags will be mounted permanent, no straps or anything. Will try to get a write up and some good pics.
I recently purchased my soft bags from fieldsheer co. The trunk bag is very roomy and the side bags are the perfect size for daily commuting. The trunk bag ran me about $60.00 and the small side bags ran about $99.00. They also have reflective striping for safety sewn into the bags. http://www.fieldsheer.com/2008site/IE/product.html
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