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Ok guys, I got the blessing of the boss {KLR650} here's the deal, several weeks ago I was shopping for a set of tank panniers, disgusted with the size and the price, I made my own. They turned out pretty good and soon will have couple sets out there in the "wild" being tested by riders much more aggressive than I, one is going to copper canyon. I included the prototype pictures to give you an idea of what they look like.
What I need, is help with a name, I thought "Gunny Sacks" was pretty cool, but the wife suggested "gunny's tactical Adventure Gear"
My background were it concerns sewing is that I worked at an auto upholstery shop for awhile upon release from active duty, learned a lot about the process. My target audience are KLR riders mainly, then the GS guys, only because I have a KLR and making a fitted set of tank panniers is easy when you have access to the bike. Upon suggestion from someone that has the tank guards, I'll also make a test set of bags fitted to them, but I need dimensions of the tank guards in order to do that, now if one of you wants to donate me a set :mrgreen: Just get me the dimensions and I'll be golden. As it is, the prototypes are realatively huge, both bags combined have 1600 cubic inches of storage. {the size of a small pack}
Thanks all, I really will appeciate any and all feed back on this.



 

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Looks good gunny. I think "Gunny Sacks" will be hard to beat. I though of "Gunny Gear". Gunny's Tac Adv Gear is good but a bit long I think. "Gunny Sacks" has a good ring to it. Good luck with everything and keep us posted on your progress.
 

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I'll take a set when then come in desert tan for the IMS tank! Those things look beefy.

And yeah, call it a Gunny Sack, it's fitting for the KLR, save the GTAG for the BMW bags, we're more hick than they are anyways :lol:
 

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As deerhntr said 'Gunny Gear' with 'Gunny Sacks' being one of your products.
 

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You have a great idea there, Gunny. Bike gear is, for the most part, overpriced. There is a need in the market for a relitive inexpensive way to carry stuff on your rides. You never know where a "Good Idea" might lead. So, my suggestion is to open a small business. This is easier than one might think, just open a checking account in "Your Name" D.B.A. (doing business as) "Gunny's Tactical Adventure Gear". Put profits in, take expenses out, save back 25% of profits for quarterly taxes. Your first product would be "Gunny Sacks" If profitable, I'll bet you could come up other products to increase your line. This is, after all, the land of opportunity. Good luck,

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunny_sack

I remembered hearing that term from the song "Johnny B Goode"

He use to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
And sit beneath the trees by the railroad track.
Oh, the engineers used to see him sitting in the shade,
Playing to the rhythm that the drivers made.
People passing by would stop and say
Oh my that little country boy could play
 

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A gunny sack is a bag made of burlap. Gunny sacks are traditionally used for transporting grains, potatoes, or other agricultural products. Today they are also sometimes used as sandbags for erosion control. They are usually made from jute and other natural based fibers. Gunny sacks are also popular in the traditional children's game of sack races.

Advantages of Gunny Sacks

High Tensile Strength
Since gunny sacks are made from natural fibers, some consider them to be fairly environmentally and child friendly. Sacks made from jute and kenaf fiber have high tensile strength. As a result, piling sacks one on top of the other does not tear or distort the yarn of the two lowest residing sacks in the pile.

Low Extensive
Gunny sacks also are low extensive. Therefore, when packaging grains, the grains are less likely to spill out of the sack and the sacks return to its previous form, even if the sack is stabbed with hooks or other punching devices.

Breathability
Gunny sacks have high breathability allowing air to pass through them, which in turn helps the grains or other agricultural commodities stay fresh.

Non-carcinogenic or Non-toxic
Gunny sacks are non-carcinogenic and non-toxic. Some feel that the aforementioned properties make gunny sacks superior to polypropylene sacks.


Ya got me sold right there!
 

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Wow, 84% in favor of gunny's sacks, I'll give it a few more days, but looks like gunny's Sacks will be the clear winner.
The price will be quite a bit more affordable than what my closest competitor would be by about $30. At least for now, but I don't plan on making just panniers, they are just my starting point. I'll see what the demand and how well they hold up in "real world" testing before I even try and sell them.
 

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If you hope to branch out into gear other than fabric sacks... the Gunny Sacks name could be of limited use, IMO.
I'm thinkin' that maybe your better half may be a bit more in tune with the growth component. Her suggestion will cover all the bases.. But it's just my opinion... I'll buy your bags no matter what yer biz is called..
 

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thanks dsjunky, thats great of you. I do plan on making things besides just panniers, plans call for tank bags, tank protector bags and maybe fender bags that can actually hold more than just a single tube and tools. There are no plans for any hard luggage type things, the overhead is just too high and I can't afford the start up costs. I have a great rear rack I'd like to make and sell, but the cost of the aluminium is just too high for me right now.
 

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Go with "Gunny Sacks" try to put a small pocket in the rear (by yer knee) and send me a set!! :mrgreen: are you familiar with "Jandd" bicycle bags?? check out the thread and zippers they use!!
 
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