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post #1 of 17 Old 06-30-2014, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Big Tank Panniers on Vstrom!?

I am looking at getting some tank panniers on my strom. I have looked into a few options but am currently looking at these three.

Sherpa 28 liter tank Panniers
28L?!? Assuming 14L each...??
$159 (assuming not water proof)
SHERPA 28 LITRE TANK PANNIERS

Wolfman Tank Panniers
7L each =14L*
$90 not water proof
Tank Panniers - Motor cycle Pannier Tank Bags by Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage | Wolfman Luggage

Aerostich Tank Panniers*
8.8L each = 16L
$150 not water proof
Aerostich Tank Panniers - Saddlebags - Seat, Tank & Tail Bags - Bags :: Aerostich/RiderWearHouse Motorcycle Jackets, Suits, Clothing, & Gear

I have read a lot of reviews and people's experiences with the latter two but I have not seen any vstrom specific information about the Sherpa tank panniers from MountainSunTouring...
Does anyone have any experience with these Sherpa Tank pannier bags!? Do these work well on the Vstrom?! Any clearance issues!? Does anyone have these AND a tank bag mounted!? Any issues there?!

Any pictures with them on a vstrom would be great.

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post #2 of 17 Old 06-30-2014, 03:10 PM
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I used the Aerostich Panniers for a short time.......then switched to crash bar panniers. Mounting bags to the crashbars lowers your center of gravity (already high on this bike) and does not interfere with a tank bag nor re-fueling stops. The Aerostich Bags worked, but were not perfect........they tended to slip down on the tank during travel.

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I'm using the stich ones mounted to my crash bars. I cut the straps down, installed some grommets in the straps. A little 550 cord and a couple of zip ties hold the straps together around the crash bar, I used a couple of cheap nylon buckle straps to hold them close to the bike. It's worked great for a few years now. On road trips I put some tools in them, keep the heavy tools fairly low and centralized. I tried them over the tank as they are supposed to go, but I didn't like them there. I just couldn't get them to sit in a way I liked, but as I have them now is great. They even deflect a bunch of the air that would hit me in the lower legs.
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Been considering the Sherpa's as well...link shows $159.00, though.
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I have the wolfmans and use them if needed. I can easily fit my rain gear in one and 4 pair of gloves and a balaclava in another. I use a smallish tank bag and 3 large J.C. Whitney cases for regular luggage though, so I don't need these much. They are nice when it's cold though for a bit more wind protection on the legs. If I ever get crash bars, I think they'll mount nicely there too.


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Been considering the Sherpa's as well...link shows $159.00, though.
Thanks for mentioning the error.

I was pretty hot on the Sherpa's but I have not seen anyone with them on a strom yet. I also am not sure about the water resistance or proofing these bags have.
Have you considered the Large Rollie Bags with Tank Pannier mounts from Wolfman!?
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Large Rolie Tank Pannier Kit 2012 by Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage | Wolfman Luggage

Seems like a good alternative, especially cause you can mount them elsewhere if you change where you want what. Anyways similar in size and price so a natural comparison.

The big draws for me with the Sherpa are the daypack option for the left side, which would be great for bringing stuff into a cart-in campsite. And the hydration bladder holder included in both bags with hose hole.


(I was originally overly-optimistic that the Sherpa's were 28L each, which I now realize is a bit extreme as dimensions put it at 13.5L each).

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Anyone running the Large Rolie Bags as Tank panniers?!
Pros?
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Pics on strom!?

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28 litres = 30cm x 40cm x 24cm. So looking at the pics they probably are 28 litres each.

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I use the Aerostitch panniers. They work well for me. I carry the cool vests soaking in a Wally Mart dry sack so water proof isn't a concern. The cooking gear is in the left side and it doesn't need waterproof either.
It's nice to have the extra carrying space!
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