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post #1 of 19 Old 03-23-2008, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tank Panniers

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I have a tank bag, the JC Whitney hard bags and the PVC tube but i still want more space. I've seen bags that hang off the tank that stretch down to where your knees are. Any recommendations?

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Aerostich Panniers for sure

I have the Aerostich panniers on my '04 V-Strom 650 and they are great. They fit perfectly and carry a really useful amount of gear. They also block your legs from wind and will help keep your upper legs from freezing in cold weather. I did not notice any fuel economy loss at all. I used them on a 10 hour ride to Arkansas and they really were fantastic. Again, fuel economy is the same with or without them. Cheers.
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saddlebags might be a better choice. soft siders are pretty cheap and easier to work with IMO

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More milege loss than with my side bags? I figured these would increase the width and not affect mileage much more than the hard bags already do.
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saddlebags might be a better choice. soft siders are pretty cheap and easier to work with IMO
I was talking with a parts dealer about soft saddle bags on the Wee and he mentioned you have to get a bracket to hold the left side out on the 650.... Has anyone seen these brackets or are they pretty much a home-made solution? I'd like to go with soft saddle bags (mostly due to cost) but all that open space on the left side, straight to the tire, makes me worry.

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This is one option. Cut-n-paste the link, then scroll down.

http://community-2.webtv.net/CHERDAN...ies/page2.html

I have the GIVI mounts so i could do soft bags without your concern. Also put in the 4" PVC pipe for more carry space.
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Solution 2: LOWE's or other hardware store, buy some flat aluminum stock, bend and bolt in place.
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Hi Group,
I have a tank bag, the JC Whitney hard bags and the PVC tube but i still want more space. I've seen bags that hang off the tank that stretch down to where your knees are. Any recommendations?

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Wolfman is another maker of these. But I'm intrigued with making my own out of a couple of small backpacks or hydration packs, using the shoulder straps cross-linked over the tank. Not long after a thread discussing that concept, I saw a different post showing somebody who had done it. I'm thinking of using one of the combo hydration/day packs - and that would give me something to unhook and wear on a hike.

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I was talking with a parts dealer about soft saddle bags on the Wee and he mentioned you have to get a bracket to hold the left side out on the 650.... Has anyone seen these brackets or are they pretty much a home-made solution? I'd like to go with soft saddle bags (mostly due to cost) but all that open space on the left side, straight to the tire, makes me worry.
When I was using my Cortech Sport Saddle bags, I didn't really need any standoff - the seat and frame provided plenty. I added a hook to the fender bolt on the left side as a strap-down spot. Here's a small pic where you can see that the bag doesn't even hang low enough to hit the wheel, even if it were to swing in (which it didn't):


Bigger bags would probably require a standoff like the Dan Vesel.

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