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post #1 of 4 Old 08-14-2019, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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So a buddy and I are leaving for a trip in a few days and I've been getting my latest R1200GS up to the task. It needed the normal stuff oil/filer change, fresh tires + the rest for the fluids. Which are all done. When I bough it, it came with Touratech Zega panniers that I was never in love with and they were not lockable and also asymmetrical because of the exhast. I toyed with other ideas for panniers but nothing I was really liking. I had looked at Tusk panniers several times almost bought them then would decide to try something else. With the sands in the hourglass running low Sunday I finally pulled the trigger on a set of the large out of desperation. They arrived today and I was impressed with what I got for not a lot of money ($264.99 shipped and sales tax). I did keep the Touratech mounting hardware and repurposed it so a few 10-24 machine screws I was all set. After carefully measuring and laying out 28 holes for the Touratech mounting hardware and a couple hours later the Tusk Panniers are on the bike and looking great.

They are made in China but the quality is quite good. Honestly its and aluminum box with a lid. Not real high tech. It would not surprise me if the "high end" panniers are made in a 3rd world country. That's also I reason could not spend the dough on a set of $800 "name brand" panniers.

One thing I really fought with mentally is since the panniers are the same width and my racks are asymmetrical because for the exhaust it'll look weird from behind. After giving it some though I quickly realized when I'm on the bike I could care less what it looks like from behind, side, front or at all.

So long story short if you have considered Tusk panniers but needed a nudge here it is. They are certainly worth the money. If you haven't looked at Tusk panniers but are on the hunt for aluminum panniers consider Tusk as a viable option.
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Just ordered a set of the black medium sized ones off Amazon, and a set of closeout brackets that were meant to attach some other brand of boxes to a Givi PL rack. Once all the stuff gets here I'll have to figure out how to make it all work together.

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I ran a set of BMW bags on my '89 GS that were the same size as did a friend. i had the narrow bag but i olst storage that way. When riding the bike i never noticed the irregular look from the back.
Aesthetics be damned I had room in the bags for the important stuff.
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-06-2019, 09:15 AM
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Thats one thing I like about my Aprilia. The exhaust is routed partially under the tail section. Even on both sides. Plenty of room even with the Yoshi tri ovals I put on it. I looked at tusks about 10 years ago. Surprisingly the price is the same. I ended up buying factory Aprilia bags. I kind of wish I had bought tusks.
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