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post #1 of 11 Old 08-11-2009, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Aluminum pannier mounting confusion

Hey all. I'm lucky enough to have access to the goods to make some aluminum panniers. They will be much like the Happy Trails or Whitehorse gear panniers. I was going to tackle some mounting racks also but am considering just buying the racks. Having never actually seen panniers mounted, I'm confused as to how it is usually done.

Say, for example, I put on the SW Motech racks (I'm leaning this way). How are the panniers mounted to the racks. I've heard mention of mounting "pucks" that appear to wrap around the rack? Would these work with the Motech rack? Does any hardware come with the rack to mount the panniers? Any recommendations for the rack and mounting hardware?

Lotta questions I know. Any help would be appreciated though.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-12-2009, 12:37 AM
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My Motech racks,
set-up to use Zarges panniers, (Take a look at the twisted throttle and look at their motech racks, several different mounting plates can be attached to the rack depending on the type of panniers you get.)

They have tabs (this shape U ) on the bottom the basically hold up the panniers and keep the bottom in.

At the top left and right of each rack there is a female part of a Dzus fastener, some call them cam lock, welded on. Inside the bag are the male attaching part that twist 1/4 turn to hold the bag to the bike. These tabs have a 1/4" rubber type gasket to keep the fasteners tight and water proof.

http://www.southco.com/landingpages/...ign-guide.aspx
mine's similar to the lion and panex type.

It's a very basic setup, but strong and quick to attach and remove.

Best pic I have of the racks....


I can take better and close-up pics if you need better explanation.



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Touratech Video

This video from Touratech helped me to visualize how the Aluminum Bags are mounted, and how the Puck system works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzkmPMANR30

Hope this Helps.

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Thanks for the responses! The video really cleared things up.
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The video clears things up in that system.
I wouldn't trade the way mine are secured, for that setup though.
Nothing sticks out the back and I can have about 8 sets installed by the time you have one set installed using the puck system. YMMV

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I noticed that the Givi PL532 racks don't have the rear cross member most others have. Has anyone had an issue with these not being sturdy enough (especially with large aluminum panniers)? My dollars and sense side of me is coming out and the Givi is quite a bit less expensive than the Happy Trails SU or the SW Motech rack.
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I noticed that the Givi PL532 racks don't have the rear cross member most others have. Has anyone had an issue with these not being sturdy enough (especially with large aluminum panniers)? My dollars and sense side of me is coming out and the Givi is quite a bit less expensive than the Happy Trails SU or the SW Motech rack.
Yes they do. The photo I have that shows it best is sadly a shot of my old strom after I crashed it:

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There are a number of mounting kits available. Micatech, who recently fitted their aluminum bags to the V-Strom using the Motech Trax racks, is also considering selling their excellent mounting system as a kit.

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Yes they do. The photo I have that shows it best is sadly a shot of my old strom after I crashed it:
Now that's a sad sight right there. I see the rear cross brace now. I didn't notice it on the sights I was looking at to purchase it. Thanks for the info. Were you happy with it?...before the sad demise.
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Now that's a sad sight right there. I see the rear cross brace now. I didn't notice it on the sights I was looking at to purchase it. Thanks for the info. Were you happy with it?...before the sad demise.
I liked them enough to put another set on my 09... of course that way I could still use my cases, which survived the wreck.

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