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Looking for panniers for my 2013 DL650 and not wishing to pay for hard panniers as my touring days are now limited to two or three trips a year.

I had a search for alternatives and found the SW-Motech Dakar Set.

I bit the bullet and purchased a set.

http://shop.sw-motech.com/cgi-bin/cosmoshop/lshop.cgi?action=showdetail&wkid=139990115311343&ls=en&nc=1399901180-12132&rubnum=brands.suzuki.dl650&artnum=BC.HTA.05.741.10000/B&id=52&gesamt_zeilen=50Tshowrub--brands.suzuki.dl650&typid=140966898

They are bike-specific for my 2013 V-strom DL650 and provide a more secure fitting than a typical set of 'throw-overs'.

They come with separate inner waterproof bags which are removable for cleaning etc and rails for mounting.

The rails have a good finish of black 'powder-coating' and the bags themselves are very well made items.

Price was 363€ including delivery to France from Germany which is a good price if you're in the market for some soft panniers for occasional use.

Fitting is totally straightforward (taking less than one hour) and requiring only the seat, rear grabrail and rear footpegs to be removed. SW provide all the new bolts and spacers required as well as comprehensive instructions.

Their packaging is perfect to ensure every chance you will receive them undamaged.

I used blue lock-tight on all the fittings and they were torqued to 23 Nm.

I love boxes :yes:




The Rails & bolts/spacers/etc.



…….and the Pair of Panniers.



The Seat, Rear Footpegs and Grabrail all removed prior to fitting the Rails.



Right Rail fitted.



…and the Left one.



Rear view with one bag full and one empty and open.



Side view.



The securing straps go over the grabrails not through them.





I only have a couple of small niggles, (1) the securing straps go over the grabrail rather than through them and (2), the bags do not stand up on their own due to having rounded bottoms. :yikes:


Time now to get a trip planned so I can test them out in earnest. :thumbup:


Gary.


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Looking for panniers for my 2013 DL650 and not wishing to pay for hard panniers as my touring days are now limited to two or three trips a year.

I had a search for alternatives and found the SW-Motech Dakar Set.

I bit the bullet and purchased a set.


Time now to get a trip planned so I can test them out in earnest. :thumbup:


Gary.


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Looking forward to your thoughts once you've had a chance to use them.

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I've got some good news and some bad news. Our first load of these just made it stateside. The bad news is that all of the DL650 ones were already purchased. If you ordered a set they should ship today or latest, tomorrow.

Hopefully, we can get a few reviews out there. I've used them and love them but We are the distributor so....

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Update:

Tried them out on the bike yesterday and they are certainly stable in use.

If appearance is important to you (I like neat :mrgreen:) Putting soft items in the top of the bags certainly helps in making them neat and tidy when fastening them down.
 

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Update:

Tried them out on the bike yesterday and they are certainly stable in use.

If appearance is important to you (I like neat :mrgreen:) Putting soft items in the top of the bags certainly helps in making them neat and tidy when fastening them down.
Well if making them look neat is the biggest concern at this point I'd call it a good first impression. Enjoy them.

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How do the dakar bags fit on the DL650

Hi Retaite,

Thanks for sharing this information. I am seriously thinking about buying these for my DL650.

However I have several questions that I hope you can help me on...


Other questions:
  • Concerning the last picture you posted. On this picture, you can see the Velcro straps on top of the passenger seat... but they are not laying flat across the top of the seat.
    Is this just a quick pic without the Dakar's mounted completely... or do the straps always look like this?.. because if they do... it's a reason for me not to buy them.
  • Do you have experience with passenger comfort while sitting on top of the velcro straps?
  • SW-Motech offers a "seat pad", which is apparently for covering the exposed parts of the velcro, so one does not damage the seat or railings. Did you need them?
  • Have you made any thoughts about securing the bags and their contents from theft?
    This is one of my main concerns. I asked SW-Motech support and they said they didn't have anything special... just need a lot of trust.
  • How wide is the bike when the bags are mounted? Reason I am asking is that I am thinking about getting an additional Rollbag to place between the two side bags when taking a longer trip.
  • Will a helmet fit inside the bag?
My current idea is to buy a larger top case... 47liter that will fit for two helmets and other valuables, the Dakar Panniers for trips... and an extra bag for if and when I need it.

Looking forward to reading your comments.

Thanks,
Tim (Tjay53)
 

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I like those bags! I've been looking for a set for my DR650, but they don't seem to make that setup for it. It looks like my only choice for something similarly-sized is the Wolfman Rocky Mountain bags. But I really like how yours attach to the racks. Very nice.

Rob
 
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