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post #1 of 28 Old 01-04-2008, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Tank Pannier Question

I have tried searches on this subject and only find info on tank bags, tail bags, tail panniers, and saddle panniers.

I am looking for recommendations for a set of waterproof tank panniers for a DL 650 that has H&B crash bars.

Any info, pics, advice, links would be greatly appreciated.

I have been unhappy with the way the bike handles off road when the tail is loaded up. I was hoping that distributing some weight to the front and down low would be helpful.

Thanks in advance for any advice or help that you might be able to provide.
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post #2 of 28 Old 01-04-2008, 10:47 AM
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Wolfman makes a couple of nice sets...

I like the Expedition but am going with the the black from Sporttour.com just cause they're cheaper...

http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/Expedi...kPanniers.html

Probably going with...

http://www.sporttour.com/kawasaki/klr-650.htm

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I saw the wolfman product. I like the look although they are not waterproof and seem a bit small.

Have you actually seen those KLR bags attached to either the Wee or a 2 piper like yours.

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I just bought and installed the Wolfman tank panniers, work great with my SW Motech crash bars. A big benefit of these panniers - and the key reason I bought them - is that they deflect the wind that normally comes around the sides of the fairing/tank and blow up my chest and into the bottom of my helmet. Combined with my homemade lowers and wide Parabellum shield, I've got a great cold-weather set-up. I can quickly convert back to warm weather configuration when spring arrives.
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The Expedition Bags...

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I saw the wolfman product. I like the look although they are not waterproof and seem a bit small.

Have you actually seen those KLR bags attached to either the Wee or a 2 piper like yours.
Are made of heavy PVC and most likely fairly water tight. Adventure Workshop has the Expedition bags in both colors.

The Standard panniers are probably some ballistic nylon and would not be water tight in a prolonged downpour.

I have seen a pic some where I think on the ADV board some time ago. Looked like they fit well if I recall correctly.

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I don't use tank panniers, but if I did, I'd just use something fairly sturdy (Wolfman, Aerostich, etc) and use waterproof bags as liners. I find waterproof liners much easier to load and unload from any carrying system.
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Aerostich has a set they claim to be waterproof:

http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...s-p-16412.html

This guy has a page showing pix of them on his V-Strom; here's one of his pix:

I've been thinking about them for awhile, but want to see how my packing works with the new Pelican hardcases.

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After looking at those tank panniers for a minute, I had a (possibly hare-brained) idea - instead of spending $100+ for a couple of small bags, why not buy a couple of small backpacks and link the straps?

Many daypacks have padded straps and backs. The challenge would be joining the straps somehow in a non-scratching way - perhaps rivets with a neoprene pad underneath? Or velcro strips sewn onto the straps length-wise?

A quick search showed a couple of possible candidates:

Kelty Minnow

or a hydration/backpack combo



This has really got me thinking...

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Touratech makes tank panniers specifically for the Stroms. Of course everything they sell is pricey but I have always found their stuff to be of very good quality.

http://www.touratech-usa.com/shop/ho...=Suzuki_Vstrom

go down about 1/2 way and you will see the set up
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Great Idea

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After looking at those tank panniers for a minute, I had a (possibly hare-brained) idea - instead of spending $100+ for a couple of small bags, why not buy a couple of small backpacks and link the straps?

Many daypacks have padded straps and backs. The challenge would be joining the straps somehow in a non-scratching way - perhaps rivets with a neoprene pad underneath? Or velcro strips sewn onto the straps length-wise?

A quick search showed a couple of possible candidates:

Kelty Minnow

or a hydration/backpack combo



This has really got me thinking...
This is a great idea. I too have been thinking about tank paniers and your idea is the best cost idea yet. I would suggest using the lamb skin covers used on auto seat belts.

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