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post #1 of 10 Old 09-03-2019, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Tusk pannier mod

So after traveling for 11 days with eh new Tusk panniers it seemed the tools and little items I did not use got filtered to the bottom of the pannier with my bags and/or gear on top. So riding 10 to 12 hour days I had lots of thinking time. I thought what about a smugglers box to keep stuff separated. As it turns out the angular space at eh bottom of the pannier is about 3 inches tall so this ws perfect for the pump, tools and other sundry items./ I then took a section of 1" x 1/16" aluminum angle and used the lower bolt hole of the mounting puck to bolt the angle to the side wall of the pannier. I did have to drill the angle 1/4" off center to get the flat of the angle to be closer to 3" to the bottom of the pannier. Then cut a section of 1/4" luan to fit, drilled a finger hole and then painted with some silver wheel paint I had on the shelf.

Turned out exactly like I was hoping. Plenty of space below for item I do not need to access regularly and above is still plenty of room for my cloths bag and/or gear.

I'll probably do the other side as well strictly as a hold for sneakers while traveling. I hate packing sneakers because of when you have to piss at a urinal you normally have to wade through a wet mess. Then in the morning riding boots on and you pack the sneakers up in a shoe bag not remembering which way is up and spread the piss all over the bag. This way I can carry my shoes to the room and place them sole down in the pannier when done then cover them up and the stuff on top never has to touch them. Then when I get home Lysol the bejesus of the pannier.
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Looks like it works well, but doesn't it just make the stuff in the bottom even harder to get to? I guess nice for stuff you don't often need, and want to keep safe?
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I'm just going to buy the tusk pannier bags. 2 fit into each pannier for about 20 a pair. Should keep everything from rattling.

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I'm just going to buy the tusk pannier bags. 2 fit into each pannier for about 20 a pair. Should keep everything from rattling.
I use a set of Kathy’s expandable soft bags when traveling. They are made for Vario panniers but work really well in the Tusks.
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Looks like it works well, but doesn't it just make the stuff in the bottom even harder to get to? I guess nice for stuff you don't often need, and want to keep safe?
This is all stuff I do not need fast access too. Although it only takes a second to flip up the divider and pluck out whatever I need.
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"Kathy’s expandable soft bags"

I've been using Kathy's bag liners for decades in the saddle bags. I think I lost one somewhere along the way, unless it's hiding in the garage.
Good stuff.
It was vendors like Kathy's that got makers like BMW to offer something similar eventually at an added cost, of course for their saddle bags.

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Nice Job, Perazzi......looks good!!

Thread jack alert: a buddy who rides alot, uses those clear/zippered bags that blankets/sheets come in when purchased new, for his panniers bags...…...allows you to see what's in each bag...…..and he's a cheap bastage…….

(I said this is what "a friend" does......I did not say it was me...…)

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What is the mounting system for the panniers? Last I checked Tusk did not have something specific to the v-strom.

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What is the mounting system for the panniers? Last I checked Tusk did not have something specific to the v-strom.
You can roll your own or use one of the kits available from the manufacturer of your racks.
In my case I have them solid mounted to my givi racks by way of a SWMotech adapter kit for some obsolete panniers.

I didn't want them to be too easily removable, but I can get them off in about 10 minutes with a wrench.
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You can roll your own or use one of the kits available from the manufacturer of your racks.
In my case I have them solid mounted to my givi racks by way of a SWMotech adapter kit for some obsolete panniers.

I didn't want them to be too easily removable, but I can get them off in about 10 minutes with a wrench.
https://www.stromtrooper.com/general...like-tusk.html

I repurposed the mounting pucks from my TouraTech Zegas also Happy Trails make mounting hardware for either 17mm or 19mm tubing/boxtube.

They both work the same but like all TT stuff its spendy at $180 for mounts to accommodate a set of panniers. The HT version is $58 and works just as well. I'd have never bought the TT ones but since I was able to salvage them it was a win. I've also used HT ones and if I had to buy they would be it.

You can also make then from hockey pucks and aluminium bar stock with relative ease and a few tools many home owners already have. At some point I'm going to buy a few hockey pucks and make a set just to have.

TT left pic, HT right pic.

Link to DIY hockey puck mounts:

https://advrider.com/f/threads/panni...-pucks.979447/

I did fogo the hand wheel quick connect and use a 8mm button head allen bolt inside the pannier. Now it takes an allen wrench to loosen the bolt from inside the panner adding 10 seconds to the dismount time but I gain the space where the hand wheel was sticking into the pannier

Let me know if I can be of further assistance?
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