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post #1 of 28 Old 02-08-2007, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie - recommendation for metal panniers?

I'm about to buy an 07 ABS and I want to get a set of aluminum side cases. Ideally not too difficult to install, big capacity, not horrible amounts of wind drag. What are the favorites? I see the Touratech Zegas mentioned a few times. Anything people feel is better?
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Jesse Bags are the best.

Touratechs are just fine, so are the ones from Happy Trails. But not even close to the quality and features of Jesse.
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Got an order in for the TT Zegas 41L for my 06 DL1000. After many many sleepless nights of trying to determine which setup, I went with:

1. Aluminum
2. Large Size
3. Price
4. Looks

Plastic bags like the Givis don't give the bike that ADV feel.

Smaller bags are too small for what I carry.

The Jesse bags are too expensive. TTs are just right.

The TT Zegas look the cleanest for an aluminum style bags (did not like the H&B aluminum looks with the ridged corners).

As far as quality, I think all the Al bags are about the same quality (TTs, Happy Trails, Jesse, H&B).

I'll post pics when they come in. Oh yah, one drawback to the TTs is... so far its taken a while to get them (they have a reputation as being 'slow' to get - always on back order).

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The Jesse's have got to be the most aerodynamic of the bunch - if you can call ANY big, metal box aerodynamic. However, after checking their website, it looks like you can't get a set for the forseeable future at any price unless they're for a BMW.
The Zegas are made from slightly thinner material than the HT's or Jesse's. This would make them slightly lighter but, maybe, not as durable.
I went with Happy Trails for several reasons. I already had GIVI E41's from my old Concours so I only needed the GIVI mounts for my Wee and I had side bags. Later, I started thinking about something more ADV worthy. I was able to buy the HT racks and mount my GIVI bags to them. This gave me a little more time to save my pennies and buy their boxes at a later date. Now, I can use either bags depending on my needs. It takes less than 5 minutes to make the swap. I also liked the then new hinge design on the HT boxes. Lastly, Happy Trail offers the black powder coat option. I could be wrong but I don't believe this is available on the others.

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The Zegas are made from slightly thinner material than the HT's or Jesse's. This would make them slightly lighter but, maybe, not as durable.
Right you are as I just now checked the specs for the TTs:

TTs: 1.5mm
HTs: 0.80" (~2mm)
Jesse: Bottom = 2mm, lid = 1.5mm

Hmmmm, I swear I considered this variable in my late night ruminations. Oh well, would have preferred "tougher" cans, but, yes, perhaps I'm saving some weight.

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I've got Jessie's and I love 'em.
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post #7 of 28 Old 02-09-2007, 02:34 PM
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Best value= Happy Trails
Longest waiting list= Touratech
Most Problems= Jesse luggage ( Also close to #1 for waiting list, if you have problems with your item, toooooooo Bad, go back to end of line)

Granted there does appear to be happy Jesse customers somewhere, and I just read 3 that are here.
I just ordered a set of Happy trail 7.5" Targhees, and had them install a custom set of latches, which I ordered and sent to them. The determination to go with happy trails was made after 4 months of research. If you choose to do some of your own research this is a very good place to start:
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Be aware that the Touratechs are listed as fitting only the DL1000
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Yeah, I just read that on the Touratech site.

I looked at the Happy Trails and from the pictures on the 650 it looks like they don't mount symmetrically (?!) - the left bag is tight to the fender and the right bag juts out to accommodate the pipe. Imho that's pretty lame.

So to sum up:
Touratechs don't fit the 650
Happy Trails don't appear to fit the 650 (at least what I'd consider "fit")
Jesses have problems and you can't get them anyway.

What about using the SW Motech rack with something, like the Hepco Becker cases? Can you get THOSE cases, or are they impossible too?

And then maybe I should just bail on the metal cans and get the factory luggage. It looks pretty decent in the one photo I've seen of it. I doubt I'm going to do all that much off-roading (like, probably a dirt road on occasion).

Argh - I wish it was easier to figure all this out...
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.......I looked at the Happy Trails and from the pictures on the 650 it looks like they don't mount symmetrically (?!) - the left bag is tight to the fender and the right bag juts out to accommodate the pipe. Imho that's pretty lame....
Huh?!



They look pretty symmetrical to me.

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