+1 on the Touratech rack/panniers.
I have Happy Trails rack/panniers on my DR650. For the money, you can't beat the value. However, I've destroyed two racks.....multiple weld failures. This occurred when riding long days on washboard dirt roads. The fatigue/vibrations caused the rack to fail many times. As a result, I was stopping in regularly at small towns (in Bolivia/Peru) getting my rack welded. Multiple weld failures on another trip/rack, as well. Meanwhile, the guys running Touratech racks/panniers had no issues.
Ya, the Touratech racks/bags cost a lot more.....but they're solid. I'm a soft bag convert (Giant Loop), but am considering a set of hard luggage, for my Tiger, on trips that are primarily on the tarmac.
Any chance you could post up a shot of rack/panniers from the rear?? Also, what liter of panniers do you have? Trying to get an idea of the overall width of the system.
The Breeze screwed with this post 04-07-2012 at 08:01 PM