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Old 02-29-2012, 05:52 AM   #1
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monsoon/ortlieb bags

I'd like to buy the Monsoon bags




or the ortlieb bags...


I tend to the Ortliebs but what I'd like to know is if the straps will be long enough that I fit them WITH a rack (SW Motech or TT). Ortlieb as well as Enduristan say that the bags are designed to use without a rack and I want to be sure not to waste time and money cause the straps are too short.

Anyone tried that or knows if the straps are long enough to use them bags with a rack?

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Old 02-29-2012, 05:59 AM   #2
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Steve....
I don't have these Ortlieb's.... but have had the Quick release Ortliebs on two of my rides...... and they work fantastic. The fabric on the qr's ate easier to clean than those here pictured.... But I'm sure they will hold up great....

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Old 02-29-2012, 06:10 AM   #3
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Thank you Erling! Those you use what's their exact name, would like to see how they look like...

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Old 03-03-2012, 08:49 AM   #4
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Thank you Erling! Those you use what's their exact name, would like to see how they look like...

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Hi Steve...... This is the rack I made for the bags.....
http://f800riders.org/forum/showthre...mod-s-begin...

I dont use the Ortliebs on the 8gs any more......and that rack is up for graps..... but I do use them on the two smaller thumpers..... They are called quick release drybags.....

http://www.happy-trail.com/Ortlieb/Q...-Side-Bag.aspx



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Old 02-29-2012, 01:17 PM   #5
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Steve....
I don't have these Ortlieb's.... but have had the Quick release Ortliebs on two of my rides...... and they work fantastic. The fabric on the qr's ate easier to clean than those here pictured.... But I'm sure they will hold up great....

Erling
Erling,
How do you find the quick release mechanism to work? Are they strong enough to support the load? From the pics I've seen from the Ortlieb website, the upper clamps seem flimsy as the weight of the bags are on the 4 clamps as compared to straps over the seat. Do you use a bungee net for added security if one of those plastic clamps comes apart while on a trail? I also like the Monssoon's, but there is a significant price difference between the Monsoons and the Ortlieb's.
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:55 PM   #6
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Here's on old post I did on Ortliebs, Monsoons and Wolfman Expedition saddlebags (yes, I'm a girl and I like luggage).
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...3&postcount=11

I ended up with the Monsoons. Why? They're lighter than the other two and the red interior makes it easy to find stuff, particularly in low-light conditions. They also have the biggest capacity.

I've used all three types of bags with a metal rack and have had no issues with strap length.

The Ortliebs I had were the "old" version. The new ones now have that hard stuff on the section that sits on the bike.

You really can't go wrong with either the Ortliebs or Monsoons.
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:34 PM   #7
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I have the Ortliebs and have used them both on bikes with and without a rack. For the bike with the rack simply go to a hardware store and buy 2 feet of heavy duty velcro in the width of the bags and make extensions. Looks like Enduristan sells extensions for it's bags the same way.

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Old 03-01-2012, 07:50 PM   #8
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Thanks for the positive review. Been looking at the Monsoons for sometime. Will treat myself once I get a new job and write a review after a few outings.

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Here's on old post I did on Ortliebs, Monsoons and Wolfman Expedition saddlebags (yes, I'm a girl and I like luggage).
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...3&postcount=11

I ended up with the Monsoons. Why? They're lighter than the other two and the red interior makes it easy to find stuff, particularly in low-light conditions. They also have the biggest capacity.

I've used all three types of bags with a metal rack and have had no issues with strap length.

The Ortliebs I had were the "old" version. The new ones now have that hard stuff on the section that sits on the bike.

You really can't go wrong with either the Ortliebs or Monsoons.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:42 PM   #9
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Thanks.
I was curious about the monsoon softbags for a while.
You don't here much about them from other inmates.
They look really well thought out, with the 3 layer protection, etc...

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Old 03-03-2012, 08:52 AM   #10
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Erling,
How do you find the quick release mechanism to work? Are they strong enough to support the load? From the pics I've seen from the Ortlieb website, the upper clamps seem flimsy as the weight of the bags are on the 4 clamps as compared to straps over the seat. Do you use a bungee net for added security if one of those plastic clamps comes apart while on a trail? I also like the Monssoon's, but there is a significant price difference between the Monsoons and the Ortlieb's.
I thought the same when I got them.... But they have held up to three years of abuse on the medium thumper.... I pack the heck out of them going shopping.... on the trail...etc..... and have yet have one break on me..... No bungee..... Just like it states..... Comes with a shoulder strap as well... so they are great double'ing as shopping bags....

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Old 02-29-2012, 04:31 PM   #11
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Thanks for sharing that link with photos lilolita.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:17 PM   #12
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Where does one find the Monsoon Bags??
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:47 PM   #13
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Where does one find the Monsoon Bags??
Just found them at Black Dog Cycle Works.

Getting an R1200 GS and looking at soft luggage.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:49 AM   #14
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Where does one find the Monsoon Bags??
you can also get them here
http://www.enduristan.com/en/welcome-to-enduristan.html
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:52 AM   #15
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Thank you all guys, I think I know what to go for !

@ John_L: yep this could be a solution with the extensions, thank you.

@ lilolita: thank you for the pics, most appreciated!
Thanks again guys

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