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Old 12-21-2012, 03:56 PM   #1
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Economically Priced Panniers

I just received a set of panniers from Potvin Cycleworks in Wisconsin. I have been searching for a while to find the most affordable aluminum panniers and these certainly fit the bill. They seem to be of good quality and the price was spectacular. I paid $320 for the set including delivery. They would have been $300 but I asked him to add luggage loops to the lids for additional tie down storage. I received them about 1 week after ordering them which is incredibly fast delivery. The seams are fully welded and the top has a rubber seal so I don't anticipate a problem with them being water tight. The lids are removable and lockable. The lockable latches seem to be very secure and I can't imagine them coming off while riding although they are not yet mounted so I have not tested them yet. They are available in powder coated black or bare aluminum. Potvin Cycleworks has an ebay store, and there is usually a set for sale at any given time. I contacted Isaiah directly and feel like I got a better deal than those offered on ebay. They have excellent feedback and I felt confidant dealing with him. Isaiah sent me an invoice via e-mail and payment was paid via PayPal. Isaiah was very helpful and responded to e-mails very quickly. Isaiah can be reached at potvincycleworks@gmail.com or 262-689-3101. I have no affiliation with this business, I am just trying to pass on what I considered to be a very good deal.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:12 PM   #2
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http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...hlight=pannier

$110 per box. Not made as panniers, but for the money they seem adequate.
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:56 PM   #3
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Those look pretty nice and I admit that I never found them in my search. I ride a Aprilia Caponord which is already a fairly top heavy bike. Weight was a big consideration for me however probably not for some. At 17 pounds, that is more weight than I wanted to put on my bike. These panniers are close to half that weight at around 8 pounds each. I must admit that is a nice looking box at a great price.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:12 PM   #4
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I mounted two Seahorse SE720 cases as panniers on my SV. They're very similar to the Pelican 1550s (I think that's the number), but only a fraction of the cost. They're not quite as sturdy-feeling (which also means they're a bit lighter) as a Pelican, but they still feel very solid. They're under $50/case. I ordered mine with matching locks, which raised the price to about $70/case shipped.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:01 PM   #5
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i used the se720's as well on my bonneville. they are much nicer than i had expected.

with buying the basic racks, modifying them, powdercoat, hardware, and the seahorse cases, my luggage was 240 dollars total



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Old 12-31-2012, 12:40 PM   #6
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for 320 a pair, those are really nice.

i made my own alloy panniers on my bmw r80, and used the same latches on one end with a hinge on the other end.

by the time i bought the material, bent it up, latches, hinges, and seals, and rivets etc....... i was 220 bucks into those BEFORE WELDING.

it was something like 100 inches of tig welding per box, and it took HOURS to complete.

i did weld mine both inside and outside.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:02 AM   #7
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Questions

737: Can you tell me how much the Potvin Cycleworks panniers weigh per box?

VillageIdiot: Where did you get the "basic racks" for your Bonnie so cheap?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:24 PM   #8
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I hate when a thread dies like this...
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:53 PM   #9
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I agree.
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Current ebay link:

http://stores.ebay.com/Potvin-Cycleworks-LLC

They are quite nice looking
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Current ebay link:

http://stores.ebay.com/Potvin-Cycleworks-LLC

They are quite nice looking
I have been trying to figure out what panniers were on the Tiger I am buying, and this would be the ones.
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:03 PM   #11
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I just looked on a map, he's in West Bend, WI, wrong side of the state from me (Minnesota) but perhaps a road trip sometime to check out his stuff. Man, if a guy could score a set for three-ish, wow. Nice.

Just sent him an e-mail to say hey.....
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:09 PM   #12
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I expect someone has to say this, so I'll be 'that guy': Givi E21 cases are $179 shipped in US and are, IMO, very economically priced panniers.

I am still plotting and scheming on some SE720's or Pellican 1550's using the Givi racks. But, for the cost, the E21's are hard to beat. Plus, it's a no-brainer, no fabrication just bolt on the rack and bags. They may not be for everyone - but they are very economically priced.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:03 PM   #13
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I agree.
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Current ebay link:

http://stores.ebay.com/Potvin-Cycleworks-LLC

They are quite nice looking
Damn that's tempting. If they are actually selling for that price, I can see a new set of panniers in my future.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:08 PM   #14
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The panniers are now mounted on my 2002 Aprillia Caponord. I am very satisfied with the cases so far. They are of superior quality and look spectacular on the bike. I will snap some photos and post them so all can see them mounted up. No regrets from me. Buy with confidence.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:12 PM   #15
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I expect someone has to say this, so I'll be 'that guy': Givi E21 cases are $179 shipped in US and are, IMO, very economically priced panniers.

I am still plotting and scheming on some SE720's or Pellican 1550's using the Givi racks. But, for the cost, the E21's are hard to beat. Plus, it's a no-brainer, no fabrication just bolt on the rack and bags. They may not be for everyone - but they are very economically priced.
Nothing wrong with the Givvi cases, but I was focused on aluminum panniers.
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