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Old 06-22-2015, 03:20 PM   #1
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Are the KTM Gobi cases any good?

A month ago I acquired a 2008 990 Adv with KTM Gobi racks but no luggage.

I'm planning on doing some touring (just weekends, nothing mayor...) with the wife and the storage should be appreciated.

Before I spend the US$700.00 on a set of plastic bags, I would like to know what you guys think about it or if is better to hold on for while a shell for a set of Zega or any other brand of aluminiun panniers?

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Old 06-22-2015, 03:31 PM   #2
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:32 PM   #3
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I had Gobi Panniers on my 950 Adv S, They took quite a hammering off road and carried a good deal of weight, water proof, easy to get on and off the bike. Latches were a bit flimsy but hung in there. The only thing I really didn't like was the ugly grey colour, try get black ones
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Old 06-22-2015, 04:03 PM   #4
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Old 06-22-2015, 04:18 PM   #5
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their biggest weakness is due to the double wall design. The interior is 35 liters, but they're as big as 45 liter panniers. I'm switching to 31l zegas to make my bike less wide--the supposedly fit the same racks.

On the other hand the gobi's I've had (on this 950, a previous 950, and my 640) have been to hell and back and survived.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:56 PM   #6
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Thank you folks, I'll go with Gobis (black if possible). I don't intend to abuse it as much as some of you, so it should last me a long time...

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Old 06-22-2015, 10:16 PM   #7
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Are the KTM Gobi cases any good?

Are the KTM Gobi cases any good?

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Old 06-22-2015, 10:43 PM   #8
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A month ago I acquired a 2008 990 Adv with KTM Gobi racks but no luggage.

I'm planning on doing some touring (just weekends, nothing mayor...) with the wife and the storage should be appreciated.

Before I spend the US$700.00 on a set of plastic bags, I would like to know what you guys think about it or if is better to hold on for while a shell for a set of Zega or any other brand of aluminiun panniers?

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Old 06-22-2015, 10:57 PM   #9
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Are the KTM Gobi cases any good?

No.
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compared to the rest of the market they suck..... Way too big for the storage capacity the latches ware they fall off, I hated mine, bought some touratech ones crashed the crap out of them they dont fall off. Some people swear by them gobies but I couldnt wait to off them
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Old 06-23-2015, 01:30 AM   #10
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Are the KTM Gobi cases any good?

No.
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A gentle tip over and you're buying latches at $60+ a pop. Thanks but no thanks. I bought some Pelican 1550's and happy trails mounting pucks. It was a little bit to figure out a mounting pattern and then trim excess material from the cases but they work a lot better and while aren't as easily removed can survive moderate spills.

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Old 06-23-2015, 05:18 AM   #11
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Lots of people don't like them...

I like them! They'll support the bike in low speed get off... They work as intended, which means you can pack lots of stuff in them.

But like any other hard paniers, they're bulky. And they're hard, which could lead to injury if your leg's kicked back into them.

Oh, and they leaked on their first trip back Home. Pouring rain for the whole way Home, 3 and a half hours away... But they never leaked again!

Take note that if you buy the black ones, they'll fade in the sun over time. I tried different solutions, but I haven't found a way to restore them to their juvenile state.
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:59 AM   #12
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I have Gobis on my Adventure and Wolfman saddlebags on the SE's. Gobis are great for convenience and quick mounting. The down side for me is the volume compared to the actual size. I did wear out on of the mounting latches. Never broken one even though I've clocked them pretty good on trees hard enough to throw me over the opposite side.
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Old 06-23-2015, 06:05 AM   #13
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their biggest weakness is due to the double wall design. The interior is 35 liters, but they're as big as 45 liter panniers. I'm switching to 31l zegas to make my bike less wide--the supposedly fit the same racks.
i agree. although good, the gobis are VERY wide, with smallish capacity. i went with Jesse's because they are a nearly a foot (300mm) thinner overall width than the gobis...
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Old 06-23-2015, 06:22 AM   #14
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Tough

They are bulky and heavy, but they are really tough. Yes the latches can break when you rip one off on a tree or boulder but the bag and contents will be fine. Try that with aluminum cases.

They won't snap your leg (like twig) in a crash since they are designed to push back and release off the mount instead (unlike an aluminum case). In most crashes the rear latch will still be OK to just clamp back down and carry on. I have knocked one off while "flat tracking" a corner and having my leg swing back and bang the front of the case hard! The bag rolled end over end bouncing on the gravel road at 70 kph before coming to a stop. It had my laptop in it and a bottle of scotch (among other things) and nothing inside was broken. I have had the bags tumble down a hill bouncing off trees and the contents inside where undamaged.

Say what you will, but the double wall design is very useful as protection despite what it may have been designed for.

If you want maximum storage and minimum bulk and don't plan on abusing your cases off-road then there may be better choices availble. Having seen my Gobi's take the abuse that they have and never having damaged goods inside has made me a believer.

I'm not crazy about the grey, but my solution was to cover them in travel stickers "Winnebago style"

Other pluses; Cases can be removed from the bike without emptying them first.
They can be carried by the handles into a hotel room rather than staying on the bike.
They make good stands for tire changes on the road side, or chairs at a campsite.
They are waterproof unless over packed.
The lids can be propped open by design, to make packing and unpacking fast and easy.
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Old 06-23-2015, 07:43 AM   #15
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Off-road I run wolfman soft bags. I've seen what hard cases can do to a tibia and fibia and no thanks. Even the KTM bags will break your leg before the latch gives out and the case pops off.
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