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Old 11-15-2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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Tusk panniers

anybody got anything good or bad to say about these ?

seems like a lot of pannier for the money.


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Old 11-16-2013, 12:41 AM   #2
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Really, pretty awesome deal.

This video is very well made.

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Old 11-16-2013, 07:36 AM   #3
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Tusk parts from China are priced right and some of their stuff I've used have been pretty good--hand guards etc.
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:27 AM   #4
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only for klr?

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Old 11-19-2013, 01:38 PM   #5
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yes.
right now, they only make the racks for the KLR, but if they are
only half-way decent, they will probably soon produce the racks for other
bikes as well.
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Old 11-20-2013, 05:02 PM   #6
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Anybody heard or read about the thickness of the aluminum?
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:22 PM   #7
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this is from that other klr650 form thing

ok
I have happy-trails and they are great! but these look like they would work
I have a 2nd klr that I want to fix up to let friend's and family join me on trips, so I asked how thick the material is, that was use on these boxes. I was told that it is 2 mill
or .07874 happy trails are .0850 . so they are a bit thinner but for less then half the cost it makes me wonder. So I just asked on their chat line how much they weigh and got this

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Chat InformationYou are now chatting with 'Cole'
Cole: Welcome to Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. How may I assist you?
you: how much dose the Tusk Aluminum Pannier Boxes with Pannier Racks Black weigh?
Cole: For what machine?
you: 07 klr650
Cole: The whole kit weighs 43 pounds

the web site say's 5 in stock did not ask

Happy trails teton same sized box is 9.5 lbs per box 19 lbs for two and the rack is close to the same tubing size but they list no weight on their site.
so 43 lbs is not to crazy. might have to ask santa for some of these and compare them side by side
ps they just started carrying these. I live exactly 100 miles away from rocky mt and they are well know here in Utah. I like it because I get orders 2 days later
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11-18-2013, 10:17 AM #7
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Re: Tusk Panniers

Thanks Dutchjohn. You are close to us. We need to go ride! I was hoping to do an overnighter out in the west desert/topaz mountain area before snow hits, but my schedule is filling up!

As part of the RM crew and one of the developers of this Tusk pannier rack system, I can give you the exact specs (Cole was looking at shipping weights in our system). I just put the calipers and digital scale to each component to confirm exact size and weight.

Aluminum Pannier Box (powder coated, with latches, locks, keys, hardware)
Capacity – 37.25 liter (Each)
Thickness – 2.1mm (.085”)
Weight – 11.5 lbs (each)

Pannier Rack system (both side racks, rear brace, pannier mounting plate, and all hardware)

Weight – 14.5 lbs (87-07), 14.7 lbs (2008+)

So the total weight for the complete setup (both panniers and rack): 37.5 lbs (87-07), 37.7 lbs (2008+)

I am glad you guys are asking. I will add this info to our “product info”. I am betting others have the same questions.

We have taken our time developing this system. Over the past 2 years we have been testing different designs and materials (as well as several other brands of systems). Our quick release system is slick and unique to us. We are very happy with the end result! We have beaten the crap out of them; they are tough!


11-18-2013, 10:20 AM #8
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Re: Tusk Panniers

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Originally Posted by Green4me
Expected in stock March 2014

Look good and great price. Would definitely like to hear from anybody that has tried them


The 2008+ model racks will actually be in stock today! I have had them ready to go for a week or so, I just hadn't finished instructions to go with them until last Friday. The 1987-2007 model is already in stock. Thanks!


11-18-2013, 06:07 PM #9
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Re: Tusk Panniers

I think I met you on your way to lunch when I was at RM this summer with shudman. we rode to the Grand Canyon https://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=113117 this is the link to the ride report.
As for a ride ,,I think I am done for the year. but next summer we need to go ride!!



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Thanks Dutchjohn. You are close to us. We need to go ride! I was hoping to do an overnighter out in the west desert/topaz mountain area before snow hits, but my schedule is filling up!

As part of the RM crew and one of the developers of this Tusk pannier rack system, I can give you the exact specs (Cole was looking at shipping weights in our system). I just put the calipers and digital scale to each component to confirm exact size and weight.

Aluminum Pannier Box (powder coated, with latches, locks, keys, hardware)
Capacity – 37.25 liter (Each)
Thickness – 2.1mm (.085”)
Weight – 11.5 lbs (each)

Pannier Rack system (both side racks, rear brace, pannier mounting plate, and all hardware)

Weight – 14.5 lbs (87-07), 14.7 lbs (2008+)

So the total weight for the complete setup (both panniers and rack): 37.5 lbs (87-07), 37.7 lbs (2008+)

I am glad you guys are asking. I will add this info to our “product info”. I am betting others have the same questions.

We have taken our time developing this system. Over the past 2 years we have been testing different designs and materials (as well as several other brands of systems). Our quick release system is slick and unique to us. We are very happy with the end result! We have beaten the crap out of them; they are tough!



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Old 11-21-2013, 06:22 AM   #8
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This is what I'm looking to get for my DR650. I've been using a Great Basin from Giantloop. I like it, but I really want boxes. I'll probably order a couple of these boxes and build my own rack. Thanks for the link Bykemeister.
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:03 AM   #9
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I bought some black aluminum panniers off of ebay a few years back, they were straight from china, they looked JUST like these, although they were not branded Tusk.

they are a bit thinner than say Jesse boxes, but they are ridged, and the craftsmanship is not terrible actually.

I figure these are a bargain for people that want to run hard bags, and not spend $1000+ to do so.

the boxes only are $239 on ebay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tusk-Aluminu...e0d2a5&vxp=mtr
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:35 AM   #10
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nice find bykemeister. the only comments i have for installation are:
do not cut the oem wires off. leave them and find connectors similar to the oem. avoid using butt splices like those.

I would apply sealer or putty to the bolt penetration locations.

otherwise those boxes look great.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:20 PM   #11
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I bought some black aluminum panniers off of ebay a few years back, they were straight from china, they looked JUST like these, although they were not branded Tusk.


the boxes only are $239 on ebay
Ummm, http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/3476/40024/Tusk-Aluminum-Pannier-Boxes-%28Pair%29?v=5617
Tusk Aluminum Pannier Boxes (Pair) Black

Part# 1420090001

Our price: $249.99

Tusk Aluminum Pannier Boxes with Pannier Racks Black

Our price: $389.99




Why not get free shipping and support a US vendor? I'm trying hard not to pull the trigger. I run Wolfy side bags using old school conventional pannier racks on my KLR. Not the best system to protect and fasten the bags but better than nothing and they offer a bit of crash protection. I'm thinking that I can still use the Tusk racks for the Wolfman's and continue to run soft bags for techy single track and have the versatility of hard cans for adventure touring and camping.



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Old 11-21-2013, 03:14 PM   #12
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Oh sorry, I did not see them offered without the KLR racks on the other web site.

my bad.

when I ordered mine they were not available at Rocky mountain.

pics of the ones I ordered years ago...



they sure look similar, they were a bit cheaper back then too.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:55 PM   #13
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I have no idea why I watched that whole video of the install on a KLR

I don't have nor want one.
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:01 PM   #14
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This..

I wonder how much effort it would be to adapt to other mounting racks. I have a Givi setup on my 'strom. I run small plastic boxes for commuting, but would really like to add some larger top-loaders for touring. These look like exactly what I want.
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