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Old 04-09-2015, 06:33 AM   #1
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Small Panniers?

Hi, I'm pretty new here so apologies if this topic has been done to death.

I have a set of ktm hard panniers but they are massive, and make the bike too wide. Are there any options for small panniers, soft or hard, that would fit comforatably on my current pannier racks?

I come from a bikepacking / cycle touring mindset and my kit is pretty minimal. For instance, in summer my total cycling kit for two weeks is under 5kg plus food and water.

I'm thinking 10L per side as a rough guide.

I dont mind shelling out for new bags / boxes but would rather leave the racks be.

any tips or advice greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-09-2015, 06:35 AM   #2
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Wolfman Rollies? They used to have a kit to attach them as saddlebags to racks. I'm sure if you asked, they could set you up.
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:18 AM   #3
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Get rid of those dangerous, heavy fragile leg breaking boxes !

Look at the wolfman stuff....light, soft, durable and safe !

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Old 04-09-2015, 02:42 PM   #4
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If you want something a little more solid than soft panniers the Givi E21 units are small and light weight.
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Old 04-09-2015, 03:38 PM   #5
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I have these on my DR650 and love them:
The nice thing about the scouts is that you can remove them quickly and easily.
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Old 04-10-2015, 04:09 AM   #6
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Those mosko ones are too bike for me. I do like the look of the rollies. If I could make something like that work I could be in business.

I do own a kreiga us 10. I think I need to have a play and see if I could make one of these work as a side bag. Its always nice to have somethng deisnged to do the job though.

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Old 04-10-2015, 05:35 AM   #7
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Check out Dirt Bagz, I had them on my KTM 640e and their a great option for minimalist touring
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Old 04-10-2015, 05:42 AM   #8
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Giant Loop

I have 2 Giant Loop bags, the Mojave (smallest) and just got in the Coyote (mid sized).

I've used the Mojave on my KTM 500 for day rides in the Texas Hill Country and in Big Bend National Park.

I bought the Coyote for a week long trip in Mexico coming up. Their largest bag is the Great Basin, which is a little too big for a KTM 500 but will work on a KTM 1190. They also have all sorts of duffle bags and tank bags as well.

Tip: Consider a pair of Giant Loop Mounts, which are simple brackets that attach to the bike and that connect with the lower straps on all their bags. New product.

Don't know how they'd work out with your racks. Might want to give Giant Loop a call.
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Old 04-10-2015, 07:28 AM   #9
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I've used these on two bikes now, perfect size:

Moose Racing Expedition Saddlebags

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Old 04-10-2015, 08:45 AM   #10
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saddle bags

I have seen several threads using modified Walmart cases (camera hard cases maybe?) [was a while ago].
I think the owners fabricated Givi mounts,
Do not see the ones I remember, pistol, camera, cases.
10 liters is about 610 cubic inches. these are larger
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:12 AM   #11
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I am currently using my two Bike Nashbar 31l waterproof panniers on my 690.

They clip to the rack just like they do to a bicycle. Very quick and secure. I do have a rok strap strap around them for a little extra security and to keep them flatter when empty.

Cheap solution for everyday use.
As a bike rider you should check out some other bicycle pannier options.
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:50 AM   #12
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+1 On the dirt bagz. I run the same set on my 990 and XR. They fit the KTM hard bag rack pretty good. I rarely use the hard bags and only have them because they came with the bike. I did a fly-n-ride and almost broke my leg the second day in death valley on one of the hard boxes. From now on its soft bags only in the dirt.
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Old 04-12-2015, 08:01 PM   #13
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i completely misread the title of this post...
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Old 04-12-2015, 09:21 PM   #14
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I have a set of the Imnaha panniers I'm looking to sell.
They were mounted last season, other than that never abused.

Let me know if you want pics.
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Old 04-13-2015, 01:37 AM   #15
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lots of options here I havnt seen before.

I'm now looking at both the wolfman systems and making a kriega bag work on each side somehow.

What do you soft pannier guys do about leaving the bags on your bike when you go in somwhere for food etc?
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