Economically Priced Panniers

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by 737av8or, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. 737av8or

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    [​IMG]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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  2. EduardoMas

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  3. 737av8or

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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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  4. max384

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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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  5. villageidiot

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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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  6. villageidiot

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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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  7. MightyMouse

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    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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  8. justapilgrim

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    I hate when a thread dies like this...
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  9. Unstable Rider

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    I agree.
    Here's a bit of freshening on the post, June 9, 2013

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    Current ebay link:

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

    They are quite nice looking :evil
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  10. Nortonrocks77

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    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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  11. Unstable Rider

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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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  12. Stan_R80/7

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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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  13. max384

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    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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  14. 737av8or

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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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  15. 737av8or

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    Nothing wrong with the Givvi cases, but I was focused on aluminum panniers.
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    Set of se720s shipped to my door for 134 dollars, including metal latch locks
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  17. Stan_R80/7

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    I found same with the SE720's. But I still need to decide on a way of mounting them to the frame. The Happy trails pucks are ~$50.00 which is an option, or I can make mounts. But then, the cases do not come off with a key - which is not such a big deal. Overall, I am still deciding between the SE720's and the Pelican 1550's. The chrome locks on the SE720's are a nice option.

    I like the way the 720's look on the Bonneville. Nice job mounting them.
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  18. justapilgrim

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    [​IMG]Good, helpful stuff here....did these 2 questions get answered?? I was wondering about the weight also.
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    losi3030 on ebay
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