F800GS Pannier design considerations.

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  1. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    Yeah, it covering the gas filler would annoy me pretty quick too I think. Also, one thing. I had the Wolfman Expedition Saddlebags for my KLR650. The rear side plastics where the bags drape over got very scuffed up from taking the bags on and off. Just a heads up. If you care about the plastics that these make contact with, you might want to consider some kind of protection for those plastics (if you even care). Gaffer's tape would work good.
  2. robhar54

    robhar54 Been here awhile

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    I'm going to pick one of these up for sure. Makes a lot of sense to me for gnarlier trips where security isn't so much of an issue, like Continental Divide, TAT, OBDR--or local rallies. I might not use it for traveling to South America or Africa...but I'm not goin' those places any time soon. I started a thread on it, over here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=439071

    Direct link to the Great Basin bag: http://www.giantloopmoto.com/products/great-basin-saddlebag

    Access to the gas tank could be an issue. I'll wait 'till I see it in person, and add a review to my thread.

    Rob in Seattle
  3. JRWooden

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    I've mounted a Pelican box as my top case and will probably mount a pair for side cases as well, but am annoyed to have to use padlocks for locking them.

    I think Caribou has a built-in lock modification they offer, but I've never seen it...

    Has anybody had success installing a lock to a Pelican case?

    Thanks,
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  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    Yes, Jim. When I ordered my side cases from Caribou, I also ordered a matching lock from them to fit to the smaller Hardigg iM2200 case I use as a top case. The lock was easy to install (measure twice, cut once), and a whole lot cleaner than a padlock. You can sort of see the lock in this picture.

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    There's a small post that fastens onto the lid. Locks tight, secure, and no leaks. I don't know if Roger at Caribou is willing to sell just the locks if you aren't also buying some other stuff from him, but there's no harm in asking, I suppose.

    David
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    johngil Reseda, CA

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  6. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    Thanks guys!

    I did a little legwork and from your picture I found that that type lock is called a "cam lock" ... I should be able to round some up locally!

    Jim
  7. JRWooden

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    Does anybody know if the BMW side cases can be mounted to (or adapted for use) with the SW-M or H-B mounting brackets? These are second-hand cases so I don't need to keep them in pristine "BMW-esque" condition :D

    I don't need side cases often, so the "quick release" features of the SW-M and H-B are very appealing!

    thanks,
    Jim
  8. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    Just bolt them to the racks any way you can since you can always take the racks themselves off and leave the cases attached to them.


  9. JRWooden

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    Hey................. :huh
    I had not thought of THAT :lol3
    So long as the cases don't "cover up" the quick-release fasteners ... and I don't think they would ... that works!

    Thanks,
    Jim
  10. rockinrog

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    I would like to hear from some of you guys that have been using your panniers for a while. I am particularly interested in Happy-Trail because of cost compared to others....Happy with them?
  11. The Griz

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    I have been more than happy with them. Work well. Designed well. Great welding. Great price: $750. Thicker aluminum than most other brands (including Touratech). I don't really have anything bad to say about them.:dunno And I'm super glad I didn't pay $1300 for Touratechs or over $2000 for Metal Mules! I've seen and felt Touratech Zegas and Metal Mules, and I can tell you that the quality of the Happy Trails boxes is just as good.
  12. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    Parked my KLR on the Happy Trails a few times. No issues. When I touch the Hepcos I have on my F800 now they seem like toy bags in comparison. I can't see the Hepcos holding up as well.
  13. bikerfish1100

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    After days of reading and debating +/-s, I ended up getting a set of the 40L Caribou Cases. Took a ride up to Roger's shop (garage) in Boulder and spent some time checking them out, talking, etc. I think the build quality, the lifetime guarantee ("you break 'em, we replace 'em"), the maximal usable storage (totally clean inside with no bumps or protrusions), the integrated locks, easy on/off, and total waterproofness (if they can sit in a river for 30 mins and come out dry on the inside, they should be totally fine in any rain i'm likely to still be riding in!) really convinced me.
    Hopefully, they don't look as wide on the bike as they spec out to be (39")- and i think the uniformness of shape will do a lot to mitigate that. and at under $800, the bang-for-buck factor is right up there with the HT bags. hopefully, they present less of an aerodynamic obstacle than do the big square alu boxes. plastic is more slippery than aluminum, right?
    (will post pics when i get them instaled next week, as Roger is just getting some new bags in today.)
  14. Maddaddy

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    This is my first set of Hepco Gobi cases and they are doing very well. They are wide, but I haven't had a single issue off road or on road. I did re-enforce the corners with some custom made Carbon Fiber protectors just to keep the corners from getting indented in a flop, although they can been "popped" back out should that happen.

    I did drop the bike one time at a low moderate speed and the break away design did it's job. In comparison to the touratech aluminum panniers I've had in the past, they would have been bent and twisted.

    I like the single key and that they have a built on handle so they are easy to transport off the bike.


    SO

    H&B
    Durability - 9
    Capacity - 7
    Astetics - 8
    Veratility (capabilityto attach other stuff) - 8

    TT
    Durability - 7
    Capacity - 9
    Astetics - 9
    Veratility - 8
  15. WoodWorks

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    You made the right choice, IMhO, Bikerfish. I've been very happy with my 36L Caribous. They are indeed slipperier than the alu. cans. Plus, just like the B2 bombers with their hypersecret polymer coating, you can avoid radar detection better!

    Of course, it doesn't work as well on the slower, yellow bikes. :evil

    David
  16. bikerfish1100

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    damn, that's what i blew on getting those Caribous!
    They gotz no veratility. (btw- is there some kind of an inoculation against that?)
  17. Motoriley

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    I have the aluminum Hepcos and they seem a little fragile.
  18. WoodWorks

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    Not to mention Astetics. (They do have plenty of aesthetics though. :D )

    David
  19. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    I think you've maybe missed a 'category' if we're comparing them like that; security. Delighted with all aspects of my Touratech panniers up to the point when some low life prised them open and stole £800 worth of tools and kit. The locks are poor and I would recommend either some kind of secondary attachment through the bottom of the clasps or a second latch bolted on. No feel for what others are like but I'd rate the Touratechs as a 4 without additional security.
  20. Bayner

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    Just as an FYI, I liked the Touratech case I had on m KTM but didn't like the TT rack for the 800. So I used the Metal Mule balanced rack and exhaust combo, and mounted my cases to those. I didn't even have to move the pucks, they mount right up. Nice and narrow too!