F800GS Pannier design considerations.

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by RedHawk47, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    Got my Happy Trails boxes mounted. Bad fitment issues. Otherwise pleased. They're sending me a replacement right side rack. Image showing offset is sideways, I know. Sorry!!

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  2. rockinrog

    rockinrog Long timer

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    What is your impression of the HT Griz? I know they are less expensive than most others but are they worth the $$ savings?
  3. The Griz

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    IMO, yes, they worth the $$ savings. The welds on the boxes are excellent. Fit and finish on the boxes is excellent. Their mounting system rocks. I am supposedly 1 in 500 or so that has had fitment issues with the racks on the F800GS.

    The whole rig is 37" at its widest point. Ironically, with my Touratech handguards installed, my bars are 37" wide too. Its nice to know that if my bars fit through my boxes will too when I'm riding areas in the woods.
  4. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    I've never been a big fan of the way HT boxes look. Had a set on my KLR that were rock solid, but fugly. The bare aluminum ones on your scoot look really nice. Works well with the skidplate. Hmmmmm....

  5. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    Thanks, man. I like it too!:thumb
  6. easyman05

    easyman05 Been here awhile

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    need the collective advice: what Caribou to choose? There are two similar cases on their website - 35 and 36 l. Can't realise the diference exept the weight and color choice.
  7. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    I went with the 36L Hardigg cases because they're a pound and a half lighter (each) than the 35L Pelicans. They hold slightly more, but aren't any wider. Their latching mechanism is much easier on the fingers, but still bomb proof. And cosmetically, they're smoother and have fewer nooks and crannies, so cleaning the inevitable bug collection off of them should be easier. Durability and warranty wise, it seems to be a wash.

    David
  8. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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    I simply ordered the same thing Woodworks ordered. Good thing he put some time into his research.

    Thanks, WW. :thumb :lol3
  9. easyman05

    easyman05 Been here awhile

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    thanks a lot, mates!

    ordered a set of 36L along with the inner bags.

    the spring is coming :)
  10. RobTheRigger

    RobTheRigger Killing threads here since 2008

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    Ok, who wants to make me Jesse quality bags with factory racks and Caribou durability and prices? :D Seriously, this thread is NOT helping me decide at all!
  11. One Eye Mike

    One Eye Mike Been here awhile

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  12. One Eye Mike

    One Eye Mike Been here awhile

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  13. One Eye Mike

    One Eye Mike Been here awhile

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    The narrow width, the design, the black powdercoat, Great customer service with Rick from Xplorermoto, these were the obvious choice for me. I don't think the Happy Trails would stand up to a hard fall like the Jessie's would. Just my 2 cents.
  14. swolf

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    Hmmmm, Have to say, they do look good.
  15. RobTheRigger

    RobTheRigger Killing threads here since 2008

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    The Jessies really are the best looking ones out there, hands down. I just wish they weren't so darn expensive. I need a benefactor!

    Rob
  16. The Griz

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    For me the Jesse's are the fugliest available. The angle's and rounded corners clash with the overall lines of the bike.:puke2
  17. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    This is a second go-round prototype. We'll have a final this week (was supposed arrive last friday but we're taking the extra time to get it exactly right).

    Better fit = better ride!

    8.5 pounds, no tools no racks, takes about a minute to mount and less to remove. 2 interior 'pannier' spaces, 2 - one liter bottle compartments, top case and 2 custom stuff sacks included. All the interior compartments are built out of 1050 Ballistic Cordura and lined with bright yellow nylon for excellent visibility of the contents. We'll have capacity and price later in the week on the 100% waterproof, bomber soft luggage solution for your 800.

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    Here's where you can see more details, the latest news and fitment on other machines:
    http://giantloopmoto.blogspot.com/2009/03/great-basin-saddlebag-bmw-f800gs-test.html
  18. One Eye Mike

    One Eye Mike Been here awhile

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    After dropping 15K on the 800, I didn't feel too bad spending the money on the Jessies. One good fall and a lesser pannier will crumble. The angles built into the Jessies are built for strength. And the angled bottoms aid in paddling in sand. I looked for a few weeks and considered alot of the options, I just knew I wouldn't be happy saving a few bucks if there was something else out there that was better.
  19. The Griz

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    My buddy has gone down hard on his Happy Trails boxes off-road multiple times and once on pavement. No structural failures. Only dents which can be pounded out. A good weld is stronger than the base material.
  20. swolf

    swolf swolf

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    Guys, lets keep this thread going! Panniers are expensive and we all have different ideas. I for one, keep going around and around on all of them.

    Cheers