F800GS Pannier design considerations.

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

  1. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    If I was fairly certain I would never fall, the Jesse bags would have been on my bike. I say this not because the Jesse's wouldn't survive, but rather because I wouldn't want to beat them up and not be able to afford replacing one. I think they are a work of art.
    The HT panniers that I settled on were a nice surprise, but it is clear where they (HT) saved money.
    If need be, I can get out my old TIG machine and fix them up myself, or buy a new pannier as needed.
    In the event of a serious crash, I don't see any brand not being severely damaged.
  2. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    Usually the benefactor wants something in return..:deal..if you are OK with that it may be time to become a "trophy" husband or gigolo....:D

  3. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    I mounted Jesse Odyssey II's this weekend. I like the design, the space inside AND the looks. Sure they're boxy. But guess what...they're boxes! If I wanted the sleekest setup, I'd go for Givi, put I sure don't want to tip over on those.

    I also like the looks of the Jesse mounts with the boxes removed, and how you can move them forward or backward on the racks. Looks to be a rugged, well executed system. I'll know more once I hit the road with them.
  4. dholaday

    dholaday Been here awhile

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  5. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

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    don't dismiss gobi. there is a reason they are part of KTM's accessories. They're the best. (yeah, yeah, IMO)

    I've had aluminum, and never got them true after bending them. That and you risk breaking a leg if you get it caught off roading. Gobi's break away at 40lbs.

    <img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/__pxwMbtpK74/SQ6OarxVnBI/AAAAAAAACyg/o6Opa_Rxybo/s800/IMG_0688.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/greg.hilchey/BMW?authkey=Gv1sRgCMmPzOavpPeVGA&feat=embedwebsite">BMW</a></td></tr></table>
  6. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    Do they make them any wider? :D Bumblebees rule!
  7. Worsky

    Worsky Did you say something?

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    Great thread! Super helpful in choosing bags. After weighing all the factors I picked the Happy Trails Teton bags with "cliff cut" for the exhaust. I went with the larger 9 inch wide bags for total capacity around 74 liters. Whole thing comes in at 39.5 inches wide - - which is not bad considering my handle bars measure just over 37 inches.

    So why these? First, I think they are actually some of the best looking bags out there. I like the minimalist metal box thing (can't stand the Jesse luggage). Second, my buddy has a pair on his KLR and the fit and finish is beautiful - these guys really know how to weld! Third, and maybe most importantly, the whole setup - shipping and all - was $1000 less than the Touratech or BMW Adv options. Note, I was not cash constrained in this decision - I wanted the best - but I just couldn't get past how good these bags are for the money.

    Also, worth noting that they work great for two up riding. My wife is about 5 foot 4 inches, and she fits fine behind me with the bags on... in fact likes it better because it blocks her from accidentally bumping the exhaust. I had the Happy Trails guys pre-mount the bags and they said they'd be fine for a passenger. They were right!

    Only real negative was no integrated lock - but that was solved with a couple small Eagle Creek luggage locks for times when I need theft prevention. But really, if I'm on road tour I'm pulling the bags off and bringing them in my motel at night... and if I'm in the woods what the hell is going to happen?

    Oh, one last note, I am not intending to use these during any aggressive off roading. Fire roads and moderate track sure... but if I'm going to push it technically at all these cans are staying back at camp while I rip around... I don't need to break my leg on one of them.

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/IeTKW3cdr2gmDOmRL7TNkA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_VAGnOFH-ngY/Sb8fKArQpjI/AAAAAAAAB2o/jmT5Mh87ruc/s400/IMG_1742.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/sholliday/F800EngineGuards?feat=embedwebsite">F800 Engine Guards</a></td></tr></table>

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    Oh... and these were a snap to put on. Zero problems, probably took 30 minutes to install the rack and all bag mounting.
  8. robhar54

    robhar54 Been here awhile

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    I think the chances of this may be exaggerated. I wondered and worried (having just spent a ton of cash on Metal Mules), and started a thread with a poll:

    Hard Panniers & Broken Legs: Myth or Reality?


    Rob in Seattle
  9. One Eye Mike

    One Eye Mike Been here awhile

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  10. PhalSe

    PhalSe n00b

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    One Eye Mike: I'm considering that exact setup for my bike. I love the GS logo on the black panniers. Did you make that yourself or get it someplace?

    I'm indecisive right now on whether to go with the Safari or Odyssey II bags on my 8GS. I like the Safari because it would force me to pack more efficiently and therefore be lighter, but I'm trying to visualize whether 68 L is enough for a 3 week trip in widely variable temperatures.
  11. One Eye Mike

    One Eye Mike Been here awhile

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    Frostbit, a fellow inmate made them. He used to be a graphic artist, and has tons of talent. If you PM him, i'd sure he could hook you up with some. And they are reflective to boot. If you noticed, I added the Jesse top plate as well, and on trips when I need more stuff, I'll toss my dry bag across it. Problem solved without the extra width. I tend to ride as much off road as on, and the slim design is narrower than my handlebars. Gotta love that. :clap
  12. jacinto

    jacinto Adventurer

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  13. epbiker

    epbiker Adventurer

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    Well my new Caribou top loaders showed up today. Rodger said I got the first set up like this for the F8GS... All kind of goodies for it now... DAMB bike won't be here till mid May.... -20 here this morning 4' of snow.... I'm all for globle warming.......bring it on....
  14. earthroamer

    earthroamer Stuck in Pindadesh

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    Pics?
  15. epbiker

    epbiker Adventurer

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    When the beast shows up in May I'll be sure to post pics.....:freaky
  16. JStory

    JStory Long timer

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    I have a serious jones for an F8GS. I've been watching this thread, checking out the different pannier designs available. I see lots of rectangular boxes, and a really tapered tail section. Seems like a lot of wasted space at the rear end. I was thinking "Man, someone should make some wedge shaped boxes for this bike". I click on the thread today, and....holy shit...there they are. Lots of space and they don't stick out too far. What a great idea.
  17. endurotour

    endurotour Been here awhile

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    hiya, i have gone for the OEM, so far all good, quite a bit of up and down time in the scrub over the last week and they work well, very very happy with them...
    cheers al

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  18. MonsterJ

    MonsterJ I have motopsychosis

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    They'll probably look something like this.
  19. epbiker

    epbiker Adventurer

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    DAMB I'm thinkin thats EXACTLY what they will look like... thax.... WIDE[​IMG]
  20. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

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    Not sure, but I'll look in to it. I do have two things going for me.

    A larger surface for rear end collisions
    and Buoyancy.:rofl