Handmade Alu Panniers (The Greek Way)

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  1. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    In this thread i'm gonna try to present you a short story about three friends and a plan...
    The story began to be written on a rainy afternoon in November of 2011, in a small village in central Greece, when I visited my friend Fotis in his lab to discuss an idea that has long turned my head. To fabricate aluminum panniers for my motorcycle, a Honda African Twin 750 cc.
    The hot coffee had been served and my friend was ready to hear my idea. An hour later and after I explained what I wanted to make his response was that we will try to implement the Aluminium Panniers idea.
    The next day our friend Panagiotis, who is a designer, was already in front of his computer monitor by taking the design of the panniers.


    Phase 1 Design and Development by Panagiotis
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    Working on AutoCad and after some hours the results was fairly well.
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    A 35 ltr pannier
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    Phase 2 Design Patterns by Fotis
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    and cutting the aluminium parts
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    Our first panniers is a fact !!!

    Phase 3 Βonding
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    but....something was wrong and we had to find out what we must re-design and correct...

    More in a while...
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  2. Hotmamaandme

    Hotmamaandme Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Keep up the good work I need some for my Honda Transalp
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  3. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    Thanks mate.

    So, we had to re-desigh and find other materials to equip our alu panniers.
    Things was not so easy 'cause we wanted top quality product without the prize to reach high.
    And we started again the tests until we reached our goal :evil

    Pictures below is from our final result. A 42 and 35 lit set of alu panniers for my Honda Africa Twin.
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    Side bars is handmade also
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    Mounting kit (no plastic used, only some elastic parts to prevent scratches to our boxes)
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    And our first test

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    10 kgrs in each box
    150 km/h max speed
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  4. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    The result was what we were expected but i didn't like the gap between the exhaust and the the alu panniers at the right side of my old lady, so we decided to make a new set of 2 42 lit boxes with the right alu panniers to "hug" the exhaust.
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  5. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    And here are some details of our alu panniers

    2 mm in aluminum box and lid.
    Seal in a box and lid.
    Soldering inside and outside of the box.
    Open locks the whole set (4 locks) with a key.
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  6. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    VERY NIIIICE! I love stuff made by guys just figuring it out and doing it,If you guys can build that you can build all kinds of trick things for bikes! I like it. Maybe get a seamstress and build form fitting bags that go in them as an option,Ive always like leaving the boxes on the bike and taking the bags inside.
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  7. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    Some friends saw our alu panniers and they asked to make for their bikes also a set and we said "why not?" :clap
    Below are pics from our friends bikes

    BMW 1200GS ADV (set of 42 lit alu panniers)
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    On touratech side bars
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  8. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    Yamaha XT660Z Tenere (set 35 lit)
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  9. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    BMW 800GS (set 35 lit)
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  10. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    Thanks a lot mate !!!
    We are already in the search for the fitting bags and for more other gadgets for the boxes :thumb
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  11. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    BMW 1200GS '07 (set 42 lit on Holan side bars, Total Black Edition)
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  12. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    BMW 1200GS (set of 42, 35 lit on Givi side bars)
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  13. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    Honda xl1000v Varadero (set of 38lit with alu stamps)
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  14. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    BMW 650GS (set of 42lit in alu colour with black finishing)
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  15. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    For more info and pics you can visit our fb page and in a few days at our web page www.atlaspanniers.com

    p.s Thanks a lot AdvRider for the hospitality of our work !!!!!!!
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  16. Roeligan

    Roeligan Belgium power!!!

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    can't wait :evil

    Pricing (inc/exc shipping in Europe)?
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  17. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    (1 piece of alu pannier)
    (including mounting kit)
    (tax 23% not included)

    30-35 lit 190 euros
    36-42 lit 200 euros
    43-50 lit 210 euros

    Shipping in Balkans/Cyprus 40 euros
    Shipping in rest Europe 57 euros

    For more details you can contact me in info@atlaspanniers.com
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  18. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    Honda Africa Twin 750 with 42 and 35 lit of Atlas Panniers on Givi 16mm side bars
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  19. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    Honda Transalp 650 with 35 lit Atlas Panniers on 14mm Givi side bars
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  20. B_B

    B_B Been here awhile

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    Our mounting kit
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