Hard Panniers & Broken Legs: Myth or Reality?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by robhar54, Jan 4, 2009.

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Hard Panniers & Broken Legs: What's the deal?

  1. I have personally seen (or had) broken legs due specifically to hard panniers.

  2. I have never seen (or had) this happen.

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  1. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    Me personally no, but while teaching someone to ride off road (and I TOLD him to do it without the panniers the first time) I got to witness first hand how he put a foot down and the pannier caught him in the back of the leg.

    Caused a huge bruise but due to being in sand his foot was able to be drug along instead of being planted in the ground.

    I wont say never run the hard bags but personally I would never run a set based on my experiences (off road that is).
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  2. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Actually they look like ass, but YMMV. :D
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  3. DAKEZ

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  4. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

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    I think I would leave more than half of that shit home.
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  5. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Starting with that back breaker of a top box. :deal
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  6. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    Ask fluteSONG.
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  7. humvee

    humvee Long timer

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    Fully agree here. Every hit is different.

    I have Wolfman bags and Aerostich tank panniers. Deer strike on asphalt at 45mph, I slid on my right side with the bike down the road. The loaded soft bags kept the full weight of the KLR off my leg.

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