Kirk's Panniers - ordering information and customer's builds thread

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by kirkster70, Apr 12, 2013.

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  1. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 R.I.P. Party Boss

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    Stopped for lunch on the way back from the RA, BYOB and 1400 miles of running NC, VA and WV mountain roads - with one full day in a driving rain the soaked right through the rain liner in my KTM (Dianese made) jacket and the dry bag for my sleeping bag and everything in the Paniers was bone dry.

    Thanks Kirk!
  2. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Excellent to hear, Mike! Thank you for the feedback.
  3. kelsow

    kelsow Long timer

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    I thought I'd share a few more pix.
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  4. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Beautiful pics! :clap:clap:clap:clap


    Thanks, Kelsow!
  5. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Here's a pretty interesting idea...

    Phreakingeek had the idea of a top box that has a removable extension piece. Hmmm... I think I can pull that off.

    Design criteria? 4" without extension. 10" with.

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    Base going together.

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    6" extension piece.

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    Lid fab.

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    Without extension.

    Pretty neat idea!

    Maybe more to see tomorrow...
  6. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    That is brilliant!
  7. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    :nod

    I love the concept. It could be done on side cases as well!:deal

    Jim :brow
  8. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek rookie adventurer

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    Well Kirk,

    You continue to take a crazy idea and turn it into reality. I dont know how, but you always manage to make it better than I imagined it. Cant wait to see more of this one coming together. :clap
  9. eng42

    eng42 Adventurer

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    Sure like what you're doing here! Next bike.......

    I have a suggestion for decals, if you still haven't pulled the trigger on the real fancy domed ones (which I really like). A lot of equipment that I work on uses lexan decals that we spec thusly:

    1. Material to be GE .010 Velvet Matte Finish Lexan Polycarbonate Film.
    2. Transfer to be subsurface screen processed with Techmar MTS UV or equivalent.
    3. UV INhibitor Additive p/n Tinuvin 1130 or equivalent.
    4. 3M 9672 Laminating Adhesive.
    5. Split Backing Paper.

    Most decal places seem to be able to work with that spec.

    These don't have any "dome" to them, but they are really durable, and hold up in the sun for quite a few years. We have used them on dash panels, and the .010" lexan is thick enough that we can have holes in the metal dash for optional rocker switches, and just let the decal cover the hole if that option isn't installed.

    If you want to see what they look like, I suppose Ditch Witch equipment (where I learned about it) still uses them--if you have a dealer around there you could take a look.

    Keep up the great work.
  10. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Thanks for the kind words and the info. I have yet to order the decals. Maybe soon...
  11. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Here you go, Jeff,

    I hope you like the completed photos as well! :evil


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    Lift-off hinges so that the lid fits onto both sections.

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    Keyed-alike Protex latches.

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    Hinges are a heavy-duty composite plastic with stainless steel pins.

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    Price point to be determined because I'm still looking for a bulk distributor of the hinges. Expect it to be 1/2 of KP-3 pricing + a bit extra.

    You saw it here first. When you see Jeff's awesome idea duplicated elsewhere, you know where it came from. :D



    Whew! That made my brain hurt a little. ;)
  12. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek rookie adventurer

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    just like infinity X infinity....mind blown.

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  13. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Very cool Kirk!:clap

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  14. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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  15. stringbean

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    That"s a very clever design. I would like to see pics of that top box mounted on bike.
  16. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek rookie adventurer

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    Here's the long awaited view of that bad ass box

    First off, I bummed these nicely fabricated mounts from a buddy who no longer needed them. He bought a bike with an upholstered pad mounted to his ebay rack...but now i'm using them for my KP trunk box.
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    Here's a pick with just the bottom and lid:

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    It takes 30 seconds to pull off the top, add the middle and put the top back on....awesome fit and function!!!

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    (sorry about that blurry shot...i'll get a better one up here shortly.)

    And finally with the most important shot:
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    "Kirk's Panniers" proudly displayed on the back.
  17. elnonio

    elnonio shedding n00bness

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    spotted off 610 yesterday morning. What are the odds?! looked good.:thumb:thumb
  18. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek rookie adventurer

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    The test run with the new box was a huge success. The trunk worked out great and remained water tight even with the rain. The only issue I encountered was due to my mount not holding up to the washboard gravel road. So, I'm going to address that and should be better than ever.

    This pic was taken at the top of the mountain...after riding a few miles of rocky, rutted, washed out dirt road.
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  19. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Looks awesome, Jeff! Nice install!

    Currently using some of your hickory to smoke some wings. :evil


    ...and ABTs! Yum!!!! ;)

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  20. kelsow

    kelsow Long timer

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    Brilliant idea on the expandable tail box Kirk.
    That's one of those things where you say, "I should have thought of that".

    Here is one more pic of a recent trip to the Trans Lab,

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    Bags worked flawless and never leaked a drop in the torrential rains I hit.
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