Kriega USA Luggage Q&A

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  1. Droptarotter

    Droptarotter Long timer

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    I can't comment on problems yet as I have not used the set up on that bike......the weather has been lousy...and my subframe does not have much support back there either..........the way the bags are set up.........most of the weight would carried by the over the seat strap.

    I really don't think you will have a problem as the set up is very secure..........but you still have to pack smart!

    Cheers
  2. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Hi mate,

    Click on the 'Tech Spec' thumbnail on any product page and you'll see the dimensions. I'm still actually in the process of converting them from Metric into 'old money' but most of them and now in inches.

    We don't do a specific tank pannier system, but attaching 2 x US Tanks to make a harness system, and then attaching a US-5 to each side works very well. It would be possible to do the same with US-10s, but we dont recommend it due to - when side-slung, as opposed to horizontally mounted as a tail pack - all the weight being borne by the quick-release clips. While they are more than likely up to the job, there is the possibility that they could come unclipped... which would be bad. :p3rry. The US-5s however strap on securely and stay put. So, I guess it just depends how much capacity you need up front.

    Here's what it would look like:
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    Hope that helps!


    Cheers,


    Michael
  3. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Hello again! :D

    This system was designed with KTMs and other lightweight MX / Enduro style Dual Sports firmly in mind and tested with what was described as 'ridiculous' riding by multiple Dakar finisher, Craig Bounds, who couldn't break a bike with them on.

    So, as long as you don't get silly with the packing, you'll have no worries. Obviously, subframes do get buggered in various different ways (Craig actually managed to snap Dom's (Kriega owner / partner and Overlander designer) KTM 690 ER recently and that was without any luggage attached to it!), but with anything up to 30 liters on the back and - as you say - the heavier gear on the sides, you'll be right. And in way better shape than if you binned it with racks on.


    Cheers,



    Michael
  4. Tourmeister

    Tourmeister What's that funny noise?

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    That looks exactly like what I was thinking! Do the straps used to hold the bags in place come with the bags or do they have to be ordered separately? If they are separate, which ones do I get and how many do I need? Also, how are the bags secured at the bottom?
  5. 4TooMany

    4TooMany Been here awhile

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    Got a Hydro-3 today. Typical great Kriega quality! But I have a question that may sound kinda stupid. The reservoir was in the bag with the water opening towards the bottom and the hose connection towards the top. Is that correct? When I look at the Hydrapak web site, it appears their reservoirs typically go with the water opening towards the top and the hose connection towards the bottom.

    Thanks as always for the great products!
  6. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Hi mate,

    Ummmm... no: that's not right. The opening should be at the top (with the Velcro loop threaded through the slide closure). Hopefully it was just a one-off (the Hydrapaks come separately from the pack itself, so we assemble them prior to shipping), but I'll have a word with my warehouse to make sure that doesn't happen to anyone else.

    Sorry about that! But glad you still dig it.


    All the best,



    Michael
  7. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    You know what? the pic is from a show in the UK and I've never actually done this. The attachment points will differ from bike to bike, so I can't say for sure how they'll attach on other machines, but I'll experiment a little with straps and also find out how it was done on this Katoom, then I can get back to you with a solid suggestion.


    Cheers,



    Michael
  8. 4TooMany

    4TooMany Been here awhile

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    No problem at all. It was kinda bunched up in the bottom, so it's possible that it was in there right to start, but it may have gotten a bit twisted somehow. No worries!

    Thanks!
  9. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Nope - that was a screw-up. :becca :shog

    There's no way the reservoir could ever somersault if it had been correctly installed with the Velcro holding it upright and the pack supporting it.

    Really sorry!
  10. Tourmeister

    Tourmeister What's that funny noise?

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    Awesome. Thanks!
  11. leanin

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    Does the US-5 drypack come with the alloy hooks like the US-10? I'd like to get the US-5 to use as a tail pack for the KTM 690. But, it needs to be easily removable since it will be mounted over the gas cap at the back of the seat. It seems like the alloy hooks that come with the US-10 would be useful for quick removal.

    thanks
  12. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Hey Scott, quick question. Does the new tank adapter come with regular straps? The Velcro straps were too short and never worked right, I had to hit a camping spot for regular nylon webbing but that stuff deteriorates sitting in the sun after just one summer.

    Just had the same issue with another brand where the straps turned into a flaky torn up mess.
  13. amanlikemike

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    Hi Leanin,

    The US-5 is a stand-alone fender pack for dirt bikes. It differs from the rest of the US range because it comes with a pair of shorter reinforced straps, each of which has 2 x stainless steel eyelets, so that they can be bolted directly onto the bike:

    [​IMG]

    It is therefore not compatible with the Alloy Hook Straps. It is possible to get a standard fit on some rear gas tank bikes, if there is enough room between the fender plastic and tank to fit the small nyloc nut required to secure it. However...

    This could be precisely what you are looking for:

    [​IMG]

    US-5 attached to a set of our Rack Loops (with lo-pro fastening to only protrude 2mm below the fender plastics, which is ideal for KTMs and Husabergs etc), using a pair of Kriega Cam Straps. This is a great set-up because it allows you to quickly attach / remove the US-5, as well as any of our other US packs (the Alloy Hook Straps hook into the rotating web loops on the bike) or pretty much anything you might want to strap on their, within reason (tent, sleeping bag / mat, roll bag etc).

    Alternatively, you could just go up to the US-10, attached with Rack Loops, like so:

    [​IMG]

    Let me know if you need any more detail.


    Cheers,



    Michael
  14. amanlikemike

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    Hi mate,

    Scott handed the reigns over to me a little while back Nice to meet you! :D

    The US Tank is unchanged, however it should work on pretty much any bike (with the exception of a couple of Ducatis and older / more obscure models) with the Velcro, just fine - they are length adjustable from 9" to 14", plus the forward facing straps can be backed off to reposition the base plate further back, thereby proving more 'range' for the rear straps.

    That said, on some smaller Dual Sports it can be better to replace the Velcro the optional Loop Straps (like the ones at the front of the base plate), which essentially enable you to tie the rear of the base plate onto the frame.

    If you want to send me a photo of your set up (bag mounted, bike with seat removed from above and anything else relevant), I'll be happy to see if I can shed any light on what the issue is here.


    Cheers,



    Michael
  15. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    It's just too short on some of my bikes.
  16. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    In that case, may I suggest a set of these, sir:

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    Click image to view on the website.


    Cheers,



    Michael
  17. leanin

    leanin Been here awhile

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    Mike, I'm confused, how does the US-5 quickly attach to the rack loops if it doesn't have alloy hooks?
  18. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    With the addition of Cam Straps (available separately):

    [​IMG]

    Apologies if I didn't make that clear.

    It's not necessarily the quickest on/off, but it is bloody secure. If you're going to be removing the replacing the bag extremely regularly, you may want to look at the US-10, but either the standard bolt-on or optional Cam Strap options only take a few seconds to undo. Obviously with the bolt-on. the straps stay on the bike, but if you're only removing the pack temporarily or at the end of a ride, that's not really an issue.

    Hope that helps.


    Cheers,


    Michael
  19. woolsocks

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    Update: The bag is now fitted securely! Everytime I was cinching the Tank Bag Adapter tight, I was pulling it tight to a part of the headstock/ steering tube where it would eventually slide up and off making the straps loosen over time. I've now secured it lower down so it actually locks in place. It is very tight now. Also, the way I was US-alloy hooks mounted was inefficent. I was looping them too far through the Tank Adapter...as the straps would tighten, they would actually loosen the hooks on US-Alloy hooks. If I only slide the hook through vs the hook and the stiff double-back section of nylon and then double the hook back it works very well. Tested it out yesterday on a 200+ mile jaunt and it is great.

    To sum it up...user error all along :rofl

    Thanks for the tips. I'll try to get some pics up.
  20. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Good stuff! :thumb