Looking for some Ottawa area riders (BMW or otherwise)

Discussion in 'Canada' started by dialdn, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. bigbadandugly

    bigbadandugly Been here awhile

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    Congratulations! More than once I've admired that bike at OGTC.

    Curious - why did you go for the Tiger over the F800? I rode the F800 for two days in Vegas this spring and enjoyed it immensely. I've never ridden a Tiger to compare, but the engine sounds sweet!

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  2. Berger

    Berger Been here awhile

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    If I am honest, my goal was a beemer of some sort. Triumph was not on my radar at all. I knew I did not want someone else's issues, and my buddy at Affordable Beemer Services was advising me. I went with the tiger because it felt better and all the reviews that matched my skills and abilities yelled Tiger.

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  3. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    A bit chilly today but our heated jacket liners and gloves made it quite pleasant. Had a great breakfast in Winchester, then toodled around the boring back roads Southwest of Ottawa. Sure can't hold a candle to the roads in Lanark or the Kingston area.

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  4. Adventure MotoX

    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    Hey,
    Just sharing a few moments from the past week during some good weather days.

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  5. Berger

    Berger Been here awhile

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    Any of you guys running/used to run, the Caribou Pelican side panniers? I am trying to decide what to get and I have read most of the reviews, but just curious what you all think of Pelican cases as panniers. While top loading is nice, I am not sure it is $600 more nice, as that is generally how much more the Jesse, HT, Touratech etc panniers cost.

    Thanks!
  6. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    I've just fitted Siskiyou panniers on my airhead. Very nice and good bang for the buck.

    If you really want hard panniers then top loading is a must...i had side loaders and they were a pain :nod
  7. Berger

    Berger Been here awhile

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    What side loaders were you running? I am leaning towards the sw-motech quick release rack.

    I forgot to mention, I am not light by any means, many would say fat.... :D....I like to say bigboned...so overall weight is a factor, which is why I like the pelicans.
  8. rinho

    rinho Rinho Féroce

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    Pelican is a pain to load, but they are 1150Gs-double-flipProof.
    I crushed my touratech panier on the 1150 while sliding on a side.
    On my LC8, having the bike laid by itself when stopped is enough to bent them
    Never had Jesse or else, but i guess I'll never ride off road with alu panier again
    Maybe some thinner models...
  9. Berger

    Berger Been here awhile

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    Damn! What racks were you running the Pelican's on?

    That is kind the review I wanted to hear. I don't mind the difficulty in loading, as I tend to keep the important bits in the top bag or tank bag. Having a trunk on the Ural definitely makes things easier! :D
  10. rinho

    rinho Rinho Féroce

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    Touratech, using the puck of the first crushed panier

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  11. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    Bang for the buck at over $700 with some shipping plus the usual taxes etc?? Nah, doesn't add up.
  12. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    It does so long as you are using semi synthetic oil and Dunlop tires :wink:
  13. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    Ah, I get it now, too bad I've got synthetic and Metzelers :lol3
  14. Berger

    Berger Been here awhile

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    Well, I decided to go for the Caribou, HB pannier system. 35L Storm boxes. I know the issues/compaints with the side loading, but I am not concerned. I just like the simplicity, weight and warranty of this setup...not to mention price! I know you cannot compare the plastics with alloy, but I just couldn't justify the $1400+ versus $874 shipped.

    (Not getting the top box)

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  15. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    I've had side loading bags for years and they are fine, actually easier to get at your stuff (besides when it falls out :D )

    My top loading Jesse's were a pain as well when you were trying to find something buried at the bottom and you've got this narrow opening.

    Order those side fabric accordion things and you won't have stuff falling out.

    Also keep things you need regular access to on the right side of the bike so when it's on the sidestand it's easy to reach.
  16. Berger

    Berger Been here awhile

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    Thanks Dan!

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  17. OldSilverFox

    OldSilverFox Let's Go!

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    Bike & Cases look Great!
  18. Berger

    Berger Been here awhile

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    That isn't my bike, just the same panniers. :D
  19. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Have you considered mounting the clutch (left) side pannier by attaching the lid to the rack? That way when you open it the contents will stay in the case when the bike is on sidestand.
  20. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    I've actually seen pics of both bags mounted by the lids