monsoon/ortlieb bags

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Steveman, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Steveman

    Steveman Been here awhile

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    I'd like to buy the Monsoon bags

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    or the ortlieb bags...
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    I tend to the Ortliebs but what I'd like to know is if the straps will be long enough that I fit them WITH a rack (SW Motech or TT). Ortlieb as well as Enduristan say that the bags are designed to use without a rack and I want to be sure not to waste time and money cause the straps are too short.

    Anyone tried that or knows if the straps are long enough to use them bags with a rack?

    thx
    Steve
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  2. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    Steve....
    I don't have these Ortlieb's.... but have had the Quick release Ortliebs on two of my rides...... and they work fantastic. The fabric on the qr's ate easier to clean than those here pictured.... But I'm sure they will hold up great....:thumb:thumb

    Erling
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  3. Steveman

    Steveman Been here awhile

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    Thank you Erling! Those you use what's their exact name, would like to see how they look like...

    Steve
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  4. BlackBeast

    BlackBeast Been here awhile

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    Erling,
    How do you find the quick release mechanism to work? Are they strong enough to support the load? From the pics I've seen from the Ortlieb website, the upper clamps seem flimsy as the weight of the bags are on the 4 clamps as compared to straps over the seat. Do you use a bungee net for added security if one of those plastic clamps comes apart while on a trail? I also like the Monssoon's, but there is a significant price difference between the Monsoons and the Ortlieb's.
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  5. lilolita

    lilolita fahr mit mir

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    Here's on old post I did on Ortliebs, Monsoons and Wolfman Expedition saddlebags (yes, I'm a girl and I like luggage).
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=17253283&postcount=11

    I ended up with the Monsoons. Why? They're lighter than the other two and the red interior makes it easy to find stuff, particularly in low-light conditions. They also have the biggest capacity.

    I've used all three types of bags with a metal rack and have had no issues with strap length.

    The Ortliebs I had were the "old" version. The new ones now have that hard stuff on the section that sits on the bike.

    You really can't go wrong with either the Ortliebs or Monsoons.
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  6. BlackBeast

    BlackBeast Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing that link with photos lilolita. :clap
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  7. John_L

    John_L Been here awhile

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    I have the Ortliebs and have used them both on bikes with and without a rack. For the bike with the rack simply go to a hardware store and buy 2 feet of heavy duty velcro in the width of the bags and make extensions. Looks like Enduristan sells extensions for it's bags the same way.

    good luck.
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  8. Mark Jags

    Mark Jags Adventurer

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    Where does one find the Monsoon Bags??
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  9. Mopti

    Mopti Been here awhile

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    Just found them at Black Dog Cycle Works.

    Getting an R1200 GS and looking at soft luggage.
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  10. Steveman

    Steveman Been here awhile

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  11. Steveman

    Steveman Been here awhile

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    Thank you all guys, I think I know what to go for !

    @ John_L: yep this could be a solution with the extensions, thank you.

    @ lilolita: thank you for the pics, most appreciated!
    Thanks again guys

    Steve
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  12. BlackBeast

    BlackBeast Been here awhile

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    Steve,
    Do post up pics in this thread once you have them mounted.
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  13. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    + 1 on Black Dog Cycle Works.
    Kurt went out of his way to get some photos for me of the Monsoon's on a DL 1000
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  14. Steveman

    Steveman Been here awhile

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    yep, ordered the rack today but will take 3 weeks. will order the bags next week. as soon as everythings installed I post the pics...
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  15. BlackBeast

    BlackBeast Been here awhile

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    What racks and bags did you eventually decide on?
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  16. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I don't know anything about any of these, but I have the Kriega US40, which is just such a bad ass setup. Looking forward to seeing the new Overlander panniers. I can't imagine any of the above will bring the same to the table. My recommendation would be to wait until early spring.
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  17. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    Wolfman. :deal
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  18. BlackBeast

    BlackBeast Been here awhile

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    Any pics of the Kriega setup on the 800XC?
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  19. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    The US40? No, but I could do set it up if you want.
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  20. GeckoRider

    GeckoRider Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the positive review. Been looking at the Monsoons for sometime. Will treat myself once I get a new job and write a review after a few outings.

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