New for 2013 - Globescout World Class Panniers - Now Available in North America

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by F800 Rob, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. hammick

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    I had to leave them on the counter until she got home. She loves motorcycle stuff and wrenching :lol3 Not.
  2. oz97tj

    oz97tj Been here awhile

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    I actually installed mine today but didn't take any pics because half my body work is off the bike right now because of some electrical work.

    Mine came with the same very lame "joint diagram" if it could even be called that. It was pretty comical. However, it's a pretty basic install.

    Loosen both of your passenger peg brackets with a T45 torx. The front of the pannier mount with the hooked end slides over the rear most bolt. There is an included spacer that goes over the front bolt. The angle brackets and are numbered per the diagram. Basically, they just slide down through the slot in the factory pannier mounts and get bolted down with the existing T40 torx bolts that are already there. Use the included 4 bolts to bolt the pannier frame to those tabs. Lastly, the rear cross brace bolts on with the two smaller included bolts. I actually broke one of those bolts while snugging everything up because stainless is fairly soft. I ran to the hardware and purchased a pair of bolts that are the next size larger (5/16 vs the included 1/4).

    Obviously, like anything, leave everything loose until everything is mounted then tighten everything down. I didn't use a torque wrench on anything as its just not needed. We aren't talking about assembling an engine. It's just pannier racks. Don't overthink it. The bolts are all fairly small so don't get crazy tightening them. Just snug them up enough to remove all slack in the joints.

    Overall, I'm pretty happy with them. They are a fairly tight to the bike keeping width down and they are sexy. I only wish it wasn't winter so I could load them up and try them out on a trip.
  3. hammick

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    Mine are installed and I am very happy with them. The LC special set does not come with instructions so here is a little install guide. Tools needed include a T40 socket, 3/4" socket drive, extender, 13mm open end wrench, metric allen sockets and a smaller open end wrench (cannot remember size) or a crescent wrench and maybe a mallet. You will probably also need a T40 torx bit and small crescent wrench to put the muffler back on as the rack will be in the way. See photo below.

    1. Remove the four bolts shown in the photo and install the carrier mounts. They are numbered and there is a diagram which comes with your rack. Do not use any of the included washers (they are for installing the racks). You may need a mallet for the front ones. There rears go in easy. Tighten the bolts back up.

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    2. Loosen the passenger peg bolts on both sides with a T40 torx. There are two bolts per side. You will need to remove the exhaust or angle it out of the way. Removal is very easy plus you can clean it up with some WD40 and put some anti-seize on it to save you grief years down the road.

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    Note the rack is already installed in the above photo.

    3. Install the racks as shown in the photos. The included spacers go between the forward bolt of the passenger pegs on each side. Install the bolts and nylon nuts for the racks into the carrier mounts you installed in step no. 1. Included washers go on each side of the bolts. Note that the racks are mounted on the outside of the carrier mounts. There is not room for the nylon nuts if you try it on the inside. Dont ask me how I know. Leave the rack bolts loose for tightening once everything is installed. Also leave the passenger peg bolts loose.

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    4. Install the rack connector bar. It goes on the inside of the rack mount holes. Install the hardware and leave it loose. See photo above.

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    5. Make sure the racks are fully seated between the passenger pegs and the frame. A little tap with a mallet might be in order. Tighten up the rack bolts first and then the rear connector bolts and finally the passenger peg torx bolts. All tools are metric size. The included bolts are Allen bolts.

    6. Put the muffler back on. You will realize the rack is in the way of putting a T40 socket on the bolt. I used a small T40 bit and a small crescent wrench to tighten it back up. Remember to add these to your long distance tool kit in case you need to remove the muffler on the road.

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    7. Install the bags. I put the rear tabs towards the rear instead of straight up to prevent the bags from sliding back. However, it may be better to put both tabs straight up so the backs can slide back in a get off to deflect some of the crash load. I may change the rear one to straight up and see if they slide back while riding.

    Finished product:

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    These are the 35l bags and their installed width is exactly 35 3/4" from the outside edge of each bag. A little less than the width of the handlebars. I imagine the 45l bags may be wider than the bars.

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    As shown in the above photo you cannot see the bags from directly in front of the bike. I am glad I chose the 35l bags.
  4. Hillclimber57

    Hillclimber57 World Traveler

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    Just got my 45L set for my GSW and will attempt the install this weekend. Thanks for the pics so I can get a headstart on what I am in for.

    Did anyone pick up the topcase? Same thing as panniers, no instructions, but you get the topcase, rack, and then a bag of parts(bolts, spacers, washers, and some sort of rails). Anyone install one before?

    PS> when you received the panniers with racks did any of you get a rack with junk inside the tubes? I shake my exhaust side rack and it sounds like a rattle. I have been shaking it and sand is coming out via the small drain holes on the bottom. The larger particles, I imagine sand/dirt/small stones still remain. I doubt I will hear it on the bike but a little weird that they would weld these up with debris inside.
  5. oz97tj

    oz97tj Been here awhile

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    I have the topcase too. Ive had it for a few months now. I did receive some redesigned parts to beef up the mount but I haven't got around to installing them yet.

    Either way, the top case is pretty self explanatory once you hold it up to the bike. I actually have a metal rack like the old GSA that I plan to mount my top case too though.
  6. GrumpyOne

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    Grrrrrrrrr, after months of waiting I open the box to find.... the wrong color panniers. :cry
    (Order confirmation and Packing slip are correct, but what's in the box is not.)

    Yes I've tried to contact them (3 different ways) and I've not heard back yet.

    Just needed to vent.

    jw
  7. oz97tj

    oz97tj Been here awhile

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    That sucks! I've been getting frustrated waiting so long too, but I didn't have this problem so I really feel for you. If it's any consolation, they've always gotten back with me when I've contacted them. The problem is they aren't open on Mondays or Fridays. If you send a PM here though they usually respond.
  8. hammick

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    Even though my bags exceed my expectations I am thinking about how pissed I would be after waiting for months to find the wrong color. I feel bad for you.

    They better get on this quick and bend over backwards to make you happy.

    Hopefully they sent your bags to someone else in the US and get them swapped back quick.
  9. Hikertrash

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    LOL, with a name like yours, they sure picked the wrong guy's order to screw up.

    Honestly, I'm surprised they haven't started ordering enough panniers to keep a healthy stock at all times. I imagine they've lost quite a few sales because of it. Unfortunately I had to replace my wrecked Globescouts with Zegas because they don't keep them in stock.
  10. oz97tj

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    With them being handmade, they take a while to make in the first place and theyve been selling fast here. The issue I see, which I expessed months ago, is why not offer air shipments if a customer is paying for it?

    I would have gladly paid a few hundred extra. They still would have been cheaper than comparable Touratechs and I could have used them on numerous trips over the summer. As happy as I am with them, had I known it was going yo take almost 5 month to receive them I wouldnt have purchased these. The reason I did was because I was originally told less than half that time. I had 3 seperate long rides planned for the end of summer that I should have had these for but instead I was stuck without which was a major pain. Now there is snow on the ground when I finally got them.
  11. GrumpyOne

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    Yep, I contracted them via phone, e-mail, and PM.

    jw
  12. Hillclimber57

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  13. F800 Rob

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    Just a quick update - there are a few goings-on that I want to bring everyone up to speed on:

    • The new owner is in the middle of a move. They are relocating the business from the building that I own to thier existing facility that is about 25 miles away. The move started Wednesday and was expected to be completed on Sunday with PC and phone hookup, but it looks like it stretched into today due to some technical issues. (PC, predominately) Everything should be up and running starting tomorrow morning.
    • The move is poorly timed due to, well, me. I sold the building and I had to kick them out prior to close. It was pretty last minute, and I think everyone (except for the nice, deep pocketed guy who purchased the building :evil) would have rather this waited until after the beginning of the year.
    • The issue with the website is actively being worked on now. It's due to an upgrade to the hosting software (litespeed) and should be correct shortly.

    You can still contact them via email (customerservice at lmcyclesupply dot com) and via phone 877-333-9669. I do believe that JW has recieved a call back and Paul is actively working on tracking down the black set.


    Rob
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  15. kevinkoller

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    I have had my Globescouts installed on my F700GS since August and I must say that they are quite nice. The only other panniers that I have owned are the stock vario panniers that came with my last 2007 F650GS thumper, and the aluminum bags beat them hands down. I even had a little fender bender with them that caused $600 of damage to another car and all I had to do to the pannier was wipe off the paint marks with a little acetone.

    What I like:
    1. Really slick system for quickly getting the top box on and off as well as locking it securely to the bike. Then once installed, there is no play at all.
    2. The latches in general are killer
    3. Being a mechanical engineer, I can confirm that overall material selection and fabrication quality are A+
    4. I actually appreciated drilling my own cases. That way I could make sure that they were positioned exactly where I wanted and the side cases were leveled to match the top box.

    What I would change:
    1. The inner backing plates for the pucks are really sharp. I cut my hands a couple of times before I disassembled everything and filed down the sharp edges. These plates could really use a little bit of deburring after the laser cutting.
    2. I think that it was pointed out in an earlier post that the plastic hooks on the nets are not nearly to the quality standard that the rest of the cases are built to. The net in the 45L case broke within about a day of being installed, and that was without any weight... just sitting there.
    3. I think that the top box should have the hinges on the side. This would keep them from being a pain in my passenger's back as well as make for fewer sharp, angled surfaces to find their way into my back if I ever get rear ended.
    4. I live in California, which means lane splitting, which in turn means that the side cases spend a lot of time in the garage. That said, it is quite the squeeze to fit my 15" laptop in the top case for my commute to work. It would be really great to have a wider, shorter top case, to be able to fit a laptop bag into. I could really see using both cases... the standard one for adventuring and a short wide one for commuting. Maybe 20 x 14 x 9 in, which would make it about 40L and it would fit a laptop messenger bag or backpack just about perfectly.

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  16. Hillclimber57

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    I installed the 45L panniers and the 40L topcase over the last couple of days on my 2014 1200GSW. I had a couple of questions with the topcase mounting bracket and got some help from riders on ADVrider but also reached out to Selim at Globescout. He was really responsive with some good ideas.

    The panniers and topcase were well worth the wait. The quality is excellent and they look great on the bike. Here are some of the pics:

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  17. Hillclimber57

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    This time with pics.

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  18. Hillclimber57

    Hillclimber57 World Traveler

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    Sorry hit submit too quick but the post above is my 2014 1200GSW with the 45L panniers and the 40L topcase. Had a few questions on the topcase mounting bracket but had some others chime in from ADVrider on advice. Also, Selim from Globescout was quite helpful and responsive to my questions.

    In the end, the panniers and topcase were well worth the long wait. Thet are excellent quality and look great on the bike. Now just need the weather to warm up to really test them out.
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    Wow, looks very good :thumb:thumb
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