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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by clawdog60, Mar 19, 2013.
Anyone running the HB plastic panniers and thoughts on them.
Check over in Orange Crush. The KTM guys use them a lot, and seem to find them pretty good.
Which panniers are you asking about? HB sells a number of models that are plastic. My brother has HB Journey cases that came on his Ulysses, and I have a set of Gobi cases on my 640 Adventure.
Most of my buddies that ride 950/900's have the gobi's and they love them. Plus... Its kinda like owning the worlds largest set of frame sliders.
I think they are the Gobi's, will have to recheck the site. They have a semi-top opening lid, they look durable but I dont want something that will be warped after a summer in the sun.
Most of the knock is that they are big for their capacity, mostly because of the integrated water bladder/liner but also don't tuck in anywhere as the bike they were meant for has dual exhaust. Also they aren't as thick plastic as a Pelican case so corners can be ground much easier.
I had both the Journey and Gobi on my Uly. Hated the Journeys because of the *very* fragile latch. Bought the Gobis after breaking my third latch. I bought them because they fit the same racks for side and top cases. I liked them much better. Not my first chioce on the GS tho.
Te Gobis are basically indestructible. I've beat the living **** out of mine and they continue to work fine. I used them in heat up to 125F. (I live in the desert where we get 100+ for usually 30 or more days every summer. Their one drawback is the thick walls which means they waste a fair amount of bulk. If I remember correctly, they are something like 35 liter on the inside, but they take up the space of a 40+ liter case.
Do you think they are on the heavy side with the double wall construction? Can you give me a overall width with the mounts?
They're no heavier than most other panniers I've used. I don't know the width partly because I've never used them on a GS, just on a KTM 640 and a KTM 950. HB says the cases themselves are 20" wide each. So you have 40" there, plus the width of the frame.
thanks. roomy but way too wide for me.
That's pretty funny when looking at your avatar.
I recently picked up a pair of HB 40L Juniors for my '07 990 Adv: They're wider than Gobis and Jesse's, not as deep (=higher center of gravity) and they open from the side. In short, I found out they're OK for daily commutor use but not ideal for camping or long trips.
I had a chance to check out the HB plastic and older set of TT for my bike, 2010 KTM 990A. After checking out the two of them I decided NOT to get the HB's. I didn't like the dead space, which in my mind, equates to an airbag for your belongings. I didn't want a wider box for less space, to me it doesn't make sense. Makes me wonder how many of the owners of those boxes use them for water anyway. I know I wouldn't. Thought about it actually for fuel but scraped that idea.
In short I feel it's a pretty poor set up for the cost and size of the things. I also felt the mounting system to the rack was subpar. Just my opinion however.
Here is a link from OC: