Thumper Day Trip Saddlebags (Wolfman vs Giant Loops)

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by CrashTheDOG, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. CrashTheDOG

    CrashTheDOG Adventurer

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    I recently purchased a ’10 KTM 450 XC-W and I’m looking to purchase a set of saddlebags for extended day trips in order to get as much weight off of my back as possible. I will also be exploring the possibility of using it for minimalistic lightweight camping trips by adding additional storage similar to how Lost Rider has done with his Giant Loops Mojavi. So I’ve narrowed it down to the Wolfman Daytripper Saddle Bags or the Giant Loops Mojavi Saddlebag. I’m leaning towards the Wolfman for three reasons; (1) it has 33% more capacity (Wolfman = 12 liters vs. Giant Loops = 9 liters) between the two side pockets, (2) it has the ability to integrate one of the three sizes of Wolfman Rollie Bags (S = 4.5 liters, M = 8.5 liters, L = 12.5 liters) between the saddlebags on top of the seat where the Giant Loops only has the 1.5 liter tool pocket, and (3) for extended camping trips I'm leaning towards the Wolfman Rolie Bags Saddle Bag Mount system so any Rollie Bags I purchase for the Daytripper I'd could use with the Saddle Bag Mount.

    I don’t have any experience with either company or for that matter ANY motorcycle luggage so any input would be greatly appreciated.

    P.S. I also wanted thank everyone for their contributions here at ADV Rider. The countless hours of research here has definitely helped me to reduce the learning curve of a new sport.
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  2. C/W

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    I have the Wolfman daytrippers. If you have the ability, you should try and find some to look at so you get the idea of sizing. I have a feeling that they're smaller than you think they are. :)

    I have the following in mine:

    Front/Rear heavy duty tubes
    Electric air pump
    Manual air pump (mtb type)
    EZ Air tire gauge
    Tire tools (2 spoons, beadpro spoons, valve cable pull through thingy, etc...)
    Other tools: small wrenches, adj. crescent, small sockets, rachet wrench, etc...

    They're pretty well packed out with the above. I think one of the sides, the one with the front tube, has some room for small stuff (candy bars).

    Of course, to minimize, you can carry a single front tube, no electric pump, no large EZ air gauge and so on.

    Quality wise they're great. Attachments are fine. A bit strappy, but most Wolfman luggage is that way. I have the bottle holder attached to the D-rings on one of them. One thing I really like about Wolfman stuff is that they have plenty of D-rings for attachments. You can strap *any* bag to them, not just the rollie bags.

    As an edit...

    If you want a little larger capacity, the E12 Saddlebags would be a good choice. However, if you're thinking about the saddle bag mount system w/ rollie bags, just get that instead of the saddlebags.
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  3. The Letter J

    The Letter J lost in the 690 mega

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    I was debating nearly the same setups before. I eventually bought the Rolie bags and saddlebag mount but ended up returning the mount because it just didn't work well with my rear fuel filler. What I ultimately ended up with was the E-12 bags and a renegade duffel and 1 medium rolie.

    I can cinch the e-12's down just about flat when there is nothing in them, pack them (along with the dry duffel) for 3 days, or just have a pack jacket/ inner tube in one side and my tools in the other side for everyday use and everything is secure no matter how empty/ full they are. Being that you can cinch the e-12's down, they can do everything the daytripper's do and give you the option of carrying more if the need ever arises.

    If you end up getting daytrippers or e-12's, I wouldn't bother getting the rolie mount... rolie's or a renegade bag attach to the top of the e-12/DT bags perfectly with no need for any new mounts.

    Here's my rolie's (2 medium, 1 large) that I had mocked up full of air:

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    my e-12's with renegade duffel on top packed with everything needed for 3 days:

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    pics of partially filled e-12's coming...

    here is an e-12 with a packjacket and front innertube/spoons/pump:

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    here is the pair of e-12's with a substantial tool roll in the left bag and just the tube/tire tools in the right bag:

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    You can see that the bags are scrunched up pretty good to cinch them down with that little stuff in there, but the point is that they will cinch down AND allow enough room to carry full camp gear when needed.

    A list of $h!t packed in the bags:

    So to sum up my information overload: just buy the e-12's and add a renegade duffel or rolie of your choice when you find yourself needing more space. :clap
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  4. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    The E-12's live on the bike, so I have some storage.

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    WR250R on rail trail, riding home from spectating at the Corduroy Enduro
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  5. CrashTheDOG

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I've gone ahead and ordered the Daytrippers with a small and medium Rolie to handle my day trips. I considered the E-12's but I think they're larger than I'll need for day rides and anything I do end up taking that won't fit into the Daytrippers will go into either the small or medium Rolie. As far as extended trips I'll more than likely end up ordering the Rolie Saddlebag Mount. I'll post up a few photos when I get it set up.
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  6. lukeinlondon

    lukeinlondon Been here awhile

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    too late to ask for photos?
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