Adventure Spec Magadan Panniers

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Fern-, May 17, 2012.

  1. N-m

    N-m Captain 2 Sexy

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    Yes, I meant rack but the autocorrect caught it. When I fab up some they will be of the ledge design since a pannier sitting on a ledge makes the most sense. Thanks.
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  2. Chris S

    Chris S Been here awhile

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    I agree, although this feature seems little used these days. When I had no experience and made my very first rack for my XT5 back in '82, a platform was a 'no-brainer' (although that expression hadn't been invented yet).

    Some pages with ideas, in case you have not seen.
    http://adventure-motorcyclingh.com/2012/07/15/building-an-overlanding-rack-1/
    http://adventure-motorcyclingh.com/2012/08/29/building-a-rack-2-of-3/
    http://adventure-motorcyclingh.com/2012/09/14/building-a-rack-3-of-4/
    http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hu...-best-gear/making-your-own-luggage-rack-38462
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  3. Red Dust

    Red Dust Been here awhile

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    I got a Yamaha XT1200. The Magadan seems to be very large, can I still carry a pillion with ease?
    Cheers.
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  4. Red Dust

    Red Dust Been here awhile

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    Anyone having these bags on a Yamaha XT1200?
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  5. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Yes, because you can mount the bags as far forward or back as you like. With a pillion, you would position the bags a bit further rearward than you might if you were only riding solo.
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  6. Red Dust

    Red Dust Been here awhile

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    Cheers!
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  7. mcgarrett

    mcgarrett Been here awhile

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    I just took my Magadan bags on my first trip, and unfortunately, it looks like some of the stitching is already giving way:

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    I didn't abuse them or overload them. Has anyone else experienced similar issues? Adventure Spec has offered to take them back for a refund, but it will cost me well over $50 to ship them from the US. If they're only cosmetic "holes," then I'd rather hold on to them.

    Thoughts?
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  8. Chris S

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    Were they hanging off the seat straps with no rack used?

    It's hard to think of those stitches pulling apart if there was a horizontal and/or vertical strap pulling the bag hard against a rack. Or you had half a moose in each one.

    Anyway, that's only the outer skin. Maybe stick a rivet in there?
    Your PVC inner bag is still intact.
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  9. mcgarrett

    mcgarrett Been here awhile

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    Used in conjunction with Touratech pannier racks and top shelf and Rok straps cinched tight.

    Yes, it's just the outer skin, but it's right where that horizontal band is located. Just trying to do the mental calculus to see if it's worth sending them back for refund or exchange.
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  10. Chris S

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    Well that's a shame then.
    I suppose I'd cough up the $50 for a new set - annoying though it is.
    I suspect it's costing AS at least as much.
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  11. N-m

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    The manufacturer will replace them but you have to pay return shipping? Happy with everything else? Thanks.
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  12. mcgarrett

    mcgarrett Been here awhile

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    The bags held a lot, were versatile, and lighter than aluminum cases. All good things for a lightweight adv bike.
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  13. N-m

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    Good deal.
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  14. kk3an

    kk3an Adventurer

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    I too noticed one tiny pinhole in the Magadan bags when bran new - precisely in the area pictured - thought nothing of it, and proceeded to pack both bags very heavily on a trip from here (Pennsylvania) to Prudhoe Bay, AK & back.

    To give an idea of the weight in the Magadans (combined with my fuel cell), there were several instances where I felt BOTH footpegs touch the road at the same time (full suspension compression on a GSA running Hyperpros), along with the usual conditions up & down the Dalton Highway this past spring. The left bag was the heaviest - containing roughly 55 LBS, and obviously the bags & straps were being put through their paces like this while strapped very tightly to the pannier racks.

    Bottom line here is, through some pretty stressful (to the Magadans) conditions there were zero stitch tearing issues, material tearing issues, buckle issues, etc - nothing.

    Quite happy with the bags.

    Dan
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  15. bigdon

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    Log a complaint with Adventure Specs if the bags disintegrate in the future .Then put a little ShooGoo in the holes and ride! The bags are not going to come apart. Mine have 0 problems in probably 5,000 miles of hard use.
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  16. Paratrout

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    Just ordered a set this weekend when they came back in stock. I’m really excited about them as they look like an awesome product. One question to the stateside guys who have ordered a set, when should I expect them to arrive? Looks like they shipped from Adventure Spec on Monday morning and will be coming to my home near <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Charlotte</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">NC</st1:State></st1:place>.
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    Paratrout Been here awhile

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    Ok that was quick. Ordered them on Sunday night and they got to my house on Wednesday afternoon.:freaky
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  18. Wanted

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    Which pannier racks would allow these to be mounted as low and far forward as possible? '13 KTM 690 enduro R

    Cheers
    (have only looked at rally raid and touratech compatible rakcs so far)
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  19. E1Allen

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    If I have loose stitching in cordura i just take a needle and thread to it. Just spend a few minutes on the corners if you are worried about it. I know it's not the best answer but I had a nice black backpack I beat up with about ten inches of torn fabric. Stitched it up good as new.

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  20. OtterChaos

    OtterChaos Guzzi Sud!

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    Here are the AdvSpec's on my Moto Guzzi V7 Stone. Posted this pic in another thread but since this one is for the bags I figured I'd show it again. The bags are mounted to Hepco and Becker side carriers.

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    I was worried about keeping them off the exhausts but the ROK straps do a good job of that. I also had concerns about all the strap ends but once the bags are loaded up a bit the excess straps are not an issue as there isn't all that much to tuck away. It looks like the bag is really close to the exhaust but there is at least 2 inches of space there.
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