Adventure Spec Magadan Panniers

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

  1. jackrabbit56

    jackrabbit56 Been here awhile

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    That would be awesome. I'm currently using a GL Great Basin but want to get the weight down lower and create a little more room on the seat. The Magadans and the Mosko gear are the front runners for replacement.
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  2. Fern-

    Fern- Adventurer

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    the earliest pairs had little elastic loops to serve this function, but they went saggy after a time, I'd prefer not to have too much flap flapping around, just in case they get caught on a truck (the indian/pakistani ones with hooks for trailer covers all down the side). I got knocked off the edge of a cliff and landed on the edge once by a passing truck in Tajikistan, and it is not an experience I ever want to repeat again..
  3. Fern-

    Fern- Adventurer

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    These are what my bags look like after riding from UK to India, and 8 months of trips in Nepal and another year of riding in NZ...[​IMG]
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    The NZ sun is really really strong, it peels the paint off cars (no ozone layer). My bike jacket has turned brown. These have stayed really fresh...
  4. DoubleM

    DoubleM Been here awhile

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    What length cable and type/brand do you recommend to lock your adventure spec bags bags?
  5. Nickhob

    Nickhob Armchair adventurer

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  6. Wanted

    Wanted Been here awhile

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    Here is mine after I lost it to the highway due to melting. After 2 years I changed to Mosko Moto bags and haven't looked back, 100x easier to mount them to my bike, much better setup all round I think. I would not buy the Magadans again personally.

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  7. spaceman_spiff

    spaceman_spiff Long timer

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  8. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams Supporter

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    I had 3 different sets of Mosko panniers trying to make one work and wouldn't buy again. Nice to have so many choices!
  9. Renegade_Azzy

    Renegade_Azzy Kamen Rider

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    Wow!!

    I ended up selling a set of Moskos (budgetary issues), and then been gifted a set from a family member who also rides, and is trying to get me to ride and travel more with him. I would have bought the Madagan ones if they were available, time and shipping were too prohibitive.
  10. Jswallow

    Jswallow Adventurer

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    image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg Hello, fellow inmates and Magadan panniers users. I just got in my hands the new versions and could not be happier! I will say, before I go on how great I think they are..... that others here like Mosko moto, Andyz and Steel Pony's are superb! The reason I went with my decision is 1. Needs. 2. Quality. 3. The terrain that they will be used in.
    I live in Southern California and we have deserts. The known great riding world of Mexico is ventured into regularly, for it is just a short ride down south. A lot of desert terrain, rocks, pebbles, sand and cactus! Adventure Spec Magadans are built for this arena! When we do get rain (seldom) it has the built in liner. But even more important is the outside material is thick and durable. Can be fixed by many world wide, and has built in tabs to add a security lock. Now this is the real game changer for me. I know a lot of people and the man we are all jealous of, Lyndon Poskitt uses these bags and secures them with Pacsafe's cable lock. I want to share with you all a company out of San Diego called Steel Core and NO I am not working for them and/or paid by them. I am just amazed on how great they are and when everyone see's them, they are curious about them. I have used one of their locks to secure my KTMs to the truck, light poles, trees, buildings, etc. And now I just ordered a set built with custom length (which is really easy, for it is what they do) to secure the Mags to the BMW. They are used like other tie downs, straps and bungee cords, which offer more support and will not damage the bag. They have steel cores which are harder then [__] to cut through.
    This one in the photos is the one used to lock around objects and I will post the new ones built, paired and on the bike when I get them.
    Hope this helps anyone on the fence. I am excited that it is a perfect fit!
  11. Jswallow

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  12. finewayne

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    Mags lived up to expectations. It’s only a bag, but the no-nonsense design is simply functional and effective
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  13. niquedouille

    niquedouille Adventurer

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    "Jswallow, do you have a link for these locks ? I just got my pacsafe cut very easily the other day and need to replace them, if possible with something stronger..

    What do you think of these ?
    https://www.lightspeedoutdoors.com/locking-security-strap-with-steelcore.html

    Edit.. actually it seems it's the product you pointed at. http://steelcore.com

    Still wonder about the security. They use a bolt cutter, but maybe an other tool would work : the weakness is probably the lock with the key.. what do you think ? Anyway probably better than the packsafe and save one task when you put the panniers on and off.
  14. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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  15. Jswallow

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    Niquedouille,
    Thank you for your input! More information for all of us to share, makes us all more educated. First, the link that you shared are very (exact) same as the Steel cores. I have not held them in my hands, so I cannot comment on the build quality.
    I do know the Pacsafe's and Steelcores. The Steelcores are much stronger and its multiple cables in the webbing. The webbing is much better around any bag or product that we plan to hold down. (Like a tie down). So they are supportive and lock. Speaking of the lock. One would have to have multiple tools I feel to get it open. One could not just hold it on one hand and pry it open. I 1st started to use this lock, when I had my KTM in the back of the truck. Then I would carry it on the bike when down in Baja, and would lock it to a tree, street pole and/or other bikes.
  16. kurvenkrycher

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    Probably I am too late, as this thread is quite old, but I am trying to understand this estimation? The dimenstions I've come accross are roughly 36x20x36 (cm), which would be around 25 litres. Now I am aware about the problems with softluggage and volume, and that picture may deliver the explanation, but then I am wondering: what does "minimal closure mean?" Would the be just one fold? And if two folds are full closure, I assume, I cannot fold three times, to reduce volume vertically when only little space is needed?

    And if, would minimal closure affect waterproofness, as the inner liner may only be rolled once, too? Just curious, as I am quite close to pull the trigger.


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  17. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    A lot of it is addressed in this article here from Chris Scott: https://adventure-motorcycling.com/2013/04/13/exactly-how-big-is-soft-baggage/

    Soft luggage volume can not be measured as a metal box can be, as the shape is flexible. How much you can fit in there depends on how flexible are the materials you put into the bags.

    As I am not the author of the diagram below, nor did I create the term min closure, i cannot comment on what the author of that diagram meant.



  18. Paratrout

    Paratrout Been here awhile

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    I've never measured anything out with these bags, but I know my maggies hold a ton of stuff. More than I actually need. For example this spring they held all of my camping gear (tent, food, cookset, small pad and 0 degree sleeping bag) and I still had room for clothes, tools, tubes and other treats. Throw on a dry bag on the top rack of your bike and you shouldn't lack for space for anything you need. The water bottle pocket will also hold a medium sized bottle of Jameson with ease. Also the dry bags that are included are really stout. Rolled once they are at the very least rain proof.
  19. kurvenkrycher

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    Thanks for your fast reply. I have to admit, that I got those numbers from adventurebikeshop.co.uk, which I initially mixed up with adventure spec, who don't provide any numbers. But those matched the picture, so I was getting curious. But since those are no official numbers, I'll happily believe the ~35L are actually usable. As also backed up by the link you've provided. Over 40% increase of volume just by deformation is logically hard to digest, that's why I got a little irritated.

    Anyway, I have no choice, that Jameson argument from Paratrout alone is of course compelling enough, even though I guess he is otherwise travelling way lighter than I am.
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  20. Nickhob

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