Need Multi-Angle pics of Happy Trails Silver panniers on F800GS.

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  1. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer Supporter

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    I'm highly considering buying these. Can anyone provide multi-angle pics of their Happy Trails panniers on their F800GS? Specifically from straight behind. Thanks!
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  2. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    Poor photo, but I'm running late...
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    And those are the 7.5" Cliff-Cut Tetons right? Thanks, man!:D Merry Christmas.
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  4. The Griz

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    Can anyone vouch for the durability of the Happy Trails Panniers? Any stories of laying your bike down on them or anything like that. That's the only thing I'm worried about with them.
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  5. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    Yes, 7.5".
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    Johngil
    What is the overall width of your HT setup?
    Volume of the cans?
    Weight of the system?
    Thanks
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  7. The Griz

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    Also, is there a bar there for the rack that runs underneath the underside of the seat (or gas tank if you will)? Above the rear tire?
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  8. johngil

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    • 36" (18" from centerline both ways. No offset.)
    • full size is 33 liters (7.5"w x 15"h x 18"l) Correct me if I converted this wrong. The exhaust side is quite a bit smaller as you can see.
    • approx. 30 pounds if I remember correctly
    Someone here did quite a side by side comparison on this site w/ most of the popular pannier kits and all the info you're looking for.
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  9. johngil

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    No bars underneath. The stock rear grab bar is replaced and the mount system gets most of it's support from up top. There are mounts to the bottom of the sub frame, and the cross brace behind the wheel.
    It is very solid and doesn't look half bad when the panniers are removed.
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  10. TheCowboy

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    I have the happy trail 9" Tetons on mine. They work GREAT! I have the quick-release racks from the F800depot.com. I like em better than the Happy Trail racks (which I have on my DR650).

    The Happy Trail Tail rack for the F800 is also very nice. I would post pictures but it is too damn complicated for me.

    Cowboy2:ricky
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    johngil Reseda, CA

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    Couple more shots.

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    And because you were so concerned, I took a little digger in the snow/ice to check durability. No problem other than what could someday be a broken ankle or leg. Better learn to crash w/ the feet on the pegs like the motor cops do.
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    Thanks, guys. Great info. I used to be dead set on the Caribous. I don't know about the whole side-loading thing though. I want metal panniers too. :D

    Are those Holan crashbars? What are your thoughts on them?
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    John did you have HT pre-mount or did you do it yourself? If pre-mounted how is the setup for 2 up riding?
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    Happy Trail strongly recommended the pre mounted setup, so that is what I did.
    As for passengers, I don't have a clue. It seems a bit tight just by looking.
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    Cowboy why did you choose the Sw-Motech rack over the HT rack?
    Is the SW as sturdy as the HT?
    How easy was it to mount the HT to the SW rack?
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  16. The Griz

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    BTW, I was just on the phone with Happy Trails. Durability speaking, they fully back their welds. If one should fail for any reason (including a fall), they will fix or replace. The guy said that the welds should be stronger than the base material itself, and if one fails, it's a faulty weld and needs to be replaced. Good to know, and it sold me. I'm going with HT now. They seem like very good people.:thumb
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    They were actually more professional looking and I liked the quick release camlocks and the pre-drilled holes. I'm going to buy another set for my wife's new F650GS.

    Cowboy:ricky
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    Just ordered the Happy Trails Teton 7.5" Cliff Cut boxes. $733 shipped!!:thumb I'm stoked!
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  20. RAD800

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    Im getting ready to order some of these, and had a quick question about the sizes. HT recoment the 9' and 7.5 cliff cut, but are they even? or should i be getting a pair of 7.5's if i want them to be 18' from the center on both sides?
    Sorry its suck a dumb question but i have absolutely nfi.
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