"Tank Panniers"

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by drew-at-large, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. rpilottx

    rpilottx Long timer

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    I just got a set of panniers from Wolfman a couple days ago. Tried them on my 640 today and they work great. As they are totally waterproof and fit the bike extremely well(Eric rides a 640 Adventure), they will be on the bike for Tierra del Fuego.
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  2. Subcanis

    Subcanis Dental Floss Tycoon

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  3. richc

    richc Long timer

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    Having sold a book and my BMW tank bag here - I ordered a set of the stitch tank bags in their Hi-Viz color. I'd have ordered Wolfman, but didn't want black.
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  4. Subcanis

    Subcanis Dental Floss Tycoon

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  5. richc

    richc Long timer

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    Got the stitch panniers yesterday - IMHO they're worth the money. Beautifully made, good fit, great zippers.
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  6. Middleweightboxer

    Middleweightboxer Middleweightboxer

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  7. carlrf

    carlrf Been here awhile

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    I got some too based on this thread. $29 at SAM'S internet site plus $10 shipping. They look like they are going to be great but have I not ridden with them yet!
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  8. elmontanero

    elmontanero Practicing...

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    Anyone try the 30/40 buck cheapys on a F650gs yet?

    No cap on the faux tank... Straps or velcro?

    No Sam's club membership so I guess Amazon gets the Doll Hairs..
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  9. elmontanero

    elmontanero Practicing...

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    did I kill another thread????:huh :huh
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  10. MotorDJBear

    MotorDJBear Life Is Good!

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    Greetings all,

    Long time since I've posted anything, but this thread about tank panniers caught my eye.
    I purchased a set of the Wolfman Tank Panniers through Ebay awhile ago, and cannot get them to stay securely on my '06 KLR650. There were no mounting instructions with them, as they were used. Maybe I just don't have the correct image in my fat old grape of how they should be mounted. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!:ear
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  11. JTT

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    If you long legged like me, forward like this is the answer....

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    I put one lower strap around the tab on the tank where the shroud grommet is and the other around the tab at the lower front of the rad shroud. Cross over straps in the forward position actually lay on the steering head of the frame rather than the tank.

    The more traditional method places the top straps at the front and rear of the gascap, lower rear to the frame rail where the tank meets the sidecover and the forward one to the lower front shroud mounting tab.

    Very difficult to describe in words. I can send you pics of my forward setup if that is where you'd like to mount them. My knees were hard against them in the traditional mounting location. They are VERY solid where they are I can assure you of that.
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  12. MotorDJBear

    MotorDJBear Life Is Good!

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    By George, I think I've got it!!!:clap
    Thank you. I'll give it a try when I get home from work tonight.
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  13. JTT

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    Shout out if you have any trouble. :D
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  14. ridepjride

    ridepjride Migrant

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    I was prepared to order from Sam's Club, but decided to give the local TSC store a call. They had them on sale for $23.33. Not sure when the sale ends.
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  15. saddlsor

    saddlsor my butt hurts

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    I went to tsc to look at them but I guess being so close to xmas they might have been out of stock. I was wanting to look at the smaller ones to see if they would do what I need. the bigger ones look huge and seems like they would hang down to far on a bike without some sort of shrouds but I'm not sure the smaller ones would be big enough to hold water bottles. I'll just have to try again in a couple of weeks.
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  16. klraroundtheworld

    klraroundtheworld Ride the World!

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    run the aerostich hi visz tank pannier bags and they work great. I have tried other(cheeper) tank bag panniers; they are junk. Stick with the stitch I am very happy with the bags!!! :thumb
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  17. funhouse

    funhouse Overdue

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    top quality, good fit......I use them for stuff needed during the daylight part of a ride rather than for 'deep' storage....snacks, water bottle, spare gloves, bungee net, notebook....I have no weight or handling issues.....they do block wind on hot days but very nice when cold....Bruce
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  18. McB

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    Anyone used them on a DR with an 8 gal. Safari?
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  19. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy Supporter

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    Funny, my experience was just the opposite. I won a set of the El Cheapo KLR650.com panniers on E-Bay, and used them for two years on my old BMW Airhead. They worked great (still do, on the KLR) have held up really well, and are probably the most useful set of bike luggage that I've ever had.
    I bought a set of the Aerosttich Hi-Viz panniers early last Summer for use on my KLR650, and the color faded out of them in less than two weeks. I have Olympia Hi-Viz jackets that I wear that have held their color for almost three years, and the fact the the Aerostitch stuff turned palid almost immediately kinda put me off of their stuff for a while.
    Just my 2 cents' worth...............


    FWIW, black font on a graphite background is really difficult to read.
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  20. CopaMundial

    CopaMundial Wow, that broke easy

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    You gotta give props to the folks in the Minimalist Touring Thread.
    That thread is seriously a gold mine for great ideas that just plain work... especially when it comes to the unique requirements of small thumpers.

    This one compliments of Hammock Dweller:

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