Pannier liner bags or no?

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  1. nednyrangers

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    Hey everyone, looking into possibly getting some pannier liner bags for my '15 F800GSA but I'm not sure if they're really worth it or not. I'm currently looking at the RKA ones but am interested to hear what some people who use/have used them think or if maybe there is a different brand you'd recommend...?
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  2. FredRydr

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    Most are made of canvas-like fabric that doesn't conform well to the inside of odd-shaped panniers (e.g. Various), and that fabric with handles, D-rings, straps and thick seams take up valuable space. I had a pair made in ripstop nylon with no straps or D-rings so their bulk was very little. Even then, I ended up using only one bag for clothing, while the other pannier held things for which a liner bag made no sense.
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    In general I agree that liner bags waste space and most of the time I don't use them. I do use them in a couple of situations though. 1 - If what I'm transporting is hard, I use them to keep them from rubbing the inside of the panniers. 2 - When I go on a trip. It's nice to just pull out the bags to toss in the tent or carry into the hotel.

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  5. nednyrangers

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    Thanks for the replies, gives me some ideas about things I'd not thought of yet. I'll still probably pick a set up (or those packing cubes - that seems like a cool idea for keeping things separate) but may not use as much as I initially thought.
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    I've been using those cloth reusable grocery bags with handles. The fit perfectly, easy to just pull out and keep things clean. They take up minimal room and if needed for anything else are disposable.


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  7. Bayner

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    Some sort of liner is necessary if your cases are bare aluminum. Otherwise all your possessions will be black after a week on the road. Plastic cases don't seem to be nearly as bad in that regard.
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    Canvas grocery/tote bags work great and a lot cheaper. Granted not as stylish/fashionable, if thats a concern.
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  9. nednyrangers

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    Oh dang that is a really good idea, had not though about the reusable grocery bags! I'm not very stylish, only care about functionality :D
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    But where do you find the BMW branded ones?
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    I've not had any desire to spend the extra coin for liners however the convenience factor is there if you stay at hotels or places where you have to haul your belongings instead of detaching the panniers.

    One aspect with liners I never realized was safety. I was on a road trip with a buddy and while we were passing a big rig at 90 mph on a two lane he hit a rut. With me behind him (and enough room to dodge of course) his right side pannier lid fell open because it didn't latch correctly. Because he had liners, nothing flew out and all contents stayed intact. The thought of all his gear and clothing falling onto the road and onto my path with a big rig on my tail was eye opening to say the least. Also, he never knew his pannier was open.
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    I have the Kathy's Design bags great quality and a lot cheaper than BMW brand. Use the m in the OEM panniers.
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    I tend to buy things regardless of the cost .... if I fancy it, I have it .... However, as others have said eloquently, the BMW ones are pricey and they do take space!
    For longer trips, it may be space you can barely afford. I'd recommend the thin "pack it " or "REI " type cubes. maximise the pannier space yet still pack in an organised way.
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    I'm eyeballing the Patagonia black hole cubes. Pricey. Now if BMW would brand them, I could spend even more.


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    That Black Hole fabric is pretty tough stuff, probably overkill in an application like a pannier liner.
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    Yeah, I'm looking at it from an organizational standpoint.
    I've got a few soft bags that have some insulation too to carry stuff that may need to be cold for a bit. I think they're probably mostly waterproof too so they shouldn't leak onto stuff I don't want wet.


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    I'm using Eddie Bauer 30L backpacks for my panniers and a 40L duffel for the top case. They're relatively thin material and can pack into their own pockets when not in use. Cost me $40 for all 3 when they had a 50% off sale.

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