Pannier racks vs rackless systems: what do you use?
Prepping for the next leg of my slow and wobbly RTW, I’ve decided to switch from the Mosko Moto Scout pannier system to Reckless 80. For one, it’s about saving some weight – just taking the pannier rack has shaved off some 5 or 6 kilos, and the lightweight rackless system itself seems to be much lighter than the large pannier set up. For another, I’m on a never-ending mission to reduce luggage, and although the Reckless 80 has plenty of capacity, I’ll be packing much less (or so I keep telling myself).
Installing the Reckless
Taking the old pannier rack off probably took longer than setting up the new Reckless system – it’s so easy and foolproof even I managed to do it in under an hour. All you need to do is attach the (included) heat shield on the exhaust, choose the angle of the side bags, secure it with provided bolts, then strap everything onto the bike, and voila – you’re ready to roll.
For the trial run, I used the large Mosko duffel I had from before just to see if it’s compatible with the Reckless and if I can use it once I leave for Africa; turns out, yes, it’s perfectly compatible, no extra straps needed. I think I’ll keep the big duffel instead of the smaller one – even with added molle bags, I may need a little more space for all the camping gear, so the large duffel is likely to stay. However, what I noticed on the first ride with the Mosko Moto Reckless is that it’s incredibly well-balanced. The bike feels more agile as if I didn’t have any luggage at all, and when I unceremoniously dumped it in a corner with loose gravel (eyes on the road, duh), picking it up was much easier than with the panniers.
I’m curious how it will feel when fully loaded – right now, I’m not carrying the camping gear – but for the trial run, I’m over the moon how much better and lighter it feels.
Panniers or rackless systems – what are your thoughts?