Originally Posted by ZBone
Has anyone added some sort of soft tank panniers to their ride? I'm thinking it'd be a great way to carry some extra tubes, tire spoons, and levers. Looking at the bike I'm a little concerned that they'd cover the vents on fairing, but I'm unsure whether those vents have any sort of function or if they're just there for looks. All the hot air leaving the bike exits below the fairing onto my knee so I can't imagine what other purpose they would serve.
I have a 2007 f650gs and have 1000's and 1000's of miles with the aerostich tank panniers attached. They carry a lot of camping supplies. They in no way have affected the cooling of the bike through the side panel vents.
They are nice in the cold for protecting my knees.