Originally Posted by RideAlongAtlas1
Any preferences between Giant Loop versus Wolfman versus Hard-Case-Options ?
I require them to be 100% waterproof. I require them to store food, camping stuff and a laptop computer. Enough 'stuff' to survive camping out for, say, 7 days.
In theory, I see an advantage in 3 separate compartments because one might be able to distribute the load more evenly, especially with a top case which can carry the hard stuff, and the side panniers can carry the more soft, lighter stuff.
The Giant Loop has the advantage of being one unit, hugs the bike, but I'm concerned that if I buy a Giant Loop distributing the load might 'get to me'. Am I wrong in thinking that one big bag could present more problems than cures?
This is how it's done:
(photos borrowed from Colebatch's RR, see link below)
Check out Colebatch's ride report here:
If your covering long distance over rough terrain ... Colebatch's system works pretty well for most bikes. He's riding an X Challenge and his buddies on KTM 690's. The DR is a better cargo carrier than BOTH of those bikes.
I prefer panniers, low hung and forward. Top bag of some kind.
7 days is a shake down ride. A real "expedition" may go a bit longer.
I've tried hard cases on my DR:
Baja around 2007. Too much weight at round 45 kgs. messes up handling off road.
Went back to soft panniers and top bag. Much preferred