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Old 07-31-2013, 08:57 AM   #871
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not sure if this was covered( sorry theres alot of posts here), ive pretty much decieded on the kriega overlander as a present to myself, and was curoius as to if they will made compatible with the sw motech rack, later on down the road i forsee myself getting hard luggage, but i dont want to have to get a touratech rack for the overlander then get one for the trax panniers later. but if worse come to worse zega pro panniers are very nice but just pricey
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:18 PM   #872
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not sure if this was covered( sorry theres alot of posts here), ive pretty much decieded on the kriega overlander as a present to myself, and was curoius as to if they will made compatible with the sw motech rack, later on down the road i forsee myself getting hard luggage, but i dont want to have to get a touratech rack for the overlander then get one for the trax panniers later. but if worse come to worse zega pro panniers are very nice but just pricey
Hi Spartan,

I completely understand your situation, however - hopefully - you'll fall madly in love with the Overlander 60 and forget all about those cumbersome 'tins'.

However, in the meantime, I have heard of one instance where a customer fitted the platforms to a set of SW Motech racks on his 990 Adventure. I will admit to being a little puzzled by this because I was under the impression that SW uses 19mm tubing, which is not ideal. I should try to track him down and ask how it worked...

Kriega tell me that only Touratch, KTM Power Parts and Metal Mule all share the correct dimensions, but if your racks are the same spec, then it could work. Here are the measurements you need to try and match up:



Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.


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Old 07-31-2013, 02:05 PM   #873
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thanks for the quick reply michael, ill definetly take a look into it but i guess another question would be if the ALP adapter would work with the sw motech trax panniers cause that would be awesome
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:54 PM   #874
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:19 PM   #875
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This is what it looks like:



MSRP was $99. It has compression straps instead of the current Alloy Hook system and plastic rings, instead of the web loops on the current version. Other than that, it's the same pack.

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Got the pack, it is NOT as pictured above. It does NOT have the second set of D-rings. I already shipped out mine to the winner and your bag came in the same day I shipped mine out.

It's the same bag I have with just the 4 D-rings instead of the 8 as pictured above.

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Old 08-05-2013, 03:22 PM   #876
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Me: "Hello, my name is Aaron and I am a recovering Tank-Bag-Hater-holic"
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So, if anyone bothered to read my post about tanks bags, you already know how I feel about them. And you will also know that my initial impressions of the US Tank Adaptor, with a US5, were very positive.

Since that post, I have had the pleasure of flying out to ride with some friends in MI on a borrowed KTM 530. As many of you probably know, a borrowed bike is a fantastic luxury but can pose some problems in carrying gear. Without knowing exactly how gear will fit onto the bike; without knowing what the mounts points are (or aren't); without knowing how things will rub and potentially damage the borrowed bike to name just a few.

One of the things I grabbed on a whim as I walked out the door was my new US Tank Adaptor and US5. I am not sure why I grabbed it... but I did, and I was very glad that I did.

The US5 Tank Adaptor took all of 10 min get securely fastened to my borrowed bike. Once the initial fitment was made, it could be moved to fill the tank or removed for the evening in seconds and replaced in about a minute. It was never in the way and never moved. The US5 once again proved itself by keeping its contents clean and dry through rain, mud and dust. Because the US Tank Adaptor is just a mounting "platform", depending on your bike and your needs you could also consider mounting a US10 or even a US20. You could even not mount any bag and just use the mole style loops to strap down your jacket part way through the day. Or a six pack on your way to camp in the evening.

So, while the US Tank Adaptor my not be right for everyone, nor all bikes, (IMO) it should be on your short list of luggage to consider for any sort of dual sport touring.

Thanks again Michael!



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Old 08-07-2013, 10:19 AM   #877
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Went on a couple short easy trips to test out the how the bones in my arm are knitting together with the Overlander 30 and some other Kriega bits.

First trip was a trial run loaded with my multi week gear for camping cooking etc. Even experimented with strapping 3 liters of water to the side of the OL 30 bags.




The ride was a good shakedown run of some new gear.



With the stock seat my initial concern with the over the seat strap was validated. Even mounted as far back as I could get the bags without protruding too far above the seat the rear strap was bothersome for me on the tarmac slogging sections. No issues in the dirt where I'm standing or sitting a lot farther forward, but when I slide back on the rear of the seat to stretch out on the pavement the buckle would be right where my arse wanted to be placed. Not good.



Had the R15 and R3 fanny pack in addition to the OL30 bags. The R3 is pretty small with not much storage capacity. What it does do perfectly is allow me a waterproof pouch to carry my glucose blood tester, Insulin, Smartphone, and passport and bike documents all securely in one pouch. Very useful for border crossings where you need access to documents easily and yet protected from river crossing mishaps and monsoon rains. Another upside of the R3 is that its the perfect carryall for when in a guesthouse or hotel in a strange city and you're out trolling the night in places your mum would not be proud of and yet all your valuables and diabetic supplies are easily carried in a fairly minimal, unobtrusive package. A great solution for these needs in my situation.

The R15 is a pretty minimal pack and its primary load is my 3 liter hydration bladder and food snacks for my diabetes. The harness system is very convenient for donning on and off over dirt bike armor. A real improvement over traditionl pack straps in this situation. Look at the bulky shoulder pads on my Alpinestars A8 in the last pic and you'll see a normal pack would be impossible to get on and off. the Kriega harness is magic in this situation allowing me to simply unclip, loosen the straps and get out of the pack easily. Another point for Kriega.

The second trip I did was an overnighter without camping gear. Packed a lot lighter and with no R3. I had also modified the seat on the KTM 500 to be wider in the rear, about 10" wide total.








This helped me deal with my issue with the over the seat buckle. I'm guessing extra width padding allows me to keep from shifting as far back on the seat as I need with the stock width seat. This minimized the buckle issue from what was once a major issue to only a minor issue for me. The OL 30 also transitioned from loaded to the gills to loaded 60% with no issues and stayed pretty secure.

Like all riders there are improvements I would like to see as we all strive for the most efficient gear possible but this isn't the place.

Micheal, the Kriega USA rep was also a pleasure to deal with and as can be witnessed by this thread willing to go all the way to make sure his clients are satisfied. That trait is very much appreciated as all too often in this industry can be sorely lacking with a lot of companies. Thanks Micheal.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:08 PM   #878
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:29 PM   #879
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Kriega US30 failure

Hi guys, I became a big Kriega fan after purchasing my R30 backpack a few months ago and have been very satisfied with its quality.

As such when an impromptu trip from Toronto to California came up, I opted to purchase a US20 (with tank adaptor) and the US30 two days before the trip. I really liked 'Amanlikemikes' set-up on his scrambler and wanted something similar as I ride a scrambler as well. I required more room as this trip was to be done 2-up.

The US30 was attached to the tail rack and carried only clothes, chargers for the Scala-Riders and a bottle of chain lube. Until today the bags were working fine and I was perfectly happy. Today we got caught in some freezing rain where we got off the bike and put on rain suits from the tank bag.. I have this on video as I was recording at the time. The US30 was still attached to the tail rack and all was in order -it was not touched. When we got out of the rain and into town not 20mins later, the US30 attachment clips had ripped on both sides, one was torn off totally. I will attach some photos of this below.

Basically I have no idea what happened, my partner does not sit or lean on the bag.. Nor was the bag overloaded. I am trying to get in touch with Kriega now to see if I can get it replaced when we reach California. If I had owned the bag for a year or two and it happened I would say its wear and tear, but this shouldn't happen less than 10days after I bought it. I managed to strap the bag down relatively secure and continue the ride to Durango, CO where I am writing this.

Needless to say I am quite disappointed, but if the warranty is honoured i'd be happy to continue using them, they really are very good bags. I'm just glad I found out about the issue before the bag slipped off and fell into my rear wheel!

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How the bike was set up:


Right hand attachment nearly torn off:


Left hand attachment torn off:



Managed to continue riding this way:

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Old 08-09-2013, 09:53 AM   #880
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FYI: I believe Michael is in the UK right now, so he might be a bit slow in his replies.

Where in CA are you going to be?
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:14 AM   #881
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FYI: I believe Michael is in the UK right now, so he might be a bit slow in his replies.

Where in CA are you going to be?
I've been attempting to call Kriega UK as well as US but I keep getting voicemails. I'll be in San Diego from the 13th for a few days before I start heading back to Toronto.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:23 AM   #882
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I've been attempting to call Kriega UK as well as US but I keep getting voicemails. I'll be in San Diego from the 13th for a few days before I start heading back to Toronto.
Best thing is to send an email to Michael, he will get back to you.

I have a bunch of Kriega stuff (can't remember if I have a US30 or not)... if there is anything I can do to help out, let me know.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:56 PM   #883
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If I were to guess the passenger was either leaning on the bag (unintentionally or not) or the bag was loose. The rocking motion tore the attachment points. Snug straps will not let the bag move and then it can't tear.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:40 AM   #884
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I have a suggestion for an accessory.

I just got the US30 and love it. I use it for commuting and it's become my trunk. I loosen the four straps and unhook and remove the bag. I'll then either attach the shoulder strap or just grab it by the center strap that goes over the roll top section. The problem with that strap is that it's oriented in the wrong way. It turns your wrist sideways.
I was thinking the same thing, and used a 5" Maxpedition TacTie (MOLLE attachment strap). I use one of these for a drag handle on a rifle case that doesn't have one, too. 4x for $6.99 msrp. There might be some other MOLLE straps that would work, but I had these sitting unused in the range kit.

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Old 08-13-2013, 10:11 AM   #885
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Just did a quick review of my new Kriega Overlander 30 bags versus the GiantLoop Coyote here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...4#post22091594

If any users of the OL 30 bag have any hints on how to minimize the flapping of the bags I'd be appreciative.

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