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Old 05-31-2006, 09:10 AM   #91
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this is before my happy-trail top box came in.. it looks better but the rubbermaid worked..
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Old 05-31-2006, 09:36 AM   #92
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Old 05-31-2006, 09:37 AM   #93
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Old 05-31-2006, 01:28 PM   #94
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this is before my happy-trail top box came in.. it looks better but the rubbermaid worked..
I'll be damned, I thought I was the only cheap bastard using a rubbermaid top box ;-) Been meaning to replace it with a 'real' top box, but I keep finding other things to spend my money on....
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Old 06-28-2006, 11:32 AM   #95
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Trip to Great Brittan

Hey,

here some photos of my trip from Belgium to Great Brittan. Ferry from Dunkerque to Dover. Side cases GIVI XE36 (2x) and rollbag Held, 90 liters.
400 kg's with passenger. Difficult to start, stop and turning around on the little roads in the hills of KENT. I learned a lot.

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Old 06-29-2006, 06:00 AM   #96
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I'm using Cortech Motorcycle Saddlebags and Tail Bag (soft).
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:07 AM   #97
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I use soft Cortech side and seat bags with a Dan Vesels luggage guard on the left side. And a SHAD topbox. Mostly, because I already had them coming from my KLR. But also, because if I'm staying in a hotel... the seat bag connects to the side bags in a system.. so that all I have to do in unclip 4 quick releases... toss all three over my shoulder, and carry the topbox in the other hand... for only one trip to the room. ;-)

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Old 06-29-2006, 08:33 AM   #98
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While the chances of taking a direct hit from a trailer tire at 78mph, I must admit, are probably pretty darn slim

I just can't stop wondering where all my stuff would be if I was using anything less than my Jesse's!

Oh, if you have not seen it, here's the link: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=148147

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Old 06-29-2006, 11:29 AM   #99
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I see where you have the Cortech triple items and a topbox as well. Have you both taken trips with this set up?

3 uestions:

1. Using the Cortech tailbag do you have enough room on your seat without cramping you?
2. How much do the cortech saddlebags hold? enough?
3. Can you use the saddle bags w/o the tailbag?
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Old 06-29-2006, 11:30 AM   #100
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I use soft Cortech side and seat bags...
Anyway you can make this post any wider
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Anyway you can make this post any wider

It's not even wide, what are you reading the post on you cell phone.
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These are Givi E21N's (hold 21 liters ea.) on SW Motech Quick release side racks and a Cortech Tailbag (30 liter) I really like this setup.



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Old 06-29-2006, 11:55 AM   #103
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I see where you have the Cortech triple items and a topbox as well. Have you both taken trips with this set up?

3 uestions:

1. Using the Cortech tailbag do you have enough room on your seat without cramping you?
2. How much do the cortech saddlebags hold? enough?
3. Can you use the saddle bags w/o the tailbag?
I used this setup on the KLR for several trips.. mostly in Mexico. Liked the setup so much... I just transferred them to my new wee-strom.

1. Yes, on my wee-strom I have plenty of room on the seat. No cramping at all. And I'm no light weight. ;-)

2. I don't know exactly how much.. but plenty for everything I carry including extra oil, tools, lube, etc.

3. Yes, you can use the saddle bags alone.. or the seat bag alone. The seat bag has quick release clips that clip right into the soft bags, and built-in bungies with hooks for when you're using the seat bag by itself. Or, you can zip the mounting system off the bottom of the seatbag and just use it has a duffle if you want.

I've been happy with mine and been using them for a little over a year now. All three come with rain covers and they stay on if you remember to cinch them down after you put them on. I'm still using my original rain covers. And they do keep everything dry. When traveling, I kept my laptop in the seatbag with my spare KLR tubes underneath for cushion. Never got wet even while riding in Mexican rainy season. I'm using the setup on my wee-strom now, but I had to get a Dan Vesels luggage guard for the left side.

There are also another set of cortech soft panniers that also work in this system that are larger. I thought about getting those first, but didn't want to be tempted to overpack. ;-) I'm glad I stuck with the smaller ones, but if you need the extra storage, they're available and work with the same seat bag the same.

This is what the same setup looked like on my KLR in Mexico. I bungied a second rain-proof bag on top to carry my hammock/rain tarp/sleeping bag.

http://www.poppinfreshmedia.com/mex06bikephotos/

hope that helps.

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Looks like Reddirt and you have the same tail bag but your side bags are smaller. What do you call yours,,,the sport? Can you tell of any mileage reduction?

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Looks like Reddirt and you have the same tail bag but your side bags are smaller. What do you call yours,,,the sport? Can you tell of any mileage reduction?

thanks
I call my ol' bags, "Mabel" and "Gertrude" ;-)

I think there is a milage reduction.. but not significant... maybe 1-2 MPGs.

Like I said, the smaller bags help prevent me from over-packing, but the larger ones DO offer considerable more room.
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