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Old 01-14-2007, 05:56 PM   #1
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"Tank Panniers"

Hi @ all,

I'm interested in tank panniers. I would like to hear some people's experience(s) (handling, etc.) and recommendations (tank panniers (along with projected price), bike set-up (i.e., heavier fork oil), and where to order). I'm less into "hardcore" off-roading and more into adventure touring -- on and off pavement. Going off-road will be more like easy - moderately difficult terrain/trails/streams, damaged paved roads and dirt roads.

Yes, there is a recent thread on the subject, but being labeled "tank bags" may not get the same visibility... and thus, possibly less input.

Here are some of my planning assumptions. Please chime in to confirm and/or deny my assumptions.

1) they would keep the front-end down on a thumper at "highway" speeds on the road
2) they would seem to balance out the load more
3) reduces the amount of stress on the rear subframe (should the rider reallocate items from the rear that is)
4) another potential benefit would be the protection of the tank (faux or real) -- and possibly legs -- should you find yourself with something other than rubber side down
5) and of course, more storage space

1) reduces front forks' ability to absorb the bumps -- thus (potentially) reducing off-roading capability (not that I plan to expect my (heavy) Dakar to perform like my friend's XR650R... nor do I plan to do "hardcore" off-roading either)
2) potentially impacts handling

Again, I would appreciate any input with experience(s) and recommended kit.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 01-14-2007, 09:26 PM   #2
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I've got the Wolfman tank panniers and they're great. I've used the same bags on numerous bikes and they always seem to work out. The advantages are many such as extra gear capacity, tank protection, wind protection and in some applications you can even brace against them. The two negatives you mentioned, on the Wolfman bags at least, don't even apply. They just aren't big enough to get so heavy as to effect handling and front suspension travel. The tank bags that Aerostich sells appear to be much larger then the Wolfman bags so maybe you'd have some issues of that nature with them.
I use my tank bags all the time.

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Old 01-14-2007, 09:55 PM   #3
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I got mine here. Wolman Luggage Aerostich also sell some. I don't notice them affecting handling any. But then I don't put a lot of weight in them. Just some extra layers and spare clothes.
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Old 01-14-2007, 10:16 PM   #4
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I have a set of the Wolfman Tank Panniers on my KLR. I love them. They don't interfere with standing on the pegs, and they help to block some of the wind from hitting my legs when I'm sitting down.

I don't generally pack a lot of heavy stuff in them, usually just my rain gear, spare gloves, first aid kit, that sort of thing - stuff that I want to keep ready at hand, that won't necessarily fit in the tank bag.

affect on handling? haven't really noticed any difference

Affects performance of the forks? not that I've noticed, but as I said I don't put a lot of heavy stuff in them.

I consider them well worth the $100CAD that they cost me.
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Old 01-14-2007, 11:04 PM   #5
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I have some panniers... but for the life of me I can't recall what brand. They've never caused me any problems, although my legs are a bit longer than most and my knees rest up against them.

They did help save the KLR in a low-side (not that the KLR needs much saving) and they are very handy for keeping frequently-used items (like layers, water and munchies). I found that I can stick my camelback water bag in one and run the hose up from there. Keeps me from having to wear the camelback all of the time

Oh, and I've also used them on my 1150GS (adventure tank) with no problems.

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Old 01-15-2007, 12:41 AM   #6
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I just bought a set of Mountain Sun tank panniers and they are great. I am very happy with the purchase.
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Old 01-15-2007, 12:44 AM   #7
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Yep... Wolfman! +1
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Old 01-15-2007, 04:40 AM   #8
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Old 01-15-2007, 06:34 AM   #9
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Old 01-15-2007, 09:12 AM   #10
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I've read, but don't know first hand, that they're also nice while riding in cold and/or wet weather - as they keep the wind off of your legs, kind of like a semi lower fairing.
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Old 01-15-2007, 10:34 AM   #11
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I've googled to find the Wilderness Trail tank panniers without success. Where did you get them?

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Old 01-15-2007, 10:44 AM   #12
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I've also got wolfman tank panniers, keep them on the bike(KLR) all the time. Left side carries tools and right side I keep tire irons, two spare tubes, (front and rear) and valve stem tool.

I've got the older black cordura panniers and the only complaint is their not waterproof. Of course Eric changed the material the year after I bought mine. I would suggest the expedition series if you go with wolfman panniers.
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Old 01-15-2007, 02:58 PM   #13
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Another big + on the tank panniers. I have Wolfman ones on my KLR. Once I found a position that got them far enough forward for my knees I couldn't be happier with them. They're the one peice of luggage that never comes off my bike. No effect on handing, unless maybe you plan to load them with lead bars. Great wind and element protection for the knees. Offroading is no problem, don't even notice they're on.

Oh, and as for flopping around? Never, even in extreme conditions.

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Old 01-15-2007, 03:29 PM   #14
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Less than $40 bucks at Tractor Supply...Very nice, tons of room, no handling problem what-so-ever.

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Old 01-16-2007, 12:38 PM   #15
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They look just what I need!

The only thing what I could find from TS was this
They are not the same what you have in your bike...

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