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Old 04-06-2011, 10:11 PM   #121
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Interesting... The transaction with Vern was the best that I've had with any bike let alone any purchase. I literally watched my bags being made, boxed, shipped. There was nothing but excellent service. Customs, on the other hand... ack.

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I had the same experience. The panniers seem decent but the service for people in the the US sucks big time.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:38 AM   #122
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Interesting... The transaction with Vern was the best that I've had with any bike let alone any purchase. I literally watched my bags being made, boxed, shipped. There was nothing but excellent service. Customs, on the other hand... ack.

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I was asking about R1200GS panniers before Christmas. Asked again in January. Asked again in February. Gave up and was pissed. Decided to go with a different brand.

Yes, I believe that Vern's panniers are really good quality and really sturdy. But I don't care if I don't get even basic questions answered.
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Old 04-07-2011, 02:15 AM   #123
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Have a set of Vern's myself. I've had Jesse's and Pelican (same as Caribou Cases) and I have to say that the Worldbeaters are best built panniers I've used. Sometimes he's not the quickest to get back to you but he literally hand builds each one himself. Possibly the fastest way to contact him is by registering on ukgser.com and sending him a private message (look up "Vern" in the members list). Top bloke too - spent half a day with me in his workshop (I travelled over from Ireland especially). I have never seen someone use a spirit level when making sure something fit my bike perfectly before!


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Old 05-19-2011, 01:14 PM   #124
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excelent panniers it seems...
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:42 AM   #125
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Anyone heard from him lately?
Tried calling both his phones for a week now; no reply.

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Old 05-02-2012, 10:24 AM   #126
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Anyone heard from him lately?
Tried calling both his phones for a week now; no reply.

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Try the ukgser.com/forums he usually hangs around on there. Goes by the name Vern
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:48 AM   #127
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I love mine too!!!

and i think that he might be a bit partial to R1100GS riders....
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:50 PM   #128
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Last year, in Northern Spain, we hit a traffic sign while riding at about 110 km/h.
Vern says that the lid can not be saved, but the rest can be salvaged.

Whenever I am asked I say: If you simply want the best, send an email to Vern.
Be patient, but joy awaits you.

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Old 05-09-2012, 12:52 PM   #129
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You could always buy a backup set... I have a pair in the garage just incase I need them!
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:26 AM   #130
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I rode over a truck-weight the other day.
We're 540 kg.
That is, I think, somewhat more than it is supposed to be.

A result of this slight overweight can be seen here: The mudguard is touching the rack.

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Old 02-11-2013, 03:01 AM   #131
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I still love my panniers.

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Old 02-11-2013, 05:43 AM   #132
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Just picked up my panniers by Kirk yesterday. I am quite impressed!







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Old 05-28-2013, 02:05 PM   #133
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I got mine back in 2008; love at first sight.

In 2010 we crashed into a traffic sign at 110 km/h and severely dented the right box.
With the help of a local welder (in Lleida, Spain) we managed to get home.

Last year I shipped the damaged one to Vern; i was tired of it leaking badly.
The lid, he said, could not be salvaged. But for 110 GBP he would straighten out the box, and make me a new lid.
Then he would ship it back to me (on his expense, Then, as soon as he had time,
he would make me a new box and ship that to me as well.

The old, straightened box works just fine, and with the new lid it does not leak.
In fact, even when I dropped the bike in a stream in (on?) Sardinia, it did not leak.
I know, but the picture was taken after I had dragged the bike more or less back on dry land.

I love them!

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Old 05-28-2013, 06:49 PM   #134
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Damn Vern makes nice stuff. If I EVER need new panniers I'll be ordering them from with the understanding that I'll have to wait.

I can wait.
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:01 PM   #135
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Vern has been pretty unwell for quite a while. I chased him over several months to get a set, got a little frustrated trying to buy. Once I understood his circumstances I felt a bit silly. I did get my bags. Unlike the five sets of Jesse's I've had in the past they fit first time and are square to the bike. The volume is great and they are very light weight. I'd read a lot of reviews of Vern's so it was a bit of a leap of faith to have them shipped sight unseen to my bike (I live in the US, my bike is currently in Greece) where they fitted without a hitch.

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