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Old 06-04-2009, 12:59 AM   #301
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Just curious - last Metal Mule post I saw was 3 or so months ago. Any progress?

Edit: Well, I see that they have info up on their web site:

https://www.metalmule.com/shop-onlin...tegory_id,130/

Dandini - what do you think?
The MM rack and panniers are great - pics here..I did post a write up of it a while ago


http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/dpeward/690MetalMule#

This is how we made a givi fit ..not pretty but it works well..
http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/dpeward/TopBoxRack#

haven't got any pics with the tank and Reanzco and panniers both on yet - will get some tomorrow..here's the tank only..

http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/dpeward/Ktm690SafariTank#
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:49 PM   #302
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Giant Loop fitted

I spent Friday night fitting up a Giant Loop bag. Based on some postings here, I did as follows:
1. Fit the bag to cover the gas cap.
2. Bolt left and right side panels to plastic using all 3 locations per side. Button head bolts against the tank, nuts to the inside of the bag.
3. Left grab handles in place.(removed for bag fitting)
4. Use center 2 straps to hook around grab handle ends and sinch down.
5. I did not install the heat shield as the bag was far from the pipe.

Center straps can be loosened and bag bent forward to access gas cap. Went for a ride Saturday to test and holds down well. Bag did not interfer with movement on the seat but did hit me on the butt a few times on more technical terrain.




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Old 06-09-2009, 03:32 AM   #303
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29 liter Touratech Bags '08 690 E

I currently have the 29 L touratech bags with a KTM saddlebag frame, the Touratech frame was not yet available when I ordered my hard bags. Last week I was riding up in the Mtns. and took a digger at about 10 mph all the weight of the bike came down on the left hardbag. The bag took on some deep scratches. THe hardbags are just to bulky and being that there foundation is the gas tank, I ordered some Ortlieb soft dry bags they are only 4" wide and will have some give next time I go down. I am debating on selling the 29L Touratech panniers.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:10 AM   #304
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Here is my luggage solution:









I believe that its a Pelican 1500 case, got it from the neighbor for free , glued in some foam for the DSLR, the other side has sleeping bag, hammock, hammock straps. Rotopax will be here on Thursday and is getting mounted on the top of the pelican. I am going minimalist in what I bring...go light, go fast
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:41 AM   #305
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I just randomly strapped some kriega bags on mine and bolted an old RC8 plate on the KTM rack, seemed to stay on

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Old 06-09-2009, 09:05 AM   #306
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How does your camera hold up back there? I would think it would get beat to hell.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:18 AM   #307
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How does your camera hold up back there? I would think it would get beat to hell.
It will probably get shakin' around a bit, but nothing it hasnt seen in a van through Kenya's prime road conditions, talk about bumpy! I havent tried it on the bike yet, just mounted it up last night, I see a lot of guys carrying them this way in the foam. Thats one reason I went with the Pentax, steel body. I have carried it a few times in my backpack with no issues. Atleast this way if I go down its not on my back. Do you have any experience with something like this? I would love to hear some feedback.
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Old 06-09-2009, 03:36 PM   #308
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It will probably get shakin' around a bit, but nothing it hasnt seen in a van through Kenya's prime road conditions, talk about bumpy! I havent tried it on the bike yet, just mounted it up last night, I see a lot of guys carrying them this way in the foam. Thats one reason I went with the Pentax, steel body. I have carried it a few times in my backpack with no issues. Atleast this way if I go down its not on my back. Do you have any experience with something like this? I would love to hear some feedback.
I have a Giant Loop bag, and stuff gets hammered in there, even when it is packed tight.

My girl is a photographer, she says it should be ok with your setup...I just know anything mounted on the bike gets beat, where as in a back pack it doesn't get the vibrations.
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Old 06-09-2009, 03:46 PM   #309
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[QUOTE=Kermit13
My girl is a photographer, she says it should be ok with your setup...I just know anything mounted on the bike gets beat, where as in a back pack it doesn't get the vibrations.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the update, I think the foam should keep it fairly safe.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:56 PM   #310
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Update

Mounted up the rotopax today ontop of the Pelican. It lasted all of about 2 min. Took it for a short test run and I guess the weight of the top box and fuel bent the TT rack into a 90 degree angle, back to the drawing board Going to have to make something much stronger than the cheap TT metal they used on their rack.
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:09 AM   #311
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690 GL test

Hi

I riveted some loops onto the 690 rear fender, strapped a GL on it and threw her down the tracks in Mozambique - no problems and easy to refuel with quick release straps.











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Old 06-17-2009, 05:21 AM   #312
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I just randomly strapped some kriega bags on mine and bolted an old RC8 plate on the KTM rack, seemed to stay on

Is that a 17" on the front? How do you find it on the road? Mine make the bike very twitchy sometimes. the slightest input to the handlebars can induce a pretty good wobble.
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Old 06-21-2009, 10:17 AM   #313
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Hi guys,
as for the durability of the rack mounts: I just came back from a great trip to the south of France. 3000 km with the boxes loaded with 1o kg each and the rear rack with 5 kg. No problems so far after total 18500 km with the tank mounts.
Have fun!
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:34 PM   #314
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Tank Bag

My last trip out I tried using an old Marsee tank bag and it was a huge pain in the ass. It was flopping to one side or another and generally getting in the way any time the going got rough.

I've heard the Wolfman small Expedition bag works well--any others that'll stay put & not get in the way too much?

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Old 06-24-2009, 01:45 PM   #315
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My last trip out I tried using an old Marsee tank bag and it was a huge pain in the ass. It was flopping to one side or another and generally getting in the way any time the going got rough.

I've heard the Wolfman small Expedition bag works well--any others that'll stay put & not get in the way too much?

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I use the Wolfman Enduro. Doesn't move around at all.
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