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Old 11-21-2010, 09:24 AM   #1
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Pannier question

I am planning a trip to Alaska in 2012. I have a 2006 Triumph Tiger and want to increase the carrying capacity. I plan on replacing the OEM hardbags with an aftermarket set. I am leaning towards the Touratech Zega bags (41L size). Any other ideas on this? Experiences w/ the Zega bags or a different manufacturer? The Touratech's are no doubt pricey, but they appear to be bomb proof.
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:08 PM   #2
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I have the Trax and SW Motech mounting stuff. The Trax have 8 plastic corners per bag so these can develop leaks, mine have after a minor zero speed spill. The water runs in and sort of runs back out. The SW Motech brackets put the bags out so you need a wide load sign. Besides the above they are good enough for the price I guess. I was very happy with the service/delivery I got at SW Motech.

I have a set of Happy trails bags and their brackets on a DR650. The bags are OK, not expensive and you get what you pay for. The brackets make you scratch your head a few times to mount them. For the price they are good value.

I have had Jesse in the past and they are top notch gear.

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Old 11-21-2010, 01:54 PM   #3
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I have a pair of these and like them:
http://www.muffintopindustries.com/

Much more reasonably priced.
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:32 PM   #4
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Huge, cheap & bomb proof would be the Pelican 1440's. Mount them with the Happy Trails system or the TT pucks. Put them on my ULY for under $300.00 with the Happy Trails.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:45 AM   #5
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The Carabous have worked well. Took a low side on ice and they held up with out a scratch. Do not know about fitmit on the Triumph.
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Old 11-25-2010, 02:41 AM   #6
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I built this set foe a customer to take his Tiger from Australia to europe, reported back that they worked a treat. Locky.








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Old 11-26-2010, 07:40 AM   #7
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As cool as the aluminum hard bags are, I will go with soft bags in the future. The hard bags do not expand and do not give when you biff the bike. A set of waterproof Ortliebs or Wolfman bags should work just fine for you.
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Old 11-26-2010, 12:33 PM   #8
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another options are the Givis, I have them on my KLR and work out great, I still have not done any crashing just a couple of bumps and also my 3 year old things they are for jumping on and off.

There are many sizes available, I have 45L side and a 52L top box, all monokey, so if I wanted I could open all 3 bags with one key.

I use HT racks and they are fine, just need the Givi adapter, and it is easy on and off!

Waterproof is good, even do I have never ridden in a down poor. Everything has remain dry during the few times I have ridden in the rain, or wash my bike.

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Old 11-27-2010, 06:04 PM   #9
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I have the Caribous on my Wee, but my riding partner has the Touratech Zegas on his 955i. He loves the capacity and top loading, they've fared well with a couple of 0 mph tip overs:
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:59 AM   #10
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My builder line up would go like this.
Locky's..tough and well priced and tough..#1
Trax boxes. easy repair & good value.......#2
Pellican.. becaose they make good signal fire and you an get one every country........................................... ...#3
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:04 AM   #11
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My builder line up would go like this.
Trax boxes. easy repair & good value.......#2
The Trax use a special pop rivet. It is not your normal easy to come by rivit. Don't know if you can buy these rivits as they are pressed into the aluminum, do not protrude out the other side. A one shot deal I think. Can you buy new plastic corners? I don't know.

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Old 11-29-2010, 09:34 AM   #12
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I like my Happy-trail boxes







Just for some back ground I have owned givi, jessie, and assorment of stock boxes. I find the functionallity of the Happy-trail boxes to be the best amoung them. They are strong, secure, and water proof. I have crashed the H-T panniers in several different situations and have never done any harm to them or had them pop off.

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Old 11-29-2010, 11:23 AM   #13
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I have had soft bags.... Will not go back
Have Trax bags now... Work well but some have had leaks but mine dont. Jessie bags are pricey but real nice,
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:58 PM   #14
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The Trax use a special pop rivet. It is not your normal easy to come by rivit. Don't know if you can buy these rivits as they are pressed into the aluminum, do not protrude out the other side. A one shot deal I think. Can you buy new plastic corners? I don't know.

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While they are a special digit they are easily replaced with a standard rivet if required.

One other comment.... I much prefer top load bags over clam shell bags... Stuff does not have to be strapped into place to prevent it from falling out when you open them.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:11 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the reply's. The Jesse Bags and Zega's are leading the way for now, still................
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