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Old 08-14-2010, 01:01 AM   #1
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Andy strapz expedition bags

Has anyone mounted these soft bags on an 800?
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:46 PM   #2
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I will be verry soon, actually im ordering as we speak.
They fit on anything, as long as you have the extentions and enough clearance over the exhaust. What is it you need to know?
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:57 PM   #3
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I will be verry soon, actually im ordering as we speak.
They fit on anything, as long as you have the extentions and enough clearance over the exhaust. What is it you need to know?


I'd love to know your feelings about the quality and toughness of the bags, hard to find many reviews:(
What rack are u using? And how much are they?

I'm sold on idea of soft panniers, just doing my homework
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:07 AM   #4
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I've ridden with a heap of people using them and i've heard nothing bad. I think there were some stitching problems in the begining but thats been sorted for years. Have a look in the aus forum if you want some reviews, there arnt really any because they are what they are and people trust them.
I think the bike is alot more crashable with them, they arnt as rigid and they're less likely to brake your legs. They are lighter and you can use them on more than one bike. I have a swag made of the same stuff and once you soak and dry the canvas in the sun Aus canvas is watertight and alot tougher than the material wolfman uses.
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:51 AM   #5
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I have been using these bags on my KTM 950 Adv for about two years now and love them. They are very, very tough. I thrash my bike in Baja regularly, including many tip overs in rough stuff and the bags show no wear.

Quick and easy to pack, easy to adjust for various size loads, no jiggling/vibration, stable, waterproof, lightweight, narrow profile, etc. I could go on and on. If you have decided that soft bags are for you, then these are the ones to go with.

I never use the Gobi hard plastic case that came with the bike anymore.

And get yourself a few of these packing cubes in full and half sizes from REI. They fit like they were made for the bags, can be packed in a number of combinations, make packing easy and keep things organized.

http://www.rei.com/product/796365

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Old 08-19-2010, 05:35 AM   #6
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This rack is made to take the Andy Strapz bags or hard bags, has a alloy plate the support the bags and tie down loops for the wide flat straps.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:50 AM   #7
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They are great bags, I have a set that is 4 years old and has been from Australia to London on a bike, then a bunch of touring in Europe and finally a bit in South America. I rented a bike in Brazil that didn't have a rack, and even lying on the muffler heat shield only the back side of a strap melted, canvas was untouched.


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This rack is made to take the Andy Strapz bags or hard bags, has a alloy plate the support the bags and tie down loops for the wide flat straps.
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Do you have more detailed pictures Locky? Have you considered making a rack that hugs the bike closely when using a narrower muffler like the LeoVince?

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Old 08-19-2010, 10:32 PM   #8
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Rack?

Could any of you suggest a rack?
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i think most racks will work, im going with a home made rack. You only really need something to hold them off the bike and throw a couple of straps around to keep them in place.
If your undecided i'll post some pics of what i come up with when mine show up.

Edit a couple of people ive ridden with have used SW motche racks with success, and they are cheap.
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:19 AM   #10
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These bags need a rack like this to rest on, not just bars to keep them off the plastics if you intend to really load then up.

They also need to be strapped, either horizontally or vertically to take the strain off the cross straps.

Another good idea is to line the inside of the bags with a cut down plastic jerry can. This will keep the shape and stop tins or similar from chafing the bag from the inside.
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:09 PM   #11
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i think most racks will work, im going with a home made rack. You only really need something to hold them off the bike and throw a couple of straps around to keep them in place.
If your undecided i'll post some pics of what i come up with when mine show up.

Edit a couple of people ive ridden with have used SW motche racks with success, and they are cheap.

I'd like to see what you are doing.....cost of racks is ridiculous, especially if I only plan to run soft bags....
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Old 05-05-2011, 04:47 PM   #12
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A little late to the party but maybe this would help someone. F650GS but I just tied into the bolts on the normal pannier rack mounts. Bought the side racks off an OZ inmate that no longer had a F650. Might be able to have someone knock up something pretty easy for the 800.



Here is a side shot...



Only one bolt holding the side racks on. I've ridden w/ it loaded and no issues. Stove fuel, quart of oil and camping gear etc and no issues.
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