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Old 05-29-2013, 05:28 AM   #61
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I presume you mean bare racks?

I had a few shots but lost them when transferring from iPad to Macbook out there. Thee's a bit more here. Sold the bike with the racks

They're a prototype idea from Al Jesse and he's asked me not to spell it out until he's ready as the production version is much refined. It includes a novel concept that I must say, appeared to work on my CRF and would suit bikes like it.

Al just told me they'll be 'debuted in North Carolina when we go there mid June' A BMW rally?
Yes, I meant rack but the autocorrect caught it. When I fab up some they will be of the ledge design since a pannier sitting on a ledge makes the most sense. Thanks.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:58 AM   #62
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sitting on a ledge makes the most sense
I agree, although this feature seems little used these days. When I had no experience and made my very first rack for my XT5 back in '82, a platform was a 'no-brainer' (although that expression hadn't been invented yet).

Some pages with ideas, in case you have not seen.
http://adventure-motorcyclingh.com/2...anding-rack-1/
http://adventure-motorcyclingh.com/2...a-rack-2-of-3/
http://adventure-motorcyclingh.com/2...a-rack-3-of-4/
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...age-rack-38462
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:41 AM   #63
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I got a Yamaha XT1200. The Magadan seems to be very large, can I still carry a pillion with ease?
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:19 PM   #64
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Anyone having these bags on a Yamaha XT1200?
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:30 AM   #65
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I got a Yamaha XT1200. The Magadan seems to be very large, can I still carry a pillion with ease?
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Yes, because you can mount the bags as far forward or back as you like. With a pillion, you would position the bags a bit further rearward than you might if you were only riding solo.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:27 PM   #66
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:55 PM   #67
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Falling apart

I just took my Magadan bags on my first trip, and unfortunately, it looks like some of the stitching is already giving way:









I didn't abuse them or overload them. Has anyone else experienced similar issues? Adventure Spec has offered to take them back for a refund, but it will cost me well over $50 to ship them from the US. If they're only cosmetic "holes," then I'd rather hold on to them.

Thoughts?
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:57 PM   #68
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Were they hanging off the seat straps with no rack used?

It's hard to think of those stitches pulling apart if there was a horizontal and/or vertical strap pulling the bag hard against a rack. Or you had half a moose in each one.

Anyway, that's only the outer skin. Maybe stick a rivet in there?
Your PVC inner bag is still intact.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:31 PM   #69
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Were they hanging off the seat straps with no rack used?

It's hard to think of those stitches pulling apart if there was a horizontal and/or vertical strap pulling the bag hard against a rack. Or you had half a moose in each one.

Anyway, that's only the outer skin. Maybe stick a rivet in there?
Your PVC inner bag is still intact.
Used in conjunction with Touratech pannier racks and top shelf and Rok straps cinched tight.

Yes, it's just the outer skin, but it's right where that horizontal band is located. Just trying to do the mental calculus to see if it's worth sending them back for refund or exchange.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:15 PM   #70
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Used in conjunction with Touratech pannier racks and top shelf and Rok straps cinched tight.
Well that's a shame then.
I suppose I'd cough up the $50 for a new set - annoying though it is.
I suspect it's costing AS at least as much.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:31 PM   #71
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Used in conjunction with Touratech pannier racks and top shelf and Rok straps cinched tight.

Yes, it's just the outer skin, but it's right where that horizontal band is located. Just trying to do the mental calculus to see if it's worth sending them back for refund or exchange.
The manufacturer will replace them but you have to pay return shipping? Happy with everything else? Thanks.
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:47 PM   #72
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The manufacturer will replace them but you have to pay return shipping? Happy with everything else? Thanks.
The bags held a lot, were versatile, and lighter than aluminum cases. All good things for a lightweight adv bike.
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:52 PM   #73
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The bags held a lot, were versatile, and lighter than aluminum cases. All good things for a lightweight adv bike.
Good deal.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:11 PM   #74
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I too noticed one tiny pinhole in the Magadan bags when bran new - precisely in the area pictured - thought nothing of it, and proceeded to pack both bags very heavily on a trip from here (Pennsylvania) to Prudhoe Bay, AK & back.

To give an idea of the weight in the Magadans (combined with my fuel cell), there were several instances where I felt BOTH footpegs touch the road at the same time (full suspension compression on a GSA running Hyperpros), along with the usual conditions up & down the Dalton Highway this past spring. The left bag was the heaviest - containing roughly 55 LBS, and obviously the bags & straps were being put through their paces like this while strapped very tightly to the pannier racks.

Bottom line here is, through some pretty stressful (to the Magadans) conditions there were zero stitch tearing issues, material tearing issues, buckle issues, etc - nothing.

Quite happy with the bags.

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Old 07-19-2013, 05:25 AM   #75
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Log a complaint with Adventure Specs if the bags disintegrate in the future .Then put a little ShooGoo in the holes and ride! The bags are not going to come apart. Mine have 0 problems in probably 5,000 miles of hard use.
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