Originally Posted by adventure950
I am hoping to simplify the design and get the costs down also.
Always welcome, but in reality cost should not be a real consideration to people planning a serious trip. In the overall scheme of things luggage of this ilk is going to amount to a quite small proprtion of the capital and running costs.
Work it out - (in GBP) say, Bike 5k, tools spares & equipment 1k, clothing 0.5k. Already Jakes panniers are likely to add far less than 10% to this and we havn't even started the bike up yet. Add on fuel, accommodation, insurance, visas, ferries,
s etc and this could easily reduce to 5% for a 4 month tour.
The nearest posible soft bags may be a quarter of the cost of these. So for saving less than (say) 3% of your costs do you really want to have less than something that I believe will be miles ahead of anything available.
I learned the hard way (no pun intended, but quite apt) real functionallity and quality is just not worth saving on - and Jake's bags look better thought out than anything else.
I am not promoting him (I have never met or even spoken to the guy - we just know of each other) but he does seem to have applied much knowledge, research and thought to this. I applaud it and want to start using the result.
(I look forward to sending a cheque!!)