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Old 18 Jul 2005
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Fuel tank 'side' panniers

Ages ago, I saw a german guy with an R80 with zip on 'side' panniers fastened to the fuel tank. They zipped onto a sort of harness that clipped round the tank and were very useful. They sat toward the front of the tank so as to be out of the way of your knees.

Anyway, I wonder if anyone knows where you can get them? I have a 20 litre acerbis tank for my TT600RE and the tank shape doesn't suit a normal tank bag, so I think these might be a nice option.

Any help much appreciated :-)

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Hi Andy.
If you want the cheapest and possibly strongest pair of "auxilliary tank paniers",try looking for a pair of those tough canvas-type bags from an army surplus store and make your own harness to fit.That way you can custom make them fit exactly as you want them.I found a pair of 2 litre water bottles from my local store(plastic in a tough harness) and modded these to fit just infront of my knees.Keeps the weight of the water away from the back of the bike,and when it's raining they keep a surprising amount of it off my knees.Total cost....£7.98p.

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Andy, the tank panniers with the zipper-attachment you describe sound like Touratech. They are the only ones i've seen that attach with zippers, a brilliant idea in my opinion.Check out their websight and you will find a picture.
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Yep, Touratech's nice, but more than 10x as expensive as John's proposal.

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Hi all - thanks for the tips. I do like jons idea of carrying water on the tank (and thereby freeing up pannier space for the probably lighter things I'd have kept in my tank bags). I'll get myself down to the army surplus shop, I think...

thanks and regards to all - Andy

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If you want a couple of photos of the tank bottles,PM me and i'll send you some.

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Tank panniers are nice because they shift the weight towards the front of the bike, for better weight distribution. However, be careful if you have long legs. Make sure your knees don't rub against the back of the tank bags while riding. It will rub your knees raw. Sheer torture. I've been there.

Also, tank panniers tend to funnel and trap engine heat around your legs. Nice in cold weather, but again, torure during a hot summer day.

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To carry extra water on my '91 gspd, I carry a push bike water bottle either side. Each bottle carrier is fastened to the crash bars with 2 worm drive hose clips (you must select bottle carriers with protruding "ears". You'll see.)They are available anytime and look neat. I guess you could use the same for fuel using the larger 2 litre Sigg bottles?
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Just came across some saddle bags used for riding equipment. The bags are tied together (adjustable) and could be strung over the tank. Size was for each bag 23cm width and 28cm height. One bag was equipped to hold 2 water bottles, the other had a zipper. €25.

Another possibility is to fix a bicycle bottle holder on the handlebar.
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You can likely find things like this in a few places:

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...412&catalogCod e=XF&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat20153&hasJS= true

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Originally Posted by andybee
Ages ago, I saw a german guy with an R80 with zip on 'side' panniers fastened to the fuel tank. They zipped onto a sort of harness that clipped round the tank and were very useful. They sat toward the front of the tank so as to be out of the way of your knees....
They may be these :- http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=128479&page=3 - Kahedo Kalahari III - apparently they make Touratech's - towards the end of the thread he tells you where to find them
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More info...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=196530
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Aerostich

www.aerostich.com has two different sized tank panniers. Although they do not zip off, they are pretty decent. Figured I'd pass it on.
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modified bycicle throw over panniers

I just bought a bicycle throw over panniers for 15 EUROS (from Go Sport - for UK people: there is a big one at Cite Europe, in Calais!) . I intend to separate them and use straps to links them them together to go over the tank, and also strap them to the crash bars. Very easy job as they are fitted with "thingies" for strapping it. No sewing involved. I will use them for water to shift some weight toward the front. My bike tends to wobble a lot when the panniers are fully loaded and this should help a bit.

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an MSR 10 litre 'pouch'
Sits perfectly in the well of my spare rear tyre behind me & 2 clips stop it sliding-
It also makes for the 10 kilos to sit on the 'passenger' seat - perfect for balance.
I already have 22kilos up front for fuel. (Elkamet tanks)
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