Light and easy loading
New on this great forum and thought I could start with contributing with some of my experience.:-)
I´m going for a 4 week trip to Morocco within a few days, This is something I´ve been planning for the last six month together with my great friend Chris. He is running his company for adventure traveling, Explore360 and we are three persons going together for some reconnaissance.
During the summer I´ve made two independent trips to beautiful Norway to try out the bike and different equipment, plus myself. ;-)
One of my biggest concerns are to lower the weight as much as possible, familiar to you all is probably the downside of a heavy bike when the things gets going.
I started out with the original panniers in aluminum which really are adding comfort and are easy to load and use. However I found out that the two panniers together represented an empty weight of more than 10 kg´s. On top of that is the mounting construction that adds another 5 kg´s which means at least +15 kg on the bike BEFORE any load is added!!
I looked for an option and found an interesting option from the company Motonaut (motonaut.eu). The "Motonaut Adventure" was their best model for my use. (They also have alternatives for lighter bikes like enduro´s and such).
On my second Norway-excursion lasting for a week I tested that loading system, which is almost weightless in comparison with the panniers. Once you get acquainted with the strapping system I found that it as a really great option to those heavy panniers.
You get a slightly higher center of gravity but that´s compensated by far with less total weight. I´s also flexible and less fragile once you fall or drop the bike.
I´ve since had some contact with the inventer and owner of Motonaut, Kristofer and discussed some details that´s now implemented in the line of loading systems that he provide.
I found the system that convincing I´ve decided to use it on the upcoming trip to Morocco.
You will be able to follow us on:
Lisa Nordlind - på motorcykel i Afrika med Jonas och Chris
Check it out!
Last edited by Bertrand; 7 Oct 2013 at 10:43.
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