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Old 23 Apr 2014
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Mk 2 Magadan Bags

So i finally brought a set of Magadan bags.

At first i though the cost at £350 was far to much for any soft bags but to be fair since getting them and having a detailed look the quality is very good. I suppose you get what you pay for and i am hoping these are the last bags i need to buy if the quality is as good lasting as it looks

I also like the side storage space which for me is ideal to carry 2 x 1L oil bottles and maybe 2 x 1L petrol bottles should i need them

I have not rigged them up to the DRZ however do people really trust the Velcro straps that joins them together ?

Maybe its just me as i always like a back up so i will also source another point to attach them that is not Velcro and there is a place to fix it either on the front or rear of the bags

I travel light so i am hoping that with just these 2 bags and a front and rear fender bag which will hold my tools and a spare tube that should be it...

Stay light move fast...........
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I've just got back from a few days on my Bonneville using the Mags. Great bags although I do find that the inner bags are very stiff and can be hard to roll down but hope fully they'll loosen up after a few trips.

I've got two litres of petrol in one pocket and a rain suit in the other also my Trangia fuel bottle and a usually a 1.5l bottle of water in the remaining pockets.

Regarding strap-age I had the two Velcro straps across the seat and a ROK strap around the width of the bag attached to this frame I had made up.

TBonneville Frame by fraser2312, on Flickr

I do trust the Velcro but I as I understand it the bags are designed to be used with a frame and the bags then strapped to the frame. In Walters photos you can see a cam-buckle strap around his bags.
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Hey Wesley, let us see some photos of the Magadan!
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I'm also getting them, just need to figure out how to get the logo off them


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zandesiro i will put some up later with them on the bike

Casper i agree about the logo but it is stitched in there real good so best option is to go over it with a black marker pen on maybe black dye ink ?

Not sure why they would put such a big logo on, i mean it is not like anyone who does not go on these sites and just see's the bike parked up can tell the brand if they saw them from the logo as a smaller full adventure spec logo would be more beneficial to the company so people could identify where they were brought from rather than a big A S logo on the side....

You kind of feel like one of them idiots you see about who wears a t-shirt with a massive CK on for calvin klein.......

I buy things for quality or fit for purpose and not for a fashion statement,
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Casper i agree about the logo but it is stitched in there real good so best option is to go over it with a black marker pen on maybe black dye ink ?

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You kind of feel like one of them idiots you see about who wears a t-shirt with a massive CK on for calvin klein.......

I buy things for quality or fit for purpose and not for a fashion statement,
I was thinking about using a razor blade to do it, or take them to the nearest tailor to have them do it - also I'm not 100% sure about the reflective strips...

I don't mind big logos if I'm paid to have them on my stuff (but I'm not an famous world traveler), otherwise please nothing bigger than a coin. As you say buy these things for functionality not fashion
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Hey Wesley, let us see some photos of the Magadan!
I only just sat them on the bike as i will fix the straps under the seat and also fab up some brackets











Also fell off last night whilst riding some dirt tracks, dirt was like sand and as to much torque on the DRZ the MEFO's dont grip at all in dirt sand so back wheel went away and front light fell on a tree stump.

Ripped the front plastic light cover off to bend the light back as good as i could as it was a night ride home, got a better light to fit when i make the brackets as on motorways i ride at nighttime




To be fair i am preparing a bike i will not be using this year

Out to Central Asia again next month but only transport is local 4x4
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I was thinking about using a razor blade to do it, or take them to the nearest tailor to have them do it - also I'm not 100% sure about the reflective strips...

I don't mind big logos if I'm paid to have them on my stuff (but I'm not an famous world traveler), otherwise please nothing bigger than a coin. As you say buy these things for functionality not fashion

I dont mind the reflective strips and if others drivers behind notice them then thats a good thing i think

But maybe pulling the stitching on the logo will leave very fine small holes in the bags?

I don't care to much about the logo to be fair but yes if had a choice i would of liked it alot smaller
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I've just got back from a few days on my Bonneville using the Mags. Great bags although I do find that the inner bags are very stiff and can be hard to roll down but hope fully they'll loosen up after a few trips.

I've got two litres of petrol in one pocket and a rain suit in the other also my Trangia fuel bottle and a usually a 1.5l bottle of water in the remaining pockets.

Regarding strap-age I had the two Velcro straps across the seat and a ROK strap around the width of the bag attached to this frame I had made up.

TBonneville Frame by fraser2312, on Flickr

I do trust the Velcro but I as I understand it the bags are designed to be used with a frame and the bags then strapped to the frame. In Walters photos you can see a cam-buckle strap around his bags.
Nice photos on Flickr
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im also considering the mags for my drz wesley
but what swung it for you to pay that amount?
did you consider wolfmans with their expedition range?im torn between the two

for me i think the magadans are two big,would love to see them in the flesh

they look like they would sag very low on the drz for some reason,do you plan on having them pushed more forward up the bike?
i would imagine youd need a sizable pair of side racks to keep them well anchored?

for myself i was looking for something a bit more compact i guess,it would be great to see a quick video if you get the time and see them sitting on her as you want them to

anyway best of luck with them either way
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im also considering the mags for my drz wesley
but what swung it for you to pay that amount?
did you consider wolfmans with their expedition range?im torn between the two

for me i think the magadans are two big,would love to see them in the flesh

they look like they would sag very low on the drz for some reason,do you plan on having them pushed more forward up the bike?
i would imagine youd need a sizable pair of side racks to keep them well anchored?

for myself i was looking for something a bit more compact i guess,it would be great to see a quick video if you get the time and see them sitting on her as you want them to

anyway best of luck with them either way
Brain P basicly what i learnt from last years trip and also on the advice for long time ADV riders.

When i set of on last years trip i was lucky compared to others as a couple of times during the trip i caught a flight back to the UK for work so because of this i could travel light

As you see in this picture my soft bags are high up and also to the bursting point of packing which if i need anything out would take ages to repack due to the tertris style of how things are packed. also i was riding with around 5-10kg in my back pack which i don't think is ideal for your back








So i met Terry Brown in the Georgia Kavkas mountains and he is one of the most knowledgeable person i have met with regards to ADV traveling he did a few adjustments to my bike and then gave me some
advice about my rear luggage



You really need your side bags down low and as he said the back of your foot should just be touching or be just of from touching the soft bags, off road this is very important.

Here is his bike with them





Sometimes due to the weight in my back pack i would strap it to the back of the bike, i really needed bigger bags



Well after i left Terry i said back in Tbilisi i would get my luggage racks refitted to have them lower down but this never happened

Later on in the trip packing got worst and then i meet Seb briefly DRZ400 also





He did say the bags are not ideal just putting on the bike and he did have to carry out some work to fit them, he later sold his bike (Seb i would off brought these off you if i would of knew!!!! )

Seb did say you need to make some brackets or something to fit them so i was aware of this before hand

So i needed bigger bags and the only bag really on the market is the Magadan bags that suit me, lots of long time ADV riders are using them and i am not trying to reinvent the wheel, yes you can use any old bags but the bottom line basic to me for ADV riding are as follows

1-Lightweight bike
2-longish fuel tank range
3-good luggage system

They are alot of money i agree but if you compare them to other bags maybe not as much as you think.

I also don't think will should all be rushing out to buy the top of the line products as i am seeing now but for me a good luggage system is a must hence why i brought them

And compared to other bags i saw last year the quality is the great.

Its funny i am new to this ADV riding and when i see a ADV bike the first thing i think is

1- will it be hard to lift of the ground
2- luggage is packed wrong as in wrong place
3-Fuel range

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DRZ with Magadan side bags | Fern's Forays from the Fens.

my post/review about magadan bags..
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Nice review Fern, i am going to fix a stainless plate behind where they sit and some other attachments
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yeah, i'd make sure both plates are large enough to reach down to the bottom of each pannier, otherwise they will curve and sag, and eventually can clip the swingarm when you bottom out...
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thanks for the info wes

yes the racks did look slightly high and those bags also looked very bulky and wide....made the same mistakes in sweden friend,so i relate to your miserys

yes the magadans do look the part,once you have a tight fit im sure there are few bags on the market with the usability they have....

reading some of walters blogs am i right he did not use them for the trip on the xchallenge or did he come up with the design after the trip?
if he didnt i wonder why he chose the ortliebs

anyway i would be thinking we have the exact same worries for rigging the drz out for these trips......weight of luggage...where to put it,how to get the most out of it and how durable it will be...

i noticed you didnt go for a luggage bag across the back??

i actually want a top box.....something along the same design as a trax or trekker that i can weld up myself....maybe just for the security of it too!
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