Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Equipment, Travel > Equipment Reviews

Equipment Reviews Post YOUR REVIEWS of ANY Motorcycle, Camping or Travel Equipment and accessories. Tell us what worked and didn't work for you!
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Parts & accessories for adventure touring motorcycles including GPS mounts, panniers, luggage, protection, dry bags, camping gear, tools, books & DVDs.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10 Nov 2008
Contributing Member
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sydney Australia
Posts: 11
Panniers For Bmw F800gs

hows it goin folks,

im lookin for some advice/opinions as to what panniers to fit to my bike for a trip from ireland to australia next year.
im a novice biker (former land rover owner) and i have'nt got a clue which ones will last the journey,
any advice would be much appreciated

cheers adam
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11 Nov 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: London
Posts: 64
Well, i'm doing London to Oz next year and have also gone for an 800GS. I've gone for some Touratech panniers which seem to be up to the job.
I did look at the Metal Mule panniers but they were just way too expensive.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11 Nov 2008
Tim Cullis's Avatar
Moderator
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Putney, SW London
Posts: 1,357
Due to the underseat tank, the F800GS has a wide arse, so be careful about getting panniers that are too wide.

Don't discount BMW's plastic vario panniers, they are tougher than you might imagine. I have Metal Mules which I also use on my 1200GSA. Another alternative is SW Motech's Trax panniers.

See this thread for lots of discussion: ► Hard luggage--panniers and topboxes - ::. UKGS'er.com .::

Tim
__________________
"For sheer delight there is nothing like altitude; it gives one the thrill of adventure
and enlarges the world in which you live,"
Irving Mather (1892-1966)

Access the Morocco Knowledgebase
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11 Nov 2008
Billy Bunter's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: London, England
Posts: 192
I have just ordered some Metal Mules today! went down to the workshop and chatted to Paul last week and he showed me his 800GS kitted out, they look good items and a nice company to deal with, they are arriving tomorrow, so very quick service.

I also liked the fact they have developed an exhaust which is slimmer and tighter to the bike so that the overall width of the panniers is only 1 meter, and that is with two 38litre panniers.

They are definitely not the cheapest and have had Zega/Touratech before which were fine, but i do think these are a little better... however, as always time and circumstance will truely tell.
__________________
Will

Some day so soon....
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11 Nov 2008
Contributing Member
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sydney Australia
Posts: 11
panniers for f800gs

Hello everyone,

thanks for the advice this is certaintly the right place to come to find the answers ! I think i am swaying towards the metal mules for now i think its worth paying the extra to have the peace of mind to know thet wont let me down when i need them the most.
hopefully i wont be proved wrong but ya just never know,
thanks again for the advice

cheers adam
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11 Nov 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Moscow
Posts: 1,121
RMS panniers

I too visited Metal Mule a year ago and was impressed by their design and attention to detail. But in the intervening months they upped their prices massively - I forget the exact amount but something between two thirds and double the former prices.

Since then, someone put me on to these guys -
RMS - Reinhard Guhr Rennsporttechnik - BMW F650 GS

They have stock panniers and will make anything you want in any size & spec. They use the same gague ali as MM (2mm). As they make any shape you want take a look at their stock F650GS and how they use the dead space below the exhausts to give 38 Litre panniers yet keep the overall width less than the handlebar width.Just the thing to stop that Bumble Bee feeling of being wider behind than in front. About half the price of MMs with frames and free fitting at heir factory while you wait.

They probably have F800 by now.

Friendly, helpful and keen. Answered an Email in hours (in English on a Sunday). Try that with Touratech/Zega! It is only changing plans that stopped me paying them a visit and almost certainly placing my order.

Looking at the detailbuild photos I am unclear how easily they can be removed and put back on, nor how securely they lock onto the bike and are safe from souvenir hunters . Thats what I will go there to see - one day!

He used to do ali-fabrication for F1 teams so knows about strength with lightness.

Anyone used them?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 23 Nov 2008
Contributing Member
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Caloundra Queensland Australia
Posts: 66
Jesse Luggage

The new Jesse luggage for the 800GS are no where near as wide as the other brands out there and are a proven item, Welcome to Jesse Luggage Systems Locky.
__________________
Happyness is not around the corner, happyness is the corner.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 5 Dec 2008
Contributing Member
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by lockyv7 View Post
The new Jesse luggage for the 800GS are no where near as wide as the other brands out there and are a proven item, Welcome to Jesse Luggage Systems Locky.
With that system would you choose the 10 inch or 8 inch version? It seems to me that the 10 inch would be too large overall and better suited to a larger bike. Also, I have read quite a few posts about the Jesse's leaking. Have you found this to be accurate?

One other option might be: - Caribou Luggage Systems I have no personal experience with these, but I have read reports from others who seem to like them. A couple of positives mentioned were: no leaking, and no problems closing or opening (due to bending) after a hard fall.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11 Dec 2008
Contributing Member
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Caloundra Queensland Australia
Posts: 66
I would sell around 40 sets of Jesse,s a yaer here in Australia and dont have a problem with leaking, Locky.
__________________
Happyness is not around the corner, happyness is the corner.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 16 Feb 2009
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Back in Asia
Posts: 342
Panniers?

First of all are they supposed to look good or be practical? i have used TT panniers on various bikes over the years and although they hold a lot of crap the crumble like cardboard if the bike is put down or if something like a scooter decides to run into them! if you want something that will work go for Andy strapz soft luggege and mount it correctly, forget the hard stuff as it may also break you leg if you have to stick your foot down? forget about the best looking bike in the street, we are not all the same as ewan and charles dupont dupont!! bless their souls

cheers
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
G650 XCountry or F800GS? swedenfan Which Bike? 17 1 Sep 2010 19:34
F800GS - What Mods? Billy Bunter BMW Tech 9 24 Nov 2008 21:42
the new F800GS mr moto BMW Tech 86 4 Dec 2007 16:13
F800GS mr moto BMW Tech 20 17 Sep 2007 18:29
F800gs? pinkolive BMW Tech 9 15 Mar 2007 19:11

 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.



Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 21:34.