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Giant Loop Motorcycle Saddlebags & Motorcycle Tank Bags: Panniers, Soft Luggage for Adventure & Sport Touring

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Givi panniers v aluminium panniers

We are planning a UK to Oz trip for later this year on my KTM 950. I already have a set of givi injection moulded plastic panniers from previous bikes, and am loath to by a set of aluminium panniers as well.
I intend to mount the panniers on a steel frame instead of the fragile givi cast ones, but do you think the panniers themselves will be strong enough?

Your comments would be appreciated.

Simon
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If you decide to go for aluminium panniers, before deciding which to buy, have a look in www.ukgser.com/forums and have a look at Vern's product in "Innovators & Vendors". I have a set of these, bought second hand complete with rack, and they are pretty much bomb proof (I've crash tested them quite a few times here in S. America already).

He would also be able to fabricate a rack for your plastic panniers. He's only in Worcester.

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Mick
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Plastic is better than metal- for the following reasons.


1. MAINLY - if you get hit by a truck, take a spill... the cases will take the impact and bounce back to the origonal shape. I met travelers with touratech cases that spent a good day or two trying to reshape the case after a minor accident.


2. plastic is less flashy than metal

I was sponsored by Givi this last year and walked away from numerous spills (including a head on with a Peruvian truck- not recommended).

The cases were bombproof, virtually waterproof and very secure despite the shady company that pondered their contents.

One suggestion, see if Dual Star makes a rack for your bike. Without a stong rack the cases are useless for protecting you in a crash.

I got some links to some website photos to help you see what i'm talkin about. Play it safe! and save yourself some work. Go with the plastics.

Steve


www.BikersWithoutBorders.org


HONDURAS- http://www.bikerswithoutborders.org/...mall/HO115.jpg


PERU- http://www.bikerswithoutborders.org/...-small/PR1.jpg

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