Originally Posted by adamwsmith6580
Just got my RD07 AT (finally)! I'm looking at pannier options, and I'm thinking about getting the Ortlieb Saddle bags.
Are the ortliebs really an option,.......... fair amount of offroading (Africa
I would suggest to read the recent discussion about
Ortlieb panniers or andy strapz expedition pannierz?
one tip, the Ortieb's made out of thinner materiel and I managed to rip a bag... well Ortlieb sales a repair kit with glue and patches in a collection of several colourers ............. creating a funny spotty patchwork after a few crashes....
About the exhaust heat..... well it's a problem with Ortlieb's !
If you find some heat resistant F1-material (cost some £36 a qm but good) you can cover the place on the bag to protect it from melting away. (ask Kim at All Wheel Trim Ltd. index +
he makes engine coveres for the F1-circus if you need this heat resistance fabric)
This means the best way is to cover the whole firm foam back on one side.....
I know there are not may companies who make soft bags for bikes, but it's well worth to avoid any additional weight especially going off-road.
If you drop your bike and you end up having a limp trapped under a soft-bag, well not to bad, but a hard-box.... may not as healthy.....
May consider a MOD-Rucksack type of baggage, no more than 50 to 70Lt size, strapped on top of the parcel carrier or a big pack roll........ well I found out that if I drop my bike or have to push it in some situations, that a hard-box or "Ordlieb" gets in my way... a rucksack is easy taken off just by undoing the strap's.