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

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Pannier inner bags.

I have some H&B alu standard panniers and want to get some inner bags for them. The H&B ones are £42 each!!. I found this site Bags2cover Ltd. Motorbike Pannier Inner Bag
offering made to measure ones for £18.99 each. Does anybody have experience of this company? Are the bags any good? Any other options? Cheers.
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I bought a pair of pannier inner bags from this firm about six months ago. They're good to deal with (following my on-line inquiry, they actually phoned me straightaway to discuss my requirements .. ) - and they delivered on time.

The bags are not as robust as the ones produced by the big proprietary manufacturers (Honda, BMW etc), but they do the job nevertheless.

If I can get five good years use from them (the Bags2cover ones), then for the price, I won't complain.

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  • I opted for the Standard-Duty Fabric .. but now wish I had chosen the Heavy-Duty Fabric.
  • You have the option of (a) carrying handles; or (b) shoulder straps. Thinking I was being smart I went for both [duh!], which cost an extra five quid. This was a mistake on my part, as just the carry handles (only) are quite sufficient. The shoulder strap(s), for me, are a redundant accessory that just get in the way.
In summary: fair value for money.

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PS - Have you tried to acquire a proprietary set of bags from eBay? could be worth a look.


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All you're trying to do is prevent black smudging, right? Other options: paint, powder coat or spray-on bedliner. In my very limited experience, trying to fit all sorts of odd-shaped, differently-weighted objects into a lightweight bag, then squeeze the whole thing into a rigid box, is a recipe for great frustration and serves no apparent purpose. But maybe that's just me.

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Thanks for the responses.
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"bag for life" from tesco
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"bag for life" from tesco
I've seen these used by a number of folk, even Asda or Morrisons bags will often 'do'.

If the reason, as stated earlier is to do with the black crap that gets on everything, then I used some stick on immitation carbon fibre sheets from Hien Gericke, but anything that will stick is fine. works a treat. On the other hand I managed to pick up a TT Zega liner off Ebay for a couple of quid.

I keep clean stuff in the bag in one pannier and everything else in the other loose. It's pure luck that the boxes end up pretty well balanced...
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For what you have in mind pretty much any bag will do and it doesn't have to be custom made and fit perfectly because let's face it, there's always going to be crap that you'll have to place outside the bag. Your laptop, camera equipment, shoes, etc. For that very reason I actually prefer them to be a bit smaller than the actual panniers.

We've been using plastic bags to prevent t3h smudge(tm) but have now purchased two large and one small Hein Gericke inner bags for a few bucks each. Much more comfortable than plastic bags and obviously not fitted to our Tesch panniers but still excellent.
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the "bag for life" i mentioned above isnt a carrier bag, its a very tough folded shopping bag made of tarpaulin type woven plastic. the box construction means it opens out and almost perfectly fills a 35ltr zega. the bonus is that if it falls apart or rips tesco give you a new one free.
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DAVSATO: you're a genius! The bag for life fits perfectly; I mean it could have been made to measure. The ideal low/no cost solution! I owe you a pint. Cheers.
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not my idea, got it either on here or the XRV.org forum. theres nothing new under the sun, but i wont pass up a pint though!
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Plus One on re-usable shopping bags.

I stumbled upon shopping bags a while back. They work perfectly inside my Triumph Tiger factory panniers. $1 here. I also use a First Gear cloth bag, (free) comes with the jacket (storage bag). Light, strong fabric ... and quite water resistant.

My hard bags are waterproof so I use the inner bags as a quick carry-in bag at Motels or campgrounds. Hard bags stay on bike. Keeps things clean/organized.
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