Panniers and luggage.. Which supplier?
My experience of overland travel has been limited to hiring or buying bikes overseas. I haven't yet equipped my own.
I own a 96 NX650 Dommie (13000 miles). When looking at web sites such as overland-solutions or touratech, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of standardised offerings with regard to panniers and luggage.
I'm planning to do a short six week trip at Xmas and want to get it kitted out in preparation. The aim of the trip is to make sure the bike and mods are likely to be ok for a bigger trip.
I'd also like to get the panniers etc fitted by a professional.
The questions that I'm having difficulty in really answering are as follows:
- Should I have everything fitted by dedicated pro's like overland-solutions, or could I buy a rack and luggage kit from someone like Touratech and get it fitted by a standard bike mechanic?
- Do I save money by buying a standardised package? Is it a false economy?
- Who are the suppliers who offer standardised mod packages for Dommie's?
- Do I need to think about getting the frame strengthened?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I'd love to hear from people who were once in the same situation as me and have drawn their own conclusions!
Thanks very much,
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