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

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Old 31 Jan 2013
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Panniers that can convert into a backpack or airport rolling luggage?

On my RTW trip I totally expect to have to fly back to the US from where ever I happen to be at. I also expect to go on some backpacking trips without the bike.


Is there a pannier system that allows me to take off the bags and convert it into a backpack for hikes or for carrying onto an airplane?
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Old 27 Feb 2013
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Doh. Nothing?

Does anyone at least think that something like this would be useful?
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Ortlieb has an adapter for backpack, for their bicycle packs. I don't know about their MC bags though. I just use a shoulder strap, with carabiners in both ends, soI can sling to bags over my shoulder, while having a daypack on my back.

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Things like this are available on sailing websites

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pannier/back pack

We used an expandable pannier from Motoline for a 15,000 km trip around North America. They are made from a strong materiel which had straps that attached to it for over the shoulder carrying. Not really a back pack but we did use the panniers as a suitcase and then just put on the bike. We were very happy with the quality and lightness of this system. Good luck on your next trip
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Watch a few John Wayne movies. You know, the ones where the guy gets off his horse.....throws the saddle bags over his shoulder....and goes up into the hills.
Then get those saddlebags.
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Is there a pannier system that allows me to take off the bags and convert it into a backpack for hikes or for carrying onto an airplane?
You aren't gonna want to take everything with you if you fly home (are you? that would be a ton of gear), so either use a roll bag with a shoulder strap, or if hiking perhaps using a tank bag with backpack type straps- Wolfman maybe?.
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John Wayne . . . Was really grt

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