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

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Panniers which set?

Right I want to get a set of Panniers, not sure about the top box? as i see that space big enough to run a otileb role bag right a cross if the need a raised, I am also not adversed to have a top box as could be used for commuting & in & out of London traffic (would of course take of the panniers off) so i don't take out any cars!! lol
can't decide between
TT Zega / Zega Pro
BMW
Metal Mule
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I do like the idea of the panniers being flat on top, so you can use the top for strapping on other items, also the idea of being able to attach containers on the rear of the panniers, (must be the soldier in me),
they of course would need to be waterproof, (i know i would still use bag inserts)

any constructive advice welcome or other suggestions for Pannier manufacturers thank you
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ally panniers come in a lot of choice as youve found out, comes down to price mostly from ALPOS to zega. if time and money were no problem i would get bernd tesch to make me some to exactly fit my bike and what i want.

then theres the choice of racks to put them on, some racks are better than others, same as their boxes. a mix might be best, depending on which bike you got and how the racks fit.

best thing to do is try to go to a show or somewhere a lot of bikes will be so you could see a variety in action and talk to the owners. shame you missed the ADV bike day at the ace cafe, there were some contraptions there.
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boxes

spent a lot of time researching lots of panniers & top boxes before deciding on soft luggage,one brand which stood out as well made/thought out & not as expensive as TT or MM was Happy Trails,check them out;

Happy-Trail.com - KLR650 & Adventure Touring Motorcycle Luggage and Aluminum Panniers

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I have Metal Mules on my F800GS, and they're great. Have survived a trip to Cape town, then a trip to Morocco, with several off's and being hit by a car from behind.

Not cheap, but very good quality.
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