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

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I'm very happy with the tankbag and the smaller outside compartments. I have a safari tank, so have the tankbag below the fuel cap on the slope towards me. No problem with refueling, but I'm guessing it would sit on top of your gas cap. It's easy enough to unbuckle 2 of the straps, flip over to refuel and then re-buckle.
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Cool!

I think I'll get the set as mentioned as people usualy seem to be happy with Wolfman!

Thanks a lot for the info!
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I think the wolfman will be fine

Thing is with dry bags is once some one cuts, burns, or rubs a hole in it it is not a dry bag. So you may want to take some small bags, stuff sacks, or compression bags...

Have seen people make it RTW with a givi on the back and love them. Also seen people make it with givi side box as well seen others hate them ...

One thing you may want to look in to is packsafe net for your bags Pacsafe Anti-Theft Bags & Travel Security Products
helps with people using a blade to cut open your bag.

That camera set up looks grate Do not know if the 50mm f1.4 will get you any thing more than the cheaper 50mm f1.8

One thing about the kit 18 to 50 and the 18 to 200 is there not as well made as the 50mm. But then I am a old film shooter and like the old lenses than are steal. Next time I take my 50 to 200vr I need to make a holder for it or it may not make it back.
I think we're going to be keeping all stuff in waterproof bags anyway so even if any component of the luggage stops being waterproof we'll have that extra bag to do the job - having everything in seperate bags also helps with subdividing all the gear and makes it easier to get what you want from the panniers etc.

As for the security the only soft bags are gonna be the tank panniers and the tankbag. Givi panniers on the back are plastic and the topbox is obviously plastic as well. I think you have a good point and we'll buy the Pacsafe thingies to cover the dry duffels and the tank paniers/tankbag.

About the camera stuff. I think you're right - we won't get much use out of a 1.4 maybe we'll just get the 1.8 which is half the price and we'll be fine. As far as the built quality of the 18-200 is concerned it's a really nicely built lens - I had it in my hands and it really feels good. The autofocus is much faster that in the 18-55 because the lens itself has a better engine in it. I've had the 50mm 1.4 and it is bloody bright! So in low light situations it would be great! Bear in mind that for D60 the ISO 800 is a maximum that makes some sense - any more than that you get huge amount of noise.

Thanks for the info and advice!
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It is not the most risky, I rolled my bike a few times and the top box hardly took any impact and it stayed on the bike until I went through the desert back home, but I did not have the correct mount down here, the only reason it came off.
This puts my mind to rest a little bit! Thanks! MY Topbox has the proper givi plate under it so should work just fine and as you say even if it does come off it should stay in one piece!

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Hi

our self made tank bags, made of truck tarp and sewed by a friend

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Thing with topbox coming off is where they end up in.

If you are going to ride in rutted roads or roads with potholes, you may have your topbox go ahead of you or fly off into the bush!

What we do is to pass a bungee across the top of the box, that seems to help.
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