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

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Indeed.

As well as some sort of heat shield, consider wrapping your exhaust from the headers to the end with exhaust wrap. It's not that expensive on eBay and can also save you from a nasty burn or singed trouser leg one day.

You also get that professional, rally-prepped look...

Here's one I made earlier...



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PS As another DIY mod, I picked out the best-looking finned computer heat sink from work and I think it would work pretty well jammed between the exhaust and the plastic. I've got adhesive insulating material on the underside of the plastic which is much thicker than the thin stuff that Honda glue on at the factory.
That XR makes me feel all warm inside......

I miss mine... I hope my new DRZ fill the hole a little.

A quick note on the exhaust wrap though... Keep a very close eye on it.

Exhaust wrap

If you get holes, it superheats it and causes FIRE !!!!!!!!
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That XR makes me feel all warm inside.....
Look a bit closer, Ted. It's a CRF 450X.

I've had no problems at all with the exhaust wrap so far and I've never heard of these issues before. I'll keep an eye on it and promise to repost if there's a conflagration or the header cracks.

Anyway, to keep on topic, if you use soft luggage make sure it's secure and kept away from the exhaust pipe.

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Look a bit closer, Ted. It's a CRF 450X.

I've had no problems at all with the exhaust wrap so far and I've never heard of these issues before. I'll keep an eye on it and promise to repost if there's a conflagration or the header cracks.

Anyway, to keep on topic, if you use soft luggage make sure it's secure and kept away from the exhaust pipe.

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So it is.. Shame on me.. (especially as I used to have a CRF450R lol)...

I just saw the tank and got all excited thinking about my BRP.

The exhaust on my DRZ is looking very rotten so im going to sand it down, coat it with exhaust paint then use heat wrap on it.... I like the look of it and have never used it myself.. Looks cool
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BTW, another tip - we didn't use bungees but straps with buckles to tighten, then you don't need to worry about it pinging off and catching you a bit unawares!
'Zackly, straps with plastic buckles are the way to go.

It's easy enough to build a brace to keep the right-side pannier off the exhaust. I used two lengths of light steel bolted together, and bolted to two places on my DR650. Less than $10 at Home Depot and a couple hours in the garage.

I used hard panniers previously and much prefer the soft.

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Ted - re exhaust wrap, I've been using it on the exhaust of an old 60's Lotus for the last 15 yrs, trying to stop manifold heat splintering the glass fibre bodywork.
Each application lasts about 2 - 3yrs before it falls off bit by bit but I've never noticed any parts of the car going up in flames (and with Lotus's build quality in the 60's putting out flames is part of the maintenance schedule ).

What I have noticed is the wrapped part of the exhaust corrodes badly. My guess is that the stuff holds moisture - either from rain or condensation or wherever and the metal rusts away out of sight. On a bike it's likely to spend a lot of time wet.

The other thing is that it doesn't stay that nice sandy, rally prepped colour for long. Rain, dirt and heat turn it into a colour close to the rust that's forming underneath. Use it for your SA trip but stick to paint for the UK
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Ted - re exhaust wrap, I've been using it on the exhaust of an old 60's Lotus for the last 15 yrs, trying to stop manifold heat splintering the glass fibre bodywork.
Each application lasts about 2 - 3yrs before it falls off bit by bit but I've never noticed any parts of the car going up in flames (and with Lotus's build quality in the 60's putting out flames is part of the maintenance schedule ).

What I have noticed is the wrapped part of the exhaust corrodes badly. My guess is that the stuff holds moisture - either from rain or condensation or wherever and the metal rusts away out of sight. On a bike it's likely to spend a lot of time wet.

The other thing is that it doesn't stay that nice sandy, rally prepped colour for long. Rain, dirt and heat turn it into a colour close to the rust that's forming underneath. Use it for your SA trip but stick to paint for the UK
Cheers for the advice. I'll give it a miss then. My pipe is so rotten it might be worth me just getting a new stainless one ! AHHHH expense, expense , expense

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