I'm new to this forum, so for a little introduction...
I started riding a Yamaha YBR 125 about a year and a half ago, and it has given me lots of satisfactions, including 2 roundtrips from Bilbao to Barcelona (one of them two-up and with soft panniers... Not bad for a 4-stroker 125).
After 12000 km on the YBR's clock, and having discovered bike travelling as a great passion, I took a Kawa KLE 500 as the YBR's garage companion. I was atracted to it by it's dual nature and versatility, and I'm completely in love with it.
So now the time has come to buy some gear for it, as I've gotten a little tired of travelling with the soft panniers and without a topcase; they are not waterproof, are uncomfortable to put and take off, and, most of all, one cannot leave the bike alone with them on, as they have no security. Problem is... I am confused in some parts.
Up until now, I had thought of buying the Hepco & Becker pannier support with a pair of Junior Enduro boxes, as I thought the H&B frame to be asymmetric, profiting from the lack of exhaust on the left side, and found the Five stars rack made the bike too fat, because it went over the indicators instead of moving them.
But I've read somewhere (sorry, looked at so many webpages about this that I have lost account) that H&B is making a new model that is symmetrical, and it sure seems so in their mounting instructions:
And, also, I have seen the alu panniers that flipperboy and robroymc carry on their bikes and find them great looking.
So I've changed my mind and am now thinking of getting the allit panniers, but don't know which frame to buy. The hepco is pricier, but looks to me that it's also thinner (in the "fattening the bike" sense). Does anyone have any advice in this sense?
For all of you that have the allit panniers mounted... Which rack do you have, and why did you choose it? Does it's look pleasure you? Could you show me a rear shot of the bike with the kit mounted, to see how wider it gets? Any advice against the allit panniers or any of the mounting kits?
Has someone tried the allit topcases from ebay and how to attach them to the KLE?
Thanks a lot for reading through this...
PS: I am also thinking of getting motor protector bars and a bigger windscreen, though I think I have that sorted out in favour of the h&b crash bars - because of the central bar joining the sides - and the MRA variotouring - I can't believe anyone doing something that ugly to this bike if it didn't work really well -.