Originally Posted by John-DownUnder
Has anyone tried fibreglass or plastic panniers and topbox as checked baggage?
We have a Honda ST1300 (Pan) and were considering wrapping these 3 items in bubble-wrap and checking them. However we are a little worried about damage by over zealous baggage handlers
My Givi panniers and top box went as checked baggage via several different airlines from Bris, Sydney, LA, Dallas, Vancouver. They were wrapped in several layers of bubble wrap. They cop a hard time being loaded by people that don't give a shit. I think the hard red reflecter plastic is the only part likely to get damaged and extra wrap was placed over that section. All survived unscathed, as a matter of fact they are more likely to be damaged when your bike falls over in a carpark or ferry hold on the trip (now that's another story).
I had more trouble with the magnetic tank bag that I took as carry on luggage. When Xrayed the magnets look like explosives. I had a standup argument with an over zealous customs official at LA that wanted to cut it open and look at the magnets. The tank bag lives to fight another day!
Good to see another member lives in Brisbane.
Feb 2014, currently travelling the America's on a Tiger 800XC
Live every day like it's your last, one day you'll get it right!!!