Originally Posted by Rui Nobre
The Yamaha OEM pannier does not appeal for a variety of reasons.
THe OE panniers are much tougher than they look and will withstand a few falls without issue. Of course the locks and mechanisms are another matter and there have been many returns and there is now a warrenty replacement lock for them.
Loading is an issue too, at less than 30l there's not much room in them, but for the commute they are very very good due to the narrow profile.
Anyway, these are the Touratech Zega Pro's that come in about £150 more than the Yamaha OE ones;
Despite the old Soft or Hard debate that rages on (with polar opposites trying to prove black is in fact a paler shade of white), I find these boxes very good indeed.
They are the same width as the bars so judging a gap is easy, and they are 38 litres.
The Pro's have the top loops mounted differently, so you can sit on the quite comfortably (over the old Zega's).
The racks take a little whie to fit as you have to dissassemble the rear tail area of the bike - but you would with any setup, except Metal Mule but you need well over £1k for thier offering, and the rack doesn't fix to a strong part of the bike.
Of course there are other available, the best resource for XT660Z Tenere stuff is over on xt660.com, you'll get every information on every option available for the Tenere, including some nice power mods for very little cash.