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Cheap Pannier Frame / Side rack

Hi Folks,

i am looking for a cheap/affordable side rack to mount a pannier or box (thinking about a cheap solution in the near future). I think this is a general question as the vendors have racks for most common bikes however i drive a F800GS.

I fund a GIVI rack ~ 150€ and racks from holan.pl (from some recommendations here) for 180€. Do you have any experiences? Can you recommend them or would you tend to the more expensive ones from TT. I dont plan a big trip soon however it would of cause be nice to use them for a long trip and many years . Do you know about any other cheap alternative .

Excuse me if I posted this thread at the wrong place or if it is redundant.
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i am looking for a cheap/affordable side rack to mount a pannier or box (thinking about a cheap solution in the near future).

If you have the Vario rack now, then you may be interested in this thread.

Let's just use the Vario Racks

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Welcome to HU felix93!

It's always a little tricky to figure out which of almost 100 forums is right, and you were close, but I've moved it to a better one. Hope you get the answer you're looking for!

The F800 is now common, so there should be several solutions out there. There's always some "you get what you pay for" of course. Keep in mind what your end goal is - heavy boxes for two-up touring or lightweight softbags for quick getaways? In other words, how good do the racks have to be? Constantly repairing a broken rack is a common story from travellers!
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Hi Folks,

i am looking for a cheap/affordable side rack to mount a pannier or box (thinking about a cheap solution in the near future). I think this is a general question as the vendors have racks for most common bikes however i drive a F800GS.

I fund a GIVI rack ~ 150€ and racks from holan.pl (from some recommendations here) for 180€. Do you have any experiences? Can you recommend them or would you tend to the more expensive ones from TT. I dont plan a big trip soon however it would of cause be nice to use them for a long trip and many years . Do you know about any other cheap alternative .
If you shop around on line my guess is you may find some decent racks. I would also join some of the BIG R800GS forums to learn what racks and luggage systems others have used.

Holan have a good reputation. I would also look closely at classified forums on
F800GS sites and look for 2nd hand racks/panniers.
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Welcome to HU felix93!

It's always a little tricky to figure out which of almost 100 forums is right, and you were close, but I've moved it to a better one. Hope you get the answer you're looking for!
Thanks for moving it to the right place

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In other words, how good do the racks have to be? Constantly repairing a broken rack is a common story from travellers!
So of course the best quality for the lowest price would be awesome. Ideally I want to have a rack for a long trip ~ 1 year (in few years). At the moment I am not driving much or hard offroad (however I hope this will change soon). Weather hard boxes or soft bags I have not decided yet (probably cheap softbags first and something more thoughtful later), but this is not critical for a decision of a side rack (or?).

So this is a rather unspecific question. But maybe you can tell me if the GIVI is worth its money and or if a other one is it too (or not).

Thanks!
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If you shop around on line my guess is you may find some decent racks. I would also join some of the BIG R800GS forums to learn what racks and luggage systems others have used.

Holan have a good reputation. I would also look closely at classified forums on
F800GS sites and look for 2nd hand racks/panniers.
Hi thanks for the tips. Unfortunately a big forum just closed... However I will have a close looked at the others.
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Hi there,

a short update, it might be interesting for someone. I got the panniers from Heavy Duty. A small company from Romania. The panniers cost 95€ + shipping. So far I am really happy: The rack looks and feels really robust and from good quality. However I didnt test them offroad.

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