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Old 30 Aug 2009
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I just spotted these and got all excited until I realised they were 35L in total. What use is that on the road?

Roll-top (no zips) is the way to go. We need the same shape, ie: 'no pillion' long and shallow - so much easier to get to everything - but 25 or even 30L each side. Include the nifty Q/D clip-on feature of the Ort QL2s but up to 18mm. The pushbike clip-on pans cater for variable rack Ø, after all.
Add a self-draining PET water or oil bottle pocket holder or two on the outside and that would be a great, all-purpose AM pannier, IMO.

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I agree on adding some outside pockets, for oil or water. Had some on my old panniers, but sadly not on my new Ortliebs 47lt. I will just pick something from the army surplus store. Looking at these new panniers, it seems that the opening is very small, and it would be quite a pain putting any thing in them. ( it may just be the photos)
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Big BUT they will not fit over now as the racks have made the whole thing too wide, even having adjusted the throw over straps to the max.Any suggestions? Has anybody come across this problem before?
chef Jules, have you worked out a way to install those soft panniers on the rack? I now have the exact same challenge (with DR650) and I was scheming to maybe construct some hooks, spacers, clips onto the back of the bag. I'm personally not convinced by the existing strapping mechanism.
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