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post #171 of 176 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 03:53 PM
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Some are going with the oem panniers and a givi metal top box.hvnt seen the panniers but on the demo bike I had the top box was flimsy and hard open and close and lock.givi are diff stronger and cheaper abide the permanent frame\or crash protector ?
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post #172 of 176 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 04:24 PM
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I've got the OEM side cases and I can indeed say they are very light compared to alu boxes & racks.
Comparing to other plastic panniers they are just as sturdy/flimsy, so no need to worry about that.

I do have the GIVI 42 liter outback trekker topcase and that's a great quality product with a nice latch and lock and plenty of hooks to strap stuff on top of the box.
I have to say it's quite heavy indeed.
GIVI has a set for mounting the topcase plate, containing brackets to reinforce the plastic rear rack.
I haven't got those brackets fitted on mine and I have to say the plastic rack wobbles quit allot with the loaded topbox and an additional bag strapped on top.
With a pillion leaning on the backrest I was a bit scarred at first, but so far nothing broke,
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post #173 of 176 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 05:18 PM
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I've got the OEM panniers and a 52l Givi topbox, reasoning as follows:

Only use the panniers for touring and there's no frame left over the rest of the time, they are also pretty lightweight. Plus nice and narrow for filtering. When I'm doing anything more than mild off-roading I won't have the panniers on so their toughness isn't really relevant for me.

The 52l topbox looked ludicrously huge when it was on my garage floor, once mounted to the bike it looks completely fine. The size lets me store my helmet, lunch and any other equipment I need for work every day of the week.

Pretty happy so far but it's very early days!
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post #174 of 176 (permalink) Old 01-20-2017, 01:28 PM
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hi folks
I went with soft luggage for my AT
Check out the SW Motech Dakar bags and tail bag
The soft panniers have a plastic liner that holds the shape.
Attachment to the frames is very positive and easy, everything stays in place.
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post #175 of 176 (permalink) Old 01-20-2017, 09:20 PM
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Looks great. You just helped me make up my mind. SW motech!
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