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Reports from Owners on Panniers/Luggage

I have an AT on order and am debating whether to get the Honda panniers and top case or buy aftermarket ones like the Holan Nomada Pro Expedition or Hepco and Becker.
If they are up to the task of a tipover or low speed crash/get-off then I'd just assumed go with the Honda ones and their slick mounting to the bike.
Anyone have any first hand experience or seen them in action?
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Personally, the hepco becker look the best by far. The hola look ordinary, The Honda are butt ugly (too much plastic) and the touratech look like metal brief cases strapped to the side of your bike.

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Seriously, If you are worried about destroying the hard bags in a crash, none of them will fair too well. You can bin every one of them. I have seen even the plastic Hepco and Beckers destroyed. I have seen the bullet proof Caribou cases destroyed. I have seen the bottoms torn off of the Touratec Panniers. The only thing that has some crash worthiness is soft luggage. If you are a good fabricator and can bodge a decent set of mounting racks you could look at the Pazoma 37 liter aluminum panniers on E Bay for $300 and $100 shipping. If you bin one they are cheap enough to replace. These are universal and come with the mounting loop, but no arms to fit to the bike.

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.......what I'm looking to do is get the Touratec pannier rack but use my existing Hustler soft bags(see photo on my old Varadero) over the top so that they don't burn through........should work pretty well, I hope.......
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I think you're on to it Aus AT. At least if you do have an off the bags will give a little rather than just ding up!
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I don't think the standard Honda ones can take it (as in, they don't feel anywhere near strong enough). I know from personal experience that the Givi Trekkers (the standard ones, not the Outbacks which should be stronger and are currently the only Givi panniers for which a compatible mount exists for the AT) can take an NC750X falling on them despite being mostly (very thick) ABS plastic. Personally, I've gone with Hepco and Becker Xplorers because my bike should be arriving soon and they were available before everyone bar Touratech, whose mounting system I don't care for (it requires an internal thumbwheel to be operated).

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I have an AT on order and am debating whether to get the Honda panniers and top case or buy aftermarket ones like the Holan Nomada Pro Expedition or Hepco and Becker.
If they are up to the task of a tipover or low speed crash/get-off then I'd just assumed go with the Honda ones and their slick mounting to the bike.
Anyone have any first hand experience or seen them in action?
test rode the bike yesterday with the panniers from Honda they just feel cheap plastic
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No, I'm not worried about it. I'm talking low speed tip overs and dropping the bike. I'm aware that a crash will wreck just about anything - that goes without saying.

I've had a 30-50 km/h get off with Trax luggage on my KLR and it did just fine - no visible damage.

Also, the thread title and intention is for people with first-hand knowledge when they actually get the Honda luggage or alternative.

Plenty of opinions out there, including mine, I'm looking for people who have actually handled or used the luggage.

To be honest, the Holan ones look the most rugged of the part and are actually considerable cheaper than the Honda, Hepco and Becker, and Touratech. But I like the mounting of the Honda bags and the lack of hardware and rack systems - it's tidy.

If it can survive a tip over or dropping the bike if you're off balance - then I'm in.

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Seriously, If you are worried about destroying the hard bags in a crash, none of them will fair too well. You can bin every one of them. I have seen even the plastic Hepco and Beckers destroyed. I have seen the bullet proof Caribou cases destroyed. I have seen the bottoms torn off of the Touratec Panniers. The only thing that has some crash worthiness is soft luggage. If you are a good fabricator and can bodge a decent set of mounting racks you could look at the Pazoma 37 liter aluminum panniers on E Bay for $300 and $100 shipping. If you bin one they are cheap enough to replace. These are universal and come with the mounting loop, but no arms to fit to the bike.

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I think you're on to it Aus AT. At least if you do have an off the bags will give a little rather than just ding up!
....yeah thanks, I mainly keep clothes and soft stuff in the panniers so when I did have a couple of mild offs you just straighten them up and off you go.....

looking at those photos again I sometimes miss my old Dero....went everywhere that beast....

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I had Hepcos on my KTM 990 and whilst I am sure they are much much much stronger than the Honda standard ones they ( or their mounts ) will break in a crash, and if like me you do a lot of off road you run the risk of them trapping your legs. For those reasons I swapped a while back to Mosko Moto soft bags on a Hepco rack which is what I will do on my AT. The Hepco kit seems well made and much cheaper than the Touratwat stuff.
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