2018 ATAS with Hepco & Becker Lower Engine Guards and Touratech Zega Mundo Panniers
Finally got around to installing the Hepco & Becker lower engine guards and my Touratech panniers this weekend on my 2018 Africa Twin Adventure Sports.
I'm very happy with the result. As I think I’ve mentioned before, I love the way this bike looks stock. And I'm fairly happy with the OEM upper bars. No, they aren’t the most robust uppers available, they’ve got some give, with the thick rubber grommets and washers (more on that later) but they look so nice and for my purposes, should work out ok.
**The OEM uppers are a bit more solid now, however, after connecting to the H&B lowers—the connection point at the bottom is now more rigid and the uppers don’t have as much give as they used to. The top connection to the frame on the OEM uppers leaves a bit to be desired, but again, overall, they seem sturdier now.
I love the way the Hepco & Becker lowers look. Almost unnoticeable. Just what I was hoping for. And going with black seems to have helped that. They’re very inconspicuous, and I like that. But they appear solid as hẹll. And should do the trick protecting the engine in any fall-over or slide.
I had to remove the exhaust and the skid-plate for install but they fit seamlessly. Very nice.
For the Touratech panniers and braces I had to reconfigure my rear indicators inwards about 1/2 inch. It amounts to taking the rubber mounting system that is installed from the factory on the outside and moving it to the inside. Took about Ĺ hour—not too difficult at all.
But the *good news* is, for anyone considering the Touratech system, we no longer need to drill those holes up through the fender! I was all prepared to do it too, having watched videos in prep a while back—until I read the instruction manual (very limited—beyond some simple steps to remount the indicators with actual language the rest is basically pictographs). When I couldn’t find the drill template, I took a closer look at everything, and what they’ve managed to do, brilliantly, is to utilize all six of the OEM mounting slots, two on either side of the seat at the top with little inserts that slip in for a tighter fit. And a bolt-on brace that fits on the inside and up into the middle underside notch on the bike, both sides, between the two upper notches, which really locks the braces in good, tight and solid as heck. The bottom front each side is mounted to the rear foot peg mounts as before (very nice and solid) and they still have the rear brace that extends across the back to tie it all in. Great system.
The end result is one hẹll of a nice, sturdy, rigid mounting system. Very nice.
And I couldn’t be happier with the Panniers. These are the Touratech Zega Mundos. I ordered from Touratech direct and even though I didn’t order the optional “Integral Locks” they were included! Very happy with that. 4 sets of locks and keys! (And yes, the keys all match--just need to carry one key).
I went with the 31/38 Liter set. I'm happy I did. If needs be I can add a bigger pannier in the future, but there’s plenty of room for now, although the 38 liter won't quite fit my size Large helmets—just a *tad* too narrow—if push came to shove, I could squeeze them in, but not without scratching the helmets up. Would probably fit Medium and Small sized shells; maybe some types of Large size too. But I’ll probably go with a top case at some point anyway. Or order the 45 Liter at some point - that could probably hold two helmets and more--the 38L is *so* close to fitting a helmet.
Here are some pictures. If anyone is interested in install details, just give me a shout. But the whole thing only took about 4 hours work time—and I work pretty slow.
All the best, Gary
Last edited by garyh; 10-10-2018 at 12:18 PM.
Reason: Cleared up language re. pannier mounting system. 2. Corrected rear indicator move distance.