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post #4 of (permalink) Old 11-04-2018, 02:55 PM
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I have the Touratech Zega Mundo panniers… basically, the Zega Pros without the plastic bumpers. I love them. I like the classic look—clean, streamlined. And rugged as hẹll but lightweight.

First, to clear up a few things. I did my research and homework when choosing my panniers and:
1. The Touratech ZM panniers are just 39 inches wide at the back, that’s just one inch wider than the Bumot Defenders (38 inches) with similar sized cases. And the average for hard case pannier sets for the AT is anywhere from 38 in. to 42+in. depending on capacity. They are all pretty wide.
2. The Touratech Zega Mundo panniers are cheaper than the Bumot by about $50.

And there is a price to pay when the box has a cutout, like some do: it doesn’t work as well as a seat or to support a table, etc.

I chose the 31/38-liter set. I plan to add 45-liter box and another 31-liter box (for an even narrower setup, with a 31L on both sides) in the future. But I find the 31/38 set plenty big for now and it seems well balanced, visually, on the bike.

The Zega Mundos are a great value. And I love the features. I did a write up in the Parts and Accessories sub-forum: “2018 ATAS with Hepco & Becker Lower Engine Guards and Touratech Zega Mundo Panniers.” …with pictures:

I like the double-hinged system—can be opened from either side. And the top is easily fully removed, opening both locks, while remaining secured to the box with a long braided wire that can be unscrewed for complete removal. And that same wire acts as a stop, allowing open hinging from either side. Pretty ingenious. I'm able to open the panns from my seated position easily. And one key works all four locks. The seal is very well designed with a deep lip--appears fairly dust and water proof.

And the mounting system is also clever and first rate without having to drill up through the rear fender. Touratech put a lot of thought into the mount design and make use of all the notches on the ATAS—both the two top notches and the one bottom notch each side. Combined with the rugged brace extended to the rear foot peg, it’s a very solid system. And quiet as a mouse—no superfluous noise at all.

The panniers are attached to the brace with a strong puck-and-clamp system and are quickly and easily removed by turning two scalloped dials inside the box, so they cannot be removed without first opening the lid--pretty secure.

But mostly, I just love the classic look of the panniers. Very clean. Some of the panniers out there look like you're riding down the road with filing cabinets at your sides. And some look pretty heavy too. The Touratech Zega Mundos are robust and rugged but very lightweight as well. They give the bike a clean but tough and utilitarian look.

And lastly, I've had them on the bike for several hundred miles now and I can say I hardly notice them while riding. Even in heavy wind, the bike seems to behave the same. And at speed there is no problem whatsoever (but I haven’t gone above 85MPH for very long). I can honestly say I haven’t noticed a difference in the way the bike rides and handles with the panniers on vs. before installing them--at least in my daily travels, around town and at highway speeds, and even a few miles on gravel and hard-pack dirt. They add very little weight to the bike when not loaded up and don't seem to affect the balance at all.

Check out this review and test of seven different pannier manufacturers if you haven’t seen it (lots of good information on the various brands all tested thoroughly): (starts at 41:42).

They tested the Zega Pros, and they did *very* well. However, I contend that if the Zega Mundos were tested (they weren’t avail. then) they would have come out on top for Best Value (cheaper than the Bumots) and received an even better overall score—the Pros got a point nicked off because of the plastic bumpers in the heat.

To each his own. But I couldn’t be happier with my choice.

I’ve added a few additional pics, but more are at my original post linked above.

Good luck, man!


Edit - added pic from front so you can see that's it's really not that wide, overall. My bike is 33 inches wide from outside edges of bar bags up front. So the rear is just 6 inches wider.
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2018 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports - Manual.
Setup: Givi Tall Sport Touring Windscreen; Hepco & Becker Lower Engine Guards; Hepco & Becker Handle Bar/ Hand Guard Protectors; Hepco & Becker Tank Guard Soft Bags for OEM Uppers; HTTMT Kickstand Pad Extender (Red);
RAM Mounts X-Grip; Swegotech Forkshield; Touratech Zega Mundo Panniers and 2018 Rack (31/38L); Touratech 20mm Bridged Handlebar Riser; OEM center stand; OEM skid-plate, uppers and tires.

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