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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 ½ 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
 

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Some more detail

Thanks, Geirvmax.

It occurs to me I should probably show a little more detail on the Touratech Pannier mounting system.

First picture should show what I was describing above. The upper notches on either side of the bike are utilized by the system and the under notch is as well with a bolt-on expanding clasp. (There are two notches either side on the ATAS and a notch in the middle underneath; basically, these are all used to perfect effect). You should be able to see what I'm talking about. It makes for a real nice sturdy, rigid setup.

I also show the pannier lid setup. Both can be opened from either side while the other side acts as a hinge, or the entire lid can be removed with both latches opened. And there is a steel wire that attaches the lid to the box. The boxes seem sturdy as hẹll and seals look real nice. Should keep all rain and weather out.

And I’ve added two more closeups of the Hepco & Becker engine guards from top angle, so you can see the spacing. Looks pretty good to me.

I'm very happy with both the bars and the panniers.

Now I'm just waiting for my handle bar guards and my “C” bags for the OEM uppers.

Best, Gary
 

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VERY nice Gary! I love how the Hepco blends with the bike and is virtually undetectble. Also, the pannier rack locking system must be by far the most elegant in the market.

Very well done, my friend. :smile2::smile2:
 

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Great pics - thanks for posting.


Are you finding any issues with the braking foot with the bars on? ... I mean is it tight enough that you might be pushing bar instead of brake with a big boot? Looks like it might be tight when standing..... but might just be my eyes :)
 

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Thanks, Petros!

And thanks, inexorable. I've ridden a few times and had no problems. The only part of my boot that hits the brake pedal pad is the front left edge. In fact, the brake bar itself stops my boot from coming inside any further, or far enough to, in any way, make contact with the crash bar. I’d have to contort my leg and turn my foot well to the left and up and over the brake bar to hit the H&B bar. I know it looks a bit close in the pics; it’s hard to get a good pic of the setup—the angles are always off. But in real life, it looks and works great.
 

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Another pic of bars

Just a couple more pictures of the Hepco & Becker engine guards from behind. (For some reason, it’s hard to get a good picture of the setup; the angles just never pan out).

From this angle, you can see just how far they jut out.

On the right side, the bar is about 1 inch farther out than the top (widest part) of the OEMs. (When the bike is perfectly balanced, up and down).

The left bar is maybe 1/2 inch farther out.

In either case, in a fall-over or slide, the bottom bars will meet the ground first, (even if they were further inside).

But from this angle you can see, to my mind, they are just were they should be—not too wide, not too narrow.

Time will tell, but I love the look.

And I’ve added a picture of the bike with the naked Touratech rack on it. Pretty unassuming.
 

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