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    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    ok so I want to buy a set of panniers but I don’t like the idea of forking out thousands of dollars for panniers on an adventure bike when they just going to get stuffed later on down the line. So any idea where I can get a good set of solid panniers made out of plastic or similar in the Auckland area?
    unfortunately as the Husky TR650 is no longer produced i will have to manufacture mounting brackets and do a few custom mods which is understandable but I’m hoping that panniers on a DR650 won’t be that different to mount.

    • Bike: R1200GS
    • Rank: 800cc Rider

    Hi Mad Cow,

    Here is my personal opinion.
    For a very long time I’ve used HARD panniers, always liked the fact you could use them as a siting device :D.
    but recently I’ve changed to soft panniers, the reason is that I’ve seen many people ripping off the hard panniers and spending thousands of dollars to replace them…
    I went for a Mosko Moto Reckless but there are other options. I do feel that soft panniers can take a beating better than hard ones…

    Just a thought…

    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    I have Wolfman Expedition soft bags on the DR, before than I have them on my KTM 950 Adventure, and possibly before that on one of my BMW’s. I haven’t dragged them down the road at speed but I’ve done at least 10,000km with them on board and have dropped them into rivers, on gravel and dirt tracks, and into trees and they have stood up to all the abuse.

    I had one of them completely submerged under water for over 2 minutes and no water got in.

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