Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Sydney Australia
Bought my Versys Touring, 2nd hand with v35 panniers including same crappy issue.
Has not been fixed. only used the panniers about 4-5 times in the last 3 years. i know the issue and I work around it. they were never meant to hold weight but I know loading up the outside half will rip the poor straps out if you forget to hold onto them when opening.
I would put some silicone sealer under the bolt head then tight them up just to weather proof them more.