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Happy Trails Panniers - wot u think?

I have always wanted aluminium panniers (yes aluminium is spelled like that ) but never could bring myself to cough up the dough. Before they get even more expensive I thought I might try some on the Versys.

I had a HT rack on my old TransAlp and it was a really tough bit of kit so I thought I would buy their version. What others are there? How much? The HT set-up costs $700 before shipping! Yikes.

I emailed Tim at HT and asked for some pics of the racks on their own and now I am not sure if I like them or the solution they have for the turn signals. So have a look here and let me know wot u think.

By the way - that tricked out Versys is for sale at $6,999. I would be tempted if I was looking for a machine, it's got some nice goodies added on.

Thanks. Les, Dallas.
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Take out one of those "i's" and I'll agree.
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I have the Hepco/Becker Jr 40 liter hard bags. At first I had their 30 liter but needed more room for my travels. I'm very happy with them.

There are pros and cons to side open vs top open; wide bags vs tall narrow bags.

If I had to do it all again, even though I have no real regrets, I'd do a very good search on what is out there, read and compare, then get the best bags to meet YOUR needs and looks.
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atgatt - thanks for input. Where did you get that rig from? Roughly how much? Any pics of your set up?

I agree with you on size. HT does a pannier 7" wide and another 9" - I'm tempted to get the bigger whatever size I get. I would like to have just panniers and fore go any tail box/bag - keep it low.

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atgatt - thanks for input. Where did you get that rig from? Roughly how much? Any pics of your set up?

I agree with you on size. HT does a pannier 7" wide and another 9" - I'm tempted to get the bigger whatever size I get. I would like to have just panniers and fore go any tail box/bag - keep it low.

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leshall, I don't like tail bags either. They take away from the lines and I don't like the feel of with the weight high and how they catch the cross winds.

Here is a sight showing the 40 liter H/P Jr bags. They could fit a full size helmet. They are very tough and it would take a tank to crush them.

http://www.cyclepathic.com/HepcoBecker/HepcoBecker.htm

There are many styles in H/P bags and Twisted Throttle does not carry all of them anymore. You'll have to shop around.
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Klr guys probably know about these at an unbeatable price...use whatever mounts you want.

http://klr650.com/AluminumBoxes08.htm
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Oh Henry that's great! I think I might just order and then make some kind of mounts myself...

Cool.

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I love mine! I can carry a weeks worth of camping gear with no issues!
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I like what I see from happy trails. I like those wolf man yellow soft bags.
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How would one mount these $300 aluminum (U.S. spelling, not UK) boxes to SW Motech Sidecase Racks? I currently have Givi E21's mounted.

http://www.whitehorsepress.com/produ...oducts_id=5637

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Just recently got the HT kit powder coated, pre-drilled, and shipped for about $637. Did a review with pictures here:

http://www.roberttadlock.com/moto-bl...-panniers.html
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I have always wanted aluminium panniers (yes aluminium is spelled like that )
True...until 1925, at which time the American Chemical Society agreed to change the spelling to aluminum.

At risk of another Canuckistan attack...Our friends to the North seem to persist in using your spelling and pronunciation. You wouldn't be Canadian, would you? Of course, that is not a bad thing. It simply is what it is, Eh?

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I have the 9.5" HT boxes on the bike I have. I am sure that I like them... just kidding

Really though, I've had the HT's for a few months now and love them. Several guys at work like to mess with me and say they look crappy and don't mesh with the bike's lines, but I really couldn't care less. -very solid, heavy duty, NOT plastic, lockable, and the set can be completely removed in less than 30sec. SOLD.
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True...until 1925, at which time the American Chemical Society agreed to change the spelling to aluminum.

At risk of another Canuckistan attack...Our friends to the North seem to persist in using your spelling and pronunciation. You wouldn't be Canadian, would you? Of course, that is not a bad thing. It simply is what it is, Eh?

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NEVER seen aluminum spelled ALUMINIUM here in Kanada, except in a Brit article.... Use Al... like chemists do!

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In the International scientific community it is Aluminium.

We americans bastardized it into aluminum. (typical for us...but then we aren't the brightest bulb in the international box by any stretch; just the most arrogant).
But in the end...both are officially acceptable.


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