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SW-MOTECH TraX Panniers

I finally broke down and got the SW-Motech TraX side boxes and EVO quick connect side carriers. It took a couple hours install, moving the rear blinkers took the most time.

I went large with the 45 L and wow are they large. The bike looks good, a bit of a fat bottom from the back but overall very pleased.
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I could move out of my house with that much luggage.
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the jennifer lopez edition?
I had a metal pan just like yours that I keep under my '71 crewcab (now gone..I bought my Versys with some of the dough)..

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Looks good, but man, that rig is about as wide as the Beetle.
I would attach a rubber pad to the bottom of the left one and just remove the kickstand.
It must be a relief to know your bike will float now.
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Looking good! I love my TraX cases and have no regrets about buying them, even for the cost. I would have liked the extra room of the 45s, but I just think they are a little too bulky for my tastes. 37L is the ticket for me!

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I found that I could keep the turn signals in the stock location, no problem at all with the Trax cases nor the Givi cases that I now have. I like it that way as 95% I'm not using the panniers, and even though they are kinda hidden, they are perfectly viewable for traffic behind you.

The EVO quick lock adapters are nice, but I HATED the Trax panniers and topcase, they scratch and dent if you stare at them for too long. Dropped one of the panniers from over the other, they were stacked, just knocked one and it fell lock first, the lock dented and got the whole thing out of square. It was impossible to get it square again but I got it to close... And the lock, FFS, you can break the rivets with a small screwdriver... not that I did, one of the rivets that is also the pivot for the lock came lose, and was lost, from my topcase's lock and the stupid thing opened itself. Ended up selling them for 1/3rd of what I paid, but I don't regret getting rid of them.
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Glad I came across this. Looking into those myself. Definitely large, but at least you can store a lot if touring. I may go smaller. Regardless, how is the handling with those panniers?
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I could move out of my house with that much luggage.
That was my thought.

Helge Pedersen says to use the smallest cases you can. We travel with too much stuff.
But then i'm too spoiled to camp so i have no excuse for big cases. lol

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That was my thought.

Helge Pedersen says to use the smallest cases you can. We travel with too much stuff.
Old adage re; packing for a trip:

Lay out all the clothes and money you think you will need. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.

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After 80 countries i'm still learning that lesson.

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Old adage re; packing for a trip:

Lay out all the clothes and money you think you will need. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.

Sometimes having the extra space is a blessing. Washing clothes on the road is not all that fun and takes from your riding time. I like my big luggage as I can carry everything I need for a 15 day trip, without washing clothes, in the panniers while having the top case completely free, to store the GPS, helmet, tankbag, etc.
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Sometimes having the extra space is a blessing. Washing clothes on the road is not all that fun and takes from your riding time. I like my big luggage as I can carry everything I need for a 15 day trip, without washing clothes, in the panniers while having the top case completely free, to store the GPS, helmet, tankbag, etc.
I usually plan to do a 'wash' each week, w/ EVERYTHING going in together, w/ one of those little plastic soaps that look like a "candy". That way I carry fewer clothes.

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