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Offline sevenup

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Soft Luggage Recommendations
« on: June 03, 2017, 12:08:38 PM »
I'm off to Garmisch and beyond for 2 weeks at the beginning of July. I'm looking for recommendations on soft luggage. I'll take light clothing to change into off the bike, 1 pair of shoes/trainers as well as lightweight tent and camping kit (sleeping bag, pots lightweight cooker etc) some maps, iPad, chain cleaner and grease with minor tools and some spare gloves for cold/wet. I've been looking at

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jofama-Large-Tail-Pack/dp/B00EB8RJL0

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Givi-XS305-Xstream-Motorcycle-Rear/dp/B00CCE8EMS/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autokicker-Cargo-Companion-Motorbikes-Motorcycles/dp/B00KFOICVU/

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201791122511

I have also looked at the Oxford drybag 50-70 litres or the sw motech 620 drybag.

I have a pacsafe mesh bag (85l) to cover the luggage and attack to bike frame for security and will pack my kit in dry bags that I use for walking (several sizes).
I won't necessarily buy from Amazon so these are examples. Anyone got any experience/advice that they can share? I will be solo on the bike.

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Re: Soft Luggage Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2017, 02:00:32 PM »
I use the BMW panniers & top box so I'm not much help to you  :164:

But someone should be along shortly...

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Re: Soft Luggage Recommendations
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2017, 02:04:22 PM »
I sold my K16GT which had full luggage. I wanted to take advantage of the lighter bike when I wasn't touring so happy to go with soft luggage that sits on my back seat.

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Re: Soft Luggage Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2017, 02:10:55 PM »
That's fair enough

I've got a bit better at packing for a couple or three days away & it all fits in the top box now
But for the 3 week summer holidays, without camping gear, I'll need the panniers or I'll be washing my smalls every night

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Re: Soft Luggage Recommendations
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2017, 01:27:46 PM »
I'm not a hard-pannier sort so bought Oxford Aqua T50 soft pannier.  Fits perfectly across passenger seat (have a fixed small soft top box on the rear pannier frame) using the ties that come with it and a couple of bungees.   Also forms a nice soft backrest.   Good luck and go safe on tour!! 

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Re: Soft Luggage Recommendations
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2017, 01:46:42 PM »
In the end, I opted for the Givi XS305. I bought it from eBay. It was nearly new and in good condition. I get about 60 litres with space on top for a drybag with my tent and seat. I have some rubberised matting left over from my new tool box and I plan to wrap that around the plastic to protect it. I'll install the bag on the back seat so that it works a small a backrest too. Some ROK straps will add to the existing straps to tie it all down. I have an 85litre pacsafe mesh which now turns out to be too small!! Overall I'm quite happy with the purchase. It looks waterproof but I'm adding some dry bags that I use for hiking and the pack comes with a fairly bright, heavy duty rain cover attached. I'll post pictures once the bike is loaded next week.

 


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