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Offline Mab1067

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Top box / Pannier dilemma
on: March 26, 2021, 12:41:52 AM
Bit the bullet as they say. Ordered the SRA5138 plate, 47NNT Carbon top box and back rest. Will post pic when fitted. Been undecided re the SHAD full top box and panniers. However, seeing post requested from one of the guys. As much as the SHAD system seemed perfect and a whole lot cheaper. I could not get my head round how far the the SHAD system appeared to be so much wider than the BMW option. Not only that, the fixing system, although the best. Seemed to catch the eye and not sure if my OCD could cope with that. So decided that the GIVI option would suit and then buy the BMW panniers once saved the 750 for these. Hopefully made the the right option. Time will tell. Any comments appreciated. Sort of half way house solution??

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Re: Top box / Pannier dilemma
Reply #1 on: March 26, 2021, 09:24:36 AM
First thing I did was take the eye sore stock BMW pannier carriers off when I got the bike home from the dealers, then opted for the Givi pannier system because of the quick release carriers and the inconspicuous brackets when not in use, this was also cheaper than just buying the BMW panniers but cost wasn’t a consideration, it was looks and convenience.

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Re: Top box / Pannier dilemma
Reply #2 on: March 26, 2021, 09:37:48 AM
Always interesting reading about panniers stopped using such must be 25 years ago at least, we can go on the road for two weeks with a 50L BM soft bag on the rear and a tank bag, although......I don’t do the packing my wife does  :001:

As for locking anything inside...nooo wayyy, i’ve Had a bike stolen, when we walk away from it locked up there’s nothing on it bar the tennis ball and sponge on the handle bars for cleaning my visor.

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Re: Top box / Pannier dilemma
Reply #3 on: March 26, 2021, 01:53:16 PM
*Originally Posted by Winger [+]
Always interesting reading about panniers stopped using such must be 25 years ago at least, we can go on the road for two weeks with a 50L BM soft bag on the rear and a tank bag, although......I don’t do the packing my wife does  :001:

As for locking anything inside...nooo wayyy, i’ve Had a bike stolen, when we walk away from it locked up there’s nothing on it bar the tennis ball and sponge on the handle bars for cleaning my visor.
I read you..........the only time I have panniers and top box on is when the missus is on the back and we have to take a moving wardrobe with us, when it’s away with the boys it’s just a soft bag on the back  :169:

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Re: Top box / Pannier dilemma
Reply #4 on: March 26, 2021, 01:55:01 PM
Pannier system for the Gen 2 is great, no ugly rack required, and panniers clip easily on to the discrete mountings provided. Only negative is the cost of the BMW panniers  :305:
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Re: Top box / Pannier dilemma
Reply #5 on: March 26, 2021, 02:02:30 PM
Yip Paul, thats my point exactly. The Gen 2 panniers look very much less intrusive to the eye.
I agree with other comments also. When just away  myself i have the large BMW soft back. Main reason for this bike was to do more trips with my wife. Hence  the luggage requirements. Already got a trip to Isle of Man in July booked and hoping for a tour around the lakes. So hopefully the combination will work well when touring with Gwen  :152: :062:

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Re: Top box / Pannier dilemma
Reply #6 on: March 26, 2021, 03:26:20 PM
As most of trips over the years have been to race meetings, perhaps we should have a thread about what all of us carry for two weeks on the Road, days we are traveling are normally done in old tee shirts etc and go in the bin at the end of the day, hence why we normally return home with less than we started  :001:

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Re: Top box / Pannier dilemma
Reply #7 on: March 26, 2021, 07:32:14 PM
I have to disagree with the many, I don't like the look at all of the new mounting system on the Gen2, and it cannot be removed. it takes all of 5 minutes(at a leisurely pace)to remove the 'ugly'(bit excessive, but heh!) racks on the Gen 1 and you have a nice clean looking bike.

Personally I thinkt he bike looks butt ugly with panniers and a topbox on it, but they serve a purpose for a trip, other than that they're on the shelf in the garage.

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Re: Top box / Pannier dilemma
Reply #8 on: March 26, 2021, 10:48:41 PM
*Originally Posted by SimonUK [+]
I have to disagree with the many, I don't like the look at all of the new mounting system on the Gen2, and it cannot be removed. it takes all of 5 minutes(at a leisurely pace)to remove the 'ugly'(bit excessive, but heh!) racks on the Gen 1 and you have a nice clean looking bike.

Personally I thinkt he bike looks butt ugly with panniers and a topbox on it, but they serve a purpose for a trip, other than that they're on the shelf in the garage.

Totally agree.
Compare the "integrated" mounts on Gen2 XR to say, KTM's 1290 GT, the BMW still looks like an afterthought. GT is properly integrated and you barely know they are there

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Re: Top box / Pannier dilemma
Reply #9 on: March 26, 2021, 11:15:02 PM
Can anyone confirm the price of the BMW panniers for the Gen 2? Think the OP reckoned £750, but surely they are more than that? Seem to recall they were £895 or something if ordered with the bike when I ordered mine, so from the parts store surely more?  :027: