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Re: SOFT LUGGAGE....opinions.
« Reply #280 on: September 04, 2017, 08:46:48 am »
Whats the price on such a setup?

Looks practical.

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« Reply #281 on: September 04, 2017, 10:52:09 am »
i like the look of those pannier bags on the GS.. well done!
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« Reply #282 on: September 04, 2017, 04:11:25 pm »
i like the look of those pannier bags on the GS.. well done!

Does it have a center strap between the two side bags?

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« Reply #283 on: September 05, 2017, 12:16:10 pm »
i like the look of those pannier bags on the GS.. well done!

Does it have a center strap between the two side bags?

Received my barrel bags today. Thanks PK

On this one I did 2 x 50mm webbing straps that are Velcro adjustable.
They then have 2 x  25mm webbing strap on the `outside` edge of the bag. This is tensioned last to prevent the outside of the bag `slumping` if it has a heavy load. They also effectively serve as compression straps it the bags are not full.
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« Reply #284 on: September 13, 2017, 06:29:00 pm »
OK...as mentioned I have been kitting out a new Africa Twin to a client`s specs.

He arrived with a Rock Fox pannier rack sytem and luggage plate.

Very nicely made and very nice from a soft luggage point of view as it is strong, simple and the top of the pannier frame sits parallel with the top of the seat which makes my job easier.

The straps are part of my design and are easily fitted or removed as they are just slipknots formed bt the loop in the webbing..

Check them out.
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« Reply #285 on: September 13, 2017, 06:40:32 pm »
The client wanted BIG pannier bags and despite my reservations insisted on the size of  350mm x 450mm(ht) x 200mm(width).
My main concern was that if the bags were bigger than the frames, they would be difficult to secure to prevent movement.

Both panniers are supported by 2 x 50mm webbing straps across the seat, both Velcro adjustable.

Like so...
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« Reply #286 on: September 13, 2017, 06:43:01 pm »
And so...
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« Reply #287 on: September 13, 2017, 06:46:43 pm »
My main gripe with many of the designs I have seen is that if loaded, the bags `slump`down because of the weight, so I have fitted additional 25mm `tensioning straps` which are tensioned once the bags are fitted and loaded and this then shares the weight with the 50mm straps across the seat.

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« Reply #288 on: September 13, 2017, 06:47:30 pm »
OK...the first fitting of a "u" type bag.

Will also be doing a bigger volume model but there seems to be more interest in the smaller, more compact type that can have a tailpack or barrelbag as an optional fitting at the same time so that is our focus for now.

The bigger volume bag in the "U" shape WILL be forthcoming....let`s just get this one right first !!

I am personally amped to test this model as it appeals to my type of riding with the weight in front of the rear axle , low down and snug against the bike.

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« Reply #289 on: September 13, 2017, 06:50:32 pm »
Agreed, looks good. I like the pop of colour on the straps.

I see the bag cover seems to only close with velcro strips. Are there zips beneath to close up the bags? Do they fold over to keep out dust or water?
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« Reply #290 on: September 13, 2017, 06:52:13 pm »
Sorry..I`m a computer klutz and posting before loading all I want to.
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« Reply #291 on: September 13, 2017, 06:55:09 pm »
Agreed, looks good. I like the pop of colour on the straps.

I see the bag cover seems to only close with velcro strips. Are there zips beneath to close up the bags? Do they fold over to keep out dust or water?

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« Reply #292 on: September 13, 2017, 06:59:14 pm »
So those take care of the weight-bearing issues.

Access to these large bags is by way of a double YKK no. 10 zip...the best I have been able to source.
As with all zips on any of my luggage, there is a weather flap to protect the zip from water and, more importantly, dust.
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« Reply #293 on: September 13, 2017, 07:02:03 pm »
Zips close to the rear of the bike to minimise wind-driven water.
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« Reply #294 on: September 13, 2017, 07:07:42 pm »
To secure the bags from flapping there are the 25mm black straps to the side of the bags, which secure them to the frames and act as compression straps if the bags are not completely full.
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« Reply #295 on: September 13, 2017, 07:30:37 pm »
Apart from those securing points, all the 25mm webbing, both vertical and horizontal has additional loops stitched to give maximum versatility.

Same applies to the `D` rings at the bottom of the bags.

And the end result I`m quite pleased with...and even colour co-ordinated !!
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« Reply #296 on: September 13, 2017, 07:35:13 pm »
Oh...and the `tailpack` was according to the client`s request, 200mm high and shaped according to the luggage rack.

Difficult to show the operation of the straps in pic`s but have a nifty cam buckle system that only has to be loostened, not undone...thanks to the Rock Fox design....very efficient.
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« Reply #297 on: September 13, 2017, 09:07:37 pm »
I really really like that tail pack!  :thumleft:
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« Reply #298 on: September 14, 2017, 10:54:57 am »
Thanks for the comments and feedback.

If I have to be critical, I think these bags are a touch too big, but it is what the client wanted.

Starting a GS800 tomorrow , also with Rock Fox racks and will tweak the design marginally.

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« Reply #299 on: September 21, 2017, 07:18:12 pm »
Ha...another project : GS 800 for Gabriel`s trip to Malawi.

Rock Fox racks made my job easier and we tweaked the design a bit on the Africa Twin we did last week.

Basic elements: 2 x 50mm webbing straps across the seat with velcro adjustments.
                          4 x 25mm (red in this case) webbing tensioner straps to prevent the outside of the bag from `slumping`
                          Black 50mm webbing continues from seat attachment right under the bag and up the outside to the `tensioner`....purely for strength.
                          4 x 25mm black webbing `compression` straps on each bag (2 per panel)...locates the bag on frame and compresses the bag and contents.
                          Top opening double zip system on each bag with weather flap.

The system allows one or two barrelbags across the seat and luggage rack as well.
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