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DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« on: April 19, 2017, 12:09:22 pm »
I got my DR pannier/ protector bars from Flying Brick and am pretty happy with them.They are not too bulky, which is a plus, but are not ideal for securing soft panniers.

I am currently trying to develop soft pannier bags to fit them.

How many of you have the same bars and would be interested in this luggage?

If you are interested there are threads on `clothing & equipment ` and under `vendors`.

Any constructive input would also be appreciated.

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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2017, 12:58:05 pm »

They came with soft luggage which has plastic stiffners and an alu base.

I have modded a set of Oxford bags to fit too. They can take the punishment off-road.


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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2017, 01:00:19 pm »
The tail pack was custom made for my Husky. Fits the DR too.

The grey side pockets have openings between the pockets and main bag, through which the Rok Straps route.


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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2017, 02:15:10 pm »
The evolution of the soft pannier....battling to find a simple, functional way of securing them PROPERLY !

WATCH THIS SPACE .
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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 03:04:38 pm »
TESTING NEW PROTOTYPE....

Keep an eye on this thread for DR compatible soft luggage.
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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2017, 05:58:47 pm »
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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2017, 06:05:05 pm »
Having had several Drs the best luggage by far is a Giant Basin coyote bag. Yes expensive but it suits the bike. Add a 10l Kriega bag on the rear carrier to carry all the tools, compressor etc and one can travel anywhere.
 

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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2017, 09:27:20 pm »
Having had several Drs the best luggage by far is a Giant Basin coyote bag. Yes expensive but it suits the bike. Add a 10l Kriega bag on the rear carrier to carry all the tools, compressor etc and one can travel anywhere.


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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2017, 10:58:17 pm »
I like the saddle bags on the KTM, neat and slim yet large enough to pack enough for a trip :thumleft:
 

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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2017, 08:29:12 am »
Ventura luggage works for me.
The larger and smaller bags can be zipped together, or used separately, depending on the load
 

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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2017, 02:22:02 pm »
After months of stuffing around with various designs for a DR-specific bag setup I threw all the old ideas out and started from scratch.

I gravitate towards designing something that suits MY style of packing and it looks like I have finally got it right. Will take pics and post tomorrow.

As you can see, this is for a DR without rear racks / crashbars and will fit like a glove, fastening onto rear footpegs or "O" bolts which I fitted (Hardy De Kock idea !)...they also work a treat for tying down a bike on a bakkie / trailer.

I am now of the opinion that a `one size fits all` approach will always compromise the fit of the bag, hence the custom design.

I intend doing the same for other popular adventure bikes...more work for me , but a better product in the long run for our customers.

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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2017, 06:45:41 pm »
Here is the process I followed and the logic behind it.

First step is to make a "yoke" that will fit snugly across the seat and cover those parts of the side covers you want to , concentrating on cutting it so no pressure is exerted on the covers and then pushing them against the exhausy

Next I tried to strengthen the whole setup with 25mm webbing stitched to the yoke so as to create a direct line detween the securing points so that the tension is on the webbing and not the fabric....like so !
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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2017, 06:51:34 pm »
Once this is done the bags / pockets are added depending on your requirements.
I tend to travel quite light and want the weight low down and ahead of the rear axle.

The design still allows a tailpack or barrelbag to be mounted across the seat or luggage rack...very versatile.

Still needs to be tweaked and tested.

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« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2017, 06:57:11 pm »
The plan going forward is to follow the same methodology for various popular adventure bikes.

Pretty chuffed with the progress that NOMAD has made in a difficult market.

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« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2017, 07:09:26 pm »
Very nice Pete!
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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2017, 10:04:22 am »
The evolution of the soft pannier....battling to find a simple, functional way of securing them PROPERLY !

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Like I discussed with you. You need four straps on the corners
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« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2017, 12:42:29 pm »
The evolution of the soft pannier....battling to find a simple, functional way of securing them PROPERLY !

WATCH THIS SPACE .

Like I discussed with you. You need four straps on the corners

Thanks Gerrard.
We have done that on request for some client`s but withthe straps and `D`rings where they are they will fit ANY bike.
As soon as you put straps on the bottom they will not always fit everyone`s bike as the slots in the luggage rack or securing points may differ. What then happens is they are fastened incorrectly and will eventually possibly break, and as we offer lifetime warranty on our own design this will obviously be a risk.

Generally if someone sends me accurate drawings or brings the bike in we customize the strap placement al it works loke a bomb.
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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2017, 12:48:44 pm »
The evolution of the soft pannier....battling to find a simple, functional way of securing them PROPERLY !

WATCH THIS SPACE .

Like I discussed with you. You need four straps on the corners

Thanks Gerrard.
We have done that on request for some client`s but withthe straps and `D`rings where they are they will fit ANY bike.
As soon as you put straps on the bottom they will not always fit everyone`s bike as the slots in the luggage rack or securing points may differ. What then happens is they are fastened incorrectly and will eventually possibly break, and as we offer lifetime warranty on our own design this will obviously be a risk.

Generally if someone sends me accurate drawings or brings the bike in we customize the strap placement al it works loke a bomb.

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« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2017, 08:31:42 pm »
Coming on nice, looking forward to the final version

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Re: DR 650 SOFT LUGGAGE
« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2017, 11:54:06 am »
Very pleased with the evolution of my DR soft luggage for use without pannier racks or crashbars.
Prototype tested and works like a bomb.

Now before you all start howling that the bags are too small or too big, bear in mind that I designed these for ME and MY needs:  the system can be adapted to bigger volumes if required.

What I like: Weight is low, narrow and ahead of the rear axle. Also no contact with the back of your calves if you are on the pegs and can still mount a large barrelbag across the back of the seat with this system.
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