I aquired a set of these for my '99 Triumph Tiger. Mounted them way forward due to Thunderbike crash bars. Highly useful accessory.
Pros: easy access to stuff. Someplace to put pens and receipts. Convenient size. And, most unexpectedly, the hi-viz version seems to cause more drivers to see me and move out of the way!
Cons: Zipper use seems to require two hands. Liner could be a litle stiffer.
Advice to purchasers: I bought the largest size because Bigger Is Better, right? I'm thinking now that the smaller Competition version would have been just as useful. I'd suggest cutting a piece of cardboard the size of each version, then seeing how it might fit on your bike.
Overall: Definitely glad I bought them...what took me so long? (Posted on 11/27/11)
Bought these panniers in 1986 to put on my R90s and go to Laconia from PA. Had 'em on ever since and they're still working fine though a little faded from 50K on the road. They hold a lot conveniently accessible. Mine aren't water proof but putting in a plastic bag keeps every thing dry even in heavy rain. The small pockets at the rear of the bags are useful for pens, tire pressure gauge, toll tickets, etc. I often thought it would be nice if they had a flap to keep all that stuff out of weather and eyes when left on the bike while parked. Unhooking the bags is very easy and, in environments where I don't feel safe leaving them with the bike, it's just a moment to unhook and take them with me over a shoulder. 25 years of good service... so far... (Posted on 11/23/11)
These panniers really are nice. Well made, attach very easily and securely, they hold much more than they look. Very water resistant also. I expect them to last quite a while.
Much better than the Wolfman panniers or the generic ATV which aren't available anymore. (Posted on 10/22/11)
I took my first road-trip with these bags and not only did they work well holding my water bottles, motorcycle cover, and other gear, they protected my legs from the rain, hail, and snow I ran into during the trip. A very nice plus. (Posted on 9/17/11)
Just wanted to let the 2008 KLR club know that the panniers fit if you remove the screws at the top of the faring slide the front strap under it and then replace the screws. If you are 5'10'' or better your knees are still going to hit the bags unless you sit back on the seat. (Posted on 9/15/11)
I dragged my last set for 12 miles on the interstate,after accidentally leaving them on the tow bar of my Uni Go trailer. Although they look like crap, they still function. I decided to get another set for my Adventure Tourer. (Posted on 7/19/11)
My 'stich tank panniers have been with me for over a decade. Off and on bikes. Having mostly big tank bikes now, I had them on a shelf...
Until I started looking hard at the People 50 Scooter. 10 minutes later the tank panniers were perfect size saddlebags for the Kymco People 50. A tail pack completed it. Now I can do day to day city commutes and grocery runs and have ample storage. (Posted on 9/8/10)
I cannot remember when I bought them, but they still work as new. Retired from BMW duty, they now work as saddlebags on my People 50 two stroke scooter. With a tail pack, I can buy a week's worth of groceries and store them easily for transport to the crib. (Posted on 7/21/10)