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Old May 20th, 2018, 04:01 PM   #21
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Sustained speeds above 70 mph kills mileage. It's not a very aerodynamic design. Bags obviously detract.
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Old May 21st, 2018, 06:20 AM   #22
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Pannies make all the difference, reserve light usually comes at 125 miles aprox no pannies , with at 105 to 110

I don,t understand people riding with pannies all the time, waste of gas and difficult to split lanes without hitting something.
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Old May 21st, 2018, 10:13 AM   #23
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Sustained speeds above 70 mph kills mileage. It's not a very aerodynamic design. Bags obviously detract.
Well in my case the rider is also not particularly aerodynamic. At 6'3" and 235lbs I make a fantastic sail. I could probably get a better fitting jacket or leathers to decrease drag, but I don't spend all that much time on the highway anyway.
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Old May 22nd, 2018, 12:04 AM   #24
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I don,t understand people riding with pannies all the time, waste of gas and difficult to split lanes without hitting something.
Well, I commute to work and carry lunch, gym clothes and satchel of personal crap. I don't like carrying a helmet around and knowing the panniers held a full face helmet was actually one of my qualifiers for purchase.
FYI- the panniers are same width as handguards. So, if your bars fit through a space, so do the panniers. I filter daily and can attest to this.
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Old May 22nd, 2018, 05:47 AM   #25
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Well, I commute to work and carry lunch, gym clothes and satchel of personal crap. I don't like carrying a helmet around and knowing the panniers held a full face helmet was actually one of my qualifiers for purchase.
FYI- the panniers are same width as handguards. So, if your bars fit through a space, so do the panniers. I filter daily and can attest to this.
Cars are widder at the bottom that,s where pannies hit. It,s the same with Adventure bikes.
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Old May 23rd, 2018, 02:03 AM   #26
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Wider at the bottom? You mean from the door handles down on most economy boxes, which is 90% of what's on the road in Europe. Regardless, I eyeball the space I'm passing through in it's entirety, not just the lower half so I fit like a puzzle piece. Never ridden in Mexico so won't argue further.

But...I don't understand those that chunk the panniers and attach a giant centerline box. Why not just buy a Motard? If I had no use for the panniers I would have bought an SP and put the touring screen on it.
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