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Old February 20th, 2014, 01:27 PM   #1
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Alternatives to Panniers?

Wanted to see what other options are out there instead of fitting the panniers due to their width and lane splitting. The panniers are so wide I fear during lane splitting in the car parks we call traffic i will hit something, most bikes as you know have the panneirs = the handlebar width, all except Ducati's i think. Had I realised this I probbaly wouldn't have bought the bike but i digress.
Ok, I'm in CA so we know all about lane splitting laws etc. Thing is I want to start riding to work but carry a laptop / lunch / various sundries etc. The tail bag will carry a few bits but not all, it all fits in the panniers but there is the width issue. I dont fancy using a rucksack in case of a fall and the rucksack doing damage to my spine etc (I've heard a few stories).
So what's the alternative apart from 'take the bus', 'drive', etc.
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Old February 20th, 2014, 04:48 PM   #2
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You're option pretty well is a top case, givi has options for the hyperstrada and there have been a few really nice custom options. I'll be posting my custom case in a few weeks, but since I just got about 4 feet of snow in the last two days I'm not in any hurry to get my bike ready for the road *sigh*
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Old February 20th, 2014, 07:41 PM   #3
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Wanted to see what other options are out there instead of fitting the panniers due to their width and lane splitting. The panniers are so wide I fear during lane splitting in the car parks we call traffic i will hit something, most bikes as you know have the panneirs = the handlebar width, all except Ducati's i think. Had I realised this I probbaly wouldn't have bought the bike but i digress.
Ok, I'm in CA so we know all about lane splitting laws etc. Thing is I want to start riding to work but carry a laptop / lunch / various sundries etc. The tail bag will carry a few bits but not all, it all fits in the panniers but there is the width issue. I dont fancy using a rucksack in case of a fall and the rucksack doing damage to my spine etc (I've heard a few stories).
So what's the alternative apart from 'take the bus', 'drive', etc.
A medium sized tail bag will do the trick without going for the full-on top case. You just need to be mindful that at some size/weight point (and I have no clue where it lies), you would need to add the support bars. The tail bag from SW MoTech I fitted is not large enough to carry my 13" Ultrabook, but then I did not want to fit the support bars, so I deliberately kept the bag small. I might up the size of the bag in future if the need arises (now having the rack and quick release adapter in place it is just a matter of buying a bigger bag), but I will also add the supports to ensure nothing breaks.
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Old February 24th, 2014, 01:03 PM   #4
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Bellevue Ducati designed/built a replacement for the stock mount points that can take other, narrower, bags. It's made of solid metal and bolts on. The pictures they have online are of the GIVI Trekker series, but it take other MONOKEY style cases.

If Ducati sold narrow panniers, where the outside half of the stock case was thinned to hold a few magazines or laptop and nothing else, I'd grab them in a heartbeat. Don't even need to change the mounting style and the zipper would hold better without the weight from the outside clamshell.
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Old February 24th, 2014, 01:37 PM   #5
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I did find narrower easy on / off bags for the hyper using seperate mounts but it means removing the stock bag mount and the grab rail, then replacing the LH and RH covers ($130 each).
Given I've already removed the centerstand I might as well have bought a motard, not the strada.
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Old February 24th, 2014, 03:35 PM   #6
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So, I've frequently thought of taking the bags off of the stock mounts (looks like 3 nut/bolts) and fitting them to some proper cases. It looks like it should be a fairly easy project. Is this what Bellevue did?
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Old February 26th, 2014, 02:17 PM   #7
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So, I've frequently thought of taking the bags off of the stock mounts (looks like 3 nut/bolts) and fitting them to some proper cases. It looks like it should be a fairly easy project. Is this what Bellevue did?


Given this light bulb post I decided to order some after market bags (GIVI XSTREAM 302) as they are the stiffest of their soft bag selection and open like a regular bag with a full all the way round zip. I'll create a template out of some stiff plastic, put this inside the bag, ad the Ducati mounting hardware and voila., I'll keep you posted.
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Old February 26th, 2014, 03:40 PM   #8
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I like them, but you'd swap a soft bag for a soft bag? Kinda tiny too.
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Old February 26th, 2014, 04:10 PM   #9
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I dont use the bike for touring per se, so the bags are for other incidentals i cant get in my tail pack and i dont want to wear a backpack. Narrow bags help when splitting lanes.
These GIVI bags also extend too by 4" or so. If they turn up and they are too small as you intimate, I'll send em back and try others till i get it right.

Lets see how it goes
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Old February 26th, 2014, 04:20 PM   #10
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They might match up fully extended but won't look as good. It would be a totally different conversation if I could split lanes! Makes sense in that regard.

They will look good hanging off her butt fo sho.
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