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Panniers

Post by bimblevonslow » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:03 am

Any recommendations for a pair of panniers that will securely fit an Xmax?

I’ve got an old pair of Oxford First Time panniers but the Velcro straps are not long enough to fit the width of my scoot. The seat is too wide.

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Re: Panniers

Post by Meldrew » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:55 am

It's simple enough to extend the straps on a set of soft panniers by sewing on an extra length of wide nylon strap and some Velcro to one or both sides, so the straps overlap about 6 inches or so to be held by the Velcro

I did that to a set of Givi panniers over 10 years ago when I had a 650 Burgman that had a really wide passenger seat, using materials from one of my junk boxes. It was simple to do and I was able to fit the panniers on with the straps under the seat before closing. It worked just as well, if not better on the seat of my Silver Wing as I no left side pannier to lift out of the way when filling up.

Saves buying another set of panniers for the week or two a year you may need a set, as I did when Mrs M used to go touring with me.

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Re: Panniers

Post by Maxsymuppet » Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:07 pm

Just recently bought a pair of Givi EA100B panniers. The seat on the Maxsym is really wide and the straps are more than wide enough. Plus they are really spacious when expanded (40 litres each.) They're not cheap but being Givi they're quality.

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Re: Panniers

Post by Maxsymuppet » Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:47 pm

Maxsymuppet wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:07 pm
Just recently bought a pair of Givi EA100B panniers. The seat on the Maxsym is really wide and the straps are more than wide enough. Plus they are really spacious when expanded (40 litres each.) They're not cheap but being Givi they're quality.
Meant to say long enough. Whoops!

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Re: Panniers

Post by bimblevonslow » Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:01 am

Thanks for the suggestions.

The givi bags look good. I’ll put them on my wish list.

I hadn’t thought about sewing on longer straps to my old panniers so after a bit of googling I’ve ordered some nylon webbing and velcro (known as ‘hook and loop’, I’ve learnt). Now to dust down the sewing machine from the attic!

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Re: Panniers

Post by Meldrew » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:41 am

It's pretty easy to sew on the webbing straps and Velcro by hand, just choose a suitable needle you can push through the material without too much effort and strong black thread.

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Re: Panniers

Post by rayb » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:44 am

I made up saddle bags using cycle panniers from Lidl and the leg from an old pair of jeans. I usd them on the Innova but haven't liked to on the SH300 in case they damage the panels.

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Re: Panniers

Post by Waldorf » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:49 am

If you aren't good at sewing - I'm not - using wide-ish double-sided Velcro strips will do the job if the panniers have Velcro straps already attached; disconnect the panniers from each other, lay the Velco strips over the pillion seat and attach the individual Velcro straps on the bags to it. I used another webbing strap to link the bags, just in case, but never had any problems.

My explanation is not good but you'll see if you actually do it.

I've used the method with both Oxford and Givi panniers.

I bought the Velcro in B&Q.

I'm sure sewing is preferable but my system does work.
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Re: Panniers

Post by capitano » Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:25 am

Waldorf wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:49 am
If you aren't good at sewing - I'm not - using wide-ish double-sided Velcro strips will do the job if the panniers have Velcro straps already attached; disconnect the panniers from each other, lay the Velco strips over the pillion seat and attach the individual Velcro straps on the bags to it. I used another webbing strap to link the bags, just in case, but never had any problems.

My explanation is not good but you'll see if you actually do it.

I've used the method with both Oxford and Givi panniers.

I bought the Velcro in B&Q.

I'm sure sewing is preferable but my system does work.
I did the same with a set of Oxford panniers and velcro straps (from Tesco's travel luggage section), but I wrapped the velcro joins in gaffa tape to stop them peeling apart.

Your failsafe solution sounds far more elegant than mine. 8-)

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Re: Panniers

Post by bimblevonslow » Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:36 am

Waldorf wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:49 am
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I used another webbing strap to link the bags, just in case, but never had any problems
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How did you attach the extra webbing strap to your panniers?


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