Panniers/Saddlebags with full Akra

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Panniers/Saddlebags with full Akra

Post by ktmTJ136 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:49 am

Hello folks, I've searched quite a bit and I still haven't found a good solution to getting saddlebags on my 1290r with full Akra. I've seen a couple threads here on the issue but nothing in the last year or two. Ideally, I'd just get the KTM ones but they say they aren't compatible with the Akra. I don't know if there's a workaround or not (heat shielding?) but I haven't seen anything and it's a big investment to gamble on. I've seen people use Motech saddlebags with full akra but I don't love the way they mount over the pillion or the way they look. The Hepco & Becker C-BOW Royster seem pretty close to the mark for me but I'm still not sure if they will have issues with the Akra. Has anybody here used the Hepco & Becker C-BOW set up? Are there any other options that would work that I'm missing? Thanks in advance for any help!

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Post by headinnorth » Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:33 am

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Post by headinnorth » Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:37 am

From what I have read, you can run the KTM bags. It just needs to be protected with some kind of heat shield.

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Post by ktmTJ136 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:17 pm

Thanks all for the responses! I'll look into those other options first but I think I'll end up with the KTM bags if I can heat shield. I'll post the results once done for anybody that may be on the same boat as me.

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Post by mrossk » Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:28 pm

I have the Hepco & Becker with the full Akra and they fit fine, I like 'em . The SW Motech system also fits. Neither gets close enough to require further heat shielding, and they're less expensive than the KTM bags.

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Post by Stark » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:42 pm

headinnorth wrote:Not my bike.

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The main problem with side panniers on this bike is that it's hard to fit them without obstructing the rider seat as can be seen in this picture.

I had to fiddle and fart about with these to get them at a suitable height and angle.

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Seems to be ample room for exhaust clearance too, which is probably true of any slant-style bags providing you mount them right. Just take the measurements from the product page and measure around the bike, it will give you a fair idea of the clearances.

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Post by NiteKreeper » Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:49 am

At the point where you bolted a checker-plate Esky to your back seat, you should probably have stopped worrying about the angle of your panniers and whether they looked OK.
Because Jesus-Fuck, that's ugly...

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Post by Stark » Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:06 pm

NiteKreeper wrote:At the point where you bolted a checker-plate Esky to your back seat, you should probably have stopped worrying about the angle of your panniers and whether they looked OK.
Because Jesus-Fuck, that's ugly...

Well, you've only got to please yourself, and I'm very pleased with it.

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Post by NiteKreeper » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:12 am

Stark wrote:Well, you've only got to please yourself, and I'm very pleased with it.
True, and if I turned up with 36 beers on my back seat, my mates would also be pleased...

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Post by Stark » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:33 am

NiteKreeper wrote:
Stark wrote:Well, you've only got to please yourself, and I'm very pleased with it.
True, and if I turned up with 36 beers on my back seat, my mates would also be pleased...
Indeed! But it's not all about what you can fit inside it, but rather on top of it. I've had car seats, 2 meter square marine ply, computer chairs and even lounge chairs on the back, so not only do you have a huge Esky full of beer, but you also have a lounge chair to get drunk on. :P

But I'm not done yet, I'm going to stick a 70l dry bag on top of it for a total of 190 liters of storage. :twisted:

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Post by NiteKreeper » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:43 am

Stark wrote:But I'm not done yet, I'm going to stick a 70l dry bag on top of it for a total of 190 liters of storage. :twisted:
Haha why stop there?!
You've actually given me a brilliant idea for a kegerator...

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Post by Stark » Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:03 am

NiteKreeper wrote:
Stark wrote:But I'm not done yet, I'm going to stick a 70l dry bag on top of it for a total of 190 liters of storage. :twisted:
Haha why stop there?!
You've actually given me a brilliant idea for a kegerator...
Lol, you know, that would actually be doable. You'd be the most popular guy in the group. ;)

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Post by NiteKreeper » Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:21 am

Stark wrote: You'd be the most popular guy in the group. ;)
This is the bit that makes me uncomfortable...

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Post by ktmTJ136 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:50 pm

Update for anyone who may cares. I got the KTM panniers and, as someone said earlier, I just got some sticky sided heat shielding for the right side and it seems to be fine. More miles are needed but if the shielding stays on I don't see any problems.

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Post by NiteKreeper » Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:53 pm

ktmTJ136 wrote:...sticky sided heat shielding for the right side...
Hmmm, 90l topbox, right pannier gets warm...

Right, I'm off to the shed for a few hours, but I'm warning you all:
If I see someone come out with a motorcycle-mounted kegerator and pie warmer, I shall know one of you stole my idea...

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Post by headinnorth » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:44 am

ktmTJ136 wrote:Update for anyone who may cares. I got the KTM panniers and, as someone said earlier, I just got some sticky sided heat shielding for the right side and it seems to be fine. More miles are needed but if the shielding stays on I don't see any problems.

Could post a link to the heat shielding?

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Post by ktmTJ136 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:39 pm

headinnorth wrote:Could post a link to the heat shielding?

I'm not at home now, I'll post the product when I get home and can look at the packaging.

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Post by ktmTJ136 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:53 pm

I used Thermo Tec adhesive Heat Shield Material. It was about 25 bucks at Autozone (I'm in the US). The adhesive sticks very well to the outside of the KTM bags and does't leave any residue if taken off. It's still only been a few days but so far it looks like it's gonna stay but when I take my first long ride I'll be taking some scissors and some more heat shield just in case.

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