Himalayan Panniers and Set Ups

Eatmore Mudd

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RE factory panniers and frames. Very good fit, very good finish, frames made from steel tube, welded and powder coated, nice fit and finish. Pannier boxes made from .078 / 2.5mm thick aluminum machine welded bodies lids and bottoms hydro formed then sealed and riveted to the bodies. Molded nylon corner pads and lid seal supports, rubber lid seals. Stainless hardware and fasteners.

You can buy them through RE dealers world wide in a brick and mortar or through a dealers eBay store.
 

Xopher

Getting there...
Location
Ontario, Canada
Bought the RE Pannier frames on Ebay along with Mounting kits from https://www.ebay.com/itm/322565440945. Used two M548 Ammo Cans (they are almost the same dimensions as the RE panniers). Added Ammo Can Locking Kits. All tolled around $450.00 CDN. I was quoted $1600.00 CDN for RE Brackets and Panniers from my dealer. Made a custom bracket to mount the small Ammo can to hold my rain gear.
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BuckeyeHimalayan

Well travelled
Location
Northern Ohio
Bought the RE Pannier frames on Ebay along with Mounting kits from https://www.ebay.com/itm/322565440945. Used two M548 Ammo Cans (they are almost the same dimensions as the RE panniers). Added Ammo Can Locking Kits. All tolled around $450.00 CDN. I was quoted $1600.00 CDN for RE Brackets and Panniers from my dealer. Made a custom bracket to mount the small Ammo can to hold my rain gear.
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Those look awesome and fit the bike visually and functional as well. What hand guards you sporting?
 

BuckeyeHimalayan

Well travelled
Location
Northern Ohio
Honestly, as far as cost vs hardiness, Panniers made from the Pelican cases or off brands are awesome. Once you have the purchase of the hardware, it all about just replacing the cases if need be.
 

Wintrup

Well travelled
Location
Cumbria UK
I bought my bike second hand and it came with the factory metal panniers and I've got to say I'm very impressed. They're made out of thick gauge aluminium, are really solid and each has 4 strong attachment points to strap luggage on top.
 

Eatmore Mudd

Moderator
Staff member
Bought the RE Pannier frames on Ebay along with Mounting kits from https://www.ebay.com/itm/322565440945. Used two M548 Ammo Cans (they are almost the same dimensions as the RE panniers). Added Ammo Can Locking Kits. All tolled around $450.00 CDN. I was quoted $1600.00 CDN for RE Brackets and Panniers from my dealer. Made a custom bracket to mount the small Ammo can to hold my rain gear.
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Hey neighbor, keep an eye on the USD CDN exchange rates. When the money of it all works in your favor you could get it cheaper from down here or have a nice ride down and back for the same cost. Been know to go "up there" myself when everything works out.
 

Kiwiscoot

Well travelled
Fitted my Zana pannier/saddle racks/stays. https://www.zanainternational.com/himalayan/https-/www-zanainternational-com/himalayan-htm/saddle-stay.htm Only US$138 freight included to New Zealand.
Packaging was very good. Some things were not that well finished, e.g. like this weld that was not tidied up and whoever tapped the 6mm tread drilled the wrong pilot hole, so the thread was so shallow that it stripped. A bit frustrating but nothing an 8mm tap could not fix.

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The left side rack was about 20mm lower at the back than the RH one. Used the weight of the bike on a work table to bend it up before tightening everything.
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The racks are very sturdy and looks pretty good.
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Bought a cheap US$30 saddle bag from AliExpress and I'm very impressed with it. Used some flat stiff 10mm foam sheets and made a stiff internal form for them.
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https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Mot...858.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.33f94c4d4gdo32


LH side has a waterbottle holder.

Perfect to hold a flask of coffee and some cookies on my trip the other day.
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This is my everyday set-up for commuting to work and day trips.
 

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Kiwiscoot

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This is my long trip set-up.
Fitted Andy StrapZ Expedition soft panniers to my bike. https://www.andystrapz.com/product/expedition-pannierz
They are made of military grade ripstop oiled canvas. The manufacturer advises to wet the bags as part of the conditioning, but I could not get them wet as they shed the water, so I filled them up with water to the top, about 40 liters per bag. The water level was only 2 cm down from the top after 20 minutes, so they are pretty waterproof.

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An interesting fact about these bags is that Andy designed them each exactly with the same dimensions as a 20l plastic jerry can so that a modified plastic jerry can will fit inside as a hard lining to form hard panniers. So of course we had to do the same. First tested the bags with a jerry can each filled with 5 liters of water to simulate the weight of kit. Took it for a ride and seems to do the job.
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Good clearance of the exhaust.
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So from this...
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it was cut down to this..
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And here in New Zealand we have done away with supermarket plastic bags, so instead we use thick strong reusable shopping bags. Well the bonus is that these bags fit the inside of the jerry cans like a glove, so bingo..a cheap strong pannier liner with a top that can be zipped closed. In one pannier I will use an insulated bag (normally used for frozen groceries) to keep foodstuffs cool.
And finished project...
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Light weight very strong "hard" panniers that will take a beating. The beauty is that if the hard panniers are not needed, then the inners can be taken out and the soft panniers bags can be tightened flat against the pannier racks. Took the the bike for a spin with the pannier setup and I could not tell that I had them on. So this give me 70 liters of storage in the panniers and they are still within the width of the handlebars. All in all a pretty cheap (NZ$440 all up) lightweight set of "hard" panniers.

PS... I had to take the horizontal parts of the Zana saddle racks off to get the bags to hang lower at the same angle as the exhaust.
Hope you don't mind me doing a copy and paste this from the Advrider forum.
 
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Kiwiscoot

Well travelled
https://www.nazbags.com.au/product-category/motorcycles/panniers/
I wish I knew about Naz Bags before I bought my Andy Strapz bags. Not that I am dissapointed with the Andy Strapz bags, but I like some of the features of the Naz Bags, like the flap that covers the top of the bag and they are cheaper. From what I gather Naz Bags are made of the same Military spec oiled ripstop canvas.
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TN_twowheeladdict

Well travelled
Location
Tennessee
Bought the RE Pannier frames on Ebay along with Mounting kits from https://www.ebay.com/itm/322565440945. Used two M548 Ammo Cans (they are almost the same dimensions as the RE panniers). Added Ammo Can Locking Kits. All tolled around $450.00 CDN. I was quoted $1600.00 CDN for RE Brackets and Panniers from my dealer. Made a custom bracket to mount the small Ammo can to hold my rain gear.
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how much do those ammo cans weigh? They look awesome in snow.
 

Kiwiscoot

Well travelled
@Kiwiscoot, those panniers really suit the bike. Reckon with some wax treatment they'd hold up against the rain fairly well too.
In my experience they don't need anything as the water just bead and run off, very much like the waterproof treatment tents and parkas have. You have to wet them to condition them according to the instructions that came with it. Well I had them in the bath and could not get them wet. That was why I filled them with water, hoping the water pressure (a good 30 inches/80 cm water pressure) will push through the material. Only a small amount (approx 2 cm from the top) seeped out thru the seams after 20 minutes. So I left it at that as I think they should be pretty much 100% waterproof.
 
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