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Feb 5th 2016, 10:16 PM   #1
 riceman's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Pasco, WA

  2001 1150GS
Custom Panniers and Mounts

So I've got a thread going on the adv site. Figured I'd link here and share, just in case any are interested.

Winter Project - Custom One-off Panniers | Adventure Rider

FYI: "Riceman" was taken. I am potato over there.
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Feb 5th 2016, 10:18 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Pasco, WA

  2001 1150GS
A taste:

Stainless steel mounting frames (concept):



Box design (concept):

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Feb 6th 2016, 07:25 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  2008 Kawasaki Versys (Sylvester), 1972 Suzuki RV90 (vanvan), 1981 Honda TwinStar (Bobber),yamaha 225
like it im in the same boat and wanting to make some for my versys
Feb 6th 2016, 05:03 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Pasco, WA

  2001 1150GS
Progress!

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Feb 7th 2016, 07:40 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  2008 Kawasaki Versys (Sylvester), 1972 Suzuki RV90 (vanvan), 1981 Honda TwinStar (Bobber),yamaha 225
keep at it
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Feb 20th 2016, 09:59 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Pasco, WA

  2001 1150GS
Got a prototype more or less put together today!



Lots more pics over on the adv thread!
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Feb 21st 2016, 06:17 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  2008 Kawasaki Versys (Sylvester), 1972 Suzuki RV90 (vanvan), 1981 Honda TwinStar (Bobber),yamaha 225
nice!!!
i got the start of my mounts well... started lol
can you guess what it came from?

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Feb 21st 2016, 06:54 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton, WA

  Anything with two wheels.
Rice man, these are looking good. I remember you mentioning them when in town this summer.
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Feb 21st 2016, 08:46 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Pasco, WA

  2001 1150GS
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Originally Posted by SilvieFox
nice!!!
i got the start of my mounts well... started lol
can you guess what it came from?

LOL! Looks like a shopping cart went MIA?
Feb 21st 2016, 08:55 AM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  2008 Kawasaki Versys (Sylvester), 1972 Suzuki RV90 (vanvan), 1981 Honda TwinStar (Bobber),yamaha 225
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LOL! Looks like a shopping cart went MIA?
LOL YUP was sitting in the field by my house for almost a year and didnt have any store markings so seamed like a good snag to me , and it looked to be the right shape
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Feb 29th 2016, 05:47 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Pasco, WA

  2001 1150GS
Question for the group: when closed, what height does the lid of your panniers sit at, relative the the pillion seat height?

Trying to figure out where to mount my new ones and and it seems like the lid of the old ones was about the same height as the deck the pillion seat mounted to. I think I'd like to raise them up an inch or two, but want to make sure I don't hose myself later.
Mar 19th 2016, 03:52 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Pasco, WA

  2001 1150GS
Frame is complete. Just need to clean it up a bit!

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Mar 19th 2016, 04:09 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
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Originally Posted by riceman
Question for the group: when closed, what height does the lid of your panniers sit at, relative the the pillion seat height?

Trying to figure out where to mount my new ones and and it seems like the lid of the old ones was about the same height as the deck the pillion seat mounted to. I think I'd like to raise them up an inch or two, but want to make sure I don't hose myself later.
Here's mine:

Apr 23rd 2017, 05:11 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Pasco, WA

  2001 1150GS
Progress, finally. Too many irons in the fire.

I definitely didn't intend for this "winter" project to take a year and a half, but oh well. Better late than never, right?

First off, finished construction pics.

Turns out my procrastination paid off, as the seller had more latches than I needed by the time I actually got around to ordering them!





Now that they're "finished", it's time to get a side-by-side comparison with the Happy Trails panniers that they're replacing.











The Happy Trails appear to be made from either .063" or .080" aluminum. The new ones are .125", so they're quite substantial in comparison. I weighed everything and it looks like I'll gain about 3.5lbs per pannier, but no weight change with the frame. I had debated going thinner on the material but the Happy Trails had a weld break during the previous owner's stint with the bike and I wasn't interested in working on these any more than I already have. Plus, I would've only save a pound or so if i'd lightened things up and they've have been harder to weld. On a bike that's already 550+lbs, i'm really not that concerned with an overall weight gain of 7lbs. Hell, I lost 45 pounds over the winter, so the bike with me on it is still quite a bit lighter than it was last time I was out.

Comparison on the bike:









Next up is the tail bag. I want one big enough to fit my helmet in and for it to more or less match the panniers. I definitely won't need it to be .125" aluminum since it *hopefully* won't ever be in contact with anything solid (ground, tree, etc).

I also need to figure out which color (if any) I'm going to paint/powdercoat these things, so I'm not done-done. It'll be nice torun them as-is for a while and make sure I am happy with latch placement, ride height, accessories (there will be lights on the backs that are wired in with the turn and tail signals, etc)... basically, I need to make sure I don't need to put any more holes in the sides of these things before I have them coated. That'll also give me time to test the seals and make sure I don't need any adjustments there either.

Just in time for our annual run to Kamiah and up to Lolo. Perfect test for 'em!

- Chris
Apr 23rd 2017, 08:33 PM   #15
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  Depends on my mood.
They look awesome!

Dusty
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