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An antidote to panniers

vibrac

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I was going to post this on the pannier thread but thought it a bit cheeky, Panniers on my Vincent have never been a great requirement of mine I have said it before but its worth repeating what we need is a good tank top bag system. Unfortunately not only are we tank toppers in a minority, the cost of joining Baglux with a Vincent pattern is too high, and even the modified moto Guzzi route is costly (Since I don't know what MG one it was I don't know if the pattern nearest to Vincent tank shape is still available) so assuming we cant get a swap between different makes of bikes system going what's the best Vincent tank top solution?
 

Bill Thomas

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I use a cheap one from Lidl, I think it's called B-Square, Held on with Magnets, Which still works over a tank cover, It expands if you need it to, And you can swap it from bike to bike. Cheers Bill.
 

bmetcalf

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BigEd

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......... Panniers on my Vincent have never been a great requirement of mine I have said it before but its worth repeating what we need is a good tank top bag system. Unfortunately not only are we tank toppers in a minority, the cost of joining Baglux with a Vincent pattern is too high, and even the modified moto Guzzi route is costly (Since I don't know what MG one it was I don't know if the pattern nearest to Vincent tank shape is still available) so assuming we cant get a swap between different makes of bikes system going what's the best Vincent tank top solution?
I also find a tank bag very useful and used a cheap magnetic one until I had a new petrol tank made of aluminium. I now manage with straps right under the tank if I need to use it but this is clearly not as convenient. I have a Baglux on my Ducati with the cover tailored to fit the tank and it is excellent. I spoke about their tank bags to "the Baglux man" at a Stafford Classic Bike show a while back and he said they did a non tailored "cover" that should fit a Vincent. I didn't do anything about it at the time.
When the two of us go away for the weekend on the Rapide and I need more carrying capacity I use a pair of throw over panniers. The passenger can still sit comfortably on the seat and there is no problem about fitting pannier frames and other excess ironwork that is not required 90% of the time. I should point out that the rear of the Rapide is fully floating with a stay each side from the rear of the seat to the rear footrest plates. These stays help keep the bags out of the rear wheel aided by an aero elastic strap.
 

Nulli Secundus

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My tank bag is a Cargo Endurance, which also expands up to a second height if needs be.



 
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vibrac

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I also find a tank bag very useful and used a cheap magnetic one until I had a new petrol tank made of aluminium. I now manage with straps right under the tank if I need to use it but this is clearly not as convenient. I have a Baglux on my Ducati with the cover tailored to fit the tank and it is excellent. I spoke about their tank bags to "the Baglux man" at a Stafford Classic Bike show a while back and he said they did a non tailored "cover" that should fit a Vincent. I didn't do anything about it at the time.
When the two of us go away for the weekend on the Rapide and I need more carrying capacity I use a pair of throw over panniers. The passenger can still sit comfortably on the seat and there is no problem about fitting pannier frames and other excess ironwork that is not required 90% of the time. I should point out that the rear of the Rapide is fully floating with a stay each side from the rear of the seat to the rear footrest plates. These stays help keep the bags out of the rear wheel aided by an aero elastic strap.
I tried to follow up on that 'non tailored' hint
For a start "Baglux" gets you nowhere" Bagster" seems to be the search phrase to get to the makers noadays. I think we are talking about their product called "Easy (universal fitting)" since I am at the Stafford show for two days I will see what I can find out. for me it will have to fit the Vincent tank and take my baglux bags from the BMW and other bikes which have a cover. Other than that it will be go individual for each bike basically the Vin will go magnetic which is a pain as I have two alloy tanked bikes whose needs it would be good to cover
 

Comet Rider

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Tim,
Have a word with Brian Chapman.
He modified a Honda bagster tank cover to fit his Vin's.

The problem is with the offset tank fuel cap, which will give problems. If you have access to an industrial sowing machine it will be easy.

Neil
 

Old Bill

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Like Bill Thomas l have a Lidl cheapo tank bag brought about four years ago. Only got it as l could not get all my shopping into the BMW panniers, so back into the shop and twenty five quid later l am a happy bunny! It expands, has a waterproof cover and a good map pocket, you can unzip the bag which has shoulder straps ala rucksack and the magnetic base even has a map case. Used and abused for four years it's still in regular service, brilliant value! One thing to watch however is the fuel cap vent is not obstructed, fits standard Vin tank (with cover) a treat. Still come up for sale when they have their bikers offer on. Touratech also have a good range but most of their stuff costs a fortune! I don't live far from their Welsh base so when I can ride again l will see what fits a Vincent and report back. Happy touring!!!
 

Howard

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I used an expanding tankbag for continental touring wayback ( http://www.vincentownersclub.co.uk/index.php?media/camping-in-andorra.5246/ ). Having an alloy tank, it was attached with leather straps, which made it a bit of a pain getting to the filler cap, and travelling with a Z900 Kawasaki meant stopping every 120 miles to fill up. I dropped the Vin in a filling station one day, the tank bag slid over the side away from the sidestand and pulled the bike over - oh happy days!

H
 

KennyNUT

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I use Kreiga kit.

Take a look at: http://www.kriega.com/categories/bike-packs/

You can mix and match what you need to whatever capacity you require and fit that either on the tank (with a protective rubber open mesh mat just like that provided for tool drawers), on the passenger seat and use a combination of US5, US 10 and US20 bag sizes.

I use a tank strap which allows the fitment of a US5 or a US10 bag. Over the rear seat its easy to attach a US20 and 2x US10 bags. They are not cheap, however they are waterproof. I have never had one leak yet.

Don't be put off by the pictures of motocrossers and modern day sports bikes. The straps are genius and they attach pretty much to any bike.

If you bought it and then decided to sell, they also sell for what almost what you paid on Ebay. No substitute for quality.

Only downside for some is that they are not hard luggage, however, again they are very robust indeed.
 

Jim Richardson

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The problem that I have with throwovers and strapping stuff across the seat is that, if I am wearing waterproofs, I have trouble getting off the bike. Plan A is to park next to a kerb. Plan B is that I have fitted a Triumph prop stand.
 

Franki

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My tank bag is a Cargo Endurance, which also expands up to a second height if needs be.



Hello Nulli Secundus,
With reference to your photo displaying your tank bag, quite some time back. Am I right in thinking your Twin is fitted with an 8" front brake from the Spares Co? If so could you give me any info regarding their use. I want better front braking, would you recommend it?

Franki
 
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Nulli Secundus

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Hello Nulli Secundus,
With reference to your photo displaying your tank bag, quite some time back. Am I right in thinking your Twin is fitted with an 8" front brake from the Spares Co? If so could you give me any info regarding their use. I want better front braking, would you recommend it?

Franki

Hello Franki,

Yes my brakes are the 8" front brakes that the VOC Spares company sell.

I feel they are a great improvement over the standard brakes, although I admit with attention to detail the standard brakes can be made to work well.

I am not sure what info I can add with regards to their use other than two finger operation is adequate for casual braking and when you need more you can use all four.

Regards

David
 

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