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  • Offline davidcumbria

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    The joy of ex
    on: Aug 04, 2016, 07.33 am
    Aug 04, 2016, 07.33 am
    Ex the very heavy panniers that is. I now ride 90 %of the time without any boxes and frequently with just the tank bag. Looks ok and so much easier to push around,get onto the centre stand for fuelling etc. And less top heavy in slow traffic. Handles better on the road. Still got the great engine and weather protection so it's like a comfortable tiger 1200. Happy days....

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    Re: The joy of ex
    Reply #1 on: Aug 04, 2016, 07.51 am
    Aug 04, 2016, 07.51 am
    Dave, I also prefer to leave all the luggage off,  other than when `touring', or when I need the `top box' either for my passenger to lean against for added comfort or to carry articles.    So much easier to then place on the center stand without the panniers attached  and  to manoeuvre  out of my garage.  :028:    However,  a  friend always keeps his on,  in the unfortunate event he takes a `fall',  so no doubt varying views for and against.....  :017:
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    Re: The joy of ex
    Reply #2 on: Aug 04, 2016, 08.15 am
    Aug 04, 2016, 08.15 am
    Cheers Stelyn

    With crash bars not too worried about a drop and also much more controllable at slow speed. Did go over once gently and didn't damage the exhaust can. Think the benefits far out way the risk imho especially with crash bars
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    Re: The joy of ex
    Reply #3 on: Aug 05, 2016, 03.18 am
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    I think high speed cruising is much smoother,lighter, sportier, with out the boxes. Less wind buffet with out pannier and top box. But damit, I need to put all the stuff somewhere.

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    Re: The joy of ex
    Reply #4 on: Aug 14, 2016, 09.41 pm
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    I got back from a trip where I have the old girl loaded down and went out with all the luggage it was night and day almost felt like a sport bike without the extra 150 lbs.
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    Reply #5 on: Aug 16, 2016, 08.42 am
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     the very considerable  weight of an empty top box mounted that high and that far back really does seem to have an effect. Noticeable the increase in ride height with boxes off. I find the tank bag alone is fine for day trips.

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    Re: The joy of ex
    Reply #6 on: Aug 16, 2016, 02.04 pm
    Aug 16, 2016, 02.04 pm
    I too only use the top box when absolutely necessary for the same reasons (usually long overnight trips only). I normally leave the side luggage on thou because I carry a portable compressor and tire repair kit with me at all times, plus I usually need to carry additional items and or need the space for purchases when I'm out and about. As with you, I do like the handling without them thou.

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    Re: The joy of ex
    Reply #7 on: Aug 16, 2016, 02.47 pm
    Aug 16, 2016, 02.47 pm
    *Originally Posted by 2slowTrophy [+]
    I got back from a trip where I have the old girl loaded down and went out with all the luggage it was night and day almost felt like a sport bike without the extra 150 lbs.

    Exactly the same for me.   Feels like a completely different bike without all the luggage.

    All the luggage is for two-up touring, and I ride more sedately (still get 50+ MPG though).   Day rides with friends in the mountains - bags stay at home, rain gear and accessories in a little bag bungeed to the rack .....

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