Legendary Touratech Luggage:
Touratech panniers are simply the best adventure travel luggage you can buy for your R1200GS/ADV. Our panniers are better engineered, better tested, and better manufactured than any other company's, proven by such Globetrotters as Helge Pedersen, Ewan McGregor & Charlie Boorman (the latter two used Touratech panniers for their journey around the world, chronicled in the TV program Long Way 'Round & Long Way Down) and Lisa & Simon Thomas of 2Ridetheworld. Motorcycle adventurers regard these legendary Touratech panniers as one of their most essential and prized accessories.
The Touratech pannier system features extremely strong, lightweight and simple aluminum panniers that are built in Germany and mount on the strongest racks in the industry.
German-built 18mm diameter steel tube racks with 2mm thick sidewalls that form a rectangular "hoop" on either side of the bike to attach the panniers to. The racks attach at existing frame points on the bike and does not require any drilling or cutting to install. Innovative cross-braced rack system shares the load from one side to another so that the whole motorcycle subframe carries to load or impact in a fall. In the event of a tip over or accident the pannier boxes cannot be pushed inwards damaging the rack, wheel or the motorcycle subframe. This means that in a worst-case accident scenario the box itself might be damaged but the more important parts of the motorcycle are likely to be saved.
Mounting systems from other manufacturers that emphasize a "minimalist" look when the boxes are off the bike and cannot offer this level of strength and safety. Broken pannier rack, damaged wheel, final drive or subframe can be the result and possibly a real problem far out on your adventure.
The light yet strong aluminum panniers attach to the racks at 4 points using heavy-duty composite and steel mounting brackets that offer very secure fitting and can be quickly released to take the boxes off. The four pannier mounting brackets are installed wide apart on the pannier wall to allow maximum load share. This is the same principle as with the racks and greatly reduces the danger of one mounting point ripping off in a fall. Square shape of pannier and no welds on most corner bends also means that they can often be hammered back into shape after a more serious fall and you can keep going on your adventure.
Dimensions & Features: The pannier boxes are a natural aluminum metallic color and have a lift-off lid and a wide, square shape that makes packing and unpacking a cinch. The high ground clearance of the boxes means you won't risk touching down a corner during fast riding or bottoming out the boxes going through deep sand or ruts. Both the 41L and 35L panniers mount such that they are narrower than the handlebars of the bike, meaning they do not add any extra width to the bike. They install without any cutting or drilling and do not require any reconfiguration of the turn signals. The overall width of the 35 liter special system is 88 cm (34 3/4 inches) and the overall width of the 41 liter special system is 96 cm (37 3/4 inches). The lid closes with two strong latches and when closed the top edge of the box seats into a silicone seal in the lid that results in a completely watertight box. Touratech testers and customers have routinely driven these panniers through pouring rains and raging rivers, without a drop of water inside. The loop handles on the lids are ideal for lashing down a dry bag or other supplies. Minimalist adventurers also love the additional benefits of the square panniers. Removable flat lids are very handy as camping trays or the other pannier can be used as a camping table or a stool a comfy heated one with few hot rocks from a campfire in it!
To accommodate the muffler on the left side of the bike the left side box has a cut-out machined into the aluminum (capacity reduced by about 5L) and the rack wraps around the muffler to make the box sit as close to the subframe of the bike as possible and give the bike a symmetrical, even look. Heat shield additionally reflects and directs the hot exhaust gases away from the pannier keeping it cool. They are also suitable with Sebring and many other aftermarket exhaust mufflers thanks to the heat shield component.
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