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    Panniers

    It's a real shame that Harley panniers which look to promise really nice build quality hold so little. I spent ages shopping around and found plenty of alternatives from Germany and the USA which offered twice the capacity (needed) but when I actually saw what was on offer, it was a case of false economy. I have to hand it to Harley, the quality of their aftermarket parts is very good indeed, so I have bitten the bullet and bought some of their leather "3000 cubic inch" (ie total for both sides) panniers as a means to store the lunch/waterproofs and bits and bobs for weekend outings.

    I have a set of throwovers that I ended up not using going spare if anyone wants them dirt cheap...just drop me a PM and I'll happily help out a fellow sporty rider.

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    Morning Bud - I've only just seen your post. Do you still have these panniers?

    Cheers,

    Chris

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    Hi Chris

    I do. I was about to put them up on Ebay. They are unused but I have cut little slits in them to take velcro straps to help secure them to the pannier frames, which I also have. You're welcome to them. I paid £275 for those and the frames, but reckoned I paid way too much for them, so happy to let them go for £85 and will throw the frame supports in for free.

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    Thanks for the swift reply Bud - I take it these are not H-D bags?

    I've still got to sort my handlebar related issues, but your panniers certainly sound interesting. (I am currently using an old rucksack - somewhat basic (and not weather proof) but it does the job.)

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    They were advertised as genuine Harley, and came with Harley badges, but they are not genuine Harley. They're fairly large capacity throw-overs made in a synthetic double satchel...quite tough and look the part. They're perfectly fine if you are happy with standard pannier frames and throwovers. I ended up paying close on £800 for genuine Harley parts as whilst pricey, they ticked the boxes for being removable and high quality semi-rigid leather panniers. I've had to pay for the indicator relocation kit as well (not needed for throwovers).

    Transforming a sporty to a bagger is an expensive route but since I've probably sunk over £12K into this bike now, in for a penny...I love the 1200C and no other model would tempt me away for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckhornBud View Post
    They were advertised as genuine Harley, and came with Harley badges, but they are not genuine Harley. They're fairly large capacity throw-overs made in a synthetic double satchel...quite tough and look the part...

    I've probably sunk over £12K into this bike now...
    Wow! £12K? That makes me and my £9K feel so much better; thank you!

    Would you be able to email me a couple of pics of the bags Bud? And some (approximate) sizes?

    Thanks,

    Chris

    P.S. I got your message Bud, but your PM folder says it's full so I couldn't reply.
    Last edited by ChrisOfTheOT; 05-16-2018 at 12:03 PM. Reason: P.S. added

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisOfTheOT View Post
    Wow! £12K? That makes me and my £9K feel so much better; thank you!

    Would you be able to email me a couple of pics of the bags Bud? And some (approximate) sizes?

    Thanks,

    Chris

    P.S. I got your message Bud, but your PM folder says it's full so I couldn't reply.
    no probs. Inbox cleared

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    Morning Bud - I'm going to have to decline your panniers, unfortunately. The jury has released its verdict on my bars: £135 (including fitting highway pegs). This puts me £50 over budget so another wedge is not acceptable. Shame! I'll have to wait a year or so.

    Thanks anyway

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    No worries...they'll sell.

    Here's a few photos of my completed 1200C now with H-D leather semi-rigid 3000 C/inch panniers fitted. I think that they set the bike off nicely:

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    IMG_1695.jpg

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    The bikes looking great. How does the windshield feel for better / worse?

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