Regardless of how long you ride or how hard you ride, DAKAR panniers are built to survive in the roughest conditions. The 2-layer system of the bag combines a tough exterior outer layer with a waterproof inner layer to create a super-durable drybag.
Features: Waterproof velcro roll closure, preformed ABS honeycomb panel on interior for a rigid form on the side close to the bike and a lightweight bike-specific sidecarrier system.
Daisy chains on outer edges of bags are perfect for securing additional bags or holding zombie-killing shot gun shells.
Bags slide up and snap onto sidecarriers while velcro flaps provide support.
Three large D-rings on the outer corners of each bags (six total) for additional tie-down options.
Each kit includes:
• 2 bike-specific sidecarriers
• 2 DAKAR bags
• 2 waterproof inner bags
Volume: 32 liters per bag (64 liters total)
Size: 13.7” x 17.7” x 9.8” (h x w x d) per bag
Weight: 3.5 lbs. per bag
Material: 1680 D Ballistic Nylon
Color: Grey / Black
- Review by DickH
The plastic clip intended to hold the bags to the frame simply is not strong enough to do so, it slips, and the bags drop. They are now secured to the bike only by the velcro strap. I have figured out how to work around this problem by using zip ties to strap the clamp onto the bag. It works and is strong, but it requires six new large zip ties every time I attach the bags to the bike. Since easy on/easy off has always advantage of soft bags in my mind, this is a MAJOR disappointment and a pain in the butt every morning when traveling.
That is the bad and ugly. It would be nice if the velcro strap fit the bike a bit better, but I understand that is cost trade-off, with a unique strap being required for every different model. So I accept the slightly sloppy fit, and it wouldn't really matter if the bags retaining clips worked.
The bags themselves are the best soft bags I have ever used, and I have been using soft bags for 40 years. They are strong, large enough to hold plenty of gear for long trips, and have more than enough tie down points and straps. The interior water-proof bags work well with the main bags, and I like the way the way they attach.
I bought the SW MotoTech frame. Easy to mount to Triumph and strong enough to carry the bags, and yet unobtrusive when the bags are gone. The frame and bags together are what I like about soft bag set-ups. Lightweight but still good cargo capacity, when on the bike, nearly invisible when off. I don't count on bags to help "prop up the bike" in a drop, and I haven't tested them in such, but I have no confidence. Just not part of the mission of soft bags.
The bags served me well on one 13 day 7700 mile trip in which I saw a lot of rain, and several shorter trips over a single season. They do the job, they hold up well. I expect to use them for several more years.
With a proper bag to frame mount system, they would have scored 5 stars. I expected better from SW-MotoTech and Bags Connection. (Posted on 4/5/16)
- Review by tiger12