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Kriega: Overlander Dual Sport Panniers

Kriega Dual Sport Panniers

Kriega – Europe’s most respected maker of motorcycle backpacks and universal-fit luggage systems – has applied its trademark innovative thinking and premium build quality to a groundbreaking range of Adventure Touring panniers.

The British company’s flagship Overlander 60 pannier system has been developed to provide the cargo hauling capacity of traditional hard luggage, while also offering the adaptability and weight-saving advantages of soft bags.

Significantly, it also manages to include a number of highly practical features previously unheard of in either style of motorcycle luggage.

Michael Walshaw (U.S. Distributor) says: “The Overlander systems took Dom (Kriega owner/partner and chief product designer) two years of hard thinking and even harder crashing to perfect. It is without a doubt the toughest stuff Kriega has ever made… and solves problems which many of us wouldn’t even know existed until it was too late.

“Like all Kriega gear, the Overlander line is designed and built without compromise. The primary function of this new equipment is to lighten the rider’s load in various ways during serious off-road travel. But it is equally effective in more road-based missions. Plus, in terms of investment, it compares very favorably with the other options out there. Better still, it is guaranteed for 10 years.”

Comprised of four fully water- and dust-proof, 15-liter Drypacks, which fasten to a pair of high-tech platforms, the Overlander 60 is built specifically to deal with the roughest of riding conditions, where falling off is pretty much inevitable. Key in this ability are the CNC-milled LDPE platforms, which, despite weighing in at just 2.5 lbs per side, are essentially impervious to damage from impact or torsion. The 1000 denier Dupont Cordura bags not only minimize bulk, but also absorb energy in the case of an “off”. This means that there is considerably less chance of the rider, bike or bags sustaining damage than there would be with aluminum cases.

The four separate Drypacks offer maximum capacity, flexibility and compartmentalization, based on military packing principles. They also increase the owners’ chances of still being able to carry the majority of their cargo, should one of the bags somehow be compromised out on the trail. On top of that, the versatile Overlander 60 platforms can easily integrate RotopaX auxiliary gas/water canisters.

However, it is actually the way in which the platforms mount that gives the Overlander 60 punch well above its weight. Four 6061-T6 alloy cam levers on the reverse of each platform lock things securely in place, no matter how rough the trail may get. These cam levers can be located in multiple positions to clear OEM and aftermarket exhausts/bodywork and clamp to standard 18mm pannier frames from Touratech, Metal Mule and KTM Power Parts. This enables the rider to easily remove and re-attach their cargo in a matter of moments – an invaluable function when an obstacle proves impossible to navigate fully-laden.

Kriega Overlander 60 Key Features:

  • MSRP $795
  • 60-liter capacity
  • Lightweight (11.4 lbs total), yet extremely tough
  • 4 x 100% waterproof, dustproof 15L Drypacks
  • LDPE platform weight-to-strength ratio is unmatched
  • Innovative cam clamp mounting system for quick & easy on/off when faced with extreme terrain
  • Fits 18mm racks from Touratech, Metal Mule & KTM Power Parts
  • Accepts RotopaX gas / water canisters
  • Components available to buy separately for custom set-ups
  • 10-year guarantee

Details of the Overlander 60, along with the entire Kriega range, can be found in the 2012 catalog, available free of charge at kriega.us and Authorized Kriega Dealers, or viewable online here.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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