Dakar Pannier System for MotorcyclesGerman firm SW-MOTECH/Bags-Connection, known for its modular TRAX hard case systems, has innovated yet again with the introduction of the Dakar Pannier System.
The new roll-top, waterproof, saddlebags are complemented by bike-specific frames that secure the bags to the motorcycle. What is unique to this system is that the bags attach to the bike by simply sliding up onto the carrier frame, where a clip holds them in place.The rider can then fasten the large hook-and-loop straps over the rear seat of the bike, holding the SW-MOTECH/Bags-Connection Dakar Pannier System securely in place and bearing the lion’s share of the weight.Another unique feature of these soft bags is the semi-rigid core that runs from front to back. This stiff core is absent of sidewalls which allows the bag to retain its shape, yet compress upon impact. This is a point not overlooked by the off-road rider who inevitably drops the bike from time to time.The Dakar Pannier System will be available through Twisted Throttle and its North American dealer network in late spring, and is expected to retail for $539.99.The Dakar Pannier System is currently available for the following motorcycles, with many more in development:
BMW R 1200 GS LC ’13 – 14
Ducati Multistrada 1200 ’10 – ’12
Ducati Multistrada 1200 ’13 – ’14
Kawasaki KLR 650E ’08 – ’14
Kawasaki Versys 1000 ’12 – ’14
KTM 950 Adventure ’03 – ’06
KTM 990 Adventure ’06 – ’13
KTM 1190 Adventure ’13 – ’14
Suzuki DL 650 V-Strom ’11 – ’14
Suzuki v-sTROM 1000 ’14 – in development
Triumph Tiger 800 ’10 – ’14
Triumph Tiger 800 XC ’10 – ’14
Triumph Explorer 1200 ’11 – ’14
Yamaha XT 1200 Z Super Tenere ’10 – ’14 available shortly
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!