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    Question Tank Panniers-F650GS DAKAR?

    Hi,
    Anyone out there have any comments ref. using tank panniers on an F650Gs Dakar? Size, price, etc.
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    Aerostitch:)

    I use the Aerostitch tank panniers for over 20 years now. VERY happy with them on several bikes, including my last trip on my GSA1200. I don't know how they fit a F650Dakar, but likely will and are adjustable to any size tank. I WILL buy another set from Aerostitch soon, but my original still working fine and faded out some from so many years on the road. Sure beats my tankbags, which I won't use again...They sell two sizes, competition and standard, the comp set are slightly smaller at the bottom for a slender look. I use the standard, but likely will go comp. next time, as my GSA1200 is huge enough already. All those years the price was 117$ and just went to 127$ last time I looked. A GREAT buy, imo. Randy

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    I have a set of Wolfman tank panniers and used them on my old Dakar and they fit well. They are adjustable and should fit most bikes.
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    Question for those who use tank Panniers ??

    Do they help block wind off your knees ?

    Any weird handling effects ?

    Thanks, Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40427 View Post
    Question for those who use tank Panniers ??

    Do they help block wind off your knees ? Some, guess it will depend on exactly the are placed on a particular bike. I have used them mostly on a GSPD can't say I noticed a bunch of protection from the wind, but they sure absorbed a great deal of mud when riding on dirt roads.

    Any weird handling effects ? None noted on bikes that seldom get over 65 MPH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40427 View Post
    Do they help block wind off your knees ?

    Any weird handling effects ?
    Mt Sun on an '05 GS... yes, they block some wind and no, there are no weird handling effects.

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    Ditto;

    No issues handling and yes, legs get better protection. Reason I scraped tankbags for my panniers is I just got way too tired removing my bag for gas fillups. Panniers are never in my way for gas cap access.. I used to run both tankbag and panniers, just too busy and a LOT of years to learn I like my system now much better. Randy

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    Sort of the way I have been thinking.

    I use a magnetic tank bag on my airhead with a metal tank.
    But it seems no matter where i position the tank bag I always manage to hit it with the turn signal switch at some point during a ride. Then feel like a dork when I notice the thing is flashing away and I wonder how long it's been on

    If I can find a used set of tank panniers cheap enough i might give them a try.

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    Used'em all too;

    I've had so many tankbags, lost count! Not any more for me. I ride mostly dual sport, on and off road conditions and find the panniers trouble free. No tankbag works anymore. GSA1200,KLR650...Good luck. I found the 117$ price on the Aerostitch Panniers and now at 127$ a bargain for the years use you get out of them. My one set is over 20 years old, still in working order. I am about to buy another set of'em, for my newer GSA... Randy

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    Do you want to part with that old tired worn out set ??

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    Thanks but NOPE:)

    Even at old age, the panniers are great and many years left in'em. They are faded quite nicely, however, showing many miles. My newer GSA would look nice with a newer set. The GSA did wear them around the USA last year and I was happy. The old set will go back on my R100/7. Changing from bike to bike is not too big a hassle, but if I get another, one less thing to do prepping bikes for trips. Randy

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    okey dokey.

    I did not think you wanted to part with them but thought I would ask.
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