anyone sell the motopak luggage localy. I am looking for a set of the panniers and was thinking of the oxfords. I have seen them and they look very durable and practical. what are people using to protect bodywork from marking while riding with soft panniers?
http://www.twistedthrottle.com/Where is good place to get a set of good hard bag for my bike
I've used Twisted Throttle a couple of times as well. Great service, fast shipping.
Model-E360 side/top cases
Comments-They are waterproof and far more convenient and secure than soft luggage. Hard bags are excellent for sport-touring, commuting, shopping...and serving as beer coolers--just fill the topcase with ice, pick up some beer, and everything will be chilled when you return to the campground, hotel room, etc. I'm much more comfortable leaving hard luggage on the bike when it is left unattended. Luggage removal is a simple matter of turning a key and pressing a button; the bags snap onto the rack with a simple "click". Wear on the luggage was negligible after ~80000km of use on my old bike.
There are a few downsides: the cases will make your bike wider, so keep that in mind when riding in close quarters; a very small amount of water will sometimes enter the bag when it is opened while mounted on the side of the bike (a small amount can pool by the latch); the initial investment is expensive, but you can move the bags from bike-to-bike very easily, and they are easily sold used.
Bike used on-VFR750
Recommendation-5 Expensive, but if you use your bike a great deal, you'll get plenty of use out of the bags. Highly recommended.