Kriega Overlander 30 Pannier Set
Has potential but hard to install, parts fell off while riding.
Just to start out, I have a R15 and a US10 that I have used for a number of years and I love Kreiga products. I hesitated with the Overlander 60, and I am starting to wish I had got the Overland 30. The main problem is the platform. It is very hard to attach the bags to the platform given the fasteners provided. I am hoping this worked. My main problem has been that the attachment of the platform to my KTM 990 ADV rack is not perfect in any way. I could not attach them as shown in the pictures since the holes in the platform did not line up correctly. I had to turn the platform over top to bottom. I made it work I thought, but after a day or two of riding some of the mounting hardware with the squishy polymer washers fell off. I am super glad this did not happen on a extended trip. I have contacted Kreiga and I am waiting to hear back from them about replacement hardware. Until then $800 of useless.
I do like the potential, and carrying the fuel pack on the platform is great. I know some of the problems are my fault. I am not sure I understand the attachment technology, and thought the polymer washer would not need lock-tight. If I used lock-tight it will be hard to ever take them off, and the bags do not come off the platform once attached.
I will update if I ever get back on the road with these. I want these to work since I ride mostly off road and the potential seems huge compared to hard bags.
April 14, 2014
Overland gear for a CRF
This stuff is built for abuse. Perfect size for the LRP. Fitted up without any issues. 100% waterproof. My setup attaches the bags very tight to the plastics above the subframe. Very secure and only a wee bit of flopping. Great product and as usuall great service from Revzilla!
December 23, 2013
I used these on my 2010 KTM 530 EXC. I rode everything from interstate to rock gardens in the mountains. The bags sat out on the bike overnight during a HEAVY storm and everything inside stayed perfectly dry. The bags hold an amazing amount of gear. They never shifted around or came loose, even when we were riding some really rough terrain and running high speeds. I had a few very low speed tip overs (maybe 5-10mph) into rocks/dirt and they show no signs of wear.
I did have a few spots where the liners were rubbing against something in the bags and wore through. They were small and few over the course of seven days of hard riding. I've not checked on the availability of replacements. I do like that the liners have the velcro around the opening to secure them to the bag opening. I placed some items between the bag and liner, to prevent contamination of the bag contents. This included spare motor oil, WD-40, and a few items I did not carry about getting wet (zip ties and such).
The bags are super easy to mount and dismount. I have a Flatland Racing Pro Billet rear rack on my bike. This plate has tapped holes in it that perfectly matched the size of the mounts that come with these bags. So I did not even have to drill the fender to secure the mounts. One thing though, the bags are hard on the plastic where they rub on each side of the seat. Not a big deal for me, but some folks might not like that.
I want the lower straps to be adjustable with a cam buckle rather than just the loops. I don't like having to always use the upper straps to get the lower straps tight. That is a minor issue though.
I want something OTHER than the cam buckle between the two bags where it crosses over the seat. It is not fun to sit on. I also want it so that this strap can be pulled completely through so that the bags can be separated when off the bike.
I want adjustable straps on each side of the bag where you clip in the roll down clips on the top. If the bag is not stuffed, these stay loose and don't always make a good seal. Having the top cross over strap does help though.
I did not use any of the other Kriega bags in conjunction with these. My buddy used the 20 liter bag as a tail bag and seemed very happy with it though. I used a Wolfman Medium Expedition dry bag instead. The Kriega bags really helped to provide a platform for that bag for lateral stability. A couple Rok Straps took care of keeping it in place.
If you don't have some kind of heat shield for your exhaust, you will need to get one or make one. I had one from my Giant Loop Mojave bags and it worked well. It could stand to have been a few inches longer though. Without some kind of shield, I would think the bags would burn or at least the contents might get unacceptably HOT!
The bags never interfered with my seating or moving around on the bike, other than the bump for that cross over strap cam buckle.
The bags got real dirty. I just used a stiff brush on them and they cleaned right up with no problems!
I uploaded a bunch of pics hopefully showing how much room you have, how the bags sit, etc,...
I used the 20 liter Kriega backpack as well, but will do a separate review for it. The short version is that I like it.
September 25, 2013
best rackless pannier set I could find on the internet
over a 1000 miles of off road use on the bags so far. they are great, dust and water proof just as advertised by Kriega. its amazing how much of your buddies stuff you can fit in these bags on the trail because they bought Ebay bags and they exploded. One thing I scored it low on was mounting, i had to make some exhaust braces to keep the number plate held away from the muffler. Also in the stock pictures from Kriega they show you a more vertical mounting position of the bags, you do not want to mount it this way. more horizontal the better, you want the top of the bags the same level as the seat top. mount the rack loops in the rear fender pretty far back, this will lay the bag more vertical and bring the top down. you want the bolt that holds the cross straps to the bag on the side of the seat, not above. if you have it above it will bend the back board and put stress on the seams. if you have any questions on mounting, ADVRider is a great place to find the US rep Michael AKA BritKit or amanlikemike, super cool gent, he helped me get everything mounted right to ensure thousands of miles of use. i bought these bags knowing they were more expensive than anything out there, let me tell you they are worth every penny, and my buddies who bought the E-bay specials are going to buy these pannier sets for thier bikes as well
September 22, 2013