Oxford X50 Lifetime Panniers
easy to use and held up well
I'm from TN, and I bought these to add extra space for a trip up through New England that ended up being 3 1/2 weeks, and just shy of 5,000 miles. I ride a Kawasaki ZRx1200, and they worked very well on it. The only issue I had was the zippers. If you load them too full they may separate. The side expansion zipper was a bit of an issue, but nothing serious. I packed my stuff in a large trash bag to keep it water proof. The included rain covers are a bit difficult to use, so I didn't. I was glad I had them and overall I was very happy with them
November 16, 2015
All's well but they do not stand for their name: lifetime...
Handling was good.
Installed quite easily with many supporting belts and anchoring points to choose from.
Stood still on the bike, never touching the rear wheel (which already killed soft panniers). Looked goood, stood nice in the rain without using th rain covers and held all the stuff I wanted to take.
The left pannier started disintegrating a few day ago so I could put 3 fingers through it.
I suppose they cant handle the speed, about 85 MPH for 75 miles every weekday on a MT-09 Yamaha.
October 15, 2015
The perfect solution!
Received this product in January, in Maine, and so have yet to put it to the test. However, my wife has an Oxford tail bag which she has used extensively, for two riding seasons, in heavy rain and all kinds of weather, on the Honda PCX-150 and it has performed admirably; waterproof, stable and dependable. I ride a Vespa GTS300 and was looking for saddlebags to expand the storage for long trips. Having had a great experience with the Oxford tailbag, I chose the Oxford X50 pannieres, which are basically two bigger "tailbags" linked by three attached adjustable velcro straps. The pannieres themselves are made of extremely durable cordura material with heavy zippers and an internal waterproof bag (same as the tailbag) for each panniere, which I prefer over external covers which might blow off at speed. Each can be unzipped to expand the storage capacity, as shown in the photos. Both pannieres also have lots of reflective material for night riding, although one arrived with a small scratch on one of the reflective patches, visible only upon close inspection. Both pannieres come with comfortable and conveniently-placed grab handles for portage off the bike. The pannieres were easy to fit under the opened seat of the Vespa; the three velcro straps adjust quickly and easily, and attach very securely and quickly. Locking the seat down holds the three velcro straps in place, leaving the pannieres to hang beside the bike; rubber backing on each panniere protects the paint from scratches. Additionally, there are two additional bungee cords provided to attach to the crash bars on the bike. One advantage of these pannieres over other luggage types is that I can now refill the underseat gas tank without having to remove the luggage. See attached photos. Incidentally, I considered the Oxford X60 pannieres but was concerned that they would stick too far out beside the bike to be attractive, and I believe that I made the correct choice; the X60s might look best on a bigger bike, and the X50s have all the capacity I will need. Overall these seem like very well-made and serviceable luggage and I am anxious to give them a try!
February 2, 2015
Nice fit - just what I was looking for.
Ordered for my CBR1100XX, used as a daily commuter and for touring. The finish of the product is very nice, looks good on the bike - worked well in a hour drive in a pouring rain. The installation requires a bit of thought (and the hard inserts do have to be trimmed down to fit properly), but once done it has been easy to remove and re-install as necessary. As I am not a big fan of hard bags on the Blackbird I find this to be the right alternative.
September 15, 2014