Andy Strapz®panniers are quite simply the toughest buggers on the market.
Complete with my frame sets the whole package weighs in at around 4 kg! That's less than the weight of one hard box!
Necessity is the mother of invention. Simple and durable motorcycle luggage for the long haul wasn’t something I was prepared to compromise on. Call them saddle bags, throw overs, side bags or panniers, the design of the Expedition Pannierz is now well over 10 years old and really sets the standard for tough and simple motorcycle saddlebags. Proving this, I recently noticed a rival company has copied my pannier design, albeit it with lower-quality materials, and has even given it the same name! I must be doing something right!
The logical idea over a decade ago was to start with the bicycle-pannier concept and give it a roll-top closure. That way, the volume is variable without increasing the width of the bike. The dimensions were determined by the length of an average adult pillion’s thigh. The webbing and strap system needed to be quick and easy to use while spreading the weight across the pillion seat and subframe. The cut ensures there’s nowhere for water to pool on the bag’s structure and the stiffened opening and pleated gusset guarantees an accurate and reliable seal for years to come. There are deliberately no zips to swear at, break or get clogged up with dirt.
Expedition Pannierz include rear securing straps to stop the bags vibrating forwards on rough roads and there’s a hard plastic panel on the inside to give it added strength and rigidity.
Over the years and with the help of user feedback, I have refined the design to make them as tough and easy to use as I can. But in reality, they have changed very little from the original prototype I made. Why didn’t I just opt for hard panniers? I’m glad you asked. Have you ever seen the contents of an alloy box after it has rattled along a bush track for an hour or two? They’re heavy, they pose a leg-injury risk if you crash and they’re virtually impossible to repair on the side of the road. Crash damage to Expedition Pannierz can be fixed in almost any small village anywhere in the world. Quite simply, they’re the toughest little buggers on the market!
Security is the one inescapable downside of soft panniers, but one solution that allows the best of both worlds is the Pacsafe mesh system.
Many bikes will need a simple frame to prevent the bags contacting moving wheels or hot exhausts. As most of the weight of Expedition Pannierz is held across the seat, a frame merely needs to hold the pannier bags out, nothing more. We recommend you buy the pannierz before you build your frames to make sure they fit exactly where you want. But if you can’t be bothered, buy Andy Strapz Framez. After all, they’re made to fit my panniers exactly.
I have been using these bags since 2007, I had them on my KLR, then I ran a giant loop set up on my Huskey TE630, I am now going back to your bags as there just a better option, And I am not shy on telling everyone I know, Thanks for making a great product, 10 years old and they have a few trips left in them yet, Very happy.
G'day Andy, We've been busy beating the crap out of your kit for the past 7 month and have to say that your stuff is not just tough it's AFRICA tough! So much stuff has failed to take the abuse over here but your A Bagz, Expedition Pannierz and Avduro Pannierz have been holding it all together from the bottom of Africa now to the top!
I've got the Expedition Pannierz for my suzuki dr 650 and are absolutely amazing! I can use them both for everyday ride and for long trip because they have a closing system that allows you to use all the space and load them with a lot of stuff. Are extremely robust and very well finished. They are really 100% water proof and also after a heavy rain the tissue dries immediately! Money well spent and a real value for money. Andy is a nice guy and is very helpful.
Ive had these now for over a year and would never get anything else. They are really easy to manage, keep things dry and with the inserts you have an easy way to unpack if you are going to be away from the bike overnight. I recently found an added bonus ...... on a trip away I dropped the bike twice while crossing a couple of rivers. With the panniers the bike was held up out of the water enough for there to have been no water damage to the bike, p,us