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    Tusk Aluminum Panniers with Pannier Racks

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      The Tusk Aluminum Pannier Boxes are designed and manufactured to handle the most extreme adventure motorcycling. These panniers are loaded with features to offer an unbeatable value! These panniers are made from durable yet lightweight aluminum with a tough silver or black powder-coated finish. Not only do they look great, but they prevent the items you store from getting the black residue produced when rubbed against unfinished aluminum. Unique design that eliminates seams on the back two vertical edges (weak spots on other panniers), and all existing welded seams are reinforced with internal stitch welds. For security and convenience, the boxes come complete with 4 (2 on each box) matched locks and keys already assembled on the latches! A rubber gasket at the top of the box ensures the lid is tight and waterproof. Each lid comes complete with 4 bolt-on footman loops to secure additional items. Each Large box is 37 Liters and measures 15 ½" tall, 9 ¼" deep, and 18" wide. The Medium boxes are 27 Liters each and measure 14 ¼" tall, 7 ½" deep, and 16 ¼" wide. This is a complete kit with all the mounting hardware to outfit your bike for the next adventure.
    • Complete kit with a pair of Aluminum Panniers and Pannier Racks with all the hardware for mounting.
    • Durable aluminum panniers that offer an unbeatable value for adventure motorcycling.
    • Powder-coated finish looks great and protects items from unfinished aluminum "blacking".
    • Seamless rear vertical edge design and reinforced welding ensures strength.
    • Complete with 4 (2 on each box) matched locks and keys assembled on the latches.
    • Aluminum lid is completely waterproof and features 4 bolt-on footman loops to secure additional items.
    • Each Large Box is 37 Liters and measures 15 ½" tall, 9 ¼ deep, and 18" wide. A pair of boxes gives you 74 Liters of storage. Large box opening measures 16 ½" Wide x 7 ¾" Deep.
    • Each Medium Box is 27 Liters and measures 14 ¼" tall, 7 ½" deep, and 16 ¼" wide. A pair of boxes gives you 54 Liters of storage. Medium box opening measures 14 ¾" wide x 6" Deep.
    • Aluminum is .085" thick and each Large pannier weighs a little over 11 lbs., while each Medium pannier weighs just under 9.5 lbs.
    • Pannier racks feature cable operated Quick Release pins.
    • Durable Powder coated steel construction.
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    4.6 / 5.0
    132 Reviews
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    4.8 / 5
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    Fitment
    4.6 / 5
    Finish
    4.6 / 5
    Recommend it?
    Yes (103)
    No (1)
    Value
    4 / 5
    Durability
    5 / 5
    Ease of Installation
    5 / 5
    Fitment
    5 / 5
    Finish
    5 / 5
    Recommend it?
    Yes
    Tusk Panniers and Mounting Hardware
    Used these as a replacement for the soft saddlebags I had been using. The amount of space is phenomenal. No noticeable effect in handling. Love the fact that these are waterproof as well.

    -m-2006 SUZUKI DR650SE--
    March 17, 2019
    Kempner, TX, US
    Age: 45-64
    Purchased
    7 months ago
    Gender:
    Male
    Weight:
    >281 lbs.
    Height:
    5'10 - 6'0
    Value
    5 / 5
    Durability
    5 / 5
    Ease of Installation
    3 / 5
    Fitment
    3 / 5
    Finish
    5 / 5
    Recommend it?
    Yes
    What you save in cash, you make up for in time ;)
    First of all, this is a solid rack and set of panniers based on my review of just the gear itself. I haven't traveled with it yet but the materials and construction seem very simple and strong.

    The installation was more than I expected, not due to ability, just didn't know it needed this much drilling and fitting. That said, it does give me the ability to set the panniers just where I want them. Be prepared to spend 20-minutes putting the latches on the cases and up to half an hour to get the bars mounted. Ease of Installment = 3.

    As to the fit, the rear-most foot of the left rack was off by 1/4". Several hearty whacks with a deadblow hammer got it in line and, the other three landed on their marks just fine. Here's my biggest complaint: The crossbar does not fit my 2018 KTM SAR in the orientation depicted in the instruction photos. In the photos, the bar should run across the top, just under the tail of the seat. That may work on the 1190, but not on the 1290. On the 1290, there is a V under the tail section which does not allow the cross bar to mounted as per the picture. I just flipped it so that the crossbar is now along the bottom of the bracket, and, although it doesn't sit directly inline with the exhaust, it will probably pick up some heat from it.

    I went ahead and gave it five stars because the amount of cash savings, over the Touratechs and others, more than makes up for any little inconveniences tied to the one-time that I will install these.

    -m-2018 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R--
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    January 21, 2019
    Denton, TX, US
    Gender:
    Male
    Weight:
    221 - 250 lbs.
    Height:
    >6'7
    Value
    5 / 5
    Durability
    5 / 5
    Ease of Installation
    5 / 5
    Fitment
    5 / 5
    Finish
    3 / 5
    Recommend it?
    Yes
    Tusk Pannier
    Nice to be able to carry all my gear, easy to install as well.

    -m-2012 SUZUKI DR-Z 400S--
    January 7, 2019
    Temecula, CA, US
    Age: 45-64
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Gender:
    Male
    Weight:
    191 - 220 lbs.
    Height:
    6'1 - 6'3
    Value
    5 / 5
    Durability
    5 / 5
    Ease of Installation
    5 / 5
    Fitment
    5 / 5
    Finish
    5 / 5
    Recommend it?
    Yes
    Game changer
    These Tusk panniers worked perfectly to achieve what I hoped for.They are strong,secure and easy to install.I would highly recommend them to anyone considering purchasing a Pannier rack system for their dual sport bike.Thanks Rocky Mtn Atv

    -m-2017 SUZUKI DR-Z 400S--
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    January 5, 2019
    Lehighton , PA, US
    Age: 45-64
    Purchased
    8 months ago
    Gender:
    Male
    Value
    5 / 5
    Durability
    4 / 5
    Ease of Installation
    5 / 5
    Fitment
    5 / 5
    Finish
    5 / 5
    Recommend it?
    Yes
    This is my second set of the pannier racks
    I have been running a set of the Tusk pannier racks on my KLR for several years now and they have worked really well. So, when my son needed a panniers for his dual sport, I had no hesitation recommending the same for hm.
    January 1, 2019
    Colorado Springs, CO, US
    Purchased
    4 months ago
    Value
    5 / 5
    Durability
    5 / 5
    Ease of Installation
    5 / 5
    Fitment
    5 / 5
    Finish
    4 / 5
    Recommend it?
    Yes
    Great value
    I think I'm on my third set of these boxes. They're solid and inexpensive. They take abuse. Simple to install on the Tusk racks. If you opt for the pannier handles, get some protective tape for the lids. The plastic handles will beat up the finish if you don't. I used "saddleman protective tape".

    -m-2017 KAWASAKI KLR650--
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    Added Nov 26, 2018
    November 27, 2018
    Portland, OR, US
    Age: 45-64
    Gender:
    Male
    Value
    5 / 5
    Durability
    5 / 5
    Ease of Installation
    4 / 5
    Fitment
    5 / 5
    Finish
    5 / 5
    Recommend it?
    Yes
    Great product
    As to the durability...I saw one on a friends bike depart his bike on a dirt road about 50mph. He forgot the security screw. The thing looked like a skip bomb bouncing along the road. No damage. Saw another set after another friend dumped his bike at speed off a highway. After a little metal massaging you couldn't tell the pannier had taken most of the hit.

    My only comment about the ones I just put on mine...the medium probably would have been big enough. These things are huge.

    -m-2001 KAWASAKI KLR650--
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    November 26, 2018
    Casper, WY, US
    Age: 45-64
    Purchased
    10 months ago
    Gender:
    Male
    Weight:
    161 - 190 lbs.
    Height:
    5'7 - 5'9
    Value
    5 / 5
    Durability
    4 / 5
    Ease of Installation
    3 / 5
    Fitment
    5 / 5
    Finish
    3 / 5
    Recommend it?
    Yes
    Great fit for KLR
    Great value for the money. Added bonus; if you buy the Eagle Mike drill through subframe bolt upgrade kit, it comes with the 11/32 but needed to drill mounting holes or the tusk kit.

    -m-2008 KAWASAKI KLR650--
    Medium Tusks on KLR
    Medium Tusks on KLR
    November 6, 2018
    Cusseta, GA, US
    Age: 25-44
    Purchased
    6 months ago
    Gender:
    Male
    Weight:
    161 - 190 lbs.
    Height:
    5'10 - 6'0
    Value
    5 / 5
    Durability
    5 / 5
    Ease of Installation
    5 / 5
    Fitment
    5 / 5
    Finish
    5 / 5
    Recommend it?
    Yes
    No leaks look great and they work for table and chair
    Take a little time to install but they work great I recommend them
    October 30, 2018
    Tillamook , OR, US
    Age: 25-44
    Purchased
    10 months ago
    Gender:
    Male
    Weight:
    191 - 220 lbs.
    Height:
    5'4 - 5'6
    Value
    5 / 5
    Durability
    5 / 5
    Ease of Installation
    4 / 5
    Fitment
    5 / 5
    Finish
    5 / 5
    Recommend it?
    Yes
    Tusk panniers. Highly recommended.
    Bought these panniers for a 2018 KTM 1290 SAS. I wanted more storage, but just couldn’t bring myself to spend $1k -$2k for them. These tusk panniers are a great storage solution. They are secure, well built, and you can’t beat the price. They are fairly easy to install. I would highly recommend them. I went with the medium size ones and they are perfect for my needs.

    -m-2018 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S--
    Medium size panniers fit two 6 packs along the bottom perfectly.
    Medium size panniers on a 2018 KTM 1290 SAS. Very sturdy. Well built.
    September 30, 2018
    San diego , CA, US
    Age: 25-44
    Purchased
    7 months ago
    Gender:
    Male
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    Can anyone please tell me the distance (width) between the outside of one pannier to the outside of the other using either of the Tusk panniers and racks on a 2008-2017 KLR 650?
    Kevin E on Jun 1, 2017
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    BEST ANSWER: They are 38" wide on the large panniers.
    When will these be Available for the Africa Twin?
    A shopper on Aug 20, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: At this time we do not have any information on when we will have this item for the Africa Twin. I will go ahead and forward this to our purchasing department for consideration.
    Can anyone tell me the overall width from the outside of one pannier to the outside of the other using the Tusk Rack and (any size) Tusk pannier on a 2008-2017 KLR 650?
    A shopper on Jun 1, 2017
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    BEST ANSWER: On a 1991 KLR 650 the Large Panniers with the Tusk Racks measure 36 1/4 inches.
    I have a 2012 drz400s. Does Tusk make aluminum panniers and a rack system to fit this?
    A shopper on Oct 8, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: To see if this part will fit your machine please enter the make, model, and year into our "Choose a vehicle" drop down boxes found above the product image. If your machine is not listed, we may not carry the right item for your application. If you have a 2017 year model but don't see your machine as an option, please contact a tech via Live Chat or call us at 1-800-336-5437 for assistance.
    Is this system going to be available to the Honda Africa Twin ? I see the last time this question was asked was Aug 2016. Maybe Florencia B. or anyone for that matter.has a better idea now.I have fired off a email to Tusk but have yet to hear back. Thanks
    MICHAEL C on Mar 17, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: These are now available for the Africa Twin. You will just need to enter in your machine in the drop down boxes and it should pop right up.
    The video says each kit comes with the security knobs but then goes on to say they are an optional accessory. Does the kit includes the knobs? Thanks !!
    Terri C on Dec 17, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Everything you need to secure the Panniers on the KLR is in the kit, the "Knobs" are a threaded knob you install inside of each box so no one can pull the quick release and take off with the box, but it also is added security in keeping the box on in real rough stuff in case the quick release were to let lose, I have 5 sets of these, and I can assure you that by far, the best set up for the money, I have one set of HT panniers and racks, at 1,200.00, they really are no better than the TUSK set up, go on, dive in, you will not regret it, only thing is, I wish that when I purched mine, the had the Med boxes, back then, they only had the large boxes.

    my 1st set has about 17,000 miles and still rock solid.

    Hope this help, any further ?'s, please post and i'll answer you back

    Miguel
    Will the larger size hold a full face helmet?
    A shopper on Apr 5, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Although you can't fit the helmet in the box- the locking mechanism for my bike was moved to the rear pannier brace and works well.
    I own this rack and just bought TUSK Panniers for my dr650 It looks like they won't work. is this true? do I need to shell out for a different back rack now?
    Devin O on Apr 23, 2018
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    BEST ANSWER: I have this setup on my DR650. The rear rack will need to be modified to allow the pannier rack to mount. I used a bench grinder to remove the excess material on the forward mounting points. I also had an issue with the rear pannier bracket interfering with the license plate. I made spacers to eliminate the interference. Not a simple install but not overly challenging either.
    Do these side cases fit a Honda 700X?
    Richard
    A shopper on Oct 24, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: To see if this part will fit your machine please enter the make, model, and year into our "Choose a vehicle" drop down boxes found above the product image. If your machine is not listed, we may not carry the right item for your application. If you have a 2017 year model but don't see your machine as an option, please contact a tech via Live Chat or call us at 1-800-336-5437 for assistance.
    Can I use the passenger pegs with it?
    corrado86 c on Mar 16, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Most definitely! Just have a passenger sit on bike before placing boxes onto racks. I just measured the distance back from peg for my size 13 shoe if it was on peg. My spouse rides with me on mine with the boxes on. Makes her feel more secure.
    Also I can put my feet on passenger pegs during longer stretches of straight highways as an alternate foot position.
    I measured hole layout and sent to my brother with same boxes and bike. Worked great for him also.
    Do you need to move the tail lights to mount the racks on a 2017 KLR650? Are the brackets included with this set or sold seperate?
    Kris H on Jun 15, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Everything you need to mount these to a KLR is in the kit. The tail lights will be relocated slight further back and they provide the mounts to do this with. You shouldn't need anything but to re-route those wires slightly. Everything is in the mounting kit with the written instructions.
    Can you mount Rotopax containers with the KLR setup? Wondering if there is enough clearance...
    Matt L on Feb 15, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Mounting on the side is fine though I wouldn't mount anything larger than a 1 gal. Rotopax out of consideration for the weight. Rear mount is also possible depending on how you position the panniers.

    The other thing to consider with side installation is width. The large panniers have about the same width installed as the KLR's handlebars. With the Rotopax on, you can't use that as a guide.
    What is the recommended maximum load for the 37L panniers? No maximum weight was recommended in the instructions. Same question to other riders, what was the maximum weight you loaded on your large panniers?
    Rudy S on Feb 6, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Thanks for all the responses. After much research and responses; I will go with a maximum load of 20lbs of gear in each pannier. The empty panniers alone weigh 13.7lbs and with the added 20lbs comes to 33.7lbs. I probably am being a bit conservative on the weight but I am taking a trip to Deadhorse, AK in the summer; max load for rider, spare clothes, camping gear, Rotopax fuel and water will be 365+lbs on my KLR 650. Another rider on youtube had the Tusk panniers and took them to South America; the bolts sheared off because of too much weight in each pannier with rough road conditions. I also upgraded the stock 8.8 grade bolts to 10.9 for added strength. Thanks again everyone....
    Do your racks stick out an equal length on both sides when mounted on a 2015 KTM Adventure R?

    Thanks!!
    KIRK B on Apr 26, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Hi and yes they are very equal on both sides and very tough aswell
    Do you sell racks that fit the Honda CB500X? Looking at converting my bike to more dual sport with the Rally Raid 3 kit. Would like Tusk panniers if the Tusk rack would fit my bike. Thanks. Will.
    Will G on Dec 7, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I looked into this and unfortunately we do not carry Tusk racks that will fit your machine.
    Will these fit 2017 Versys 300?
    A shopper on Apr 25, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, we do not have a rack system that will fit this machine. However, our panniers are a universal fit and can fit on any rack.
    Do these fit a NC700X DCT?
    A shopper on Nov 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: To see if this part will fit your machine please enter the make, model, and year into our "Choose a vehicle" drop down boxes found above the product image. If your machine is not listed, we may not carry the right item for your application. If you have a 2017 year model but don't see your machine as an option, please contact a tech via Live Chat or call us at 1-800-336-5437 for assistance.
    Where it says tusk on the side, is that a sticker that can be easily removed or am I gonna have to take acetone to a brand new set of panniers?
    A shopper on Nov 9, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: The set I had was a sticker. Should come off easily with a heat gun. Acetone Probably would not harm the powder coating finish. Decent cases for the money. Good luck.
    i have seen where some panniers can be used as supports for the bike for repairs along the trail. can these hold up to the weight of a fully loaded klr650? aka: holding the bike off the ground to remove a tire/rim assembly.
    larry j on Apr 4, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I WOULD HAVE TO ADVISE AGAINST USING THEM IN THIS MANNER UNLESS YOU ABSOLUTLY HAD TO.HOWEVER LET ME SAY THESE ARE WELL WORTH THE PRICE.I HAVE PAID MUCH MORE FOR SIMILAR PANNIERS AND THESE ARE EVERY BIT AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER!!!!
    Will the large tusk panniers fit onto a SW-Motech rack?
    Paul W on Oct 16, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I bought them with the Tusk rack, but the panniers come undrilled which allow the user to mount them pretty much the way they want. So I'd say that you shouldn't have any problems mounting them. The only thing you might loose out on would be the ability to use the security screw/knob that is a feature of the Tusk racks I like. Easy, cheap, and effective theft deterrence. If you watch the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC installation video for the panniers, you'll see what I mean about positioning the panniers any way you'd like. Hope this helps! Greg B
    I have a 2017 KLR650 and I just watched the installation video. It states that the right side is designed so that the cover can be removed to service the air filter but the left side cover must be on the bike when the rack is installed. I'm left with the impression that the left side of the rack must be disassembled to service the battery. Is this correct?

    Thanks
    Kev
    Kevin C on Mar 30, 2019
    BEST ANSWER: I have the Tusk rack and pannier system on my 2016 KLR 650 and I'm able to remove both side covers for access without having to disassemble the rack. They can be a bit tricky to remove but a little twist here and there and they come out. This will give access to remove the seat and get access to the battery and air filter.
    Are the medium boxes tapered at the bottom of are they square like the old them paniers?
    Scott M on Jun 4, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Not sure if my original answer went through. They are tapered. It's like the long edge has the corner cut iff.
    Are there any photos of the large panniers with the medium panniers for comparison (2017 KLR)? Looking to purchase a set but am trying to determine which ones to go with.
    Mac K on Nov 1, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I purchased the smaller panniers to replace a more expensive set that had been beaten pretty well. In short order, I purchased a large set and what I found was that the small set are just that, small... And the large are, well... Large. The small ones are the right width on the 2nd gen KLR. They are within the handle bar width. The depth and length are proportionally too small so they don't visually look right. They are small as well which has resulted in a different load out for me when I travel. The large ones are well proportioned on length and depth, but are very wide. That said, if you're mainly dirt road riding, two track, fire road, etc riding, I like the larger. I'm able to get more into the panniers, which means less on the tail rack up high. I use them on longer hauls (week long and high miles). The small panniers are for shorter trips, 1 to 3 days, shorter milage.

    Also, I chose the silver panniers over the black. My first set of panniers we're black. The looked great on my red and black 2009, but not so much after the first time I had a tip-over. Scratches and gouges stood out like a flashing neon sign with the black ones. I opted for the silver on the second set of panniers and the third and fourth which are the Tusk panniers.

    I also really like the pannier racks, though they're heavy. For me, the quick release feature won me over. That said, I took a lot of filing and grinding to get the releases to work the way they're intended, but again, for the price, that was okay with me.

    The pannier locks work well. I prefer a captive lid like my original panniers have. With the Tusk panniers, it you leave one lock unlatched, you definitely run the risk of a panniers lid flying off as you're riding.

    Overall, with the value you get with these Tusk panniers, really, it isn't too hard to justify getting both the large and small to keep options open. I would definitely buy them again!

    Hope this was helpul. Safe riding.
    Do these panniers hinder two up riding? ‘17 KLR
    A shopper on Jun 26, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: I have them mounted to my 2016 KLR650 and have no problem two up. I did make sure there was room for feet on the rear pegs after I marked the location of the panniers but before I drilled the holes just to make sure. Not counting the seal, my first hole is 4 1/2" from the front, 2 1/4" from the top. I have the medium panniers.
    I have a 2016 Aftrica Twin, do the Tusk mounts require any modification of the bike, i.e., trimming body work or relocating turnsignals?
    A shopper on Mar 14, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Can't answer your question. But I will tell you this ............ I have a 2005 KLR650 and bout the cans n mounts last year. They fit perfect. Just have a friend to hold the cans once you go to line them up on the mounting hardware so you can stand back from all angles to view how they look. Another FYI ... get the smaller cans it will help your heals out when you have to peddle thru the rough stuff. I bought the big ones n they take a toll on my heals n the slick.
    what top racks work with the panniers for a 2017 dr650?
    Joe M on Aug 11, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I use a Pro Cycle top rack with Tusk panniers on my DR. I like that the Pro Cycle rack is wider than some, for strapping on a soft duffel.
    Will this system fit a 2012 Yamaha super tenere? Or is there a Tusk system to fit this motorcycle?
    A shopper on Aug 6, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I would not count on the mounting bracket system to simply line up. If Tusk doesn't offer the rack, and you can find a rack designed for the Tenere, then as long as the rack you find comes with mounting hardware for the boxes, then yes. The inside surface of the boxes is smooth and flat. I am traveling with serious weight in my set. Music and video equipment. Stupid weight - and they are working great.