Installing Komine panniers for dummies.

I bought and installed a set of Komine panniers (saddle bags for the Americans amongst you) on to the Transalp a few months back. I followed the instructions as best I could, but the straps looked nothing like they did on the pictures. Still, despite being an obviously botched job they stayed on pretty solidly, so all was cool.

Earlier today I went looking for the instructions to install them on to the CB400. I couldn’t find them, so I had a go anyway. And what do you know, I ended up installing them properly. How the feck does that work out?

The bike with the panniers mounted.

They’re damn handy. On four days of the week I teach four university classes. On two of those days I commute over lunchtime between two campuses. I have a folder for each class containing class lists and other admin stuff, as well as class materials. On top of that I’ve textbooks, my lunch, a flask of tea, indoor shoes, rain gear, a hi-viz vest for night riding and a small folding umbrella. The 47 litre Givi top box simply won’t hold everything. The 45 litre Krauser K2 top box I had mounted on the Transalp was a better shape than the Givi box, but even it couldn’t hold it all. Hence the panniers. I can stick in the light stuff, like the rain gear, hi-viz vest and the umbrella, and that lets me get the important gear into the totally waterproof back box. Their damn handy in that regard, and I picked them up for around 1.4万円 on Rakuten.

Komine SA-206 Molded Saddle Bags

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30 Comments on “Installing Komine panniers for dummies.”

  1. Jalal Says:

    Hi, do you have any picture or diagram on how to install the saddle bag? I also bought the saddle bag for my Versys.. but till now, I am scratching my head on how to fit this thing on my bike…


  2. I’ll make a little video and upload it for you. Check back later mate.

  3. gurahamu Says:

    FWIW, I put my raingear under the seat on my CB400 – in the space in front of the battery compartment.

  4. I saw that compartment mate, but my rain gear doesn’t fit to well. I’ll be using it for my polishing cloth :o)

  5. Rob Marjerison Says:

    I got the bags in bangkok sans instructions. No chance to get it right. The video on youtube helped alot. Funny, I had to get the bags for my Bullet because I teach at two colleges and had to carry the papers, texts, folders etc back and forth an hour each way a coupel times a week. ALong with rain suit, umbrella and overnight kit in case it REALLY rains or the rock slides block the roads. These things are a really, really nice product. Not cheap, and definitely a theft target, but nice.

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