| Many riders try to set saddle bags up
as if they were hard panniers, towards the rear, clearing a pillions legs etc which you can do, but if travelling solo we recommend the frame-less setup be tried first!
A. When setting up your bike for the first time, please position the bags centrally! Just behind the riders legs
Bringing the bags more forward to be in the centre of
mass is better for handling when loaded!
|B. The two centre straps are the load bearing ones that set the height of the bag relative to the bike's seat.
With our 'easy to use' steel loops, adjust the Velcro length so that the bag hangs preferably slightly inward to ward the top.
Remember that for full engagement you should have 300mm of Velcro overlap & ...
Don't worry that the front strap is under where you sit - you wont feel it, plus ... We should be standing on the pegs more in any case eh!
|C. Now set the rear strap - remember this is critical as
it determines how far the bags come forward so do get
this right to suit your setup!
Oh! There is no rear lower mount on Monsoon? Well it is actually not needed on Enduristan's system as by design they allow a certain movement in the bag so that the bags can 'float'!
i.e. Move out & up to avoid damage in a fall .
If you do want to hold the bag firmly (but with some give)
against the side of the bike then we can recommend a ROK
'Pack' Strap (always from M.A.P).
But when properly setup, this is not really necessary.
|D. Locate the loop point for the front strap - generally these loop onto the pillion foot peg mounts or a suitable place on the frame!
Now adjust the length so there is some tension on the ROK Strap thus pulling the bags doward & forward toward the front mount. Now you are successfully setup.
|Certainly on some bikes like the XTZ1200 Or XTZ660 Tenere, Monsoon can be fitted frameless as the mufflers are relatively inboard and are well shielded as standard! However! Some bikes with large exposed catalytics are not so eady to setup & consequently the bags can be damaged by muffler heat.
Here we reccomend pannier frames as a great altenative!
There are two good reasons:
| On some bikes it is not difficult to fabricate a support rail to hold the bottom of the bag away from the muffler. We set up a mates' GSA this way using simple a 3/8" mild rod that ran slightly outboard & parrallel to the muffler from the pillion pegs then it angled up to bolt to the rear of the frame! It's been working a treat for years on locally made bags & works great with Monsoon too (which he upgraded to).
Howover this metal work is beyond many riders workshop setup or skills. So in that case we reccomend a bolt on solution in Hepco & Becker pannier frames as they mount Monsoon & other soft bags quite OK (as well as any of our hard cases) plus we can offer two different setups!
| PANNIER FRAME SOLUTION 1.
Mount to frame as normal with optional ROK Pack & Monsoon Extension straps fitted!
Mount Monsoon in the normal manner over the frames, in most cases a set of Extension Straps will be required to get enough Velco overlap! Ensure the bag is pulled up to the top of the horizontal tube. The straps run over the seat or if detachable consider at least one going under for security.
The front straps go to the pillion peg mounts whilst the rear sets the forward location aligned to the pannier frame centre. Route the rear strap so that it is kept away from any exhaust 'hot' metal or gas flow. But if this cannot be done, consider Solution 2 below!
Optionally run a ROK Pack Strap around the bag to firmly locate it to the frame! We have run this setup on a number of trips with no problems. Extension Straps & Pack Straps are are available in our web shop or free if buying an Adventure Pack
(i.e. inc H&B frame set)
|PANNIER FRAME SOLUTION 2.
Mount to frame with no rear loop & two Front ROK straps fitted!