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Expedition Pannierz

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Simple, tough, soft panniers for the long haul. Call them saddle bags, throw overs, side bags or panniers. The design is more than 10 years old and sets the standard for tough and simple motorcycle saddlebags.

No frills here, just tough and simple to use throw-over panniers
  • Constructed from Australian-made canvas
  • A fraction of the cost of hard panniers
  • Stiffened roll-top closure for accurate and reliable seal
  • Variable capacity 15 to 35 litres per side without increasing width
  • Unique design means weight is spread over seat using quality locally-sourced webbing
  • Designed for maximum weatherproofing, can be made waterproof with our Liner Bagz
  • Sturdy and lightweight, the pair weighs 2kg!
  • High-quality Acetel nylon side-release clips rated to 300kg
  • Hard plastic internal panel for rigidity and strength
  • Rear mesh pockets with discreet reflective accents
  • Rear securing straps
  • Deliberately zipper-free to increase both ease and longevity
  • Most bikes will require a light supporting frame

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!

Compare Expedition and Avduro Pannierz

Frame set link here

Fabric
Heavy weight 17oz Aussie Canvas with ripstop weave
Volume
15 to 35 litres per side via roll top adjustment.
Clips
New Zealand-made high-quality Acetal clips, rated to 300kg. Tension relieving, non slip tagged, double D-rings and low-profile ladder-lock clips chosen specifically to be long lasting and crash friendly.
Water resistance
Highly water resisitant but not entirely waterproof. The main goal is to be tough as nails. Designed and constructed to eliminate pooling. External tape binding on seams increases water resistance. Brass eyelet drain holes on mesh pockets.
What's in the box
A pair of Expedition Pannierz
Fabrication
Handmade in-house using a design benefitting from a decade of refinement. All seams double or triple stitched with external reinforcement.
Webbing
Wider high quality, locally-sourced webbing reinforced at all contact points. Polypropelene in main areas, polyester in high stress zones.
Stiffener
Firm plastic rear panel, inside an internal pouch.
Dimensions
Max length - 330mm (per bag). Max width - 180mm (per bag). Max height - 300mm (per bag)
Requirements
Most bikes need a light rail/frame to keep bags out of wheels or off exhausts. Or buy my pannier-specific (or DIY Raw Frame kit) framez. Maniacs cartwheeling into the never never are advised to use a 1250 Flat Strapz around the base
Options
Expedition Pannierz are quicker and easier to use and best suited to adventure riders or long-distance tourers. Can’t fit a frame? Check out universal-fitting throw-over Traveller Pannierz.

“I knew exactly what I wanted in a set of pannier bags, but no one offered the mix of simplicity and durability I required. Bugger it, I thought. So I made my own” —Andy

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.

User Reviews

  • Tough - flexible - Aircraft Carry On

    Have had these for a couple of years now and am very impressed. Being multi fit we can transfer between bikes and also use as carry on with Jetstar when we visit OS and plan on hiring a bike. Water resistant and carries heaps. Just ordered the Tank Pannierz based no how good these are

    3 months ago
  • Very happy

    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.

    5 months ago
  • Craig Munro

    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!

    9 months ago
  • I'm enthusiastic about this panniers!

    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.

    10 months ago
  • Great product, highly recommended!

    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

    11 months ago

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