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Old Jun 2nd 2013, 02:09 PM   #1
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Review: SW Motec BLAZE Panniers

So my SW-MOTECH Blaze Panniers arrived from Motorcycle Road and Race and due to the interest shown I thought I would write a quick review...

Having tried various luggage on my 1199 I hadn't so far found anything satisfactory. I really like Kreiga luggage I have, but I've not had much success in attaching it to the Panigale. The tank adaptor for the Kreiga US10/20 didn't work very well and without the original humongous number plate holder on the bike, and with such a smooth tail and no visible subframe, there's not much to attach a pack to the rear seat; it always worries me that a pack lashed to the tail will slip round and get tangled in the rear wheel and if I'm worrying about this it spoils my enjoyment of the ride. I also don't like wearing rucksacks on longer rides as I don't think its safe should I come off.

So when I found that SW Motec made panniers that fit the Panigale I was keen to try them out. So what are they like?

They're two soft pannier bags made from high quality fabric that hang over the rear seat like saddle bags. The two bags are separate and attach to each other using wide Velcro covered flaps attached to each pannier.



When in use the weight of the bags hangs on the rear seat and two shaped metal arms (stainless steel) act to stabilise the luggage.



These arms can quickly and easily be removed by depressing a latch and pulling them out of the bracket that attaches them to the rear of the two passenger footrest mount points. SW Motec provide hardware to attach the bracket with or without the passenger footrest fitted and the whole bracket can be removed with just two M10 bolts of you don't need it on the bike.



Two plastic clips at the front each pannier securely attach them to corresponding clips attached to the bracket under the seat, making for a very stable setup. The half of the clip attached to the bracket can be seen hanging down in the picture above.

Putting the panniers on the bike is a 30 second job...

Plug the metal support arms onto the bracket and slide the panniers over the support arms.



Lift the two panniers upright and attach them together with the Velcro flaps across the rear seat.



Finally connect the clips on each side to keep the panniers from sliding backwards.

The panniers are supplied with rain covers and each pannier has and expansion zipper that allows it to expand from 14L or 21L, giving a total capacity of 42L. SW Motec sell brackets/arms for most sport bikes too, so I can use them on my Daytona as well.

When not on the bike, the two panniers attach together with a single carry handle making them easy to carry around.

Pros: Very well made, very stable on the bike, good capacity, quick to fit and remove, well thought out.
Cons: Cost, the bracket that holds the arms is made of steel and could be made of lighter Aluminium, but this is nit-picking really.

I'll know better once I've used them for a trip the Cadwell Park next week, but my interim score is 9/10. If you're looking for good quality luggage that can be quickly and completely removed, including the mounting bracket, you can't go far wrong with these.

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Old Jun 2nd 2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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That's a great review, thank you!!!
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Old Jun 2nd 2013, 02:34 PM   #3
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Nice review. I would have used the passenger seat personally in case of scratching.
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Old Jun 2nd 2013, 02:48 PM   #4
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Nice review. I would have used the passenger seat personally in case of scratching.
SW Motec provide protective film with the panniers for the top and sides of the rear farings. As mine is already covered in 3M film I didn't bother. I might put some of the non slip rubber matting on top of the rear cowl though.
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Originally Posted by PaddockStand View Post
SW Motec provide protective film with the panniers for the top and sides of the rear farings. As mine is already covered in 3M film I didn't bother. I might put some of the non slip rubber matting on top of the rear cowl though.
Just a note: I had the same type system and same bags on my s1k. The tail fair did begin to rub thru the sides of the bag where they contacted. The ppl I got them, Twisted Throttle, offered to replace the bags no cost (good guys). But when I noticed it, I stopped using them jnless I absolutely needed storage lest they started to eat thru the paint.

Protective films or not, vibration from riding will produce rubbing. Keep an eye on it
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I just threw up in my mouth a little bit
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Old Jun 2nd 2013, 11:53 PM   #7
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I highly recommend them as well. Just used mine on a weekend beach trip getaway, about 180 miles each way and they worked great. It was nice not having to wear any backpack for the duration of the trip and came in handy as I was able to carry plenty of stuff. Sturdy up to speeds 116mph+
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Originally Posted by Fisher1199R View Post
I just threw up in my mouth a little bit
Lol fisher what u gonna do if u decide to join us for the tassy trip
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Lol fisher what u gonna do if u decide to join us for the tassy trip

Ill have to back pack it I've got a great caribee that straps on nice and tight. Won't be perfect but come one who in there mind puts panniers on a Panigale???????? It's like taking Miranda Kerr out for dinner and making her wear a bomb suit............
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Thanks for that review and great pictures. I got a long ride coming up soon and have fitted some Kreiga US20 and US10 on top. Also have the Kreiga R25 which is great but would love some extra room. These might just be the bet. I think its great that it is just 2 x M10 to remove to get the brackets off.

I have 3m film and would also slot the pillion seat on to help keep the tail clean. I think a thin layer of something like micro fibre cloth placed well would also assist in stopping damage.

Thanks again for taking the time to put this review together with the pics.

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