A set of two aero dynamicallyshaped panniers (29 litres) designed to look fully integrated on the bike costs £610 including fitting kit and locks. A top box is an extra £260. Fitting the kit will take a dealer two hours but should be possible for a competent DIYER.
In preparation for a trip to Holland, I fitted some panniers as I didn’t fancy fitting six days’ worth of stuff into a rucksack and the NC’S storage compartment.
It’s amazing how useful you find that extra storage space. All of a sudden you don’t need to carry a backpack for your day-to-day riding as anything you’d take with you will comfortably fit in the tank unit – shoes and clothes to change into once you get out of your riding gear, something from the shops, whatever you want really.
Honda say you can fit a full-face helmet in, but I’m not entirely convinced. My medium-sized X-lite X661 certainly doesn’t fit and is still sporting the battle scars from when I tried to squeeze it in. However, I’m not going to complain as it’s storage space that wouldn’t be there if the fuel tank was.
While Honda’s panniers are a little on the small side, I was able to pack six days’ worth of stuff into them, plus the tank-storage-area and a rucksack, which broke while I was in Assen and conveniently allowed me to test how easily you can strap things to the bike, which turned out to be very easy!