Tri­umph Tiger 1200 XRT

Big­ger trips mean big­ger boxes make more sense

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I’VE BEEN RID­ING the Tiger 1200 with the of­fi­cial Tri­umph Ex­pe­di­tion pan­niers (£605 plus £275 mount­ing kit) and they’re good. Some­times after wash­ing the bike with a pres­sure washer I’ve found a lit­tle wa­ter in­side them but they’ve never leaked in use — and I’ve rid­den through some truly ter­ri­ble weather.

But then I im­proved my lug­gage life by ac­quir­ing a Kr­iega KS40 Travel Bag — ba­si­cally a suit­case shrunk down to the di­men­sions of a top-load­ing pan­nier. It makes pack­ing for trips a dod­dle… un­til try­ing to get it into a 37L Ex­pe­di­tion pan­nier. Even zipped down to its most com­pact size, it’s a bit of a wiggly bat­tle to get the KS40 into the pan­nier.

So I started look­ing for big­ger al­ter­na­tives, by ask­ing an ex­pert: Cliff at the Ad­ven­ture Bike Shop. “The new Bu­mot ones are re­ally good,” he ad­vised. The ca­pac­ity of 45/41L sounded ideal and there’s even a lock­able tool­box built into the left-hand frame (echo­ing where the ex­haust sits on the right-hand side.

Fit­ting them couldn’t be eas­ier: two bolts in the sub­frame plus the foot­peg­mount­ing bolts (fixed with awk­ward­sized T40 Torx bolts: that’s a trip to Hal­fords) come out, with longer Al­lan bolts pass­ing through to hold the frames in place. It’s a 20-minute job.

The new pan­niers are re­ally well fin­ished and have sailed through an ini­tial wash with­out any wa­ter get­ting in­side. They close with two lock­able claps,

hing­ing out side­ways along their longer edge. Though big­ger than the Tri­umph ones, they don’t af­fect the sta­bil­ity of the bike at all — just make me a bit more cau­tious when fil­ter­ing. The tool­box is bril­liant, a per­fect size for the Kr­iega tool­roll, Teng mini-socket set and punc­ture-re­pair kit I take ev­ery­where. And the KS40 drops in­side, even when fully ex­panded, with­out any ef­fort. It’s ready for one fi­nal trip… SI­MON WEIR

Bu­mot De­fend­ers pan­niers are £825 plus £99 for the tool­box. You can spec­ify sizes from 31l up to the 45l ver­sions that we used here. www.ad­ven­ture­bikeshop.co.uk

Si­mon look­ing un­der­stand­ably pleased with his mas­sive box

Tool­box sits where ex­haust does on other side

Pan­niers fit­ted and locked to frame

Pan­nier racks fit­ted to sub­frame and pil­lion foot­pegs

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