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I'm thinking about doing some touring with my '71 fastback. Can anybody recommend panniers or other luggage carriers..

Thanks in anticipation Alan

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I am still using my Cravens and rate them. It's also a jolly good rack in it's own right, properly engineered to take the weight away from the rear frame loop via the stays leading down to the rear footrests.

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The Hepco and Becker set from Andover Norton is fantastic, if a little expensive. The panniers are large (if you choose the large ones) and do not fit parallel to the seat-stay frame tubes; they sit out quite noticeably at the front. Of course, you can't see this when you are sitting on the machine. The carrier rack is straight-forward to fit with black cap silencers and their respective brackets but very complicated with the reverse-cone silencers; the fittings are all in the way of each other. The frame is sturdy and very well-made. One additional complication is that you have to remove either the carrier frame or the shock absorbers to adjust the suspension; the lower frame stay is exactly where the adjusting spanner is designed to clip on. When I camped at the National Rally in Wales in 2015 I left the panniers at the site while touring around. I found it quite frustrating to be on the firm setting with no easy means of adjustment.

Best wishes, Colin Cheney, Leicestershire.

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Thanks Colin and all the other responders.

I'll probably go down the Andover Norton route after the TT funds permitting Money mouth

Regards Alan

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Hi, I'm also thinking of fitting panniers to my 1972 Commando in preparation of going on holiday with my wife on the back, so the question I have is do the panniers that you get from Andover impede the person on the back, in the photo they have on their web page its hard to see, I did send Andover an enquiry but they couldn't give me a definite answer, you would think if you sell a product you would know about it. Anyway, if anyone has fitted these and could tell me the answer I would really appreciate it.

Thanks for your help, Mick.

My good lady wife and I have just returned from a 2000 mile trip to the Alps and Italian Lakes (would have been longer but took motorail for part of the way back and saved 400 miles). We were on a Mk 111 Commando with ‘L’ style Craven carrier and Craven Comet panniers. The Craven kit did us proud. Bought secondhand out of Roadholder 10 years ago and repainted/replated. My wife advises that she is c 5’8’’ and would have found wider/bulkier panniers a problem when getting on and off the machine.

 

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