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Offline jkristjan

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SHAD SH35 panniers and SH59x or SH45 top box
« on: Oct 11, 2020, 06:06 PM »
So as you know, I happen to have this full round of SHAD luggage as shown below. This was partly a budget choice, the SH23 panniers and the SH40 box are pretty much the cheapest hard luggage you can get in the EU, plus I never liked the SH36 panniers which look just huge. Fast forward a year and SHAD has come up with new panniers - SH35. They are only a bit smaller than the SH36, but they sure look a lot smaller. Now as you see my bike is black and silver, the silver being pretty much aluminium. What do you think, would the SH35 look good and be practical on it? Feels a tempting upgrade as I already have the mounts, don't have to turn a single screw to swap them out.

And then there is of course the enormous SH59x top box which is designed to match with the SH35 panniers. My SH40 does not accommodate two helmets, a shortcoming which I would perhaps also want to fix, so either I go for the full shebang SH35+SH59x... or SH35+SH45 as a middle path... or... or I drop the top box entirely and go only for the SH35 panniers, reasoning that when I daily it, I can fit helmet on one and a carry-in inner bag in another (very convenient) and when I go touring, I just add a roll bag on the rear seat or something.

What are your thoughts? Anyone have any of the products I listed as my potential victims?

My current setup:


The SH35 + SH59x setup on someone's KTM:

Offline joecbr

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Re: SHAD SH35 panniers and SH59x or SH45 top box
« Reply #1 on: Nov 01, 2020, 10:22 AM »
I think the SH23s look really nice. Maybe better than the Kawasaki paniers. Do you know if the overall width of the bike with the SH23s is less than with the stock Kawasaki paniers?

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Re: SHAD SH35 panniers and SH59x or SH45 top box
« Reply #2 on: Nov 02, 2020, 09:24 AM »
The SH23s look great from some angles, but not so much from the rear, so there are pros and cons. Also, they don't have a carry handle and they don't have a stable resting position when off the bike, they are good for the price but after a few trips you will be considering other options.

But life has mysterious ways. Soon after making this post the bike was knocked over in a parking lot and now the insurance is going to replace both panniers and frames. I of course used the opportune moment and asked an upgrade to the SH35 so I will be paying approximately additional EUR 100 and ride away with the upgrade. Now I'll have the option to try out the SH35s, perhaps remove the top box altogether and see later if I need any extra capacity at all.

As for the width, I don't have the numbers but sure the SHADs waste room, as they don't follow the lines of the bike. Some people on the internets have modified the SHAD mounting brackets slightly so that they can shave about 20 mm down from each side.