Adventure-Spec Magadan Panniers MK2

Adventure-Spec Magadan Panniers MK2

Adventure-Spec Magadan Panniers MK2
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Adventure-Spec Magadan Panniers MK2

$399.00
Renowned Adventure Motorcyclist and Long-Term Adventure-Spec associate Walter Colebatch has developed these bags to address his own needs. As such if you're planning a transcontinental or RTW journey through remote areas on rugged terrain, they should fit the bill for you as well!

Heres what Walter has to say about the Magadan Panniers...

"Most of you know the idea ... Hard boxes are clearly not suited to the type of travel I am doing. The more off road your travels are, the more you need soft luggage rather than hard luggage.


But existing soft luggage doesnt do the job. No-one in the soft luggage business seems to know what adventure travellers actually need when it comes to transcontinental or RTW journeys. In my experience, the bags of canvas (AndyStrapz, Steel Ponys) are not water resistant, nor are they abrasion resistant, and they have no security. Plastic roll bags (Wolfman, Ortlieb, Endurostan) are too small, not low enough, have little to no abrasion resistance and no security.

Having tried pretty much everything out there and still frustrated by the shortage of features, I decided to build a set for myself. I wanted bags that were capable of carrying a good 35 litres of stuff. The bigger the bags are, the more weight you can get down low, and the smaller your back bag needs to be. I wanted bags that could keep your stuff dry. In the end I decided a removeable waterproof dry bag liner was the best solution as you can take your dry stuff out in a 5 second grab - and take it into your tent - or accommodation - without having to rummage thru the bag in the rain, or take a wet muddy outer bag into a tent or hotel.

Then the bags had to be lockable - a few ideas came and went before I decided to use PacSafe WrapSafe cables. The advantage of these cables is that you can not only lock the bags shut, but you can lock the bags to your luggage rack - by routing the cable through it. The bags have loops front and back for routing the cable and holding it to the bag. So by doing that we had the first motorcycle soft bags that actually offer some sort of security and lockability.

Finally the outer material ... Cordura has earned a very good reputation as an extremely abrasion resistant fabric. Many riding pants and jackets are made from 600 denier Cordura. To imagine the durability difference between Cordura and canvas, imagine wearing canvas jeans and sliding down an asphalt road on them - as compared to the same with normal Cordura riding jacket and pants. To make sure of the durability and ruggedness of the product, we decided to pass on the 600 denier Cordura and go straight for 1000 denier Cordura - almost twice as thick and many times as strong. With a outer bag of 1000D Cordura, the bag is much much much tougher than anything on the market in terms of durability and survivability.

So thats the idea, to make the toughest, most durable RTW soft bags that are waterproof, abrasion resistant and lockable - since they are the shortcomings have experienced in existing soft bags on the market."

See what Adventure Motorcycling guru Chris Scott recently had to say about his Magadans:

“Having used Zegaflex and Monsoon and Andyz and Oxford in recent years (as well as close inspection of other products and several others in the preceding decades), I've just come off a 3000-mile trip using AS Mags ... For my sort of riding and prefs they are the best thing out there... Walter really did think it through without any unnecessary flourishes. 'Security' is the main reason overland riders give for being put off soft bags, and only Mags attempt to address this, even if actual theft is rare the Pacsafe cables can help secure any soft bag.”

These panniers require a rack for effective mounting and are not designed to just be slung over the bike. For solutions that do not require racks please see the Giantloop range or the Kriega Overlander 30

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ADVENTURE SPEC MAGADAN PANNIERS MK2

The Adventure Spec Magadan Panniers were born out of a design challenge created by renowned adventure motorcyclist Walter Colebatch.

‘How do I create a set of soft luggage that is properly positioned, lockable, strong, simple and easy to maintain on the road whilst being waterproof with the look of classic luggage?’

Walter subsequently worked with Adventure Spec to develop and test what has become one of the most popular and acclaimed soft luggage systems for Adv Riders around the world.

DURABILITY

The external bag shell is made from ultra tough 1000D Cordura fabric outer and inner layers covering an abrasion and slash resistant inner core making the bags resistant to knife attack as well as tough abrasive scrapes and falls. The material choices have been made with long term servicing in mind, making it easy to make repairs or modifications with simple equipment readily available around the world.
A few years later input from desert expert and author of ‘The Adventure Motorcycling Handbook’ Chris Scott further refined the design focussing on the ability to field service the panniers whilst on extended journeys, and the Mk2 Panniers you see today were born.

MOUNTING

The Magadans are designed to be easily mounted onto any rack system commonly used on large and mid-weight adventure bikes. The back of each bag is supported by a stiffened insert and the double velcro saddle straps across the top distribute weight over the rear of the bike. Finally, vertical and horizontal mounting straps (not supplied) and stainless steel Double ‘D’ rings enable you to secure the bags to available anchor points. Whilst they can be used without a rack, we don’t advise it unless the bike is equipped with suitable exhaust heat protection and anchor points.

WEATHER RESISTANCE

Waterproofing comes in the form of roll top dry bags inside each bag. These create a 100% waterproof environment making the Magadans suitable for river crossings, heavy downpours and jet washing.

STYLING

The Magadans are built around a conservative style that helps rider, bike and luggage blend in. We are yet to find a bike that they don’t look good on!

Watch Lyndon Poskitt review the Magadan Panniers... in Magadan Russia!

Technical Features

35 litres each side. The body of the pannier contains a dry bag that allows you to separate wet and dry clothing as well as remove the inner without unstrapping the pannier. Large external pockets are designed for easy access and securing water/oil/fuel containers.

Reviews

CO-DESIGNER WALTER COLEBATCH

“Most of you know the idea … Hard boxes are clearly not suited to the type of travel I am doing. The more off road your travels are, the more you need soft luggage rather than hard luggage.

But existing soft luggage doesnt do the job. No-one in the soft luggage business seems to know what adventure travellers actually need when it comes to transcontinental or RTW journeys. In my experience, the bags of canvas (AndyStrapz, Steel Ponys) are not water resistant, nor are they abrasion resistant, and they have no security. Plastic roll bags (Wolfman, Ortlieb, Endurostan) are too small, not low enough, have little to no abrasion resistance and no security.

Having tried pretty much everything out there and still frustrated by the shortage of features, I decided to build a set for myself. I wanted bags that were capable of carrying a good 35 litres of stuff. The bigger the bags are, the more weight you can get down low, and the smaller your back bag needs to be. I wanted bags that could keep your stuff dry. In the end I decided a removeable waterproof dry bag liner was the best solution as you can take your dry stuff out in a 5 second grab – and take it into your tent – or accommodation – without having to rummage thru the bag in the rain, or take a wet muddy outer bag into a tent or hotel.

Then the bags had to be lockable – a few ideas came and went before I decided to use PacSafe WrapSafe cables. The advantage of these cables is that you can not only lock the bags shut, but you can lock the bags to your luggage rack – by routing the cable through it. The bags have loops front and back for routing the cable and holding it to the bag. So by doing that we had the first motorcycle soft bags that actually offer some sort of security and lockability.

Finally the outer material … Cordura has earned a very good reputation as an extremely abrasion resistant fabric. Many riding pants and jackets are made from 600 denier Cordura. To imagine the durability difference between Cordura and canvas, imagine wearing canvas jeans and sliding down an asphalt road on them – as compared to the same with normal Cordura riding jacket and pants. To make sure of the durability and ruggedness of the product, we decided to pass on the 600 denier Cordura and go straight for 1000 denier Cordura – almost twice as thick and many times as strong. With a outer bag sandwich of 1000D Cordura, the bag is much much much tougher than anything on the market in terms of durability and survivability.

So thats the idea, to make the toughest, most durable RTW soft bags that are waterproof, abrasion resistant and lockable – since they are the shortcomings have experienced in existing soft bags on the market.”

CO-DESIGNER CHRIS SCOTT

“Having used Zegaflex and Monsoon and Andyz and Oxford in recent years (as well as close inspection of other products and several others in the preceding decades), I’ve just come off a 3000-mile trip using AS Mags … For my sort of riding and prefs they are the best thing out there… Walter really did think it through without any unnecessary flourishes. ‘Security’ is the main reason overland riders give for being put off soft bags, and only Mags attempt to address this, even if actual theft is rare the Pacsafe cables can help secure any soft bag.”

LISA MORRIS, TWO WHEELED NOMAD

“Pioneering the British-made Magadan MK2s with the one-stop motorcycle shop, Adventure-Spec, Colebatch employed impressive materials that hits the jackpot for being waterproof, slash-proof and abrasion resistant, where the finished article can even be made secure. Foremost less leaden coupled with the above, certainly checked a lot of my boxes from the outset”.