A friend and customer sent us some photos of his lovely daughter, Amara, modelling one of our messenger bags. This one is made from sand canvas with a postage fabric panel on the removable flap. It also has a water bottle holder attached on one side using the molle webbing system that we use on many of our products.
Many people love the idea of having soft panniers but still having some form to them… Semi-hard panniers.
Naz always had cut down jerry cans in hers when she was travelling. They had rope handles
and one side was the kitchen which she could simply lift out at camp. This idea works well for our Big Fella Panniers and Postie (or large) sized panniers. You can get 20L plastic jerry cans cheaply then you simply cut the tops off, drill or burn holes for handles and attach rope handles.
For smaller panniers such as our standard size motorcycle panniers or small saddlebags another idea is to construct boxes from coreflute sheets. The sides can either be taped or you can use the angle joiners that are used for sheeting in bathrooms (see the picture in the gallery).
A new addition to the Honda collection has arrived today.. a CT110 postie bike. This is going to be Naz’s new adventure bike. There is a lot to be done.. other than great bike luggage. Hopefully she remembers to update it all on here!
We now have Postie Top bags and Naz is developing another size in the panniers more perfectly suited to the postie bike.
These panniers were developed with an initial enquiry via email about a set of Big Fella panniers without straps. Over a number of emails a design evolved that allowed a sheet of ply to slip inside the back of the panniers and a sheet of pvc on the outside. Mounted to these are the fittings of a quick mount system as many have on hard panniers.
The flap was shaped differently to cover the rolldown more than our standard panniers and there is a pocket inside the front for a piece of corflute for stiffening.
I have been very busy lately and some of it has been custom motorcycle gear and bags.
There were the tank covers for Ty and Sarah, who are about to travel the world on their BMW Gs650’s. You can follow their trip here at The Ride of Our Life. The covers were to fit two purposes: to hide the nice looking beemers a bit and to provide some extra storage via the molle webbing system. This was the first I had seen this webbing system that is used by the military. A wide range of pouches, water bottle holders etc can strap to the webbing.
I have also made a satchel for school books that is based on the panniers. The customer came up with the idea and I love how it has turned out. It is basically the same as one pannier with a shorter roll-down and a shoulder strap. This is made in pink and purple ripstop canvas.
This is a pair of custom tool rolls to store special furniture assembly tools. The customer sent a picture of the tools laid out with a ruler down one end and side so that I could work out the pockets. It has eyelets in the top flap so that it could be hung while using the tools.
I am not doing well with the blog posts but I have been busy-ish. This week I have had two Advrider inmates visit the workshop. I am starting to think Adventure bikes will be my biggest market as the guys often know of me from my time on the forum and following my big ride around the place.
One that came out today took this awesome shot of me and I look forward to taking all of my range in sometime to his studio to be photographed.
I really miss having an adv bike. Lately I have been thinking about the Royal Enfield Himalayan. It would be similiar to a dr650 but its a 410cc single. But for now I will just keep riding my cafe racer and watch everyone else’s adventures.
This last week has been custom and new product week. Often a custom order turns into a new product that I have been considering for a while. One I have finished today is the second set of our new Big Fella Panniers. This set has pockets for water bottle on the back of each and has one side narrower than the other. They also called for a longer throw-over strap which I will keep in future sets. It will now cover a 600mm distance between bags. The finalised template for these large 25 – 35 litre panniers is now done, which mean it won’t feel like reinventing the wheel every time.