So thats what a pannier looks like after coming off at 110kph

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So thats what a pannier looks like after coming off at 110kph

Post  Simon on Sun 26 Jul 2015, 5:31 pm

Had some spot lights fitted and an external battery recharge point installed in the faring. The mechanic removed the Oxford bag platform I had on the back of the seat to get at the electrics. He refitted everything. I picked it up on a Friday evening and took off on a weekend jaunt before daylight the next day. Tripping down the freeway I recall the impression of a drag off to the left. Put it down to weird down draft from the truck in front, countered almost subconsciously and didn't think about it again. A few miles later on a car came up beside me but did not pass. I had to much action in front to glance towards the car. To much noise/traffic around me so gave it a squirt and took off in front of all the traffic to get into clear air. Miles later I pulled into a scheduled fuel stop. The same car pulled in behind me and the driver cautiously approached and told me I had lost a pannier. Bugger. He figured it was about 15-20 kms back. No land marks. Nothing else to go on. So Filled up and back tracked my route on the off chance that my luck was in freakishly good condition. Its tough to find a spot to turn around on freeways. Eventually back on track and retracing my route again. Trolling along the side of the freeway, not sure which side of the road the pannier would have ended up. Expecting to see clothes strewn all over the side of the road. I was totally amazed when I glanced left and spotted it in the shadows at the bottom of a slight embankment under a bunch of trees. Unopened. Grazed. Still in one piece. Locking mechanisms not damaged. Refitted to the pannier frame like it belonged there.
What cause the pannier to come off was some slack refitting on the part of the mechanic. He apparently thought pannier frames were fair game for hockey strap hooks the Oxford Bag Platform uses to secure itself to the bike and in the dark of the wee morning hours, when I fitted the Panniers, I didn't see a problem or get the sense that the fitting was less than perfect.
Lesson to learn here is check and rechecked your bike when you get it back from your mechanic (or do the work yourself) and for mechanics, be sure you refit stuff to exactly the way you found them, or better. Attaching hooks or straps to pannier frames is just not cool.

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Post  2wheelsagain on Sun 26 Jul 2015, 6:01 pm

A good outcome there mate but a good lesson too. 
Your bike, your pannier, your weekend. You check.

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Post  V17R on Sun 26 Jul 2015, 8:57 pm

that's amazing to actually find it
you would think it would be in a million pieces or never seen again
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Post  barry_mcki on Mon 27 Jul 2015, 8:44 am

Glad you found it and there wasn't more damage to your pannier or more importantly to the vehicles following.

Being the more common, I'm guessing you have Givi V35's ?

Any chance of some photos of what the mechanic did, I assume he warped the frame when tightening up the Oxford. It would be good info to have when checking the bike before setting off.

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Post  madmax on Mon 27 Jul 2015, 10:43 am

You are right the mechanic should put things back how he found them, and if he wasn't sure if it was secured right he should have pointed it out when you picked the bike up.
"hey mate I wasn't sure how you had this attached, might pay to check it"

But as 2WA said your bike, your trip, you need to check your all loaded correctly before leaving. Your lucky it didn't hit another motorist when it came off.

Glad it has all worked out ok anyway.

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