Five of the best… soft motorcycle panniers

Five of the best... soft motorcycle panniers

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Panniers are great when you want to take lots of stuff, but don’t want it in your way.

While some require specific fixing kits, others can just be thrown over the pillion seat, leaving them out of sight and out of mind.

Our guide to five of the best panniers has been put together using reviews from the Sportsbikeshop website, all written by the people who know best − paying customers.

Oxford Lifetime P60R Panniers

Oxford’s panniers have a total capacity of 60 litres and receive a 4.88-star average from the first eight Sportsbikeshop customer reviews − earning praise for their looks and how easy they are to fit to a bike using the included bungee straps. Reviews say these RiDE Recommended panniers offer great value for money, as they’re extremely well built and can easily hold plenty of kit for tours.    

Givi 3D600 3D Easylock Expandable Panniers

Achieving a 4.44-star average from their first nine reviews, Sportsbikeshop customers are impressed with Givi’s 3D600 panniers. Buyers say they’re well made and easy to fit to a bike using the Givi’s Easy Lock racks (bought separately), although some reviewers note that removing them can be a little fiddly. Customers love the panniers’ waterproof covers and that the bags expand to 50 litres.            

Richa Designer Panniers (Pair)

Richa’s universal panniers are complimented on their useful 20-litre capacity (per bag) and slim design. Reviewers say the build quality is good, and they find the supplied waterproof covers effective. While customers were very happy with these panniers, they did suggest using more bungees than originally supplied to secure it in place. Overall, they receive a 4.77-star average from the first 13 reviews.  

Oxford Lifetime P50R Panniers

An average star rating of 4.75 from the first 16 reviews makes Oxford’s Lifetime P50R panniers a favourite with Sportsbikeshop customers, who compliment their stylish design. They say the 50-litre total capacity can easily carry enough for a week away, but that securing them to the bike using the D-rings and straps can be fiddly. Reviewers are also happy with the internal waterproof linings, saying they work well.  

Givi EA101B Easy-T Expandable Panniers

These universal semi-rigid Givi panniers are praised for their high build quality and useful 30-litre total capacity. Customers say they’re easy to fit and remove using Givi’s Easy Lock pannier rails, (bought separately) and have given them an average of 4.80 stars from the first 10 reviews. Reviewers say these panniers are slim, and the waterproof covers work well.