Stuff to hold stuff.

I clearly have no actual problems in my life, because I’m stressing out about what panniers to get for the F650GS.

I’ve narrowed the choices to:

Jesse (black)

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(Saddlebags only for the time being)

Stats:
* 48 L per bag
* 8″W x 20″L x 17″H

Pros:
* I like the way the black looks
* Lid storage would let me carry first aid kit and tools without reducing carrying capacity for clothes, etc

Cons:
* More expensive than earth
* I don’t know whether stickers on black would look hinky

Hepco-Becker (aluminum)

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Stats:
* 43L per bag
* 11.8″W x 18.7″L x 13.8″H

Pros:
* Looks nice
* Reasonable cost

Cons:
* I’m not sure my laptop would fit without going diagonally

Touratech Vega (aluminum)

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Stats:
* 41 L per bag
* 10.5″W x 17.3″L x 14.7″H

Pros:
* People I know and trust have these and really like them

Cons:
* Almost as spendy as the Jesses
* Also not sure about the 15″ laptop fitting in

Happy Trails Teton(aluminum)

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(photo courtesy of advrider.com; I couldn’t find one of an F650GS with the Tetons)

Stats:
* 9″W x 18″L x 15″H

Pros:
* Reasonably priced
* I have other Happy Trails things (tail rack on the XT) and have been very happy with the build quality

Cons:
* Not as sexy as the Jesses 😉

Any comments/suggestions/recommendations?

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