February 03, 2018 4 min read 0 Comments
Another foggy day around here, so we had time to take some photos of another luggage setup we use regularly - Mosko Moto Reckless-80 (V2.0) bags on KTM 690 Enduro with Perun moto Luggage rack, Extension plate and Heel guards.
And again, just for the reference, here is the picture of everything needed for camping trip, excluding water and food. Not shown here is one liter bottle with spare motor oil. More details on what is in the bags are in first blog post on this subject.
Mosko Moto did a great job with their Reckless line. There are two bags in this product line - smaller Reckless-40 and larger Reckless-80 bag. Reckless-40 fits 690 like a glove, but it is too small for this amount of luggage. I regularly use it on day trips or for longer trips when we use hotels and B&B's instead of camping. Here is blog post with photos of our old 2008 KTM 690 with Reckless-40 bag.
For longer camping trips Reckless-80 is better, because of larger capacity. Both bags use same system - one base with two "side holsters" and top "beaver tail". Base is attached to the bike using several straps and waterproof roll bags are stored into the holsters and under beaver tail. Materials and craftsmanship is top notch, everything is heavy duty and very sturdy. There is a ton of cleaver details, such as transparent "window" on roll bags or mash pockets under beaver tail.
Mosko moto use modular Molle system on their bags and we use two additional 2L Storage pouches, one at the front of each holster.
So, here is how we distributed luggage into Reckless-80.
Everything listed above is packed. Two front bottle pockets are empty, one can be used for spare oil. RHS roll bag is completely full and it sticks out a bit, but roll top is folded three times, which should be enough to keep water out. And even sticking out, it doesn't compromise seating position at all.
Top roll bag is left out. In my opinion and according to my riding style, if top roll bag is full, under the beaver tail and the cut out for refueling is above fuel cap, "hump" is too close to my butt on steep off road downhills. I just can't move my butt enough to the back of the bike as I need to keep full control over the bike. This is subjective and it depends on riding style. But this way, keeping beaver tail empty, refueling is very easy, just open the beaver tail and fuel cap is exposed. And this space remains available in case off need, to carry groceries to the camping site or to stove away jacket if it gets too hot.
Having four bottle pockets at disposal is very convenient. Two rear pockets are perfectly sized. One pocket can easily accommodate cooking set, including camping stove with 230 gr. Primus gas can. Also, pockets are made of strong material, like rest of the bag, so it proved safe to carry tools in it. Tools are in tool roll, of course. I am not sure about the volume of back pockets, but I guess it is about 3 liters.
Front pockets are add-on 2L Storage pouches and those are perfect for spare engine oil or water.
One of the advantages of this setup is that it doesn't require pannier racks. That is good as it adds less weight, but it is also good because bags are sitting on the bike, so weight distribution is as good as it can be. Also, everything is very tight and secure, and side holsters are not flapping around even in rough terrain.
It is also relatively narrow setup, which helps in tight stuff, like forest single trails.
It is fairly easy to remove the bags off the bike and to mount them again. Side roll bags have straps on the bottom and there is a hole at the bottom of the holster, so roll bag can be pulled to the bottom of the holster using that strap. When roll bags are full it may take some effort to put it in the holster, even if holster is larger than full roll bag. Generally speaking, it is easy and convenient to manipulate with bags.
- very strong, abrasion resistant holsters and waterproof inner bags,
- easy refueling on V2.0 bags, with cut out for gas cap,
- no need for pannier racks - lower overall weight and better weight distribution,
- modular system, bags, pockets and bottle holsters can be used in many ways,
- two integrated pockets on the back and two optional front bottle holsters.
- "hump" close behind the rider, if top roll bag is used,
- bags will rub against the bike, causing marks on the plastics (easily solved with some wrap foil to protect the plastics).