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I realize most people don't buy a Duke with extended travel in mind...but I never have fit in well with most people! I traveled on both my 690 and 1290 and hope to do some trips to the North Carolina Mountains on my 790 (if I ever get this stupid pinched nerve in my neck fixed!). I have plenty of Kriega bags and Mosko Moto duffels that I could strap onto the back seat or a luggage rack but I'm considering the panniers also. Just curuious if anyone is using them, how they look and how they work. Thanks.
 

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I realize most people don't buy a Duke with extended travel in mind...but I never have fit in well with most people! I traveled on both my 690 and 1290 and hope to do some trips to the North Carolina Mountains on my 790 (if I ever get this stupid pinched nerve in my neck fixed!). I have plenty of Kriega bags and Mosko Moto duffels that I could strap onto the back seat or a luggage rack but I'm considering the panniers also. Just curuious if anyone is using them, how they look and how they work. Thanks.
I'm planning on using the 790 for everything to include travel, canyons, and commuting. Racks are a requirement in my book.

I looked at the PP luggage options but went with the SW-Motech stuff instead. The tail rack has a nice exhaust shield that will prevent your soft luggage from catching on fire. I have both the tail rack and the pillion delete rack and the fit and finish are perfect. I'll get the left side rack eventually and hopefully, they will figure out how to engineer around the exhaust side.
 
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I got the Powerparts side cases and the top case.

The top case is always on, and very useful, but the side cases came off the bike, the day I took it from the dealer, and never mounted them back on the bike ever since.

I just got the Puig Bat windshield that I will have to install. The heated grips are also great for touring. All I need is great weather and my girlfriend 😁
 

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Thanks. I also thought about installing the rear seat replacement luggage plate instead of the side bags. That's what I had on my 690. I have a Wolfman Peak tail bag that I keep on the rear seat for day to day, but I'd probably mount a waterproof duffel in its place if I were on a trip. Maybe I'll just go that route for now.

I added the Ermax screen and heated grips as well.
 

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I just installed the side cases and ran into a glitch that I'm hoping someone has solved. When mounting the cases to the carriers, the cases don't want to slide over the mushroom pins. It took a lot of force and fiddling to get the cases fully seated. The mushroom pins seem too thick for the slots in the cases. I may try some silicone lubricant but I'm dubious that will fix it.

Has anyone else had this issue and, if so, were you able to solve it.
 

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Thanks. I also thought about installing the rear seat replacement luggage plate instead of the side bags. That's what I had on my 690. I have a Wolfman Peak tail bag that I keep on the rear seat for day to day, but I'd probably mount a waterproof duffel in its place if I were on a trip. Maybe I'll just go that route for now.

I added the Ermax screen and heated grips as well.

Shep, where did you get it from?
 

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I got the Ermax from Moto Machines. Good news, the pinched nerve in my neck has eased up and I'm back on the bike...finally! Probably have to have surgery eventually but for now I'm finally getting to ride the Duke.
 

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Does anyone have pictures of the luggage racks mounted without the bags on them? I'm looking at the racks but I wanted to use them with my wolfmann bags, they look like they will work but a pic would help.
 

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Here are some pics. I included the exhaust side pannier to show how KTM dealt with the exhaust.
 

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Here are some pics. I included the exhaust side pannier to show how KTM dealt with the exhaust.
That is totally different then I expected it to be mounted, thank you for the pics! Interesting that they route the bag over the exhaust but the rack behind the exhaust. Doesn't look like these would work with the wolfmann bags, I would need something that stuck out a little bit more. Thank you so much.
 

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That is totally different then I expected it to be mounted, thank you for the pics! Interesting that they route the bag over the exhaust but the rack behind the exhaust. Doesn't look like these would work with the wolfmann bags, I would need something that stuck out a little bit more. Thank you so much.
Glad I could help.
 

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I'm planning on using the 790 for everything to include travel, canyons, and commuting. Racks are a requirement in my book.

I looked at the PP luggage options but went with the SW-Motech stuff instead. The tail rack has a nice exhaust shield that will prevent your soft luggage from catching on fire. I have both the tail rack and the pillion delete rack and the fit and finish are perfect. I'll get the left side rack eventually and hopefully, they will figure out how to engineer around the exhaust side.
FYI I talked to motech and their response to a right side hanger is as follows:

"Dear Ben,

Unfortunately not because there is not enough space because of the exhaust.

Thanks!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Best Regards

Adrian Peter
Area Manager
Asia, Eastern Europe"

Considering the passenger peg can fit around the exhaust I don't understand why they can't make a hanger. Every other bike in the world have racks that compensate for an exhaust......who even buys ONE rack for ONE side?! The lack of symmetry would drive me nuts!
 

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Here are some pics. I included the exhaust side pannier to show how KTM dealt with the exhaust.
Could you fit a helmet in the NON-exhaust side? 🤔
Also, any idea how hot the exhaust side gets?
(Need to drop missus off at work / carry a laptop: just wondering if side boxes will work instead of a big top box - for something different... 😝)
 

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So I bought the KTM panniers and encountered some problems. First of all, the pannier rack didn't fit with my tail tidy. Secondly, I thought the panniers were very overpriced as they have a very limited volume (especially on the exhaust side) and the material does not look like it will withstand heavy weather or even damage. Eventually, I returned them.
But since I make regular trips from the Netherlands into Germany, Belgium and France and often decide to camp somewhere instead of finding a hotel, I needed to be able to carry some gear with me. So behold my very simple DIY-solution: a very simple but sturdy baggage rack that will at least hold my tent and matress, or a rainproof bag with clothes, etc. Just used a couple of steel tubes and a rod that I bent into position and then welded together. It's not the best looking but it does the trick.

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So I bought the KTM panniers and encountered some problems. First of all, the pannier rack didn't fit with my tail tidy. Secondly, I thought the panniers were very overpriced as they have a very limited volume (especially on the exhaust side) and the material does not look like it will withstand heavy weather or even damage. Eventually, I returned them.
But since I make regular trips from the Netherlands into Germany, Belgium and France and often decide to camp somewhere instead of finding a hotel, I needed to be able to carry some gear with me. So behold my very simple DIY-solution: a very simple but sturdy baggage rack that will at least hold my tent and matress, or a rainproof bag with clothes, etc. Just used a couple of steel tubes and a rod that I bent into position and then welded together. It's not the best looking but it does the trick.

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Nice work!

Despite all my complaining I ended up going with the motech bag on the one side, with that and a tailbag I seem to have plenty of room on the bike for storage now.
 

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@GOTJ I'm interested in whether the KTM panniers sufficiently block the exhaust gas that you could strap a bag overtop of the seat across the bags without having to install some sort of cover or heatshield over the exhaust to block the remaining gap between the pannier and the passenger handles. What do you think?
 

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If the object strapped to the seat stays above the saddlebag, it’ll be ok. If it shifts, as a jacket of mine did, and gets even slightly over the top of the aluminum-lined cutout, it will get burnt. To clarify, I mean along the back side of the saddlebag cutout.
 

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@aaronszy, If you are running the stock exhaust, there are some helpful pictures at the start of this thread.


I would think that if you were simply laying a bag across the side case, there wouldn't be a problem with the heat and the exhaust gases would go out behind it. If the bag you are laying extends farther back than the side case, then you might have to worry about the exhaust gas.

If you need a different view than what's in the referenced thread, I'll try to get it for you.
 

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Thanks @EvansB2 @GOTJ I think that answers my question, and the photos here are super helpful. It's funny how a design decision to vent the exhaust up instead of back causes such a headache for us.

I wonder if anyone has tried attaching the SW-Motech or Hepco & Becker heat shield + the KTM panniers to prevent your stuff from melting.. it seems you would need it if you wanted to strap soft luggage to a tail rack for example. Heat shield for KTM 790 Duke (2018-)
 
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