AltRider Hemisphere soft panniers combine ultimate functionality and extreme durability to create the most versatile pannier on the market. When used correctly they are 100% waterproof and dust-proof. Hemisphere soft panniers offer lighter weight and a narrower profile than aluminum hard boxes. With approximately 125 liters of storage space the Hemisphere soft panniers are designed for larger adventure bikes -- perfect for that Saturday ride or multi-day treks off the beaten path. The Hemisphere soft panniers are constructed from ballistic nylon using military grade stitching and fully taped seams in all dry bags.
After a rigorous testing process AltRider designed an innovative holster system with a full length nylon belt around the top of the holster. Not only is this belt anchored to the center piece on each end it is looped over and box-stitched back onto itself for incredible strength. This technique was chosen due to the high stress put on the corners when under load. The holster is secured to the bike with nylon compression straps which wrap the entire pannier to prevent the hammering effect of loaded bags on rugged terrain. Oversized sleeves on the outside of the bags keep the compression straps in place and prevent snagging if the bike goes down. Custom aluminum tension hooks are easy to install but won't come undone under load.
Upper Compartments // 68 liters total
Each side of the holster has an upper compartment with a removable 34 liter dry bag. These custom dry bags are constructed from vinyl coated polyester and feature a roll top closure utilizing 1.5 delrin buckles -- easy to use even with gloves on. This roll top closure allows the bag to expand or collapse depending on capacity requirements and fully seals out the elements. The dry bags are perfect for your items that need to stay completely dry -- clothes sleeping bags electronics etc. Because these items are lightweight they can be stored high on the bike without sacrificing handling. The dry bags are designed to function off the bike as well -- each has a male and female buckle allowing you to buckle the bag shut to keep out the elements and create a carrying handle. A drain hole in each compartment prevents water from pooling underneath the dry bags when the weather takes a turn for the worse. When the dry bags are removed the holster can be used to carry other items or closed using the compression straps.
Lower Compartments // 30 liters total
The soft panniers also feature lower compartments with removable 15 liter dry bags for storing heavier adventure essentials -- tools camp stoves or other hefty items. Storing these heavier items closer to the ground maintains the handling of the motorcycle while protecting your lighter items from accidental damage. Special nylon was selected for the interior of the lower compartments to reduce friction making it easier to slide the dry bags out. Drain holes are strategically located to allow water to drain from the exterior holster while the custom dry bag stays dry and secure. Dry bags are secured using a double strap system to keep them in place no matter how rough the trail gets.
Removable Top Kit // 28 liters
A removable top kit dry bag offers 28 liters of storage space and is fastened with 2 metal cam-lock buckles and 1” webbing. The versatile top kit can be converted to a backpack when removed from the bike. The rugged design of the cam-lock buckles won't allow any movement of the straps regardless of riding conditions. The cam-lock strap system can also be used to secure a multitude of other items -- haul exactly what your adventure requires. The harness is padded underneath the top kit allowing passengers without removing the luggage.
Please Note: Hemisphere Soft Panniers feature a unique design based on which side of the motorcycle your exhaust is located. Left and right side exhausts are asymmetrical and will have a slightly smaller pannier on the exhaust side. Bikes that feature exhaust in the center or on both sides will have panniers of equal size. These layouts are intended to prevent the panniers from contacting the exhaust. Hemisphere Soft Panniers are designed to work with an existing ‘hoop style’ side rack. Check with your OEM for available options.
AltRider Hemisphere Soft Panniers includes:
- Main soft panniers
- 1 top kit dry-bag
- 2 custom dry-bags for the upper compartments
- 2 custom dry-bags for the lower compartments on each bottom side of the pannier
- AltRider motorcycles accessories are 100% designed and manufactured in the USA
- Durable Hemisphere luggage backed by limited lifetime warranty
- 120 liter capacity
- Easily accessible compartments
- Removable top kit secured with unique cam-lock strap design
- Next generation design maintains handling by keeping weight low
- 1050D ballistic nylon, sewn over vinyl coated polyester
- Hard plastic stiffeners in base layer provide strong stable platform to keep gear in place securely
- Dry-bags constructed with military grade threads, fully taped seams and 1.5 inch Delrin buckles
- High Visibility reflective logos improve safety in low light and night time riding conditions
This is a list of suggested applications and is not comprehensive.
Right side exhaust
- 2013 – Newer // BMW R 1200 GSW
- 2014 – Newer // BMW R 1200 GSW A
- 2013 – Newer // KTM 1190 R and Adventure
- 2012 – Newer // Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer
- 2011 – Newer // Triumph Tiger 800 XC
- 2014 – Newer // Suzuki V-Strom 1000
- 1987 – Newer // Kawasaki KLR650
Left side exhaust
- 2005 – 2012 // BMW R1200GS / GSA
- 2008 – Newer // BMW F 800 / 650 / 700 GS
- 2012 – Newer // Yamaha Super Tenere 1200
- 2004 – 2013 // Suzuki V-Strom 1000
- 2010 – Newer // BMW G650GS
- 2013 Husqvarna Terra/Strada 650
- KTM 950/990
- 2003 – 2009 // Ducati Multistrada
- 2010 – Newer // Ducati Multistrada 1200
- Honda NC 700 X
AltRider Hemisphere Luggage was originally designed to fill the needs of the rider's - a piece of luggage that encompasses the adventure lifestyle. The smart features of the Hemisphere luggage were designed by rider's to solve problems with other luggage designs -- difficult to use zippers that jam easily, seams that aren't waterproof, or bags that don't hold up to abuse from real rides. Check out the other bags in the Hemisphere line.
AltRider Hemisphere Soft Panniers is available in the following exhaust positions:
AltRider is a Seattle-based company manufacturing 100% American-made accessories and gear for adventure touring motorcycles. We offer premium protection parts for the adventure bikes from BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Triumph and Yamaha. We also offer waterproof adventure luggage through the AltRider Hemisphere soft luggage line. Being riders ourselves, the AltRider team expects performance and value from the products they use. Great care goes into every step of the AltRider creation process, from the initial concept to the finished piece. Each AltRider protection part functions well, looks good on your bike, and can truly stand up to brutal riding conditions.
Good but may not fit all bikesBy: robert dridan on 16 January 2018These are well built- but the width may not suit all bikes as they are not adjustable. But if they fit- youll be able to carry heaps of gear Inner bags arent always easy ti get in and out but the addition of a large upper bag which can be removed to allow strapping down of anything you want is a great idea