Big adventure bikes like our 2015 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES long-termer are incomplete without hard luggage. We tested Yamaha’s 61-liter accessory panniers during our last adventure comparo (August 2014) and found them wanting. We had to press down on the top-loading lids and carefully turn the key to lock or unlock them, and they couldn’t be left unlocked. And at $1,182.95, they’re pricey.
This go-round we ordered a set of Touratech’s new Zega Mundo panniers, which are cheaper, larger and more rugged. The full system (two panniers, mounting kit and hardware) costs $1,099, they’re available in 31/38-liter (69 liters total, 38-inch overall width) or 38/45-liter (83 liters total, 41-inch overall width) sizes for the same price, and they’re made of 1.5mm aluminum with stainless steel rivet construction. The panniers have a bare aluminum finish, but the stainless steel mounting rack is available in silver or black (the latter costs an extra $40). Installation was straightforward thanks to the well-illustrated instructions, high-quality hardware and excellent fit. The cross-braced rack bolts directly to the subframe for strength and rigidity, and the panniers attach securely with a puck-and-clamp system that allows easy removal.
The panniers’ rectangular shape makes them easy to load and unpack. Their dual-function latches allow the lids to open or hinge from front or back, and the lids can be removed entirely. Under each latch is a hidden, spring-loaded release tab that helps the lid stay closed and adds a measure of security (optional Integral Locks are $24.95 per pair, which can be keyed alike). Around each lid is an extruded aluminum edge with a deep groove and silicone gasket that mates securely with the lip around each pannier to create a waterproof, dustproof seal. Additional gear can be attached to the four anchor loops atop each lid, which are flush with the top to create a flat surface.
A matching Zega Mundo top case isn’t offered, so we ordered a Zega Pro Top Case, which is made of aluminum and is available in bare aluminum ($679) or with an anodized silver or anodized black finish ($749), in either 25- or 38-liter capacity for the same price. (Zega Pro panniers and top cases, in addition to the anodized finish options, also have replaceable, hard-plastic crash protectors on all corners.) We chose the 25-liter size but found it too small to be practical (the 38-liter box holds full-face helmet). The top case comes with a stainless steel mounting rack and all the necessary hardware, and installation was easy. The Rapid Trap quick-release mounting system allows the case to be removed simply by pulling a lever inside. For maximum security, order optional locks for the latch and quick-release lever with matching keys ($13.95 each).
Our testers have logged thousands of on- and off-road miles on the Zega-equipped Super T without complaint (just be careful with the spring-loaded latches; it’s easy to pinch a finger). The luggage looks and works great, and the materials and build quality are first-rate. Zega Mundo and Zega Pro luggage systems are also available for many BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Triumph adventure/dual-sport models.
For more information, Call (800) 491-2926 or visit touratech-usa.com