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Unfortunately the wide panels at the back of the 2010 GSX-R aren't really suited for panniers, so i opt for the tank bag plus single tail pack and lend the other to a mate. After picking out the kit i think i'll need for the trip (and then brutally halving it), i unravel the Oxford RT15's from the packaging and split my gear between the two equally-sized packs.
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Luggage on a sportsbike is never going to be 100% straightforward, but after a couple of minutes it was clear what the best way to fit each piece was going to be. The tank bag is effortless with its detachable magnetic fitting system, it slaps straight onto the tank, and straps around the top yoke for added peace of mind.
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We depart at 4am on a cold and wet April morning and the tank bag positions itself nicely for me to lean on as i get tucked-up behind the double-bubble screen. After a couple of hours riding and a quick fuel stop we reach the Euro Tunnel and i check how the luggage is doing. Needless to say it hadn't moved a millimeter, and a quick inspection inside the tank bag reveals my kit is still bone dry, the Oxford RT15's removable waterproof lining performing excellently in the torrential British rain.
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Overall i was hugely impressed with how the luggage performed, if you're planning longer trips or you find it impossible to travel light, then you'll be pleased to hear that Oxford also produce bigger versions of this luggage in the form of the RT30 tailpack/panniers (30 litre luggage capacity) and the RT60 giant tail pack (a whopping 60 litres luggage capacity). Well worth checking out in our opinion.