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Adventure-Spec Magadan Panniers MK2

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Adventure-Spec Magadan Panniers MK2
Adventure-Spec Magadan Panniers MK2

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The Adventure Spec Magadan Panniers were designed and developed by renowned Adventure Motorcyclist and Long-Term Adventure-Spec associate Walter Colebatch to address his own 'Sibirsky Extreme' needs in 2012. Years later (after an update from 'Adventure Motorcycling Handbook' guru Chris Scott in 2014) and these panniers have been used by thousands of riders on every continent including over 150,000 miles with Lyndon Poskitt on his 'Races to Places' project. They are now 'THE' tough, simple and secure goto soft luggage solution for the adventure rider.

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The Adventure Spec Magadan Panniers were born out of a design challenge created by renowned adventure motorcyclist Walter Colebatch.

'How do I create a set of soft luggage that is properly positioned, lockable, strong, simple and easy to maintain on the road whilst being waterproof with the look of classic luggage?'

Walter subsequently worked with Adventure Spec to develop and test what has become one of the most popular and acclaimed soft luggage systems for Adv Riders around the world. 

A few years later input from desert expert and author of 'The Adventure Motorcycling Handbook' Chris Scott further refined the design focussing on the ability to field service the panniers whilst on extended journeys, and the Mk2 Panniers you see today were born.


35 litres each side. The body of the pannier contains a dry bag that allows you to separate wet and dry clothing as well as remove the inner without unstrapping the pannier. Large external pockets are designed for easy access and securing water/oil/fuel containers. 


The external bag shell is made from ultra tough 1000D Cordura fabric outer and inner layers covering an abrasion and slash resistant inner core making the bags resistant to knife attack as well as tough abrasive scrapes and falls. The material choices have been made with long term servicing in mind, making it easy to make repairs or modifications with simple equipment readily available around the world. 

Lisa Morris takes the Magadans to Alaska


The Magadans are designed to be easily mounted onto any rack system commonly used on large and mid-weight adventure bikes. The back of each bag is supported by a stiffened insert and the double velcro saddle straps across the top distribute weight over the rear of the bike. Finally, vertical and horizontal mounting straps (not supplied) and stainless steel Double 'D' rings enable you to secure the bags to available anchor points. Whilst they can be used without a rack, we don’t advise it unless the bike is equipped with suitable exhaust heat protection and anchor points. 

The Magadans are designed for large and mid weight ADV bikes with racks


Waterproofing comes in the form of roll top dry bags inside each bag. These create a 100% waterproof environment making the Magadans suitable for river crossings, heavy downpours and jet washing. 


The Magadans are built around a conservative style that helps rider, bike and luggage blend in. We are yet to find a bike that they don’t look good on! 


"Most of you know the idea ... Hard boxes are clearly not suited to the type of travel I am doing. The more off road your travels are, the more you need soft luggage rather than hard luggage.

But existing soft luggage doesnt do the job. No-one in the soft luggage business seems to know what adventure travellers actually need when it comes to transcontinental or RTW journeys. In my experience, the bags of canvas (AndyStrapz, Steel Ponys) are not water resistant, nor are they abrasion resistant, and they have no security. Plastic roll bags (Wolfman, Ortlieb, Endurostan) are too small, not low enough, have little to no abrasion resistance and no security.

Having tried pretty much everything out there and still frustrated by the shortage of features, I decided to build a set for myself. I wanted bags that were capable of carrying a good 35 litres of stuff. The bigger the bags are, the more weight you can get down low, and the smaller your back bag needs to be. I wanted bags that could keep your stuff dry. In the end I decided a removeable waterproof dry bag liner was the best solution as you can take your dry stuff out in a 5 second grab - and take it into your tent - or accommodation - without having to rummage thru the bag in the rain, or take a wet muddy outer bag into a tent or hotel.

Then the bags had to be lockable - a few ideas came and went before I decided to use PacSafe WrapSafe cables. The advantage of these cables is that you can not only lock the bags shut, but you can lock the bags to your luggage rack - by routing the cable through it. The bags have loops front and back for routing the cable and holding it to the bag. So by doing that we had the first motorcycle soft bags that actually offer some sort of security and lockability.

Finally the outer material ... Cordura has earned a very good reputation as an extremely abrasion resistant fabric. Many riding pants and jackets are made from 600 denier Cordura. To imagine the durability difference between Cordura and canvas, imagine wearing canvas jeans and sliding down an asphalt road on them - as compared to the same with normal Cordura riding jacket and pants. To make sure of the durability and ruggedness of the product, we decided to pass on the 600 denier Cordura and go straight for 1000 denier Cordura - almost twice as thick and many times as strong. With a outer bag sandwich of 1000D Cordura, the bag is much much much tougher than anything on the market in terms of durability and survivability.

So thats the idea, to make the toughest, most durable RTW soft bags that are waterproof, abrasion resistant and lockable - since they are the shortcomings have experienced in existing soft bags on the market."


“Having used Zegaflex and Monsoon and Andyz and Oxford in recent years (as well as close inspection of other products and several others in the preceding decades), I've just come off a 3000-mile trip using AS Mags ... For my sort of riding and prefs they are the best thing out there... Walter really did think it through without any unnecessary flourishes. 'Security' is the main reason overland riders give for being put off soft bags, and only Mags attempt to address this, even if actual theft is rare the Pacsafe cables can help secure any soft bag.”


"Pioneering the British-made Magadan MK2s with the one-stop motorcycle shop, Adventure-Spec, Colebatch employed impressive materials that hits the jackpot for being waterproof, slash-proof and abrasion resistant, where the finished article can even be made secure. Foremost less leaden coupled with the above, certainly checked a lot of my boxes from the outset".


Adventure Spec Magadan Panniers

Technical Info

Width 200mm x Length 360mm x Height (variable) 360mm


The two pockets on the bags are as follows:


Pocket 1 circumference : 440mm with an attachment strip of 130mm and a top flap


Pocket 2 circumference: 290mm with an attachment strip of 90mm and no top flap



These panniers come with velcro top staps to support them over the rear seat of the bike.


These panniers require extra straps that are NOT supplied to attach them to the side rail racks of your bike.


The panniers come supplied with 2 seperate internal waterproof bags, one for each side.


The panniers do not come with any locks or pacsafe devices, but you can add anciliary items below


Total panniers weight for 1 set : 4.35kg


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