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Acmemoto2 Panniers tested in Australia

Acmemoto2 Panniers tested in Australia

As a founder of a motorcycle accessories company, I am very critical of products I purchase. I required a set of practical and strong lockable panniers with a universal fit for an upcoming 5,000 kilometer (3100 mile) Black Dog Ride starting from my home on the Coal Coast in New South Wales and finishing in Darwin in the Northern Territory. We would be riding some long days in remote areas with the potential for weather ranging from four seasons in one day to tropical, ten buckets of water over you per minute rain. Using the proven research method of opening 42 internet browser tabs whilst having a few cold beers, I narrowed down the options and made the decision to go with Acmemoto2. Universal, lockable, strong as buggery, affordable and overall practical, I was convinced. I contacted Scott to discuss freight to Australia and after a few emails back and forth I paid the man and was excited to have my new panniers on the way. A week later and the securely boxed luggage was on my door step. Upon opening the box I was impressed with the fit and finish of the panniers. A hand-written thank you note the icing on the cake to a pleasant unboxing experience. I couldn’t wait to begin installation. Within 15 minutes I had them mounted to my universal 20mm steel side racks made by Barrett Australia. Seeking a central weight distribution for my solo ride, I placed them forward on the rack using the adjustability of the mounting plate. The panniers simply slide on to the plate using fixed pucks and a large hand-tightened bolt internal to the pannier. It gives me good confidence that to pinch the panniers the locks must be defeated first to get to the securing bolt. The securing brackets are robust and the nyloc nuts supplied didn’t loosen during the long ride North. I even forgot to properly tighten the pannier securing bolt for a stretch of road and the pucks kept the fully loaded pannier on the bike without throwing it down the road. The 33 litre panniers are a good compromise between width and capacity. With dual locks on each pannier that are keyed alike, I wasn’t worried about parking in some of the less favourable areas we traversed. The top loading function was a game-changer after my two previous bikes had persistently irritating clamshell designs. I lined them with 22 litre dry bags placing wet weather and warm gear in one and everyday clothes in the other. With tools and spares kept separate to my clothes it was convenient at night to leave unnecessary items in the panniers. I do however intend on making a future purchase of the Acmemoto2 waxed canvas liners so that I can maximise the use of space. I’ll be able to keep the useful separation of tools and clothes using the available lid bag. The rubber seals have proven to be water-tight, complete with the whoosh sound of an airtight seal when closing the lid. I have pressure washed the panniers and there were no leaks to be found. The rubber latches on either side of the panniers are functional and allowed me to open and close the panniers without removing my gloves. Made of “virtually indestructible” polypropylene copolymer and individually replaceable components, I am convinced that I will get many years of enjoyment from the panniers. During my use I’ve done the normal kick of the panniers when mounting the bike, taken them on and off and moved them around on the concrete and even bumped the gate when going down the side of the house, all of which hasn’t shown any noticeable markings. Acmemoto2 will even repair or replace components to return pannier operation (does not include aesthetics) if there is any crash damage within the first 12 months of purchase; something I’ve never seen another manufacturer promise. Overall Acmemoto2 have created a wonderful product that brings thoughtful, game changing features into an overcrowded luggage market. With their practical features, robust construction and universal fitment, I highly recommend you give them a try if you’re in the market. Marcus Wiltshire Keen rider and founder of Coal Coast Motorcycle…

Acmemoto2 launches ‘adventure-worthy’ tough case motorcycle luggage with a warranty to back it up

Acmemoto2 launches ‘adventure-worthy’ tough case motorcycle luggage with a warranty to back it up

Acmemoto2 brings innovation to the motorcycle-accessory market with panniers and soft luggage that impress with functionality and style. The luggage system includes the innovative 33-liter Impact Polypropylene Copolymer Top Loading Panniers, Universal Mounting System and Waxed Canvas soft luggage. The Acmemoto2 team, Scott Olofson and Suzanne Boehm, have jumped into the luggage market with an entirely new category of products. “We have developed a well-thought-out and high-quality group of products,” Olofson said. “We believe we are the first to build a top-loading pannier specifically designed for motorcycles using Impact Polypropylene Copolymer, a material known for its resilience, high impact strength, resistance to fatigue, elasticity and toughness.” “We believe it’s a better material choice,” Olofson added, “because, in dramatic contrast to aluminum, Impact Polypropylene Copolymer retains its shape even after a lot of torsion, bending, and flexing.” Acmemoto2 Tough Cases’ molded construction offers other benefits as well. The molds were designed to give the pannier’s corners and edges a smooth rounded profile that increases the overall strength of the box and makes them safer. When he owned and operated a motorcycle shop, Olofson found aluminum panniers lacking. “Customers would come to the shop and complain that their aluminum panniers were no longer waterproof after a tip-over,” he observed. “Once aluminum panniers are bent, they are nearly impossible to repair properly. As a good friend said, everyone likes aluminum panniers until they drop the bike.” Unlike other manufacturers, Acmemoto 2 also offers replacement parts. “If you find a way to break or bend anything, all of the individual parts are available,” Olofson said. “We like the idea of fixing something instead of replacing it.” “Our panniers come complete, including locks and mounting hardware,” Olofson said. “We could price the parts individually to make the price look better but that not the way we want to sell them. It only works as promised when complete.” A warranty and return policy to back the product “If you call something tough you need to back it up,” Olofson says. “That’s why we offer a limited one-year crash damage warranty and a 15-day no questions asked return. We want our Panniers to be a long-term investment.” Olofson explained. “We will either repair the boxes, or send the customer repair parts, or replace them completely.” Quick and easy and uniquely versatile mounting The versatile Acmemoto2 Universal Mounting System includes a simple and secure mounting plate and high-strength hardware that is easily installed on a number of side luggage racks. “Our plate is universal in many ways,” Olofson notes. The Brown Bag Collection To accompany the hard luggage, Suzanne Boehm, Acmemoto2’s Co-Founder, has worked with a local North Carolina company to design a group of soft luggage. The results are impressive. “We have produced a rugged, functional and attractive collection that can be to used beyond power sports applications,” said Boehm. Now this exciting reality is ready to roll. Available on Acmemoto2.com and at local motorcycle dealers. “Being a former motorcycle shop owner, we choose to supply and support dealers,” Olofson said. “We understand the importance and vital role of dealers in the motorcycle community.” Specifics Designed and built to last – The Copolymer Polypropylene is extremely impact resistant and does not dent like aluminum cases. There are no rivets to loosen, leak or rattle. Reinforced rounded corners offer increased strength.  Reducing sharp corners and edges make the luggage safer. Designed and built to last – The Copolymer Polypropylene is extremely impact resistant and does not dent like aluminum cases. There are no rivets to loosen, leak or rattle. Rubber hold-down straps used to secure the lid are easy to use and provide a firm closure when not locked with the two keyed alike automotive style locks. This design choice avoids common the problems with metal or plastic latches that wear with age, loosen and rattle. The lid is connected to the tub with three molded in hinges and a single full width stainless steel hinge pin for added strength The 3/4″ solid aluminum tie down bars/handles bedded in silicone and held in place by stainless steel screws add rigidity to the lid and the box. Our silicone-rubber gaskets mate with a “knife edge” in the lid for a complete seal and stiffen the entire box. When opened, the lid locks in near-horizontal position, providing a secure and handy surface for organizing as you load and unload. All parts are available and easily…

We are International !

We are International !

Australia! Our first international customer has already put miles of his panniers. We hope this is just the…

Sunshine (Moto Spotter) and Scott

Sunshine (Moto Spotter) and Scott

Sunshine takes off for a straight through 739 mile ride to NYC on his Moto Guzzi Sp. Tough ride in good weather. I offered to lend him some newspaper to use as insulation but he…

Miami Luggage

Miami Luggage

Stephen Potter, aka Motospotter, is one of our testers. His recent trip to Miami from Louisville Ky. included a stop here at the Acmemoto2 world headquarters aka. my garage. He does not hesitate to put the miles on the Guzzi and the…