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New for 2022: Updated and upgraded Aluminium Mounting Plate refined from the help and feedback of our customers.
- Thicker Aluminum plate for added durability: 33% thicker, more than twice as strong!
- Improved shape and finish process: smooth edges and larger radius corners.
Streamlined, weight-efficient and minimalist, the Scout 25 pannier V2.0 is an entirely unique take on quick-release luggage. We designed it for weight & space-conscious riders who want the benefits of a hard-backed frame pannier - such as easy on/off mounting and a stable connection to the bike - without the extra pounds. The Scout weighs and costs about the same as an old-school saddlebag, with all the advantages of modern soft luggage.
Scout panniers will mount seamlessly on most OEM and aftermarket pannier rack systems. If you don't already have racks, we recommend Outback Motortek Standard Frame pannier racks, available in the Racks & Hardware section of our website.
For carrying tools and fluids, expanding capacity, or adding a quick-stash spot for snacks and tubes, we offer a separate MOLLE Panel attachment kit that gets sandwiched between the removable drybag and the mounting frame. This is a great place to store your water and extra fuel, or stash a MOLLE-compatible multi-tool, a fixed blade knife, a hatchet, or a spade.
*CB500X Customers: We have encountered a few unfortunate heat damage and melting incidents with the Scout 25L Panniers due to the position and angle of the CB500X's exhaust. Aftermarket exhausts have not been proven to solve this issue and we do not recommend the use of Scout 25L Panniers on the CB500X with any pannier rack we know of.
We set out to design a system that weighs less than the Backcountry 35 - which is built for extreme offroad durability and long distance trips - but preserves the functionality of certain core features, such as a positive attachment to the bike, two layers of crash protection, and an extremely easy on/off mounting system.
There are so many 'over-the-seat' saddlebag systems already on the market, and we didn’t want to design another one of those, so we struck out in a totally different direction. The new Scout 25 firmly attaches to the bike, with a laser-cut aluminum plate that bolts to virtually any pannier rack. A large beavertail harness - made from extremely abrasion-resistant materials like hypalon, ballistic nylon, and polyurethane - connects to the plate, and cinches tight to the bike, holding a removable waterproof drybag in place.
When you reach your destination for the night, simply un-clip the top of the harness and pull out the drybag. A totally new type of quick release. It’s so easy!
The beavertail makes for a handy quick-stash spot for wet & dirty items, and it also protects the drybag in a fall. You get all the benefits of two-layer crash protection, plus the ability to replace damaged parts as components without replacing an entire bag. We eliminated all unnecessary material to keep the Scout’s weight as low as possible. It weighs a tiny bit more than traditional over-the-seat systems (usually a pound or two) due to the aluminum backing and PE armor, but it’s also a whole lot more durable, and so much easier to use.
The Scout’s 100% waterproof welded-seam drybags feature crushable backpack straps, so they can serve double-duty as airline carry-on or emergency hike-out bags. The backpack straps are also handy for getting everything up to your room in a single trip. Each drybag has a tough armor backing, which not only helps it retain its shape, but also protects drybag from abrading on the bike and mounting hardware. The drybags also have a water-resistant front zippered pocket.
With the drybags removed, the empty harness can be cinched tight to the bike, so it won’t flap around in the wind. If you’re out & about and find yourself in need of a handy spot to tuck a small bag, jacket, or groceries, they work perfect for that as well.
Download a Footprint of the Scout Panel HERE.
Cutout Pannier Rack Note: Bikes with stock racks and a pannier exhaust cutout (like the R1250GSA, R1200GSA, 850GSA, or F800GSA for example) require an additional adapter. Check the 'Hardware & Parts' section of our site, or email us with questions.
This kit includes 2 side pannier bags, and all the hardware you need to install on your bike.