I started out with 'soft side bags'. It's not that I am convinced that 'soft' is the way to go. It's more the fact that there just is no good pannier-system for the Africa Twin on the market. I was quit happy with the soft bags, but after two years of torture they started to fall apart. In Viedma (Argentina) I designed and build (with the help of Oscar Knecht, Hector Prendes and Christian Lang) a set of aluminum panniers that did not made the AT resemble a moving-truck. The super slim Africa Twin.