PLEASE NOTE: Currently, the finish applied to the locking bars is different between the 35L and 25L bags. We are working to update our inventory of 25L bags to the newer finish (sandblasted & anodized vs. brushed & anodized), but if you would prefer not to wait, you may order an Offset Kit now. Your order will ship with *slightly* mismatched locking bars (purely cosmetic). Please see the inset photo in the first product image for a side-by-side comparison.
The Backcountry Pannier is our flagship product, designed for long-distance adventure touring, hardcore enduro-style riding, and camping from your bike. This kit includes one 35L bag and one 25L bag, to accommodate your bike's exhaust offset.
With bomb-proof construction and heavy-duty materials, these bags can really take a beating. Our quick-mount wedge system makes it easy to take the panniers on/off the bike so you can store them in your tent or have them by the fire without wrestling with straps.
This is the system for long distance travelers and people living off their bikes. Guides, instructors, and RTW riders: this system was designed for you.
We created the Backcountry Pannier because we were tired of over-the-seat soft panniers that flop around in rough terrain, have no external pockets or stash spots, disintegrate after a couple crashes, and are a total pain in the ass to get on and off the bike. We wanted something like a backpacking frame pack, but that mounts on your bike, and that stays connected to the bike and stays waterproof no matter how many times you lay the bike down.
The Backcountrys are super easy to click on and off the bike, and because the waterproofing is accomplished inside the bag (thanks to the two-bag system), minor external crashes and scuffs won’t faze your panniers at all. Thanks to the thick, welded seam internal liner, you’re also protected from internal abrasion: for example tools, or a camp stove, or some other hard piece of gear vibrating and rubbing against the inner surface over a long period of time.
Backcountry 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.
New in 2019 for Version 2.0:
- We reintroduced the 25L size, and also the option of an offset kit for bikes with asymmetrical pannier racks to accommodate exhaust.
- We added an aluminum locking bar at the top of the bag, to accommodate a sliding cable lock or a Steelcore Strap, and a stash pocket inside the beavertail for a cable lock.
- We replaced the sewn-on rear pocket in the prior version with the new Dry Pocket system – a harness and drybag - which can be bolted to the front or rear of the pannier (or both), or removed entirely.
- We molded a new custom removable aluminum ladderlock buckle for the front beavertail, replacing the old stamped aluminum ones. The new buckle is as tough as the old one, but easier to adjust.
- We added MOLLE webbing behind the beavertail, and also a handy tool holder for larger items like a hatchet, knife, or saw.
- We added an extra layer of Hypalon armor on the outside of the beavertail and reflective panels on the sides.
Backcountry Weight Note: The Backcountry is heavier than the Scouts, and it’s also heavier than a traditional over-the-seat saddlebag. What you get for that weight is bomb-proof construction and materials, a completely stable mounting system (no flopping), and lots of stash spots. Lighter is not always better if it comes at the price of functionality or durability. If weight is your primary concern but you want to stick with a rack system, check out the Scout 25 panniers. If you’re really serious about weight, take off your racks (shaving 8-10 pounds off the bike) and get a Reckless 80 instead.
Wedge-Mount Compatibility Note: In July 2016, we switched the backcountry pannier wedge and frame from machined HDPE to molded glass-filled nylon. The new wedge/frame are not compatible with the old version. To determine which wedge/frame you have, check on the back of the wedge. If it is flat & smooth, that's HDPE. If it has an inset honeycomb pattern, that's molded nylon. We have extra wedges and frames of both materials in stock available for order by special request.
Cutout Pannier Rack Note: Bikes with stock racks and a pannier exhaust cutout (like the R1250GSA, R1200GSA or F800GSA for example) require an additional adapter. Check the 'Hardware & Parts' section of our site, or email us with questions.
Product Creation at Mosko is an effort born of necessity. Everyone on our team rides – and time on the trail translates to an innovative, always improving product line. Crafting gear that will outperform in even the most harsh riding conditions means we make no compromise, ever.
“So far these are hands down the best Panniers I’ve ever owned. Like most of us riders, I researched every option possible. Didn’t matter what country they came from or what I had to do to get them I just wanted the best functioning and bomb proof system around. In my opinion these are the best available.”
Ordering was easy and cross border shipping to Canada was fast. I had my panniers in 2 days. They are built tough. My 1290 can guzzle gas so I like the fact I can secure a rotopack in the beaver tail. Fits nicely. Gear is going to stay dry and snug. Auxiliary pouches went on easy and are great for tools and other items. Thank you.
Practical design. Robust and well designed.
Recommended. Fitted to KTM790R
Super sturdy stuff, love it!!
Easy to mount an user friendly.
Thanks Mosko Moto!!!
I recently purchased my first GS Adventure and needed a good set of panniers to carry my goods. I started looking at all sorts of panniers both hard and soft. After a lot of thought I decided to go with soft panniers. Although I don't spend a ton of time in the mountains off road I figured the safety of a soft pannier was pretty important to me. Once I started looking at soft panniers I searched all over the place and was told about the Mosko Moto bags. Upon looking at the website it was clear to me that the Mosko Moto's were worlds apart from most of the soft pannier systems out there.
I was unsure if I wanted to go with the 35L system or the 25L system. The GSA has an offset pannier mount due to the exhaust and I was not sure how good the 35L would look so I decided to go with the 25L. I would recommend that if you are unsure if you want the 25L or the 35L, go with the 35L. The 25's seem a little small, although they definately still hold a ton of gear. I can fit my hoodie, rain gear, gloves, hat, facemask, large water bottle and still have a ton of room in them. We went shopping and I fit w bags of groceries and a 2 liter bottle of soda in the bags with my other stuff already in there. The reason I say go with the 35s if you can is they are marginally wider and from what I can see no taller.
First I will talk about the construction. They are great bags. They are thick and come with a two bag system. The outer bag is the holder and the inner bag is a waterproof removable bag. The panniers close by rolling them down and buckling them on the sides and top. I thought this may be a pain to buckle and unbuckle 3 clips every time you want in and out but it has actually been very to access the bags and the bags are very secure while you are riding. I have no worries about the bags opening or not staying waterproof while riding. The material is a thick material and the bag seems very well made. The finishes are great to. The colors go great with my GSA but I am confident the bags would look great on any color bike. One thing I was worried about prior to buying them is if there is no gear in the bag, the bag might look flat and weird going down the road. When I got the bags I quickly realized that was not going to be a problem. The bags are thick enough and formed enough to remain a bag and not get flat when riding. The bags are A+ quality.
The price for these bags are more than fair. I went with the panniers and no pockets. When I called the company I was told that you can buy that pockets later and install them at a later time. That was great and really got the price down to where I could purchase the bag. I probably will buy a couple of pockets later down the road but like I said earlier I am not running into any storage issues right now.
The fitment and install were easy. I put the plates on my rack on my GSA and tightened them down. They look professional and good quality. I really like the blue parts on the mounts as they add a nice little visual from the rear of the bike. I installed the plates easily in about 20 minutes and the bags slide right on. Although the bag does not have the ability to lock it does have a small hole that you could slide a small key or code lock onto if you are worried about your bags getting stolen off of the bike. I have not tried their locking strap but I might pick those up in the future too.
I had to call a few times when I thought I was missing a part (I wasn't) and ask a question. The company was awesome to work with and knowledgable about their products and how they work. I was really impressed.
Overall these panniers are sweeeeeet. If you are worried about space or you have a larger bike like a GSA or similar I would go with the 35L system. If you have a smaller bike the 25L's are still a great bag with a ton of storage. Mosko also offers a duffel which I will definitely be purchasing later. BMW has a similar bag made by Mosko called the Atacama. These bags are better than the Atacama bags for sure. I would highly recommend these bags.