After much research, consideration and gawking at other peoples panniers I have purchased Bumot panniers from the Adventure Bike Shop. I considered everything from Touratech through to Ardcase but the price, quality and style of these won me over. Just fitted them yesterday but so far I am delighted with them. I wish I could have kept my BMW Vario's but everyone I know who has done this trip has dropped their bike. A frame rack and aluminium panniers must have a better chance of surviving that. I hope.