The most my panniers ever let in was literally 2 or 3 drops but that was after a weeks rain or a jetwashing of the bike
As some may know I complained to Honda about the topbox after it leaked in (it ruined a £250 camera and some maps that were inside the topbox)
I made a little video to send to them 2013 02 22 15 18 22
They agreed to replace the useless 'vanity case' with a colour matched 'digital silver' box meant for the Pan European that is watertight, holds 2 x FF helmets, includes a pillion backrest, fits the same mounting plate and is made for them under license by GIVI hence I now have a red Givi key for the topbox and I use the ignition key for the panniers.
TBH I've never understood why using the ignition key seems to be frowned upon
Would anyone seriously go rooting about in the topbox or panniers with the engine running?
Why exactly do people have an issue with using the ign key for the luggage, I for one find it quite useful that all the locks use the same key (for me its now been spoiled by also needing a givi key for the topbox)
I too now have some inner bags (borrowed from an ex GS owner
) which are a bit less cumbersome to take into the B&B's than the actual boxes if the luggage is being used again anyway the day afterwards