You don't have to use straps to fasten the panniers, but you can hook them
(more or less easily) onto their rack (though sometimes, that's as hard as
strapping a dry bag to the bike). Your stuff is dry (well, in some panniers:
most of them will leak during steady rain), and safe (when you can lock them).
Some panniers (like the BMW panniers shown in the photograph) have a lid that
can store stuff, which makes it very easy to reach every item at the side of the
road, without having to unpack.
Black - Amsteelblue 7/64 Rope AmSteel-Blue is a torque-free 12-strand single braid that yields the maximum in strength-to-weight ratio and, size for size, is the same strength as steel-yet it floats. AmSteel-Blue outlasts wire 3:1, making it an excellent wire rope replacement. It has extremely low stretch and superior flex fatigue and wear resistance. Samthane coating enhances that already high abrasion and cut resistance. Learn more
Because world travelers, who have to take lots of stuff along, often ride with aluminium cases, many people associate them with the idea of "adventure". The result is that you see them often on motorcycles that are being sold for the same feeling: the travel-enduro's (yes, I know the attraction from experience). But, apart from the associations, what are the advantages and disadvantages?
So, before you decide to go looking for camping spots, decide to stop at every camping or possible spot that you see. Often, a place is nicer when you take the time to inspect, than you thought while riding past. A bonus is that you can stretch your legs, get a bit of rest, and will be better prepared to judge the next place, when this place isn't the place you want to be.
Exped DownMat short. Compared to Thermarests, Exped's DownMat is smaller in pack-size, more comfortable and insulates better. Trip update: I started out with a SynMat, which had problems with one of the seams after about 6 months. Straight-forward replacement from Exped Importer in Sydney/Australia. The second mat had another problem with the seams. Again, I got it replaced without problems – this time for a DownMat short. The problem with these relatively thick mats might be air expansion due to a change of temperature between late night and a lie-in in a warm tent. As soon as it gets warm in the morning, I now deflate the mat a little bit.
Most overland motorcyling trips can propably be done without any camping gear. And since taking camping gear on the bike means more weight and valuable space, this is not to be neglected. Taking a tent, sleeping mat & stove means more independance and the ability to roam freely – especially in the more remote locations, and in case of a breakdown.
For some motorcycles, there are hard panniers available that are made for that specific type. For other motorcycles, there are standard panniers, with different racks to mount the panniers on the motorcycle.
There are huge differences in price. The price depends on the fabrics and materials used, on small smart solutions for for instance drying your clothes in the tent, on quantities, on the country that produces the tent, on service after sales, etcetera. In general, you pay a high price for less weight with the same surface. For vacations on foot, weight is very important; on motorcycle, it is less important. The most expensive tents are being made by small firms, that do a lot of research and experiments, and keep innovating. By buying such a tent, you support, as it were, innovations in tent fabrication. That's an excellent idea when you do have the money for it, but when you have a tight budget, you shouldn't think that you really need an expernsive tent.