April 22 2008.

Royal Enfield has developed a set of leather panniers specifically for its 500cc Electra, which has been the best selling motorcycle in its range since its introduction three years ago.

Hand made from 4mm thick leather hide, the bags attach independently to racks that are tailor made to fit the Royal Enfield Electra, mounting from the standard seat grab rail fittings. Each bag measures 370mm wide x 280mm high x 140mm deep (14.5" x 11" x 5.5"), which creates a capacity of 10 litres per bag.

Designed for the UK market, the panniers are produced from two separate 2mm thick leather panels, with tough full grain leather hide on the outside and soft yet strong nubuck leather on the inside. The outer side is treated with a water resistant coating to help keep the bags looking good. Inside each bag is a zipped pocket, so that important items are easy to find, with a Velcro strap to secure the contents. A calico lining is sewn into the load area, providing extra protection for the contents.

The bags are attached to the frame with sturdy straps and the lids are held down with leather straps fastened to brass studs, creating a traditional appearance, complemented by the Royal Enfield logo embossed into the lid. Once removed from the frame the panniers are carried with a leather handle, like a conventional piece of luggage.

Royal Enfield leather panniers are supplied complete with a rack that enables fitting to the Electra, but perhaps their most attractive feature is the price, because at just £149.95 including VAT they represent excellent value compared to similar products currently available. The Genuine Royal Enfield Accessories Catalogue is available free on request or through their national dealer network and may also be downloaded from the Internet.

Contact Watsonian-Squire on 01386 700907 or at www.royal-enfield.com