Acme Universal Moto Panniers

Acme Universal Moto Panniers


This universal pannier kit offer a well-built, economical and downright classy luggage solution that’s worth considering for anyone who wants to carry gear on a motorcycle.

Each pair of 33-liter cases comes with matching automotive-grade lock cylinders. Solid aluminum rails mounted to the case lids offer additional tie-down points, or handles for a passenger—plus they help increase the structural rigidity of the system. The cases are lightweight and strong, and they won’t dent like aluminum panniers if, or when, the bike is dropped.

The overall quality and integrity of the design is confirmed with a reassuring a whoosh of air as the top lid’s knife-edge silicone seal swings closed. 

The cases come with 5mm-thick powdercoated aoluminum universal mounting plates, that will fasten to just about any existing rack. The cases themselves come with clever proprietary mounting pucks that notch into the racks, and are held in place by an oversized thumb screw that goes through the back of the case and locates securely into the rack.

Removal is simple: just open the cases, unthread the locating screw by hand, pull the cases off and walk away.

Acme also offers an optional range of good-looking (and American-made) waxed-canvas bag liners, which can pull out easily, leaving empty cases securely locked to the bike in the parking lot. The Acme specific waxed cotton accessories are available separately here, or at a 10% discount if purchased at the same timem as the panniers.

Acme also makes a helmet-friendly top-box liner, and a 44-liter liner that’ll work with larger BMW bags—all made in North Carolina. The cases themselves are injection molded in China from “Polypropylene Impact Copolymer,” which is lighter, more resilient, and generally better suited to the task than aluminum. Final assembly and QC is handled by company founder Scott Olofsen at ACME global headquarters outside Ashville, NC.

The $820 Univeral Acme Moto Pannier kit inclues:

> 2 Acme Moto cases (33-liter/each)
> 2 mounting plates and universal hardware
> 4 lock cylinders (2 per case) and 4 matching keys

*Kit does not include: a rack specific to your particular bike.. There are ready options for most models - email us at for with your bike make/model/year and we'll help you source one.

"Motorcycle luggage, unfortunately, is a morass of mediocrity, between fiddly latches, pain-in-the-ass locks, waterproof seals that are anything but.... [Acme] has taken a refreshingly clean-sheet approach to hard luggage, with new materials and functional changes applied to the archetypal rectangular sidecase...the whole setup is $883, shipped to the lower 48, including panniers, plates, all the mounting hardware and a one year crash damage warranty. Yes, you have to provide the racks, but that’s still a good deal."

—Review of the universal Acme Motorcycle Panniers by Surj Gish at CityBike magazine.

Key Features:
> Super tough injection-molded "Polypropylene Impact Copolymer" construction- 0.2175″ (5.33mm) thick
> Each case measures 22 x 15.5 x 10.5"
> 1-year crash damage warranty
> Cases feature reinforced rounded corners and strategically placed ribs for added strength and resilience
> Universal 5mm thick powdercoated aluminum moutning plates and stainless steel mounting hardware included
> Mounting plates comem pre-drilled for Roto Pax fuel and water containers
> Nautical-grade heavy duty rubber latch straps
> Stainless steel hinge pin
> Two autommotive-grade lock cylinders per case +4 matching keys
> Air-tight knife-edge silicone seal
> No rivets or welds to fatigue over time
> Tools-free removal in seconds
> Stainless steel hinge pins
> Solid aluminum bars for added strength
> Top-loading design won't dump case contents onto road like many factory luggage options
> Optional US-made waxed cotton luggage/liner system