At Overland Expo in 2012, I was approached by a guy I had no idea who he was, he introduced himself as Al Jesse, to me he was just another face in the crowd.
He had seen me ride into the event on my XT660Z Yamaha Tenere and told me he was interested in making hard luggage for my motorcycle.
It looks like Yamaha is going to bring this bike to the US so I'd like to get ahead of the curve and be the first to offer hard luggage for it in the US. As we know Yamaha failed to bring the 660 to the US but the luggage and connection to Jesse Luggage started on that day.
I had no idea who Jesse Luggage was at the time, I had literally just ridden from Ushuaia, Argentina on the bike I shipped there and to be honest was in desperate need of new luggage as my stock Yamaha panniers had failed me multiple times and were being held together with straps and wood screws.
****note the missing Yamaha pannier, attachment failed somewhere in Bolivia[/caption]
My concern was during my time in South and Central America I had met loads of riders from Europe with various brand names, and virtually all had, had issues when their bikes had gone down, boxes became misshapen, not waterproof anymore and to me seemed flimsy and not secure.
Al Jesse listened to my concerns, then showed me his boxes and told me his story, and his time on the road over a number of years and he'd also seen what I saw, and had worked to correct the issues.
Together we wandered around the event and eventually to his booth, and I saw the difference, a more rugged and sturdy design, at the time the innovative ability to also load the lid with gear.
Easy mounting. A very good waterproof lip, and secure locking ability with integrated adjustment.
He asked if he could borrow my bike for a few weeks and I agreed. When we met back up, my new luggage was on and I was ready to go ride.
What I found instantly that this was all the luggage I needed, gone were the days of having to have an additional bag on the back seat. Occasionally I add Rotopax on the back for those times I'm headed to more remote locations when getting fuel might be an issue.
With the ability to pack the lid, I would now be able to see about a quarter of what was in my pannier just by opening it.
I unintentionally crash-tested the Jesse bags multiple times and they always hold their shape and waterproofness 100%