I just dropped my 540lb ADV bike (g e n t l y ) and bent the tube steel pannier frame. This is the 1/2" dia steel tube frame from which you hang the two pannier or saddlebag boxes from on an adventure-type motorcycle. This inspired the design and inclusion of spring steel struts to connect the pannier frame to the motorcycle frame in order to absorb the energy of a fall and eliminate the problem of bending the pannier frame.

My partner and I are totally greenhorns when it comes to welding. I would appreciate your expertise and advide. My questions are as follows:

Can you successfully weld carbon spring steel?

Can we expect a sound joint?

If so, what specific spring steel, welding techniques, preparations, and prescriptions should we observe?

Thanks so much,

Howard C Culbreth II