Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Central Illinois
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Sorry, there's not a lot that I can say since I'm not familiar with the bike.
Still, I'd urge you to keep at it. It'll be worth it. If panniers won't work, then try to find some way of carrying your belongings in a duffel bag strapped to your rack.
And you'll find other DIY ways of making things work as you go along.
Best of luck.