G'day & Thanks Chef & Rocket,
Thankyou kindly for your offers but I'm working on selling some shares and buying the sidecases I want after a lot of Oooo-ing and aaaahing.
And besides....I can only use left handed toothbrushes
Chef, I've never heard of the racks you mentioned but after some quick googling, they seem to get mated up with pelican type cases...are these the ones you have?
Ok I've been bugging the crap out of my local Suzi dealer and they have a DL1000 (new) set up with the latest Givi Tracker boxes 33litre each on the side plus they've got a massive big square topbox on the backplate.
I won't be worrying too much about the topbox at this stage as I already have a good RJ's untill I save up some more reddies for the full kit but those new tracker boxes look exactly what I'm looking for.....you have a 2 way opening system by using a set of clips inside the box, you can choose whether to obtain some small stuff by a half lid opening or you can just open out the sides like most Givis. They are pretty strong boxes and have been crafted with adventure style bikes in mind.
I also like the racks of the Givi's as they look very strong, durable and you can interchange top boxes for side boxes and visa versa or use the side pannier to clip on the rear givi plate (which I'll get later)
It's a fair investment of around nearly $1200 for the 2 side cases and racks but at least I can keep them irrespective of what bike I choose later....just need different racks perhaps.
I have a good bike tent, self inflated mattress and sleeping bag from my Bicycle camping days on the NSW Big Rides so they are all in good nick and ready to be used again but I may have to buy a larger bivvy bag to load them in.
I hope to buy these cases before coming up to Urbenville so anyone that hasn't seen those type yet can have a real good gander at them. There are 3 sizes but I think 33litre per side is the right size for the Wee-Strom.(they even looked pretty big on the DL1000)
230 Rocket, Dean...be great to meet up Dean....I'll let you know if I plan to head up thru Armidale....are you going up to Urbenville for the Xmas bash?