As some of you folks know, I'm in the market to get some panniers of some description and have really taken a shine to the new Givi Tracker type boxes but like most of Givi stuff, is quite pricey although I'm sure of great quality as they are reknown for.
GIVI TRK33N - Side hardbags
My Local Suzi dealer (Boyds @ Broadmeadow Nctle) has a New 2012 DL1000 with the full kit including topbox which tops out to about $1,700 for the kit.
I was prepared on getting the 2 side panniers and racks for just under $1,200 but are now having major 2nd thoughts.
I just don't know if I can justify spending that sort of dollars for luggage if I'll probably only use it around 4 times a year if that.
Now I'm thinking, untill I really know what I really want in luggage (I only have a couple of yrs total experience in all this touring thing) I'm now bending towards either the Wolfman Dry expedition Pannier bags or Andy Strapz Exp bags and frame sets. The Strapz set are about $100 more expensive than the wolfman but after seeing another V-strom with the Wolfman yellow set strapped on, I'm now moving towards these.
Expedition Dry Saddle Bags
These are $625 for a set of 2 bags and frame set for the DL650.Seems more reasonable or do you guys think it's better to go all out and invest in a solid set of hardcases first-up?
Has anyone here have any experience with these bags? Would you think having an extra 38 litres (19 litres per side) of luggaage space would be enough for a decent tour (say about 4-5 weeks) I would have my RJays Topbox on the back, possibly the Andy strapz A bag on the pillion seat, the 2 Wolfmans on the side and my Givi tankbag. I guess it'd all boil down to wether I was free camping with tent and stuff I know.
I do like the way those wolfman bags strap to their own pannier frames.
I'd like to get a set of something before I go away up North to the Xmas do at Brett's but am still undecided which way to go.....I was also keen on the Hepco & becker Gobis cases and yet I am not keen on those top loader Aluminium cases like the hardcore adventure cases you see on Beemers and some Stroms.
Anyone who can share their knowledge and experience would be appreciated as I'm not knowing which way I should go with this.