I finally got my luggage installed, and took it out for a 400 mile ride today.
After looking at everything on the market, I settled on the Kappa K33N side bags and a K46NT top case. For those unfamiliar with Kappa, it is Givi's no-frills line, and these are roughly equivalent to the popular Givi V35 PLX panniers and the Givi E470 Monolock top case.
They are mounted on a standard Givi PLX3101 side rack and SR3101 top rack. As others have already stated in their reviews, they are solid, fit the 2012 very well, and went on easily in about 30 minutes. The hardest part was holding everything together since both the side and top parts have to be installed simultaneously with the same bolts.
I chose the Kappa cases over their Givi equivalents for a few reasons:
- I'm cheap - they ended up costing about $200 less.
- The no-frills look appeals to me, and I think they match the style of the bike well. No bling, just plain black resin.
- The K33s are smaller than the V35s. I like the Givi PLX bags, but REALLY wanted something narrower, and it turns out that the K33s are quite a bit slimmer. You cannot fit a helmet in them, but the payoff is that the whole setup is 40" at its widest point.
They ride great. There is no noticeable wind resistance, buffeting, noise, or undue scraping. I took my bike up to about 140km/h indicated on the highway, and leaned her right over in the mountains, and pretty much forgot I had bags on.
I am very happy with them. You can see how slender this luggage is for a full-on Givi setup in the last photo.