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Old 08-10-2012, 10:08 PM
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Opinions please?

OEM Just what does that stand for?

Cortec? Pelican?

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Old 08-11-2012, 02:29 AM
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OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer.

I like my TT zegas, not too wide, top loading, frame looks good even when the panniers aren't fitted, and were cheap as all I had to pay was for the frame as I already had the boxes.
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I own a 12 adventure, so I do not need to go aftermarket. But IMHO the best bags on the market by far are the ones that Al Jesse makes over at Jesse Luggage Systems. His Odessey 2 bags are amazing. I have previously owned 2 sets on older V stroms, and they are designed so well. But for you I would have to say get the ones that you like the most and fit in your budget. I am happy with the stock Suzuki bags (TRAX), but they are not Jesse bags.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:28 AM
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What's your spec? "Best" = lightest, narrowest, largest volume, most crash-worthy, etc.? Everything is a compromise.

Someone doing a multi-day offroad camping trip would have a different "best" than a daily commuter, for example.
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Specs are very good question!

Mostly I would be riding around town, I commute every day. I would take the occasional weekend trip but would pack very light.

Jesse luggage looks very well-made but is quite large, much larger than I would need.

I think I am looking for something hard, non-detachable, reasonably attractive, and not too large, perhaps more thin.

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SnowKarver has this set up, which I really like, seems to fit your wants...

http://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...-top-case.html

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Haha, beat me to it.

That's pretty much what I use my setup for. The nice thing about detachable is that it gives some options - daily commuting I usually use just the top box (great for swapping my briefcase and lunch for helmet, gloves, and boots in the parking lot). Day trips I like just the panniers for camera gear, a change of clothes, extra drinks, tools, etc. And all three plus a tankbag like that pic is pretty much enough room for me to tour indefinitely (90% road including slab, 10% dirt and FSR).

I would recommend this setup for your needs.
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Specs are very good question!

Mostly I would be riding around town, I commute every day. I would take the occasional weekend trip but would pack very light. ...
Ha-ha!! You need TWO sets of panniers! A small, narrow, light set for weaving around traffic everyday; and a capacious ADV set for trips!!

FWIW, I always thought that way but have recently installed my first-ever moto trunk (I don't like trunks - I couldn't swing my leg past one on a previous bike). I run the trunk everyday to work (briefcase, lunch box, thermos, raingear). For camping trips I add soft luggage and re-pack the trunk.
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But IMHO the best bags on the market by far are the ones that Al Jesse makes over at Jesse Luggage Systems. His Odessey 2 bags are amazing. .
I have Jesse's and can atest to their toughness. I did about a 20mph slide on a downhill corner on loose gravel last weekend during the Northeast rally. I kept touring during the rest of the week in Vermont and the side case held up, just needed a racket strap to secure it to the rack. Got home 2 days ago and with some blocks of wood and C clamps got the side case back to original shape, straighten the rack a bit and except for some scratches on the bottom it looks as good as new. I figured I hide some of the scratches with decals and no one would ever know. I don't think many side cases would have survived that drop, so I guess you get what you pay for and after this weeks trip it's Jesse's or nothing.

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Here's a picture of my Givi Trekkers...removable luggage and racks.........TD
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