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Old 12-02-2012, 02:04 PM
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:40 PM
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with a DL1000 with mermite side bags and the bags get lots of bugs on them while travelling, and he gets a highspeed wobble with them on, it rides straight as a string with them off. Proof there are aerodynamic problems.
I have to disagree with this. When i put my Givi side bags on, my bike rides more stable. 80mph is no problem with side bags on. The difference is slight, but i can definately feel the bike firm up.

I didn't get many bugs on mine in July on my 10 State tour. Windshield took the brunt of that.

I clipped my side bag leaving a gas station pump once. not enough to knock me over, but i definately think about that now when exiting. Live and learn.

I suspect the guy in this video was shying away from the edge, and that caused him to hit and go over what he was trying to avoid. I bet he has nightmares about it now. haha.
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I know this can happen with any saddlebag , but not all bikes are created equal. I put a Givi rack and some E-21's on my sons FZ-6. What a difference from the Strom. Strom rack is 21" outside to outside. The FZ-6 is 15 1/2". 5 1/2"s narrower and with the E-21's they hardly stick out beyond your knee.

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Also I have a riding buddy with a DL1000 with mermite side bags and the bags get lots of bugs on them while travelling, and he gets a highspeed wobble with them on, it rides straight as a string with them off. Proof there are aerodynamic problems.
Highly unlikely the problem is aerodynamic in nature. Weight distribution might be the problem, though, if one of the bags is loaded more than the other, but it's more likely your friend's bike has underlying frame geometry problems. I had my GSX1100G over an indicated 120mph with a full set of three large GIVI bags and felt no effect whatsoever.
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Ouch!!! Poor fella, 1st time seeing this video just now and had to show the wife and child. I hope for his sake the bike didn't lan don top of him after he came off. What a bad way to go for the bike and the rider.

I have Givi side bags of some sort that do stick out a good ways but have only been an issue once. That once was the very first day I put them on the bike and went to pass through my gate- a scratch on one bag later ;( and I always remember they are protruding out now. I had an R1100RT with factory bags that fit through the gate just fine. Much to my surprise the Vee did not fit- thankfully I was just barly moving when I found this out and was able to correct myself before dragging the gate all the way down my one bag.
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On my first V-Strom (07) I put on a set of Givi Keyless, great bags and nice looking to. Well I must have bumped and ran into everything around me, at 45" wide it's a problem, or was for me. Plus the offset look of the bike just turned me off, I sold the racks and bags at a loss and never looked back. Now I just purchased a 2011 V-Strom and my biggest decision on buying the bike, or not, was side bags and if I could carry all the stuff I needed to carry with just a top box and a bag behind me on the seat. Well it's working so far and don't have to deal with the offset look or the wide stance of the bike. Why didn't they just put duel exhaust on the 650.
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instead of "Sidecases:Is your bike to fat?"

the title should be "Why not to ride past a barricade intended to stop vehicles from entering a pedestrian way"
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instead of "Sidecases:Is your bike to fat?" the title should be "Why not to ride past a barricade intended to stop vehicles from entering a pedestrian way"
Exactly. Even with the widest bags the bike is a hell of a lot thinner than a jeep, which is the mount of choice for really serious "adventure" touring. And as for dragging the bags while cornering, maybe a fully packed 'Strom is the wrong choice for this use. They do make crotch rockets, you know.

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"Why not to ride past a barricade intended to stop vehicles from entering a pedestrian way"

Oh, so you graduated from the school of the obvious!
I watched it a couple times The bike doesn't go into the drink but seems to land on a dock and the rider does a face plant into a boat. He should pay docking fees for being silly.
I took off a saddle bag on my friends driveway gate one night because I had to much. Turned around back up his driveway and spent the night on the floor.
Rubbing saddle bags while touring has happened before too. Guys forget how fat their butt is when the bag isn't attached all the time.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:34 PM
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I whacked one of my sidecases on a stump once on a single track, how I didn't tip over I don't know
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