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post #1 of 21 Old 12-30-2013, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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When I saw the new bike with the luggage equipped on it at the IMS, I asked one of the Suzuki reps if a helmet would fit in either of the two side-cases. He was a really nice guy, and he wasn't sure, so he grabbed a Bell Star helmet to see if it would fit in the larger left side case, it would not.

Apparently due to customer complaints about the width of previous OEM luggage from Suzuki, they went a bit overboard with trying to make it very narrow. So unless you want the Weber BBQ attached up top out back to store your helmet in, you're out of luck.

Hopefully the aftermarket will address this issue and offer some at least slightly larger capacity panniers for this bike.
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I agree with the idea that you should be able to put a full size full face helmet in one of the panniers. Like you said, one of the aftermarket companies will most likely offer one that does.

For a number of reasons, I never got panniers on my '11 Wee. I use a Givi V46 top box and find it very useful. It holds my Shoei Multitech and a host of other things in it. I do not find it awkward looking or a problem on any level. I most likely will get a Givi topbox for my new VeeII when it comes. For camping and road trips, I use waterproof soft bags and soft flat tie down straps.
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I also like givi topbox, but think their side panniers are alittle overrated.
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I can cram a system helmet into the side cases of my ST13 (if I crack the chin guard open) but that is about the only bike I've had in 30 years that I could do that. Helmets always end up in my top box.

The previous generation wee had a great top box with a shape that is optimized for two full-face helmets. Most ADV riders who use their bikes locally for commuting, tend to leave the side cases off on a day-to-day basis, and only use them for touring. In addition, the wee top case will hold my 15.6 laptop on my daily commute.

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To each his own, but I never use a top box for a helmet. Space is usually at a premium when travelling and I don't leave a box empty just so I can stow a helmet.... put on a helmet lock elsewhere on the bike instead?
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To each his own, but I never use a top box for a helmet. Space is usually at a premium when travelling and I don't leave a box empty just so I can stow a helmet.... put on a helmet lock elsewhere on the bike instead?
That is the fallback for sure. My clothes and tools etc. go in the side bags. Camp stuff has its own bag across the passenger seat. Top box holds a couple of warm layers, running shoes - nothing heavy - leaving space for a helmet and misc. consumables.

When I travel with my wife, she rides the wee and then we try to leave her top box more or less empty for our helmets.

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Like others the top box etc is for carrying things in, and if they're on the bike they'll have kit in, so on the last half dozen bikes, this is what I've used:

Helmet Guardian with Locks

If Suzuki are really clever they'll offer bigger lids that will fit the standard pannier base, just like BMW did with their system panniers and the global lids that give an extra 6 litres per side:

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When I saw the new bike with the luggage equipped on it at the IMS, I asked one of the Suzuki reps if a helmet would fit in either of the two side-cases. He was a really nice guy, and he wasn't sure, so he grabbed a Bell Star helmet to see if it would fit in the larger left side case, it would not..........
Curious......

Did you ask to see if it fit in the factory suzuki top case?


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I am going to guess this bike is so highly anticipated that you might be able to get some aftermarket stuff before you even get the bike!:biggrinjester:

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Did you ask to see if it fit in the factory suzuki top case?


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We did not try that, but I'd say there's more than a very good chance that it will.

Also, for those of you recommending adding a helmet lock of some kind, while they can work our just fine in nice weather, they don't work out so well in rainy weather, and they also make your helmet more susceptible to being seen and enticing thieves and vandals.
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