Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Northern Michigan & Missouri
Help with Adventure Pannier Locks
After two test rides I decided to Buy a 2014 Vee 2 Adventure. Just picked it up today. $12,500 out the door not including sales tax. All the Adventure parts arrived and were installed by the dealer. Have had many bikes over the last 40 years, and this one seems like its going to be one of my favorites, if not my favorite. Test drove the water cooled and older BMW GS a few times and the KTM 990 & 1190 and many others but came away with the Strom. I had an older 1975 750 Ducati GT for about 20 years, a 750 and 850 Norton Commando, Triumph 1050 Tiger, 1989 Honda NT 650, older Yamaha's and recently sold my Moto Guzzi Stelvio to buy this Strom. It's my first Suzuki. Came close to buying a Wee and older 1000 a few times. My initial impressions are Great! My question is for anyone that has the Adventure Panniers, as there seems to be a problem with the locks on mine. When the side cover is still open and you are about to close it, the rear of the lock mechanism should line up with a square opening in a metal plate. Once fully closed you would simply turn the key to lock it and remove the key. This metal plate opening on mine seems to FLOAT AROUND ON IT'S OWN with any slight movement, which at times prevents it from closing, because the square opening is not in the correct position for the locking mechanism. When this happen the locking mechanism will simply hit the metal plate, not the opening in the metal plate, preventing it from closing. You would think it would be spring loaded and stay in the correct position. Both of my Panniers are like this. I brought the Panniers back to the dealer after I picked up the bike and the service manager fiddled around with it and could not understand why they floated around like that. It was their 1st Adventure model. Not impressed with the dealer, but that doesn't dampen my enthusiasm for the bike. The opening in metal plate can be moved by simply tilting the Panniers slightly if they are off the bike, or moving the metal plate around with a screwdriver or thin object in order to get the opening to line up properly. He said before ordering me a replacement pair, he'd talk to the Suzuki Rep next week, but thought we wouldn't be the only ones with this problem. Are we??? I have no problem removing the Panniers completely from the Bike or putting them back on, the problem is with closing them up. Sometime it closes fine as long as the plate doesn't move out of position, but it doesn't take much to move it out of position. May be I have a defective pair, but I am sure interested in hearing if the locking plate on the Panniers is floating around like mine? You can see this while the Panniers are still on the bike, or remove them and look at where the back of the lock mechanism will enter the square opening. As you begin to close the Pannier, you'll see how it should line up. If you tilt the Panniers, does that plate float around? I look forward to putting some miles on her over the next few day and just with the little I've ridden love the bike so far. Thanks!