After searching the forums and checking out the options, I decided to go with the SW Motech top plate for my 15 DL1K. I made the decision based on previous experience with the setup as I used it on my 09 KLR. Since I already had the SW Motech Plate from my KLR and the Givi Adapter plate for a Givi Monokey top case as well as a Givi e55 top case, it seemed like the most cost effective solution for me.
So on Wednesday, I placed an order from Revzilla for the top plate and few other farkles I will detail a bit later. Today, I received a box on the front porch that contained the top plate.
I broke open the box and pulled everything out like a kid at Christmas.
After I sorted all of the bits out, I started looking the top plate over and realized that it didn't have the fasteners on the plate like my KLR top plate. (See below)
Vstrom SW Motech Top Plate (bottom side)
KLR SW Motech Top Plate (bottom side)
After checking the box again and then deciding to tear into the instructions, I find that the Vstrom SW Motech Top Plate does NOT come with the quick release fasteners.
Instructions for the Vstrom SW Motech Top Plate
So.... I decided to pull the fastener plates off the KLR version of the top plate and see if they fit the Vstrom top plate.
Success... They fit!!!
So at this point, I moved on to the next steps as gleaned from the instructions and when out the bike and removed the two top bolts at the front of the luggage rack on the Vstrom.
The bolts were tight and definitely had thread locker on them.
Seeing that the bolts also had spacer on them, I decided to take a look at the instructions again and didn't see anywhere that I was to keep or remove the spacers. I decided to keep them in place and then I moved on to the hardware to install the SW Motech Top Plate.
You will find 4 felt pads in the install kit. They are rectangles and made to fit on the underside of the adapter plate and mate with the top of the luggage rack. You will have to trim the felt pads to fit the adapter plate.
So at this point, I start by installing the additional spacers into the front mounting points. You can see the spacer from the factory bolt in bottom of the luggage rack.
Next, you want to find the smaller spacers from the kit and push them through the adapter plate with the felt pads attached to it. Remember, the felt goes on the bottom and against the luggage rack.
At this point, it look like this...
Now we move to installing the SW Motech Top Plate and underside adapter plate. Be sure to use thread locker on the (4) counter sunk screws. Prior to tightening everything up, I checked the plate to see if it set level or was slanted due to leaving the spacers in the front holes. After checking it over, the plate sits level. *NOTE: Keep the front spacers from the factory bolts in place and add the larger spacers on top of them. This is not in the instructions.
Here you can see the underside adapter plate. I have NOT tightened up the screws at this point, so you can see it hanging down just a bit.
The next step is to tighten everything up and get ready to mount the Givi adapter plate. In the two pictures below, I have NOT tightened up the screws yet, but I wanted to show the space between the luggage rack and the SW Motech Top Plate.
So, it's pretty straight forward from here on out. You will mount the Givi adapter plate using the quick release fasteners.
Next, I bring in the big Givi e55 top case and get it placed on the adapter plate.
Now with the Adventure bags that came with the bike.
And last, but not least... the space available for Two Up configurations.
Overall, from breaking open the box to shutting the lights off in the garage once the install was complete, it took me about 45 mins. I think this is a good and sturdy setup for me and I am looking forward to many miles with it. I hope it was helpful for those that might be searching for a similar setup.