Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Olympic Peninsula, WA
Update: I pulled the trigger after getting positive feedback from you guys. Best USA price I could find on the Outback 37L boxes in black was $735. Revzilla was $882. Got the mount then found out the boxes were backordered- possibly to January. So, per recommendations, I took a look at Motostorm.it. Was iffy on buying from overseas due to import fees and lack of recourse if there were a problem. Did a bunch of research and found tons of positive feedback on Motostorm. Also found lots of guys who had not been charged import fees on the aluminum boxes but had been nailed for plastic ones and clothing. The rules are crazy but that's how it goes.
Started feeling pretty good about it. Went to Motostorm and saw the boxes in the outlet section for $535 plus flat $35 for shipping. So I placed the order on Sat 10/29 knowing they normally ship in 7-8 days. Was notified Fri 11/4 that they had shipped FedEx and should be delivered Fri 11/11. Got them today Weds 11/9. That's 11 calendar days, start to finish, from Italy to my doorstep on the edge of the Olympic forest. Shiny and new. Amazing. Add the $165-312 savings and I'm a happy guy.
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
Anyone considering buying Givi outbacks should take a look at advrider.com while doing research. Some guy wrote a very informative post on the boxes, Motostorm and the import rules. Sorry to mention a different site here but that post was very useful and he was riding a V strom as well. Thanks again for the tip.