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post #1 of 7 Old 05-29-2012, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Some luggage for my wee.......I never had a bike with luggage before, but I have the itch to travel some and need it. I was looking at the Givi V35's, but I am also looking at the OEM side touring bags/cases. It looks like from the limited photos I can find that the OEM stuff might be better balanced, ie: left side bigger than the right due to the exhaust. The OEM stuff is pricey, and I don't mind paying for it if it is worth it.

Any and all opinions welcome, and pictures if you got em!

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I had the Givi E21's on my DL1000. Price drove that choice, but the top load was handy. I often found myself wanting more capacity, and on trips of a week or more, I'd have a duffel behind me on the seat. This time, I decided to go with the Givi V35, and really like them. The PLX racks fit a little closer to the bike, and I like having the bags the same, the different sized bags always looked odd to me, even with the muffler on the one side. I've done a test load on these bags, and they hold all I'll need, with no extra luggage strapped behind me on the bike. I like the look of them on the bike too.




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Some luggage for my wee.......I never had a bike with luggage before, but I have the itch to travel some and need it. I was looking at the Givi V35's, but I am also looking at the OEM side touring bags/cases.

Any and all opinions welcome, and pictures if you got em!
I'll likely go with Caribou cases when/if I end up with a bike. I like the idea of a submersible water proof case. Plus, I think they'll take a pretty good beating and still look almost like new. There have been some complaits about the locks on the Suzuki.

Search for tool tube to find ways people have dealt with the extra space one the side w/o exhaust.

I see the decision something like this:

Areodynamic or Box.

If areodynamic, see Givi or Suzuki, perhaps a couple of more (JC Whitneys are super cheap.

If box, choose aluminum or Pelican H2o proof (Pelican style) plastic boxes.

If Pelican style choose from Caribou or twisted throttle or use one of the racks & kits to rig your own.

If aluminum, choose from SW motec, Happy Trail, Jesse and a bevy of other designs.

Check this on going thread.

Vstrom 650 pics w/ bags (only please)

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[SIZE="1"]Trips:
Indian Himalaya:Gangotri-Shimla-Manali-Pavarti-Spiti-Leh-Kargil-Padum-Sringhar-Daramsala (3 mo.--2x)
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Santiago, Chile to Ushuia Argentina and up to Cusco, Peru (7 months)
Peruvian Andes (3 months)
N Chile - Medellin, Colombia (3 months)
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You have a decision to make right off the bat. Do you want the adventure look with aluminum panniers, or the european look with givi boxes. Personally I prefer the givis. Lighter, strong...my V46 tail box + E21 top load side boxes have been great. I sport-tour so I don't have the need to look like I'm ready to ride across Africa.

I realize mine is the older wee strom, but the principle is the same.




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Thanks for the pictures and the links guys.

Does anyone use the oem stuff? Very hard to find pics, and they are pricey

Are the V35's or the E21's ok for passengers?

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post #6 of 7 Old 05-31-2012, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Ended up ordering these from Capital cycle. From what I can find out it's basically the same stuff as the OEM touring side cases. 30 liter right, 40 liter left. No top case for now. With the racks for mounting to the 2012 650, and their return policy is 100% refund within 30 days if you don't like them.

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That does indeed look like the factory "Touring" luggage. I like that style.



I like that and the Givi V35 set up as well.

Either with matching orange paint color would look awesome...Can someone photoshop that?

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