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post #1 of 13 Old 10-29-2018, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Frames and side cases function and costs

After I buy a 2018 or 2019 DL 650, which frames and side cases work better, fit closer to the bike, and stay secure ? If possible, list costs of each. I donít need a lot of storage. But I do not want a trunk. Just hard side cases that donít stick out excessively. Maybe enough for a overnight change of clothes, extra shoes and the likes. Appreciate any feed back.
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After I buy a 2018 or 2019 DL 650, which frames and side cases work better, fit closer to the bike, and stay secure ? If possible, list costs of each. I donít need a lot of storage. But I do not want a trunk. Just hard side cases that donít stick out excessively. Maybe enough for a overnight change of clothes, extra shoes and the likes. Appreciate any feed back.
Lotta options out there...I recently purchased the Hepco Becker C-Bow Carrier and Royster bags, they also have an Orbit hard case for that system. Great quality, minimalist setup. Around $500 . The Oem hard bags are around $700 with mounting hardware, mixed reviews on those. Many options out there, Givi, SW Motech, Wolfman, it can get kinda $$$...Good Luck

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I just purchased the factory cases for $650. Haven't received them yet and have heard they are hard to pack. There seem to be compromises with all the choices, but I think the factory ones get the weight in the closest to the bike, which ought to help backroad handling.

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I think the Givi E22N meets your criterion. They're very light, inexpensive & slim, and they top load so they're easy to stuff full. I thought they looked great with the angular lines on my Versys, but not as good of a visual match on the V-strom, so I sold them with the bike.

FYI, I have a set of like-new Givi Monokey mounting racks (PL3112) that I'm about to list for sale if interested. They're for '17+ models. (message me your ZIP code for a quote with shipping) -- Edit: Posted for sale *HERE*

I'd steer away from the OEM cases. They fit tight to the bike, but the internal shape is odd and with them being side loading they're hard to pack. Very impractical.






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I think the Givi E22N meets your criterion. They're very light, inexpensive & slim, and they top load so they're easy to stuff full. I thought they looked great with the angular lines on my Versys, but not as good of a visual match on the V-strom, so I sold them with the bike.

Do the Givi's mount on either side? I feel like those side cases would have looked better if they were on the opposite sides (high side to the back). I know the factory bags on my K7 can be mounted both ways, but unsure of the Givi.

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Do the Givi's mount on either side?
Yes, they're reversible. I see people mounting them opposite all the time. The Givi badge is removable too if you don't like the branding.
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My plan on dealing with the odd shape and side opening factory cases is to pack everything in small bags. I think that will make it easier to optimize the volume and shut the door. Soft bags have appeal to me, so would consider that down the road.

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You could get an inexpensive set of side frames and the get some low cost cases from a myriad of sources including Home Depot.
Depends on your level of DYI and budget.
Seems a google search in the upper right corner of the page should take you to a number of posts and threads already done.
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Thanks for all the info. Getting excited, but I have several priorities that get done -before I splurge on myself.
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It's a great season to buy. Keep an eye open for a used one. In July got my pristine 2017 with 1,800 miles for only $5400, and it had a few expensive add-ons too.

Search nation wide. Shipping is easier/cheaper than you might think using Uship.com
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