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post #1 of 18 Old 04-25-2008, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Suzuki Luggage

I plan on getting a Wee in the next six months or so. I am putting together a wish list and am curious, has anyone used the Suzuki hard luggage that is available?
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post #2 of 18 Old 04-25-2008, 07:26 PM
 
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Yes, people have used that luggage.

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post #3 of 18 Old 04-26-2008, 02:32 AM
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I didnt like it. Its a strange shape and also not that big. I have sold mine and bought a Givi setup with SW Motech hardware.
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Wombat, try the search feature. The luggage is made by Kappa, a subsidiary of Givi, and is largely considered to be of a lower quality. There are those who like it a lot, too, so you may want to try to find someone nearby who has that luggage so you can check it out for yourself.

I looked into it for a while, but the cost of the OEM to get it matching to your bike is very expensive. Durability iss an important issue for me, so after agonizing research, I went with Givis, knowing I can also easily add Pelican cases for the gnarlier trips.

Decide the type of riding you'll do, check the forums for others' experience, and then make the decision. It may work fine for you.

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How will you use it?

To repeat one of the answers so far - the big question is what do you need it for - most of the time? This may seem like a simple question, but I have found it is difficult to apply in practice. What you need luggage for now may not be what you need it for a year or two years from now - so real world thinking rather than wishful thinking (e.g commuting and day rides vs. touring). The answer for me - after several bikes and several years - is that I mainly commute (@50 miles a day - all year round: the joy of living in Florida). But, I also want to be prepared for longer rides (10% of the time), and the occasional fire road in the forest. I had 2 main criteria: 1) side case large enough to hold my laptop and work out bag, and 2) enough additional storage to lock up riding gear (jacket, pants, helmet, etc.) especially during the "winter" months when my riding gear is thicker than when it gets over 85.

So , it was GIVI boxes (top and side) and SWMotech racks for me. Used twistedthrottle.com (cause I wanted some bike armour also). They are great to work with.
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I am pretty sure the new suzuki luggage is made by Nonfango not Kappa.
It certainly does not have the standard Givi/Kappa fitting.
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I have Givi 37L hard bags that I got from Adventure Motostuff (Great service!), along with the SW-Motch racks. It's kinda pricey, but all high quality gear. I appreciate the lockable storage space, and the bags saved my right leg once in a low-speed dump, from the bike landing on it and grinding the shit out of it.

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I am pretty sure the new suzuki luggage is made by Nonfango not Kappa.
It certainly does not have the standard Givi/Kappa fitting.
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My new Suzuki luggage has "Made in Italy" on the box.

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The Suzuki bags are an odd shape but do have plenty of ground clearance. No issues with the quality of the top box. I have had one of the outer panels come loose on one of the side bags, it needed replacing under warranty. The other bag has a panel that is slightly out of alignment. Also the "Suzuki" labels on both bags have been removed as one decided not to stick on anymore. Definitely lower quality in comparison to the Givi I have had previously.
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Nonfango is Italian, but its not Givi!
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