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post #1 of 18 Old 11-22-2017, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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OEM luggage opinion

I'm considering joining the Strom crowd, Wee version. I'd like opinions on the luggage they come with. Durable, watertight, mounting quality? Worth the price? What are better options in either hard or soft types? Would be a bike used for long trips so need good capacity, but also go down a gravel road when it looked appealing.
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I've owned only the OEM top case and panniers that came with my k6 DL1000
They're okay. The locking mechanism on the top case didn't last. I could not find parts to fix it so I bought a new case. Expensive.
There are a myriad of excellent after market brands and choices out there. If it were me I would give serious thought to after market.
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What robby said.

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Thanks!
Sounds like 2 votes for aftermarket luggage!
Was sorta my thought but wanted to ask.
I think the Caribou system with Pelicans needs to be checked out.
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I don't care for the factory luggage because of the two different size cases.

I went with Happy Trails SU pannier racks and Pelican 1550's total in was about $450.00 Cases were used at $80.00. The racks and case mounts were $330ish shipped.

Pelicans are durable, water/dust proof, lockable and cost effective even if you buy them new. Staples sells the 1550 w/o foam for around $125.00 shipped per case. IN the grand scheme of thing for what you get this is cheap by comparison. You can also get SeaHorse or other lesser quality cases for even less money.

Another feature that is nice with the Happy Trails SU racks is if you have multiple bikes with SU racks you can move the cases as the backing plate is universal. I have HT racks on both the DR and DL/650's and one set of Pelicans.

The last feature I like with the HT racks is they are the dame distance from the centerline of the bike. This leaves a large void behind the left pannier to mount a tool tube or even a Rotopax fuel and/or water cell. Some feel this is a negative because the bike is 3" wider than with the stock setup.

As a final note Caribou cases are nothing more than rebranded Pelican cases. Any of the Caribou hardware can be bought separately and installed on Pelicans or potentially other cases as well.
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That's one thing I've noticed on Stroms....how wide they look to be with luggage!!! Anybody have measurements with luggage? I have a Honda ST1300, so used to having bags, but Stroms look even wider.
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My L3 has factory top and side cases. The two different side cases are a little weird to look at. The top and sides have proven to be waterproof for me so far. Since I ride primarily to commute, I've taken the side cases off but use the top all the time. So far so good. Since I was buying a used bike, I was paying attention to the farkles and ended up with one that was equipped with the Suzuki cases. If I was buying new, I'd have chosen aftermarket simply for costs.
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That's one thing I've noticed on Stroms....how wide they look to be with luggage!!! Anybody have measurements with luggage? I have a Honda ST1300, so used to having bags, but Stroms look even wider.
Itís do to the exhaust design without having chain drive. The ST1300 pipes go underneath the bags but on a chain drive bike they would get in the way of maintenance.

Another consideration for anyone looking is whether you care if your lock for the bags is keyed to your ignition? New OEM compared to New Aftermarket will almost always be more expensive. If you need large storage capacity you will have more options. I rarely do long trips so I prefer a slimmer profile for daily riding and just use waterproof duffle bags strapped on when needed
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As others have pointed out, lots of after-market choices in both hard and soft.

I went with SW-Motech Trax side cases and top case and have been very happy with their performance.

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Thanks!
Sounds like 2 votes for aftermarket luggage!
Was sorta my thought but wanted to ask.
I think the Caribou system with Pelicans needs to be checked out.
Whoops! Just to be sure I'm not misunderstood.

My '14 Adventure model came with the factory cases and I later added the OEM topbox - as much as anything else, because of the factory supplied extra lockset that came with the bike.

I'm fine with the OEM luggage. It's watertight, stays put, and serves my purposes. But it lacks the hard-down toughness of the Pelican and some others that are available.

So with that said, the aftermarket options are really nice. If I didn't have the OEM stuff I'd go with something else.
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