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post #11 of 18 Old 04-16-2019, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't been on the forum in a while to look at all these interesting replies since (drum roll) I was getting read to retire. And I did, a few weeks ago. All done, baby! Now I need to enjoy my Vstrom even more (I live in Colorado).

Just a comment on the cases -- I have these because I bought the bike used, and they came with. They may not be best for a full adventure ride (I hope to move into that soon), but for a day ride with a few things I want to carry, they work fine for me. And I agree with a few others here that they look good and seem to "fit" with the bike. I honestly don't like the look of the big square suitcase looking cases. But I understand -- that might be exactly what I'm buying soon.
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post #12 of 18 Old 04-17-2019, 01:16 AM
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exactly "I decided not to use". Useless - what you can store in them? Isn't it the main reason to have them. About estetics? These only look good from the distance. Take a closer look and the fit and finish is next to nothing. 2 scrws from outside holding the silver panel? And not to mention lock and release mechanism. And finally the dealer price. It's a joke.
LOL, not useless at all. They fit my bike perfectly, and facilitate parking in my garage.
Ive taken 3 to 5-day trips with them and have never felt I was out of room.I like having one key for the luggage, ignition, fuel, and seat.
It all depends on your needs, wants, and preferences.
Yep, to ME they look good as well, and I dont have a need or want of the "Paris-Dakar" look. For my specific wants--maybe not yours--they work just fine.
To be fair, I did have an intermittent issue with the internal case lock linkage in the left case. Which was remedied by one or our own here with a left side case to sell. Then again, the dealer left the side bags and brackets on this new/leftover bike by mistake, so they didnt cost me a dime to begin with.
Do I like them? uhhh...YEAH!
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The OEM cases can be a bit awkward to load when on the bike, but you get used to it. I buy groceries etc all the time. The interior straps help with loading. They are great once you take them off the bike into a hotel room for example, now they open up more like a suitcase. They are big enough for my needs including multi-day camping gear. Having the storage available at all times while maintaining a lean, narrow bike for parking and urban traffic is important to me. I haven’t had any issues with the latches or locks at all.

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I bought internal bags for my OEM cases. Load em up on the ground, stuff them in, close the door. You can fit a lot of soft goods. I like that they are no wider than my handlebars, so you know what you can fit through. I just wish they were 20% bigger and could take a tip over.

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I bought internal bags for my OEM cases. Load em up on the ground, stuff them in, close the door. You can fit a lot of soft goods. I like that they are no wider than my handlebars, so you know what you can fit through. I just wish they were 20% bigger and could take a tip over.
You think they can’t? Seems pretty sturdy to me but I haven’t tested them.
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You think they canít? Seems pretty sturdy to me but I havenít tested them.
My Vstrom is probably not going too far off road. The odd Dirt road will be it. I'd get soft bags for off road travel. Really don't like the idea of wide panniers.

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To the OP, I know they aren't what you're asking for; but, in light of others' suggestions to look for a full replacement set, here is a link where a guy is selling a nice three piece set of Givi Monokey Trekker for significantly less than you would pay new:

https://advrider.com/f/threads/givi-...e-600.1362577/
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Thanks Bigsky, Iíll check it out.
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