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Jesse Cases Overkill for Street Riding?

So I have been looking at the different cases to fit the wee and everytime I look, I fall in love with the Jesse cases. My wallet says to buy givi cases but my heart says Jesse cases. I hate buying overkill on things I wont use. I never go off road. Any pro's and cons to the Jesse cases over Givi cases for street riding? I thought I read once that the jesse cases are actually lighter and narrower than the Givi cases. I would probably go E45 cases if I went givi. I have even considered just a top case as I alwasy ride solo, seldom do long trips and I pack very very light.

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I have Jesse side and top cases. They are expensive but well worth it IF you're touring and need to carry gear for more than a few days. If you're not doing long trips then they are probably overkill. But they really look cool!

You can always rationalize the expenditure by telling yourself you can transfer them to your next bike.

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I've had both. Like the Jesse's because if my laptop is locked up in one I don't worry about it, and a fall did not damage them.

Resale value is very strong so cost of ownership is low. They are narrower than Givis.

But the Givis are much easier to remove and carry around.

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I have Jesse side and top cases. They are expensive but well worth it IF you're touring and need to carry gear for more than a few days. If you're not doing long trips then they are probably overkill. But they really look cool!

You can always rationalize the expenditure by telling yourself you can transfer them to your next bike.

Get em!
Does the weight of all 3 aluminum cases burden the 650 too much? I like all 3 pieces of Jesse luggage but I am also concerned it might just be too much for the 650 to handle. I should note I am 300+lbs.

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My wallet says to buy givi cases but my heart says Jesse cases. I hate buying overkill on things I wont use. I never go off road.
It's your bike. You know what you want it to look like. Overkill or not, touring or local streets.
Get what you want not what someone thinks you should have because of your riding area preference. :-)

Maybe you get the top case first.? It may help with your decision about the side cases.






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I always ride solo, seldom do long trips and I pack very very light.
Sounds like my set-up would work well for you. I have a Givi V46 top case which I use around town when shopping. For trips, I add the Nelson Rigg CL-850 soft saddlebags and the matching tail pack which sits where the hot blonde would sit if I had one. :-( The Givi pops off in about a second when I just want to ride. Of course, my set-up doesn't make me look like I'm about to cross the Sahara, so there is a loss of cool factor. Your money, your choice.

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I have Jesse bags and no experience with Givi.

I do mostly local touring on street with a little offroad and some long trips tossed in not often enough.

My observations of the Jesse's:
-The 650 doesn't even know they're there. Handling is the same and the bike doesn't appear weighed down at all.
-They're easy to get on and off with the new version crank inside.
-the mounting platform looks cooler and more sturdy than the Givi mounts.
-the top opening with the flip out lid makes poking around in them easy.
-locks included, easy lockup and more than enough volume to pack in your gloves, jacket, overpants, and tankbag if your going in somewhere for long enough to justify stripping down that much.
-I use a cheap Sears topcase when the wife rides with me but not on my own (just don't like the look of it).

If you're just a town rider, try the Sears topbox first (cheap enough to experiment with). It's like the Givi's in a lot of ways. If you outgrow the topbox or don't like it, that'll give you extra justification to look into side cases.







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If you look closely down the line of V-Stroms on the way to the rally, you can see how the Jesse's compare to Givi's how they set on and out from the side of the bike.

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The Jesse's are nice.
The Givis are nice too.

The givis do the job just fine.
For me it was mostly a matter of price and not liking the top-loading system.

On my day off, I go to the laundromat while wifey's at work. I know I wouldn't be able to easily pack a week's worth of dirty laundry in the Jesse panniers.

Another drawback is that you can't fit a helmet in them, and I sometimes carry spare riding gear in my cases, as in when I'm going to pick up a (hot) friend (who doesn't have hers) to go for a ride.

My school bag fits in the givi e360; it will not fit in the jesse luggage.

Oh, and the givi holds up the weight of the wee quite nicely, thank you very much. And those givi cases are solid: I lost my topcase at speed once and 2 cars played ping pong with it; all it had were scratches.
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