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post #1 of 21 Old 06-04-2011, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Jesse Luggage?

I know there have been several posts on Jesse Luggage. They seem to be a bit old. Some of them talk about a shotty mounting bracket that needed bending, etc. Another talked about a DL 650 going in for the manufacturer to "retemplate" so not sure?

First question - does anyone have a recent Jesse set up? If yes what are the +'s and -'s? Waterproof? ease of removal from rack? etc.

I am ready to buy some luggage and have done some research on Givi's, HT's, and tourtech. Is there anything else I should look at and what are your overall suggestions? I want a good compromise of larger size and overall narrow (here in CA we can lane split - good for commute every once and a while).

I know this seams to be be somewhat a duplicative post but many of the similar posts that I could find are a bit dated (boxes, mounts, etc have changes in newer models)
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-04-2011, 03:16 PM
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One type of luggage you didn't mention is the Pelican setup. They are indestructible and there are plenty of threads that show you how to hook them up to Givi racks for a very good setup for relatively cheap. Caribou Cases make a finished product that costs you a bit more but makes the pelican/strom luggage a custom fit on the strom.

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My boyfriend and I have the Jesse bags. We've had them for about 4 months. Haven't ridden in any rain yet. I have a 650 and he has the 1000. His went on very easily, but he had to modify mine and had to use spacers for the rear bracket as it was pulling the rear fender in too much. They do hold a lot and we're very happy with them. We bought them through xploremoto and their customer service was fantastic! If you have any more specific questions...just pm me and I"ll put you in touch with my boyfriend. By the way...we're not far from you...we're in Los Altos.

About the lane splitting...they are wide so you have to be careful about where you split lanes, but it can be done.



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I know there have been several posts on Jesse Luggage. They seem to be a bit old. Some of them talk about a shotty mounting bracket that needed bending, etc. Another talked about a DL 650 going in for the manufacturer to "retemplate" so not sure?

First question - does anyone have a recent Jesse set up? If yes what are the +'s and -'s? Waterproof? ease of removal from rack? etc.

I am ready to buy some luggage and have done some research on Givi's, HT's, and tourtech. Is there anything else I should look at and what are your overall suggestions? I want a good compromise of larger size and overall narrow (here in CA we can lane split - good for commute every once and a while).

I know this seams to be be somewhat a duplicative post but many of the similar posts that I could find are a bit dated (boxes, mounts, etc have changes in newer models)

2009 dl 650...let the mod's begin!
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- thanks - Not sure how I forgot to mention the Caribou's. I have those as a close 2nd or maybe even 1st to the Jesse's. My only concern is the side opening vs top loading. Any thoughts on that? I haven't used either.

Trying to keep total width less than 40"
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I have latest Jesse mounts and bags on 06 Vee. Installation was simple. I opted for hard bolting top box w/o quick release and bolted box very far forward so that seat can just barely be removed. Quick release on side bags is very simple and convenient to operate. Also side bags can be moved forward and back about 6" depending on passenger needs. I generally mount mine all the way forward but for and aft adjustment is very quick and easy. I run with only top box on local rides.

Here is look with bags mounted forward.



Rear view with side bags.



Rear view top box only.



The only aggravation with these bags is that in order to access rear brake fluid container and the rear brake line connection The top box and right side mounts all need to be removed in order to remove side cover. Major PITA but doesn't happen very often.

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post #6 of 21 Old 06-04-2011, 08:39 PM
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Waterproof? Yes!

Easy install.
Excellent quality.
And COMPLETELY rainproof!
Major bibical rains for 3 days straight coming back last year from Tennessee and not a drop of water in the cases.

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Honestly they don't really look wider than my factory bags, which hold far less because the factory racks hold the bags WAY out to the sides (for example, on the 650, has enough room for the 1000 exhaust on the left side).

Definitely a minor bitch for splitting, but the only time I plan to use the sidecases is on long out-of-CA trips, where splitting won't be legal anyway, so it's irrelevant.

If I'm riding in CA, I can do topcase-only and still split.
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Thanks all. I think I am ordering the Jesses
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post #9 of 21 Old 06-10-2011, 12:22 PM
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Just to throw a wrench in your works, you might also consider Micatech bags. They are similar to Jesse bags but open on the side, are waterproof as well. I like the side opening feature because when you have your stuff strapped on top of your cases, you can still access what's in your bags, unlike Jesses. Here's the link:

Micatech V2 Side Carrier

Their website sort of sucks, imho. I have these and one thing I think is nifty is they double a great chair when you're camping, and the lid has a beer holder, how cool is that? :mrgreen:

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post #10 of 21 Old 06-10-2011, 01:03 PM
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On a V-Strom the Jesse bags sit a little higher than on some other bikes so it may not be an issue. Be very careful off road or if you get into a wobbly situation where you have to put a foot down while your moving forward. The bags are also referred to as ankle breakers. The scenario happens like this, the bags will look good until you load them up and your suspension droops. You come to a stop light but aren't balanced quit right or haven't timed it quit right. You plant your foot to catch the bike while moving forward. As you roll, your foot goes up on the ball and your heel is now under the bag pinning it between the ground and the bag. True this can happen with any bag that hags to low but the Jesse bags are rock solid and don't give.
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