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Looking at a 14 Vstrom 1000, in tan. Love the color, love Suzuki - have 3, and love the TL motor, have a 99 TL1000R. So it seems like the natural progression.

What are the best panniers top load to get for riding with 2 up. Wife will be riding some. I like the looks of the Givi Outback Trekker, but read they cramp the passengers feet, and are tall.

Anything that looks like that but would work. 35-38L is all I am looking for.

One of the bikes I am looking at is fitted with stock side cases. Are these easy enough to just shange out for the 2 up rides (3 a year to hotels) and then drop on the Givi or such for my camp trips with the gang?

Thanks for the input....
 

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I have the Happy Trails 9" Teton Clif-cut which have worked for 2-up, but only a couple short rides. Which I could offer more...

 

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Check out SOLOBOX - made by hand out here in the Pacific Northwest, and significantly less expensive than any of the other options for aluminum panniers out there. Build quality is great - one of my lids got run over by a semi and I was able to put it back in service with a few whacks from a hammer and a dab of JB weld. Eric uses the same gauge and quality of sheet metal as the bigger manufacturers, but the level of finish is definitely more functional than fancy.

As far as I know he still isn't making mounting frames for the Vee (he has them for the Wee), but you can get the boxes without mounting hardware installed and drill them to match any kind of racks you want. I mounted mine on a set of Givi monokey racks with slightly modified hardware.

I have ridden two-up with both my wife and my teenaged son, and the boxes worked great. I did mount them fairly far back to create more passenger legroom.
 

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I did mount them fairly far back to create more passenger legroom.
This is a good point. My HT boxes could be re-drilled to set them further back if needed and I suppose many others could as well. Use some caution though . . . the HT guys were very careful to ensure the boxes wouldn't hit the pavement first when leaning and dragging pegs. This would have more to do with vertical placement.
 

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IDRIDER - Thanks for the info.... any way to trouble you for a pic fromt he front and rear??? Just wanna see how wide my ass will be...
 

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RE: Solobox

I don't really agree with you that they are cheaper. By the time you purchase racks they are about the same as the Happy Trail setup I have ordered...
 

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Awesome, thanks so much.... they are wider, probably because they sit lower and need to clear the pipe.....
 

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Anyone else 2 up touring? I guess another option would be hard bags for camping solo... as the wife wants motels..LOL. and soft bags for when we 2 up on trips, with a tail bag to help as well.
 

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Take a serious look at Jesse Luggage Systems and their bags. They tuck in a lot better than anything else out there, and the rugged build quality is second to none.
 

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Thanks for the tip on SOLOBOX. Definitely like the fact they are made in the USA.
 

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I've been very pleased with my Bumot Defender setup... Built like a tank and fairly priced. ADV Motorrad is the US importer.

I'm using a Givi trunk, but Bumot has a matching trunk if you don't already have one. This is the 40L/36L setup.



 

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How about Kappa? They are Givis sister company and make a nice case that's less expensive than Givis.

My short legged wife rides with me and did fine with the side cases. I have since added a Givi top case (was on sale for less than the Kappa) and now she has some wrangling to do. Hoping she will eventually figure it out or she might stop riding with me.

Hold it.......it's WIN-WIN fellas!!!
 

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IDRIDR - What bags do you have mounted to the crash bars? (Not trying to hijack thread)
 

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IDRIDR - What bags do you have mounted to the crash bars? (Not trying to hijack thread)
Isn't hijacking threads what MC forums are all about?

Those are Happy Trail PD Nerf Horn Bags
Happy Trails PD Nerf Horn Bags (Pair)

I really like them. The right side is usually stuffed with a cargo net, rok straps, a ratchet strap, microfiber towel, and a few other items. Left side holds a few tools and one of those 2L fruit juice plastic jugs full of water. They offer a bit of wind/rain protection and I'm guessing that I could also stuff something between the nerf bars and the bike to give more protection if needed.

 

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Hi-Jack away....it's a discussion! Glad you asked the question, I like the lil side bags. I went with Givi, on sale with rack for $937 shipped. How much were the crash bar bags???
 

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I do an annual ride away for 16-17 days with the standard panniers and an instrument case attached to the rear rack. Add a sleeping bag, tent, mattress in a canoe roll top bag and that's all I need.
Easy decision since I don't like hard cases much, top boxes even less
 

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