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Hi everyone
I ordered the Suzuki luggage, but it never arrived so the dealer offered me the top of the range Givi luggage instead (I was going on a two week trip through France in a couple of days and really needed it).

GIVI=Brilliant, we never had the slightest problem with them, we went through snow, hail, mud and a monsoon (85-90mph for 4 hours) without the slightest hint of a leak. I got a 52 litre top box (Maxia) and the new 42litre side panniers with a combination lock (to a top opening, not the whole case) the combination lock was brilliant, because we could just open the top and put my wallet/camera/hat/luggage keys/etc... in and have easy access to them...brilliant, 10 out of 10

I also got the solid platinum diamond studded centre stand...oh, hang on a sec, my wife said it's just regular steel :shock: I paid how much for regular steel? seriously, it works a treat and it's worth every penny.

I also bought a bagster tank cover and tank bag, the cover is top quality, it fits so nicely on the bike (people ask if it's a Suzuki option because it looks so good)

WARNING if you get caught in a monsoon at ridiculous speeds with the big(ish) tank bag, expect to get wet, the water runs over the bag (due to the slope of the bag) and builds up in a fold of your jacket (you're up against the tank bag), my advice is to get the smallest tank bag you can (or don't ride in the rain).

hope this has been helpfull, let me know if you want anymore info
 
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Maxia

Also have the Givi Maxia. Good looking and it fits 2 XL full face!

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I have to agree, I got the Givi boxes with combo lock, also painted the tops yellow, not exact match as the Yellow metallic is not available from suppliers yet, but got a reasonable match, Man the bike is as wide as a Mini with them on (must take care when filtering or I will have a huge collection of car door mirrors..... . The main stand is the dog's dangleys. I bought some mirror extenda's from Stinker and WOW!
 
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I have had the same experience with the Givi bags. Ridiculous amounts of room.

My only complaints are the width added to the bike and the poor mounting instructions included with the top case bracket.
 

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Brake light on Givi luggage

I've got the E45 top box with integral light, but so far I have resisted connecting it coz I can't work out which is the brake lamp connection. can you shed some light on this?
 
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Added bits:

First thing was the OEM hard bag rack for my Givi E460 Trunk case and E21 side cases. The E21's are great and open at the top (instead of clamshell fashion like the bigger cases) and they are a LOT narrower. Consequently they hold less, but they're well shaped and the configuration is amazingly convenient. Best of all, all the Givi cases are being recycled off my previous bike.

Additional stuff either on now or scheduled to be installed in the next week (I only bought the bike a week ago!) are heated grips, Vista Cruise, Givi engine case guards, OEM tall windscreen with Laminar Lip/EARS mods, a custom-fitted leather saddle, and electrical connectors for my current collection of Gerbings electric clothing.

I also have a Marsee 11 ltr. Rocket Pocket tank bag. It has an nterchangeable shielded magnetic base that zips out and can be replaced with a quick release, strap-on mount ifor bikes with non-magnetic tanks. Best part is, if you're still nervous about having your credit cards and other magnetically sensitive items, there are pockets in the lid that can keep those items off the bottom of the bag. The bag sides are woven ballistic with scotch-lite material so the whole side of the bag glows when hit by light, a good safety feature.

Planned additions include a GPS mount and eventually Tru-Sphere LED brake light/turn signal bulbs. Maybe a set of ultra white (brighter at the same wattage) headlamp bulbs although the stock units sure are lightyears better than my old cruiser's headlamp.

I'm thinking about picking up a high-viz Aerostich suit so I'm taking it lean on any more accessories. Those suits cost a fortune!
 
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I got a roadmaster suit from aerostitch and I really get wet on the strom. I called aerostitch tryed to waterproof the crotch but ended up just wearing a plastic rainsuit under the roadmaster. Funny thing is I stay completely dry on my KLR 650. The water just pools and soaks through on the v-strom.
 
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I found a pair of the Suzuki/Kappa bags, even in the correct silver color, on eBay from a guy in CA who bought the whole set and found he couldn't split lanes with such a wide butt. Then added a Givi E46 topcase, which in the cheaper matte silver is a decent match for the silver Strom.

Then I went for a few brisk group day-rides in the gusty winds we have here in early spring, leaving all the cases attached but empty because I liked the look, and found the laws of physics apply to V-Stroms. It's a very tall bike, of course, and relatively light for its size. All the big, empty bags made it a reasonable facsimile of a parasail. Wind at the back, no problem. Wind in the face, no problem. Gusty side winds varying from 0 to 30 mph every few seconds, big problem. I have never had a bike get blown around laterally like that, and I was fighting to stay in the half-lane dictated by a staggered-group riding position. At a rest stop I briefly considered filling the side bags with rocks. It was the most thorough upper-body workout I've had in quite some time. Last weekend the top case stayed home - same sort of gusty side winds and much more manageable with the reduced side profile.
 
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The main stand is the dog's dangleys.

Is that "Kings English"?

One of these days I need to get over to the UK, maybe we can arrange a bike swap.

I have the Givi big bags with the combos, only use them on longer jaunts, the combos are excellent. The silver matchs mmy bike perfectly.
 
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