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I've just entered the V-Strom world with a pre-loved 650 and would like some luggage advice.

There are plenty of posts about luggage on this forum, but I need a little more detail than I'm finding.

I would like some cheap all round / generic pannier racks suitable for a variety of soft panniers, or at least more than one brand.

I've read some posts that say "get some cheap racks" but doesn't say what. The cheapest seem to be givi, but I've seen photos that look more generic, and potentially cheaper, but no idea how to source them.

Any help will be much appreciated.

Rusty.

PS I should point out that I'm in Australia, so that complicates it a little.
 

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I got an early style of Shad mounts from the for sale section. I'd advise they are a bit less than satisfactory.
Strong enough but very wide. With a set of Nelson Rigg bags the back end is Yuge!
I got a set of Suzuki bags and mount on another Wee, an '04, and those are very adaptable. The stock bags got wrecked and I mounted SeaHorse bags on the frames. They would be great for the Nelson Rigg bags too.
Cheap racks are what you hope for in the for sale section. Google 'soft bag mounting frames' and find all sort of makers and designs...and prices.
Happy hunting.

https://www.cyclegear.com/luggage-racks-mounts
This is one source i found.
 

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I've just entered the V-Strom world with a pre-loved 650 and would like some luggage advice.

There are plenty of posts about luggage on this forum, but I need a little more detail than I'm finding.

I would like some cheap all round / generic pannier racks suitable for a variety of soft panniers, or at least more than one brand.

I've read some posts that say "get some cheap racks" but doesn't say what. The cheapest seem to be givi, but I've seen photos that look more generic, and potentially cheaper, but no idea how to source them.

Any help will be much appreciated.

Rusty.

PS I should point out that I'm in Australia, so that complicates it a little.

Have you considered seat type bags like the Wolfman Beta?



They actually hold quite a bit and if you need more storage you can attach a dry duffle type bag.
 

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cheaper then givi and still solid? don't think so. Don't forget they work as well as kinda crash protection.
Givi racks monokey are well made and can be used with variety of givi/kappa panniers, cheap and expensive.
Kappa is bit cheaper but manufactured still by givi. Plus having these racks you can strap soft luggage as well to them.
 

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I use soft luggage due to my limited number of trips per year. I got all of the gear on Craigslist and the rack from the For Sale forum here.

The racks are PMR: https://www.pmracks.com/products.php?b=Suzuki&sc=DL650 V-Strom 650
They are very sturdy and not too obtrusive. Fit well. They are not terribly expensive but shipping for you may be an issue. I got my used one for $70 shipped from a member.

ETA: I just went to the PMR site and added a set to the cart ($113). Then calculated shipping to Australia, $75
 

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If you use "throw-over" saddlebags, that is - bags that are connected to each other and just hang from the seat, then all a soft luggage rack has to do is keep the bags from getting toward the rear wheel or contacting the swing arm on deep compression. I have made simple racks for a dozen bikes at this point. They all work great and are quite universal, accommodating moto, bicycle and horse panniers. The ones on dirt bikes have hit hard plenty of times and just keep going. The one on my RE-Strom may have hit the ground a couple of times, but, as I was the only witness, you can't prove it. If you've got some basic metal fab skills, you might find it a pretty good way to go. Just got back from a week long ride around BC with my brand new, minimalist DR650 creation and they worked great with an old pair of bicycle panniers.
 

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I believe we are the only current supplier for what you are asking about, for a 2017+ DL650. Despite, the price is our normal member of the community LOW.

https://www.adventuretech.biz/saddle-bag-guards.html

However, on a 2017+ DL650 you need to be mindful of the limitation imposed by the muffler. Simply put the space is limited and deep bags do not work well without heat guards on he muffler. Measure first or find a set of bags that someone says works on your bike.
 

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Thanks for all your input guys - really appreciate it. Haven't made any decisions yet, but I'll take all your feedback on board when I do.
 
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