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Howdy Troopers. I am thinking about installing a pair of Givi V35 side cases onto my 08 Wee. The previous owner had purchased a 45L Givi top case and Givi adapter plate for the top case. I like this case a lot and really like how easy it is to take on and off of the bike.

My main concern is the exhaust that I have. I put a 14" Delkevic oval on the bike and really like it. I am hesitant on the side bags because of my concern about the exhaust outlet melting the side case.

Have any of you used side cases with a 14" Delkevic on your Strom? Just looking for feedback before I would pull the trigger on the side cases and mounting bracket.

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Sorry I can’t help with your exhaust question. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the V35 Givi’s. I have a set of smaller 21L’s for commuting and a set of large 45L’s for long trips. Since these are both flat bottom style, they use the same mounting brackets so it’s easy to swap them out.

I get the appeal of the V35’s, they hug the bike tighter so they might look a little better in some cases. But on the Gen1 Wee, with the single side exhaust, the right bag is pushed out further and a bit higher up. It looks goofy, in my opinion. In addition, I’ve heard several complaints about the awkward shape making them more difficult to pack (do they hold a helmet?)

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https://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php?topic=7681.0
 

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I love my V35's. They hold lots more than my old 21's, look better, and pack just fine. Someone once said the Trader Joe Cooler bags available for about $8 will fit them great and makes packing easier. I have seen them there, and might pick one up as test. The 45's are gigantic, 21's too small, the V35's... just right.


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Thanks for the link on this Matt. The shape of the side cases definitely look squirrely from the rear. Of course most adventure bikes are pretty squirrely looking anyways. I guess that is the main reason it took me so long to own one but once I discovered the leg room and the handling capabilities, oh man!!
 

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Sorry I can’t help with your exhaust question. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the V35 Givi’s. I have a set of smaller 21L’s for commuting and a set of large 45L’s for long trips. Since these are both flat bottom style, they use the same mounting brackets so it’s easy to swap them out.

I get the appeal of the V35’s, they hug the bike tighter so they might look a little better in some cases. But on the Gen1 Wee, with the single side exhaust, the right bag is pushed out further and a bit higher up. It looks goofy, in my opinion. In addition, I’ve heard several complaints about the awkward shape making them more difficult to pack (do they hold a helmet?)

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https://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php?topic=7681.0
I also can't help with the exhaust part, but I can confirm that the v35's can hold a helmet, depending on size. My wife's ICON full face, XS helmet fits nicely with room to spare. My Shoei Neotech L will not fit. The shape is an issue trying to pack large items, and yes, the bike does look a little lopsided due to the clearance required for the exhaust. I've got these cases because they came with the bike, but with my very limited experience, if I was replacing them I would look for something more regularly shaped.
 

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On my 05 Wee I had E-35's and a Scorpion exhaust. Never a problem. As long a the exhaust tip is pointing straight back. 122K like that.
 

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On my 05 Wee I had E-35's and a Scorpion exhaust. Never a problem. As long a the exhaust tip is pointing straight back. 122K like that.
 

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BTW that "awkward space" might fit a spare fuel container very nicely as it did with the Jesse side cases


 

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Web, I use Roadgear zippered mesh bags in my oem side cases. Large open weave, you can see everything in the bag, easily fits the contours of the side cases. No digging through top-loading case to find anything.
 

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You guys don't find your side entry cases a pita?
Pulled off and flopped on a bed they work okay.
Top case for stuff you need on the road.
 

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I have different side cases, but don't find them a PITA, though I mostly use mine for commuting and around town. For longer trips, I sometimes use an internal bag, like MAZ4ME. And I could always add a gusset / liner type thing to prevent gear from spilling out, something like Caribou Cases liner). DIYing something similar would be pretty simple.

Like MAZ4ME says -- no digging through top-loading cases to find stuff.

And as a bonus, my side-loading side cases aren't nearly as wide as any of the top-loading options. (Though to be fair, they're smaller at 19L each...but big enough for my purposes.)
 

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Web, I use Roadgear zippered mesh bags in my oem side cases. Large open weave, you can see everything in the bag, easily fits the contours of the side cases. No digging through top-loading case to find anything.
I just found them to be a PITA to pack. With my small Givi top loads I can push all kinds of stuff in them... nice and compressed and they just keep taking stuff.

Do you have a link to your mesh bags? I'm always open to changing my mind.
 

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I have different side cases, but don't find them a PITA, though I mostly use mine for commuting and around town. For longer trips, I sometimes use an internal bag, like MAZ4ME. And I could always add a gusset / liner type thing to prevent gear from spilling out, something like Caribou Cases liner). DIYing something similar would be pretty simple.

Like MAZ4ME says -- no digging through top-loading cases to find stuff.

And as a bonus, my side-loading side cases aren't nearly as wide as any of the top-loading options. (Though to be fair, they're smaller at 19L each...but big enough for my purposes.)
What side loading cases do you have that are 19L?
 

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I have Hepco Becker Lock-It racks and Storm iM2370 side cases. I already had the racks and case mounting hardware from a second-hand set of Caribou Cases with 40L SKB cases. (Those suckers are HUGE!) I just moved the case mounting hardware to the iM2370s. Doubt I'll ever go back to the 40L, though I still have them...just in case.

(Incidentally, I love how I can remove the the entire side rack assembly with 4 quick 1/4-turn allen-head bolts. Though to be honest, I almost never do.)
 

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I love my V35's. They hold lots more than my old 21's, look better, and pack just fine. Someone once said the Trader Joe Cooler bags available for about $8 will fit them great and makes packing easier. I have seen them there, and might pick one up as test. The 45's are gigantic, 21's too small, the V35's... just right.


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If you do get a Trader Joe bag that fits well in the V35's, maybe post some pics and let us know which size TJ's bag works well.
 

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I have v35’s that I bought fairly cheap off CL. I ended up ordering the Givi inner bags to go with. Cost about $80 but well worth it to me.
 

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I like the 42L top case, my full face Bell helmet fits in there, but it is tight. I have a half helmet I some times carry if I need to pick someone up. That will it in my side case.

Older Givi 35L side case and 42 L top case

For me, the side cases can be tough to load and unload during daily runs. I stuffed items in bags to keep them from falling out when I am on the road; but it always feels like a cord or strap gets caught and the side cases get distorted. Never had top load side cases, but it feels like they would work better.

I talked to a luggage guy last year, he tells me that the difference between hard side and soft side luggage really comes down to your preference for the clam-shell hard case or top load soft case. He thought it was about 60% top load and 40% clam-shell. The side bags are a similar choice.

We ended up purchasing the soft luggage with the top load.
 
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