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Been looking for a good used 650 in Atlantic Canada, but can't find one that that I can get excited about, so I have started to investigate new. Trying to decide between the Standard vs. the Touring models. $$ aside, for those owners who have Suzuki luggage, are you happy with it? What are the benfefits of having the touring model with Suzuki luggage versus buying an aftermarket set of bags? How easy is it to move the top case back a few inches with the Suzuki model, and what is passenger comfort like with Suzuki bags?

Same question for Suzuki Farkles. I see a lot of people using Giivi or other aftermarket crash bars. Why not Suzuki? I have been quoted 10,800 out the door for a touring model. Since this was the dealers first pass I think there is some wiggle room that could add some accessories.
 

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Take a look at the luggage pictures thread for comments good and bad on Givis, Kappas, the Suzuki supplied luggage, Touratech, Jesses, Pelicans, milk crates... you get the idea.

I have a set of the older Suzuki supplied cases. They were supplied by Kappa back then. Kappa is a less expensive line made by the same people as Givi. The cases are interchangeable on the racks with any Givis except the V35 sidecases. I've found the Kappas to be fine - no leaks - light weight - work as they're supposed to. They exhibit the same limitations as Givis, in that they are essentialy a plastic box that will crack and break if bashed around. In other words, they're not indestructible, and aren't really what you want if you're planning to do real adventure touring.

My riding friend has the Suzuki supplied sidecases with a Pelican bolted on the top rack. He's found that the sidecases leak. They're also an odd shape for loading, and seem to sit very wide for their size. They're exhibiting lots of dings and bangs, and the material seems to be a little more brittle than that used for Givis or Kappas.

Another point about the Suzuki supplied cases is that they require removal and replacement of the factory rear rack in favour of one that carries the specific cases. No other brands of cases will work with the Suzuki cases rack, so if you do decide to go with the Touring model, ensure the dealer gives you back the stock rack.

In my view, if the price for the Touring model with the Suzuki cases is particularly good, go with it. I believe that model also includes handguards, heated grips and a centre stand - about $500 worth of stuff you'd probably put on anyway. However, you can achieve the same result, and perhaps better, but adding aftermarket parts to the standard version. Working it through at the kitchen table with a calculator and a pad of paper will likely answer all of that.
 

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Been looking for a good used 650 in Atlantic Canada, but can't find one that that I can get excited about, so I have started to investigate new. Trying to decide between the Standard vs. the Touring models. $$ aside, for those owners who have Suzuki luggage, are you happy with it? What are the benfefits of having the touring model with Suzuki luggage versus buying an aftermarket set of bags? How easy is it to move the top case back a few inches with the Suzuki model, and what is passenger comfort like with Suzuki bags?

Same question for Suzuki Farkles. I see a lot of people using Giivi or other aftermarket crash bars. Why not Suzuki? I have been quoted 10,800 out the door for a touring model. Since this was the dealers first pass I think there is some wiggle room that could add some accessories.
Not a fan of Suz luggage. I have givi..
Don't buy new in NB or anywhere in Canada. Look at craiglist in Maine, NH etc. and save yourself a couple thousand.

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My new to me 07 Wee, came with the suz. bags, I added a topcase, the bike came with the right rack for the top case. For most of my needs (commuting) the OEM bags are ok. They keep my stuff dry and safe. They are on the small side for any two up trips, my wife could fill all three bags for an overnight:yikes:. But you have to make the call on which bags will fit your needs best. For serious adventure touring go with a stouter set than Suz. One word of warning, the bigger the bags the greater the temptaion to take stuff you don't need, until you need it:biggrinjester:
 

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Thanks for the reply's. Took your advice Ken and did another Craigslist search through New England. If all goes well I will pick up a 2008 Yellow Wee with 6000 miles on it on Saturday. Givi side bags, no top case.
 

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My new to me 07 Wee, came with the suz. bags, I added a topcase, the bike came with the right rack for the top case. For most of my needs (commuting) the OEM bags are ok. They keep my stuff dry and safe. They are on the small side for any two up trips, my wife could fill all three bags for an overnight:yikes:. But you have to make the call on which bags will fit your needs best. For serious adventure touring go with a stouter set than Suz. One word of warning, the bigger the bags the greater the temptaion to take stuff you don't need, until you need it:biggrinjester:
+1 on this. Bought a new (to me) Wee about a month ago with the Suzuki bags. Odd shape and brittle plastic causing me to think to jettison the bags and go for a set of aluminium Hepco & Beckers.
 

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I believe that model also includes handguards, heated grips and a centre stand - about $500 worth of stuff you'd probably put on anyway. However, you can achieve the same result, and perhaps better, but adding aftermarket parts to the standard version. Working it through at the kitchen table with a calculator and a pad of paper will likely answer all of that.
I got my new 2009 "Touring" last season - the only extras that I got was the three cases and their mounts: no centre stand, grip heaters, or hand guards. I had not intended to get that version but it ws the only one "in stock" and I did not want to wait. While I am a big fan of shopping locally, if I had to do it over again, I would have gone to the next closest dealer who had the vanilla version in stock... I don't particularly like the look of the Suzuki cases and would like to have shopped around for 3rd party luggage.

As far as utility goes, I've only used the top case on a regular basis. It fits two full face helmets easily - lots of space for me. I haven't had them in heavy rain yet. I was very dissapointed that they have separate top box and side case keys - I found that a bit rediculous.

I suggest that you look at the cases that you think you would like: price them out and see what the total looks like compared to the "Touring" model. That should make the decision easier: how much extra (or perhaps less) you have to pay to get what you really want...

good luck.
 
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