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After two test rides I decided to Buy a 2014 Vee 2 Adventure. Just picked it up today. $12,500 out the door not including sales tax. All the Adventure parts arrived and were installed by the dealer. Have had many bikes over the last 40 years, and this one seems like its going to be one of my favorites, if not my favorite. Test drove the water cooled and older BMW GS a few times and the KTM 990 & 1190 and many others but came away with the Strom. I had an older 1975 750 Ducati GT for about 20 years, a 750 and 850 Norton Commando, Triumph 1050 Tiger, 1989 Honda NT 650, older Yamaha's and recently sold my Moto Guzzi Stelvio to buy this Strom. It's my first Suzuki. Came close to buying a Wee and older 1000 a few times. My initial impressions are Great! My question is for anyone that has the Adventure Panniers, as there seems to be a problem with the locks on mine. When the side cover is still open and you are about to close it, the rear of the lock mechanism should line up with a square opening in a metal plate. Once fully closed you would simply turn the key to lock it and remove the key. This metal plate opening on mine seems to FLOAT AROUND ON IT'S OWN with any slight movement, which at times prevents it from closing, because the square opening is not in the correct position for the locking mechanism. When this happen the locking mechanism will simply hit the metal plate, not the opening in the metal plate, preventing it from closing. You would think it would be spring loaded and stay in the correct position. Both of my Panniers are like this. I brought the Panniers back to the dealer after I picked up the bike and the service manager fiddled around with it and could not understand why they floated around like that. It was their 1st Adventure model. Not impressed with the dealer, but that doesn't dampen my enthusiasm for the bike. The opening in metal plate can be moved by simply tilting the Panniers slightly if they are off the bike, or moving the metal plate around with a screwdriver or thin object in order to get the opening to line up properly. He said before ordering me a replacement pair, he'd talk to the Suzuki Rep next week, but thought we wouldn't be the only ones with this problem. Are we??? I have no problem removing the Panniers completely from the Bike or putting them back on, the problem is with closing them up. Sometime it closes fine as long as the plate doesn't move out of position, but it doesn't take much to move it out of position. May be I have a defective pair, but I am sure interested in hearing if the locking plate on the Panniers is floating around like mine? You can see this while the Panniers are still on the bike, or remove them and look at where the back of the lock mechanism will enter the square opening. As you begin to close the Pannier, you'll see how it should line up. If you tilt the Panniers, does that plate float around? I look forward to putting some miles on her over the next few day and just with the little I've ridden love the bike so far. Thanks!
 

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I don't have the panniers, but of course I have the locks. Looking at the lock, there is a small projection at the rear of the key plate that presumably fits into something on the pannier to stop the lock rotating.When you remove the key the tab is on the same side as the metal plate.

Is it possible that the locks are not installed correctly, or that there is actually no corresponding point on the pannier for the tab to lock into? It certainly looks to have been put there for a reason.
 

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Yes, there is a small projection at the rear of the key plate that does fit into a plastic opening on the pannier and behind the plastic opening is a metal plate that reinforces the plastic so when you lock it, it's got metal behind it.

While it's possible that the dealer installed the locks incorrectly, it still wouldn't matter because of that metal plate that floats or moves around on its own, which covers the opening and prevents the small projection on the rear of the key from entering the opening. You'd have to see it on the Panniers to understand what I mean. Thanks for trying to help though.
 

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I had the same problem with one of my panniers, fixed by sliding the plate with a screwdriver.

It happened when I removed the bag from the bike, while in the open position. It hasn't reoccurred, however I'm keeping an eye on it.
 

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No Panniers but was given the locks (3) keyed to the ignition key. I am wondering if these would work with any other type of luggage.:confused:
 

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Thanks Larry. I guess it's possible the plate is installed upside down. There is no way of accessing it, as it looks like the mechanism is riveted closed. There are two screws in side the Panniers that the service manager unscrewed, but seemed to do nothing. I think the tension on the plate makes sense to keep it from wandering around. Hey V-Gehts, so you fixed it temporarily with a screwdriver. I know exactly what you mean, but it seems to me that it will re- occur again. Hey ToadRide, these may work with other luggage with modifications, but it may be difficult. I had the SW-Motech (Trax) aluminum Panniers on my Guzzi Stelvio and these locks would definitely not work as is. The part that protrudes behind the lock is more of a flat plate rather that what we have.
 

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I've had my brand new 2014 Vstrom for exactly one week. I'm having the same problem with wandering plates on my pannier locks. I love the bike, but the side bags are driving me nuts.

75duc, did you ever figure out a solution to your locks?
 

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The problem eventually went away. I took it off the bike sprayed some marine dry lube in and kept opening and closing them. The dealer offered to replace under warranty because he couldn't get them to work either. They started working and have been fine since. A real mystery! Good luck with yours
 

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All in all the stock panniers are total crap!
My last bike (1250 Bandit) had stock factory luggage (I believe it was made by Givi for Suzuki) and was excellent quality – I even kept the top box and am using it on the Veek.
If I had taken a closer look at the panniers before buying the bike, I definitely would have gone with aftermarket.
 

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I had the same issue with my factory bags, one of the two screws came out and (fortunately) stayed on top of the bag until I found it. I found that both screws have to be tight for everything to turn properly, and to have no slop. The screws kept loosening up with normal riding, so I put thread locker in the screw holes, I can break it loose if need be but it does not come loose on its own.
 

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Good point. I also had one screw come loose and I'm using thread lock on them also.The sliding locking plate is a different problem though. These Panniers may not be the best quality, but they are very streamlined and fit so close to the bike. This makes them the best I've ever felt in any wind. The bike seems un-affected by strong winds. I've had others that are out there like big sails.
 

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I noticed that when I have the bag open, with the latch up, if I pull on the latch a little more, the locking plate slides across the lock hole. I figure I'll lube the locks, and be more gentle when opening the bags. Hopefully, they'll break in and not be such a pain.

Now, if only I could solve the problem of the panniers being so small, they can barely hold a lady's purse.
 

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To help with the space problem when I need it, I just bought a 52 liter Trekker top box and rack from Moto Storm in Italy. It matches the stock panniers well. Their site is a little funky to work with, but arrived in 1 week and even after shipping it was almost half price of the cheapest internet price in the US. Haven't installed yet.
 

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I had the same issue with my bags the day I picked it up. The dealer sent them back to Suzuki. He said that they've had the same issue with previous Vee2 adventure bags and it required warranty exchange through Suzuki. I plan on picking up a set of Bumot boxes in the future anyways since the factory bags are small and ugly. Really just got the Adventure package so i could get the black bike but the windshield, hand guards and engine guards aren't bad. The lower cowling is junk too but I'll be swapping for an SW Motech skid plate soon.
 

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75duc, if you have a chance, it would be great if you could post a picture of your bike with the 52 liter Trekker box installed. I'm considering getting one to compliment my stock panniers, but I'm wondering how it looks on the bike.
 

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Help needed

Unfortunately lost the lock of the Suzuki's top case

I ordered a new lock for the top case and everything was ok till I realize that the Lock didn't came whit the metal plate.

Been looking for the metal plate and can't find a place to order it.
Any ideas about what to do?

Thank's in advance.
 

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I had the same problem on my V about 100 miles into having the bike, I haven't fixed the issue but the floating plate on mine looks like there is a rivet maybe or a pic that holds the plate in place.
 

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I just picked up my 2014 Adventure. Same problem with the sliding latch plate. I was standing in the sun in 100° weather in front of the post office trying to stuff all the crap my wife had shipped to our post office box into the pannier bag when I noticed I couldn't get the latch to shut all the way. I managed to stuff everything into my backpack and rode home, hoping the pannier wouldn't come flying open. It stayed closed. I got to my garage and took the pannier bag off the bike, tipped it over and the plate moved back into position. It's fine now, but I may send the bags back after my initial service.

Otherwise, I really love the bike. It's feels so nimble and eager to run. It's the first liquid cooled motorcycle I've owned and the temp gage never went above 1/3 in this 100° afternoon. I really like the way the engine sounds, too. I've been riding boxer BMWs for the last 20 years, but got a little tired of how wide those bikes are. I wanted something more narrow.

I do see why people replace the panniers pretty quick, but since it's paid for, I'll run them till they break.
 
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