I've hade the Jesse Panniers for approximately a year now and love them. All of my BMW friends are jealous of their quality and rugged look. They have a huge amount of storage space. Probabally the best on the market. But your right, they aint cheap.
I have some on order in black for the yellow v-strom so can't wait. I will need to decide about a top box or not later. I'm thinking of getting a Krauser out of Germany from Riderhaus. They look good and have a unique mounting system and a bit cheaper than Givi. JDP
I also have the Jesse bags. They are of good quality, though the instructions could have been more clear. The distinct advantage of the Jesse bags is that they are much narrower than the GIVI set, and also hold more than the Givi's. The mounts make a great point to bungee stuff too, and you can drill and add bungee buddies to the cases if you would like. Also the Jesse trunk can be made to mount further back to give you and your passenger more room, whereas the GIVI setup your stuck. I am trying to sell my GIVI trunk and mount, inorder to purchase a Jesse trunk. Pricey, yes extremely. I sometimes wish I would have just bought the stock Suzy bags and mounts and been done with it, though the Jesse's should last, are very strong, and well I have them so its too late anyway. The money's been spent. Choose wisely.
Can 2 full face helmets fit in the jesse panners? If the helmets fit will a jacket with armor and the helmets all fit in one side I am asking beacuse they are narrower than some of the other options and I'm not very knowledgeable on touring excessories :? .
Nope. The Jesse bags do not fit a helmet. The opening is much too narrow. They will however fit quite a bit of gear. I have my riding pants and cold weather gloves stuffed in the top portion of one bag, my wifes in the other. That is only the lid. The rest of the bag is open for stuffing. I find that the narrowness of the bike is more important. It is much narrower than the givi or stock suzuki bags. That being said even with the narrow Jesse's on, I have hit my garage and a truck bumper with the right bag. I am glad they weren't plastic, or I would be looking for a new lid. If you buy a Jesse trunk, you can store your helmets, or just use the bikes stock helmet locks.
Ordered and received my set of Jesse Bags for my 650. To make a long (sad) story short....Got the bags, they looked great. The hardware to mount the bags DID NOT FIT. After a couple of weeks of D___ing around with the "the company" and still not being able to install the bags I returned the whole mess and went with Happy Trail rack and bags. They fit first try, look great and are a BUNCH cheaper. Customer service at Jesse Luggage gets a big F on their report card!
I installed a pair last week at Al Jesse's shop in Glendale AZ. The install took three hours due to my being generally ham-handed and also stripping a thread. The mounts are excellent and the bags are outstanding. The install sheet could be better and I plan to send Al a revised one next week. These are way better than the stock bags I had on my R100RT. If you plan to keep the bike a long time I think these are the best bags around (too expensive if you don't plan to keep it very long.)
A friend of mine owns the V-Strom that was used to produce the Jesse bags for the V-Stroms back in 2002. The bags have over 50k miles, been in every imaginable weather condition and still look great. When the bike went down in a hailstorm the rt side bag took the biggest force of fall and there wasn't even a dent. Nada. They are as tough as they look IMHO. If you're interested in something prettier or value form over function than I'd guess you're probably not a Jesse bag kinda rider. My friend is a gnarly adventure rider so the functionality of the Jesse bags score off the chart for him. FWIW, those that have 'em seem to absolutely love 'em.
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