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post #1 of 26 Old 05-15-2009, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Pros and Cons of Stylish vs. Non-Stylish Hard Luggage

OK, I'm fairly sure I'm going to buy a Wee. Saw it in person in gray, will look around for the orange and think about it.

I will want some hard luggage. There appears to be the fairly stylish Givi stuff vs. that milk crate looking stuff.

Any non-obvious pros and cons of the pretty vs. the pretty ugly hard luggage?

Any gas mileage difference?

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I was in Marshall for dinner at Shuler's Tuesday night and had a few beers.

Oh....and buy the best cases your money can buy. If you have never owned cases before I'd recommend anything from Givi, they are user friendly.

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I got an E45 from Givi which is in between the milk crates and fancy egg-shaped boxes. Good quality and still affordable. I think it fits the look of the V-Strom.
 
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You can't do this with Givi, but you can with Pelican.


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You can't do this with Givi, but you can with Pelican.

Did you use the standard Givi mount or the SW Moto quick release mount?

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Did you use the standard Givi mount or the SW Moto quick release mount?
I have a Caribou Cases setup.

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You can't do this with Givi, but you can with Pelican.
How often do you run over your cases with a car/truck? Unless you drop your bike every day or ride to the end of the world, Givi's will do just fine.
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I have a Givi V46 Top Case and E Side cases with the Givi rack. They were on the bike when I bought them but were brand new (bike had only 600 km).

Things I like about them:

- They are huge, lots of storage.
- Waterproof in heavy rain and wet/sloppy roads.
- Remove/install in seconds so are easy to use as suitcases to carry into house or hotel etc.
- Very easy to access. Side cases can be accessed on the bike from the top without key (combo lock) or can be opened like a suitcase.
- Combo locks on side case allow for storage of spare keys (not a big deal till you need them 1000 km's from home)
- Look OK.
- have not broken or malfunctioned in any way, although I have not dropped the bike on them (or parked a truck on them).
- I leave the top box on and makes useful daily storage. Easily holds backpack with laptop in it, or two full face helmets.

Things I am not as crazy about:

- They are huge. This makes the bike very wide and you need to be cautious about clearance, both while riding and parking. Search this forum and you will find comments on this.
- I wish the rack was easier to remove like the SW MOTEC rack. I mostly ride without the side cases on. They are installed for overnight and longer trips only.

Good luck on your selection.

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How often do you run over your cases with a car/truck? Unless you drop your bike every day or ride to the end of the world, Givi's will do just fine.
I suspect only one hard drop on a Givi and the piece will be toast, in a lowside crash, your underwear will be strewn about, meanwhile the guy with the caribou setup will pick his bike up and ride away

the only advantage I would give to Givi if style is no concern, is maybe they will have enuf better aerodynamics that you might notice a slight difference in fuel economy on the highway



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I got the stylish 52 liter top box by Givi and the two semi stylish E45 side bags. With mounting brackets all about $800.00

Seem to be very good quality and worth it to me. I will be touring and need lots of space.

I had a 45 liter top box by Givi for three years on an XT600 and abused it regularly, it was water proof and held up fine.

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