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post #1 of 8 Old 07-21-2009, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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the scoop on stock luggage

Hi eveyone. In thinking about getting a strom, I have one last question about the luggage. I see on other threads that the majority (it seems) of strom owners customize their bags rather than going with the original stock bags. But I haven't read why the stock luggage isn't adequate. Are there any real problems with the Suzuki bags? I asked the local dealer and he said they are made by Givi. They seem sturdy and waterproof. Any comments on why I would want to upgrade?
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-21-2009, 09:24 PM
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Just after I bought my '07, I asked the dealer about the Suzuki Luggage. He said it would cost about $1200 CDN (racks plus the 3 bags) and recommended going aftermarket. I went with Kappa luggage (also made by Givi) for about $600 for a 46 litre topcase, 21 litre sidecases and the racks. I bought them from the Kawasaki dealer here in Kamloops.
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The Suzuki luggage I have came in boxes that said Made in Italy. It is waterproof, but it's also fragile and easily damaged. A complete set-up including luggage and racks can run close to $1400 Cdn. There are better options available for the same price.

Search the site. This has been discussed more than a few times. Some love it, some hate it. Given the choice, I wouldn't buy it again.


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post #4 of 8 Old 07-22-2009, 07:24 AM
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I have an 07 with the stock side cases.
I opted for an aftermarket topcase .
I ordered the side cases with the mounting racks when the bike was purchased for 835.00
They are watertight......but....
I find the gasket material around the closure to be poorly attached. I ended up removing it and reapplying sealant to hold it in place.
The closing mechanism is not confidence inspiring. Having a sidecase open up at highway speed is not fun. The almost inaudible "click" that the latch makes is the only indication that it is securely closed.
The pieces of string that control how far the case opens are not very durable.
Given the opportunity I would look at other options first. There are a lot of really good quaility cases that aren't really much more money.
That said they are very easily installed and removed. I carry mine like suitcases at the end of a day's riding. The racks aren't too hideous when riding without the luggage installed.
Speaking as someone who has a mix of OEM and aftermarket luggage, shop around !
Remember, whatever choice you make...as long as it works for you.

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The OEM luggage also is way too wide - was pushing my bike off the gas pumps last weekend, didn't notice the steel protective post (about 3' tall) at the end of the pumps, the left bag bumped the post, and pushed the bike over before I even realized what was happening. Of course, there were 30-35 bikers in the parking lot...

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I had the Suzuki topbox and the quality is just not there for the price they charge. There are several other options available that are roughly the same price that offer a better box for the $$. I have both Givi and Coocase (Twisted Throttle) that are better boxes for the same $$.

Suzuki just missed the deal on their luggage quality. Those side boxes they have sure do look good though.

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Thanks for the feedback guys. I was at the Suzuki dealer today deciding between an orange and black 650, and I asked to try out the luggage. I found that although the Suzuki bags were very attractive, they weren't as well designed as I thought they might be. For example, I tried to fit in my briefcase, which I use for work, in the side bag. The side bag is more oval shaped rather than square, and as a result, the side bag could not close or fit the briefcase. The top box seems to have more room, but again it is more oval than square shaped. This might be splitting hairs, but storage space is important for me. The Givis I was looking at online seem more square and space efficient.
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The bike I bought came with the OEM luggage and it works great. With that said, if I had bought a bike without bags I probably wouldn't choose the OEM bags.

The main reason is cost because they're very expensive. Someone else mentioned the shape. It's true they have a funny shape. It makes them look nice but fitting stuff in the bags can be a challenge at times. I can't speak to the toughness of them because I haven't had them off road yet.

Bottom line - if you're looking to outfit a bike go with aftermarket luggage. If you find a bike with OEM luggage don't be afraid to buy it. Check it out and see what you think. Like I said, I like my luggage and they've worked great so far.

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