Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto - way way way too much traffic
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.
'04 650, and goshdarnit it's fun - matte silver (#9 in the Silver 'Strom Club)
farewell to an '81 KZ550, '83 GPz750, '83 V45 Sabre, R-Reg GT380, '84 GPz550, early '70s DT175, and a '72 Peugeot 102