Hey. So here I am, waiting for the weather to get nice so I can go up to Western PA and get my new V-Strom. So, why not start buying crap to tack onto it, before I even get it?
It seems that the #1 mod to go for, for me, is a Givi top case. The thing is, I'm not Iron Butt rider. I'll go for a few hundred miles here and there, but mostly I stay close to home. The main role for my new DL is to be one of commuting and getting around in Baltimore. All I really need is the ability to put a helmet and boots in there, and carry my satchel bag and a pair of regular shoes. That's about it, I guess.
So, I'm looking at the Givi options available. I just can't help but wonder about having this big ugly cargo pod hanging off the rear of my new bike. Some of these things, like the V46 for instance, look enormous to me. I can imagine having one or two items in there clunking around as I ride.
So I'm thinking about going with the Givi E35 "Traffic" instead. To me, it doesn't look so overpowering. Does anyone have any experience with this case? Has anybody gotten a smaller case like this, and then wished you had gone larger? Or, conversely, how many of you find that you have way more storage space than you need?
Here's a picture of the E350N. I like those E21 panniers, too, but I'll wait and see if I acutally need them.