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post #1 of 6 Old 11-12-2006, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hello, everyone: I bought a 2006 DL650 this past summer.I need to buy saddlebags and a trunk.I am considering GIVI trunk, and soft luggage - Fieldsheer, or GIVI. Anyone have experience comparing hard saddlebags to soft? I need them for daily commute - no real rough adventure stuff yet. Thanks - Rob.
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-12-2006, 09:16 PM
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I commute 50 miles, round trip, every day and Givi makes a 21 litre hard case that's perfect for daily use (Monokey E21). The top of the case is just below the level of the passenger seat so it gives you a wide platform for adding a duffelbag for long trips. There's tons of room to carry anything you need for daily use...including a rainsuit, tools, gear, and groceries. The 40+ litre sidebags are HUGE and most people who buy the side & trunk set and just use the trunk. Personally, I like the trunkless streamlined look...especially since my commute is 98% on the highway. http://picasaweb.google.com/bobosmit...40142950318098

These bags are durable too. I laid it down in gravel and the bottom of the case popped off while the top lock held. The case was totally bent up about 90 degrees from normal and it looked totally broken. When I got the bike up, it bounced back.
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Rob,

Here are some pics of my setup. Those are the Givi E21N sidecases (about $150.00 per set) and a Tourmaster/Cortech 30 literTailbag (about $89.00). The tailbag comes with a waterproof cover and a removeable shoulder strap. Nice unit.

Here is a link for the tailbag: http://www.tourmaster.com/xcart/prod...tid=147&cat=31





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I did a 4500 mile trip with the TourMaster Cortech Tri-bag system. The tail bag connects to the saddlebags to make a very sturdy set. They held up fine. The only issue was I lost one of the rain covers, so I had to use a trashbag.

I now have Givi E36s (side cases) and an E45 (top case). I wanted to do the trip with the hard bags, but they didn't arrive in time. I found the soft bags functioned just fine - no issues at all. I've also used them on my SVS 650, which is why I originally bought them. I found that with the GIVI mounting racks, the tri-bags stayed in place perfectly and provided a place to anchor the bags to the bike.

Here are the links on the TourMaster site:

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Hope this helps.

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-18-2006, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks - nice tires

[QUOTE=jackpiner57;64638]Rob,

Here are some pics of my setup. Those are the Givi E21N sidecases (about $150.00 per set) and a Tourmaster/Cortech 30 literTailbag (about $89.00). The tailbag comes with a waterproof cover and a removeable shoulder strap. Nice unit.

Jackpiner: thanks for the photos and advice. What kind of tires do you have on your Strom? Are they good on the asphalt?
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Rob,

Here are some pics of my setup. Those are the Givi E21N sidecases (about $150.00 per set) and a Tourmaster/Cortech 30 literTailbag (about $89.00). The tailbag comes with a waterproof cover and a removeable shoulder strap. Nice unit.

Jackpiner: thanks for the photos and advice. What kind of tires do you have on your Strom? Are they good on the asphalt?
They are Michelin Anakees. I love 'em. Stick like glue even in the wet. I just put a new rear one on yesterday. A Suzuki dealership quoted me $170.00 for the rear. It is $130.95 here, and If you buy two tires the shipping is free.
http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/mer...ry_Code=Anakee

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