Bags/boxes for GSA LC

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  1. Kidder

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    Is there a thread that discusses/shows different panniers for the GSAW? I am hoping to close the deal on a 17 in the next week or two. But, I can't decide. I have always had Givi on my past bikes (Stroms and Tenere). Also, what boxes are compatible with stock racks? I'm sure there is a thread on this but I can't find it.
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  2. bighairless

    bighairless Been here awhile

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    Similar background to you (bikes and Givi)...and recently ordered a 2017 GSA.
    I ruled it down to Bumont and Globescout. Both mount to the stock racks but the GlobeScout topcase requires a mounting plate. I went GlobeScout with the deciding factor being they are anodized instead of powder coated. I couldn't be happier with my choice but I don't think you could go wrong with either.
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  3. AFdude

    AFdude Been here awhile

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    There are so many directions you can go here. Of course, budget is usually a concern of many here, but I chose to spend a little more on the versatility route since I commute on my bike a lot, a soft bag wasn't going to cut it for all purposes (security). I ditched the stock rack and picked up a Touratech rack and Zega Pro cases. That way I can keep the boxes when I eventually move onto the next bike since TT will be compatible with their own racks. And in the long run I ended up with a set of Mosko Moto bags that I use when doing a trip with any off road in it. Cant beat those either. I move in between the two quite often.

    GLW the search. There's a lot of directions you can go.

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  5. Daleah

    Daleah Been here awhile

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    being an engineer, i needed to do my own comparison. so i set up a spreadsheet to compare all of the information i could find, even listing prices/vendors. One of the features I wanted was the ability to remove the racks without opening them. so that narrowed it down for me. then i looked at the reviews on those and looked for the best bargain.

    Other factors might be more important to you. For me it was easier to look at everything side by side.
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    qman8 15 GSA / 08 WR250R

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    So, Daleah...who did your metrics reveal as the winner???
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  7. KiwiKurt

    KiwiKurt Amor Patriae

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    I got the Givi Trekker Outback cases and have been happy with them. I was able to order the set from MotoStorm and got the cases, racks, and matching locks for less than BMW wanted for just the boxes.

    Guys at ADV designs turned me onto them. They tested them through the southwest and moab, dumped the bikes a bunch and the boxes held up very well. The other thing I like is that they make a top box big enough for a back pack or 2 helmets.....
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  8. Kidder

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    Which racks did you end up with? Givi, SW Motech?
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  9. ydarg

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    I liked the looks of Givi cases better. Yes, it meant changing the factory racks and getting an adapter plate for the topcase.

    I have the Trekker (non-Outback) cases and have been very happy.
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  10. KiwiKurt

    KiwiKurt Amor Patriae

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    Givi racks. I just bout the whole kit from Givi...... racks, top plate, big top case, big left side case, small right side case, and a matching set of locks was cheaper through motostorm than what the bmw dealer wanted for just the boxes....

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  11. Daleah

    Daleah Been here awhile

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    I also ended up with the Givi Outback Trekker. I also ordered from Motostorm. The main factors I wanted were: Removal without opening, mounting loops on the top, top loading. I actually went with matcher 48L, so my bike is going to look lopsided from the back, but I don't care.

    These are actually a little thinner than some of the others, but the review from most everyone who has them have been good. Also I don't really push myself and my equipment to the limit, so the difference in thickness will probably not be an issue. When the bags arrived they were already keyed to match and they came with an extra key/lock set which i assume is to fit a top box if I ever get one.

    As I said I went with Motostorm and saved a ton of money over everyone else on the same items. However, I am having an issue now I wanted everyone to be aware of:

    I ordered the wrong rack (mistake was all mine, although why they would sell a rack that doesn't match the bags on the same order is puzzling). I tried to sell the extra rack and when it didn't sell i decided to send it back. Shipping back to Italy is very expensive, but again, my mistake, cost of stupid i guess.

    Bad news is: rack is tied up in customs and has been there since Dec. 27th. I'm concerned that something has happened to it and if the rack doesn't make it back to Motostorm, they won't refund my money.

    Soooo TL/DR, Motostorm transaction went well, just make double sure of your order before you pull the trigger.

    BTW, you can get discount codes from Mototstorm if you review a product that they carry on their website. I did this and got 2 codes. But be patient, it takes 2-3 weeks for the codes to appear. When you buy something, you get more codes to apply to future orders. if you are not going to use them, they are transferrable, so pay them forward to someone else if you can't use them.
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  12. Kidder

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    These are the Givis I like, too. What rack did you go with? I have used both Givi and SW-Motech both of which were quick disconnect. Do you have any pics of your set up?
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    I used Givi racks and bought everything from Revzilla. Yep, they're quick disconnect with the Givi triangle-looking key thingamabob although I've never taken them off. You can even lock the racks to the passenger peg mounts. I was impressed, the racks came with new mounts for the turn signals as well.

    I have the 36L side cases and a 52L top case. Will see if I can find pictures.
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    drtbik Dad-Gum!

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    I also, due to past experience with quality Givi cases, went with outback trekker cases. Bought two of them with"blemishes" (very small scuffed areas) from Revzilla for a song and covered the blemishes with vinyl stickers so you could never tell. Besides I imagine they will have dings and scratches before too long anyhow.

    I have a set of Enduristan soft gear for off road with a Giant Loop that doubles as a backrest when off roading.
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    Daleah Been here awhile

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    i like that sticker ^^ where did you get it?
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  17. Kidder

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    Why did the turn signals have to be relocated? I assume the racks don't stick out quite as far as the OEM? I wonder if this is an issue for the SW Motech racks?
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  18. ydarg

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    I think they sit inwards too far with the bags on, it's not to clear the racks or anything.

    There are two small brackets that move the signals out and towards the rear a little. They look good with the bags on and off.
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  19. KiwiKurt

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    My BMW oem led blinkers fit fine, fwiw.

    I do wish i would have gone with quick release racks instead of standard. Cleans up the look of the bike when you want it. Although sounds like the standard racks mght be more sturdy to better function as a rear crash bar? Not sure
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  20. Kidder

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    I keep going back and forth between hard bags and the soft panniers. I like the soft for any off tarmac excursions but that would really be not that often for me until my epic Alaska trip. And, by the time an Alaska trip happens, all of the roads to Prudhoe Bay may be paved! :lol3
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