vstrom 650 Panniers

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by weerider, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. weerider

    weerider Adventurer

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    Could anyone help me decide on the style or type of panniers for my vstrom
    Will be doing max 8day trips camp and motel by myself or friends.
    Trax, GIVI I am at a loss looked at a lot of pictures.
    Thanks for thoughts
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  2. Slowphil

    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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    No, you have to decide for yourself. Me, I have a set of marmite cans for my wee but for a 2 week trip on my Blackbird I used soft bags. Whatever floats your boat or catches your eye.
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  3. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    I have Caribou's on mine, but Happy Trails seem to be quite popular as well.
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  4. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    I'll be happy to tell you what system works for me.

    First I tell you how I ride.

    I don't ride the bike off road with bags on it.
    I have the top box 99% of the time I ride.
    I want to use the bags on my other bikes.
    I don't ride with side bags unless I'm on a tour, or have a specific need for them.
    I don't like having the frames on when I don't have the bags on.

    And what I have.

    I got the SWmotec system with Givi mono key bags, well I already had the bags I just ordered the frame and mount kits
    Decent quality stuff that went one very easily, and has held up very well.
    I bolted a mounting plate to my rack for my top box.

    I use the SWmotec system on my Honda 919 and my R100GS has Givi racks on it.

    The bags are simple, well made and so far have proven to be waterproof
    They do sunfade after 15 years of riding, and the keys are a little fragile.

    No complaints and if I had to do it over again I'd get the same set up.
    It's not as adventure cool as aluminum bags, but it also didn't cost me that kind of cash.
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  5. Crusier Dude

    Crusier Dude pavement inspecter

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    I just put the Danali side panniers on a couple of weeks ago and then my top box came in last week.

    Very nice quality and the people are really nice to work with,

    I live in Boise where HappyTrails store is and am very Happy with the set up.

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  6. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff Man of Mystery

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    When I was researching pannier options, I was overwhelmed too. There is a lot to think about.
    You have seen this thread, right? http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=137220

    price?
    easy to remove?
    Top or side loading?
    lockable?
    waterproof?
    crashable?
    repairable?
    cornering clearance?
    uncoated aluminium? coated alu? Steel? Plastic?
    able to open/close without key?
    potential to cause injury while feet down in an off-road situation?

    But keep reading pannier threads (don't need to be WeeStrom specific) --and you will see people making decisions based on their preferences. If you don't have enough experience to have a preference, you can run some inexpensive (e.g. soft panniers like Nelson Rigg) until you figure out what you like/don't like...and then spring for an expensive set-up.

    At first, I ran a Wolfman Beta Bag --tough construction, and bomb-proof attachment system. Cumbersome to take on/off bike, and when fully loaded didn't carry the weight low enough on the DL which has a highish CofG already. Worked great on my SV650 though and on a friends VFR800. Can't ride two-up with it though.

    After a lot of internal debate, I settled on SW-motech racks with Hepco Becker Junior 30L side cases. Classic styling, tough, easy on/off, lockable, not in the way of a passenger, and carried the weight low. But not light --added 30+ lbs to the bike easy, and had a 1mpg penalty at regular highway speeds.

    My riding buddy happy with his Nelson-Rigg soft panniers with a Pat Walsh luggage brace (compared to the cost of my set-up).

    Good luck!
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  7. PMC

    PMC riding rider

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    I've used my Strom with Happy Trail Denali (not clif cut) panniers with a Suzuki Top box for both camping trips and week+ trips where you stay in a hotel.
    Plenty of room to strap on extra stuff if you need more things.

    The HT mounts are very stout and the boxes have done their job over the two years I've had them. Would buy them again knowing what I know now.
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  8. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    I run a set of seahorse 720 cases mounted on Givi racks on my Wee. They are narrow, and carry the weight really well. Totally waterproof, hold a ton of stuff and are reasonably light. I have about $325 in my entire set up. I change between a large wolfman expedition dry bag and a Givi 45l top case depending on what we are doing.

    We just spent two weeks out west, 2-up and stayed in hotels, we had more than enough room for everything, we only did laundry once. Wife gets one side case, I get one, and all the layers and oddball stuff goes in the duffle. We have easily camped two up for a weekend with the same setup. I have camped 9 days with the seahorses, 45L top case and a small dry bag strapped on the passenger seat. I took way too much stuff.

    Slim, dry and affordable. I made all the mounts and locks for the cases. I bet my setup is close to 6" more narrow than the stock suzuki racks and bags. Mine are barely wider than my handlebars.

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    hard to see the bags but i like the pic:lol3
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  9. GaM

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    Decide if you want a top loading or side loading system first. I have caribou on my wee strom because I like for my stuff to automatically fall out on the road when I need something from the case along the way, top loading you have to sling it out yourself.
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  10. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    bwwwahhaha now thats funny:lol3

    Seriously though side loaders are no big deal if you pack accordingly. Just put the stuff you may need quick access too in the top case.

    That being said, if i had the $$$$ to spare I would probably have a set of Jessy's bags on my wee.
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  11. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    PP or ABS version?
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  12. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    the site just says injected molded plastic so im not sure.

    http://www.seahorse.net/

    http://www.seahorsecasesonline.com/department-596/Seahorse.html

    I had a lock break on a rocky dirt road last year and my right case flew off at about 35mph, bounced down the ditch with nothing more than a few scratches to show for it.

    My buddy has a set of grey ones on his Buell Uly. he had a rear wheel bearing go out last fall and we used his case as center stand. They are pretty tough, probably not as tough as a pelican though, but for the price they are hard to beat. His are newer than mine and his have better latches. Mine have NEVER leaked and they have seen thousands of miles of rain.

    They are sturdy, we use seahorse cases for our very expensive high speed camera equipment at work.

    its a good budget setup if you like to build your own stuff.
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  13. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    SE series = PP
    SX series = ABS

    You can find the 720 in both series.
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  14. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    I have the SE's...
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  15. Nitro1970

    Nitro1970 Been here awhile

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    What about the Pelican 1430's or the Giant Loop?
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  16. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    How much did you pay for them? Would you buy them again?
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  17. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    I had Givi's first - convenient but I prefer narrower, and top loading. Also live in the city so wanted metal. Been extremely pleased with the Jesse's.

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  18. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Sir Loin of Biff

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    My main rig is a Kappa (GIVI-built bargain brand) 48 topcase.
    Sides are 22L Kappas, or 45L Givis.
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  19. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    I paid less than $40/ea for them, $38 something and yes I would absolutely buy them again. Lots of bang for the buck. Check out the stromtroopers forum there are a bunch of people on there running the ae720 cases.
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  20. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    Home made rack (about $40 of steel) and 2 Sea Horse cases. Entire setup cost about $150. Did me great in my last 3-week trip

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