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Old 05-25-2005, 04:57 PM   #1
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Aluminum panniers, V-strom 1000

I know this has been beat into the earth in the past but is there any sort of consensus on whose aluminum panniers are best?

I'd prefer hinged lids as they don't get lost when you forget to latch, and I'd also probably prefer some sort of finish on 'em so that the contents do not get the 'aluminum rub' treatment.

I would also prefer that they be available installable from the factory since I don't want to have to drill holes meself....

I have no plans to change the pipes if that makes any difference.

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Old 05-25-2005, 05:33 PM   #2
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Jesse. You won't regret it. Incredibly functional, durable, repairable if damaged, and worth nearly as much as you paid for them if you ever want to sell them.

Drilling the holes is no big deal.
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Old 05-25-2005, 05:43 PM   #3
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Happy Trails cases are very good as well.
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Old 05-25-2005, 05:53 PM   #4
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Jesse or Happy Trails, I ordered a set of black Jesse luggage today for my 650 Strom.

they told me it would be a couple of weeks before they shipped.
I have seen a set on both a 650 and a 1000 and they look good.
not cheap but you get what you pay for.
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Old 05-25-2005, 06:03 PM   #5
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Tried the Jesse on my 6Fiddy, ended up with the HTs. Very Happy with them.
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Old 05-25-2005, 06:05 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Manuel Garcia O'Kely
......... I'd also probably prefer some sort of finish on 'em so that the contents do not get the 'aluminum rub' treatment.

This is not a problem. Go to Staples and buy some clear stick on shelf liner. Cut and apply to inside of box....voila!, no icky black munge. Thanks to Solo Lobo for the idea.



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Old 05-26-2005, 09:18 AM   #7
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Thumb Hepco Becker 37 Liter Aluminums

Perfect bag for the 1100 or the 650 as well as any other bike. Lots of room and take a beating. On and the bike in about 30 seconds and they're pretty water tight.

All for around 800 clams...

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Old 05-26-2005, 09:29 AM   #8
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The same Jesses that fits the big Vstrom will fit the F650 and the 950 obviously with different racks. I assume that this is the same size as the smaller Vstrom.

Keep that in mind if you see a used set that pops up. Got mine for $500 which is damn hard to beat and they've been fitted on the third bike now.
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Old 05-27-2005, 01:16 PM   #9
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manuel -

I have a softbag set-up (Wolfman Beta) on my DL650, so I can't speak to the construction quality of the various hardbags.

However, if I went with hardbags, and money were no object, I would get these:

Most hardbag options on the V-strom make the ass-end nearly 4 feet wide, and look like an afterthought. The Happy Trail Targhee Cut Panniers (which wrap under the pipes) give you a much more integrated look imho. They also allow you to get some weight lower and closer to center - a good thing. A tad pricey, though.


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Old 05-28-2005, 10:17 PM   #10
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marathon man,,,,i dont think they are pricy

they are about the same as the zook/givi set up i had put on from the shop. the two sides and the trunk was about 800 or sell them in an instant for just the side bags and mounts from the happy trails.
course another thing im thinking of,, is to have happy trail make me a long trunk.they might too. and have the trunk go from my back rest,,all the way to the back of the bike. sorta a long trunk. i dont need a back seat,and the times when i do,i could take it off,and get the back seat back. but i like the idea of a very large/long trunk,and back rest for me. for long road/exploring trips.
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