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Old 07-23-2010, 06:16 PM   #1
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Vstrom Riders and Where They Like Their Bags

Took my strom on a 340 mile trip yesterday with my top bag on. I don't like riding with the side bags on because I can feel how they negativly affect the feel of the bike.

Today I saw a rider with just side bags and no top bag. This got me wondering, what bags do you ride with?

1) Top

2) Side

3) All Three

4) None
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:29 PM   #2
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All four:

Bagster Tank bag,
Givi Top box:
Honda hard case panniers

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Old 07-23-2010, 06:43 PM   #3
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Also four. Joe Rocket Manta XL tank bag, Pelican 1500 sides, and a 1400 as my top box. I dont notice any effect the sides have. I guess it matters what side cases you have. how wide are they?
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:52 PM   #4
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I like my bag in my wife's mouth.

I ride with a tank bag full time, a soft top case 99.9% of the time, and panniers when traveling or shopping. I'm looking to get a Coocase V48 and some E21s to replace my nice but not lockable or sexy Nelson Rigg luggage.
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:14 PM   #5
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Jesse's never come off unless I knock 'em off

Beside tankbag won't hold much BEER
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:10 PM   #6
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I ride with a pair of pelican 1550's most of the time. I use the bike(s) as my primary mode of transportation as long as the roads are clear and hate not being able to stop for groceries etc. on a whim. The 1550's are big enough to hold my jacket if I don't want to bring it with me.
With careful (total accident) built my bags mounts to be reversible. If I have an empty pillion I can swap the bags side to side which moves them about 5" forward to hopefully make the bike handle better when loaded.
I tried a top bag and really didn't like it. I have a rack on the back that I can tie most of my campgear to so it doesn't go on trips with me.
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:44 PM   #7
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Tank bag and side cases pretty much all of the time, top case only if I think I need the extra space. I will generally take off the side cases if I am going off road locally just in case the bike wants to take a nap....
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Old 07-24-2010, 06:07 AM   #8
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Ive just gotten so used to riding with all three Pelican 1550's that I only take them off to work on the bike.

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Old 07-24-2010, 06:23 AM   #9
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Top case almost never comes off..

I only use saddle bags when I'm going somewhere...

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Old 07-24-2010, 06:50 AM   #10
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Top case almost every day when I commute or day trips and even overnighters. I only remove the top case if I'm feeling sporty.

This was for a two-day trip to Missouri.

Side cases if I'm grocery shopping or going someplace for several days.

And a longer trip through Louisiana.

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Old 07-24-2010, 07:08 AM   #11
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JCW top case all of the time and soft bags and tank bag when traveling.
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Old 07-24-2010, 07:47 AM   #12
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loaded, i do sidebags first. I think they are ride-enhancing lowering the COG.
but for convenience nothing beats my lightweight ATV 'trunk' on the tail rack.
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Old 07-24-2010, 08:14 AM   #13
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Thumb lowered

for them shortys, those who need longer legs, soupys has adjustable links,
from stock hight to - four inches. once there on you adjust anytime you need to, also cheep and easy to install about fourty-five minutes
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Old 07-24-2010, 08:15 AM   #14
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Pelican 1430's. If I haul anything else I tie it on with a piece of rope...

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Old 07-24-2010, 08:37 AM   #15
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one top bag and tent thats all you need, every thing alse on the road like eats
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