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What type soft saddle bags are best?

Has anyone used these Givi soft saddle bags on the Versys?

Do bags like these need a frame to keep them away from the rear tyre, or do they simply hang out of the way.

I got a top box on my 09, but feel the need for a little something else.

Suggestions??

Also is the top box a bit unwieldily even if packed with just light stuff?

I am coming off a bandit1250 which with the Givi top box is seriously top heavy! I am wondering what to expect with the Versys factory set up box.

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I don't know if they are the best or not, but I just now added some Motocentric saddle bags and tail bag. I really like the way they fit and the quality seems great. I did remove the grab handles to get them to fit to suit me. Hope this helps.

Also, with these, I don't see the need for any type of extra support.
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I have the Givi E-55 Topcase and have loaded it down with no problems. i also have a set of fieldsheer softbags i use on long trips and a saddleman bag i use on the passenger seat when needed makes a nice back rest also. http://www.google.com/products/catal...wAQ#ps-sellers

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Thanks you guys, this is just the sort of info I was interested in receiving. I thought about one of these on the passenger seat, but was a bit concerned about having too much weight up top, so started considering the other Givi bags. Maybe I don't need anymore than the top box, but I fear, that just won't be enough space for a Gilligan's Island 2 hour tour.

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I also use a Givi 40L topcase for everyday use, and Cortech soft saddlebags (17L each) for longer trips. I also have the Cortech soft tail bag that was purchased before the Givi hard topcase. Never had the need to use all at once. Amazing how little space is needed when you pack/choose efficiently.


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The Ogio bags look great but the zippers suck. Stay away from those..LOL

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I've got Chase Harper ET4000 bags on my 09. Wouldn't trade them for the world. Nice fix or replace warranty too.

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I have Givi soft saddle bags and a Givi tail roll bag. They are well made, well designed and very roomy. Never had a problem with them and I have very little sag into the rear wheel as they are semi rigid even without a bag support.

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Here is my setup -
RKA paniers, a bit old, and less capacity than the Givi's you linked(those look nice, btw). I posted pics of the anchor points, it stays put, just fine.
A medium sized Wolfman duffle sits above it. That Givi one looks good, too.
The bike feels a bit top heavy with my stuff on it, at walking speeds or less, but I'm short, and weigh a hundred & nothin. Once moving, it's not an issue, and it's a nimble bike.

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I've got Chase Harper ET4000 bags on my 09. Wouldn't trade them for the world. Nice fix or replace warranty too.
Hey Mike,
You got a pic of your bike with the bags on it? Do you use supports for the bags?

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i like ortlieb saddlebags and duffel. nice to have bags that are waterproof, just like that givi rolltop. i'd rather not fumble around with raincovers. that's the same reason i wear waterproof kit, no stopping for rainsuits.

as for being too heavy... if you load up a pair saddlebags + topbox + duffel on the saddle, you may have the equivalent of a really, really, light passenger. not to worry, just dial up the preload and ride.

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as for being too heavy... if you load up a pair saddlebags + topbox + duffel on the saddle, you may have the equivalent of a really, really, light passenger. not to worry, just dial up the preload and ride.
Thanks everyone...lots of great information here. I am still vacillating between hard and soft bags. The soft Givi bags will arrive tomorrow. That will probably help my decision. Though not waterproof, the inside liner to the bag is! Nothing worse than being soaked and going for dry clothes only to discover that they too are wet!

Thanks for the preload info...i nearly forgot about that!


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Don't forget to treat the zippered sections occasionally... The real problem with soft bags (as far as waterproofing goes) is the "maintenance".

I always forgot about it on my nelson riggs and ride rain or shine... Bad news for anything I had in the bags!
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Hi, wondering if you got the soft Givi bags and if so what are your thoughts please? Also a pic on the bike would be greatly appreciated.

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I have Givi soft saddle bags and a Givi tail roll bag. They are well made, well designed and very roomy. Never had a problem with them and I have very little sag into the rear wheel as they are semi rigid even without a bag support.
Eldiablo - Are you still happy with the Givi's?

I have the Givi rack so shouldn't have any trouble with the sag.

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Eldiablo - Are you still happy with the Givi's?

I have the Givi rack so shouldn't have any trouble with the sag.


I used a heavy duty zip tie on the handles to take up the sag....

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I used a heavy duty zip tie on the handles to take up the sag....
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Although I have had Miss Jaffa (Burnt Orange 2007 Versys) for a while, I still have a lot to learn.


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