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My new bags - INEXPENSIVE

While I love the hard bags most use, I couldn't stomach the cost. I found these for $72 shipped. They don't lock, but I simply needed something for running errands and not having to wear a back pack. I can also remove them in less that 1 minute.

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are those the spirit 50s? where'd you get them? i cant get over the price of hard bags either.. maybe in the future, but not now!

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are those the spirit 50s? where'd you get them? i cant get over the price of hard bags either.. maybe in the future, but not now!
Yes they are. I saw someone else that had the smaller size, but I went with these and I'm pleased for the cost.

I got them here:

http://www.newenough.com/parts/lugga...addlebags.html

I ran the straps under the seat. Seems like the price went up a little. The next smaller SPRT-40 are back to $59.99 when they were $45,99 last week.

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Thanks Shaun.. they look great for errands and such...nice price too....think I might get soma them myself! Not bad at all!

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Those bags look good on your bike.

The soft bags are a good solution for running errands and such. I have a UV faded set of smaller Nelson Rigg bags that get flopped from bike to bike. Leaving valuables in them unattended is not a good idea though. I paid around $60 on closeout 5 years ago and have got a lot of use out of them.

One day I'll pony up for a set of hard bags but the soft bags are getting the job done for now.
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For 72 shipped, that's worth the dollars.

Thanks for sharing and they fit the V excellent.

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Looks good.
Nice thing about soft bags a quick stitch and everything's nice.

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thanks
ordered some of those. Google the brand and model prices vary 62.99$ elsewhere

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...addlebags.aspx

In the Spirit line they make a tank bag also. Kinda small, like to know how it fits. Don't want a magetic.

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Did you need any kind of supports for the bags? Does it look like they are going to get into the tire?
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Did you need any kind of supports for the bags? Does it look like they are going to get into the tire?
No supports needed and so far, no indication they will get into the tire. They aren't waterproof or lockable - as I said, I'll use them for daily errands, not for keeping stuff secure from theft.

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Thanks for info. Just got my V in September. Need bags and warmer riding gear. So trying to spread my money around. Can't stand not being able to ride because I don't have warm riding gear. Oh well suppose to have an Indian summer next week so I will make the most of it.
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What price hard cases?

At what price do hard bags become desirable? Reason I ask is that I just traded my much loved new '09 Versys off on an even more loveable Aprilia Shiver and kept the hard cases for later sale. (Blue) Will be putting them on the market in the near future (soon as I convince myself it won't be worth it to convert them to Shiver use) and was wondering what a fair price would be. They are virtually brand new with rackmounts, Versys had only 725 miles on it when traded.
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At what price do hard bags become desirable? Reason I ask is that I just traded my much loved new '09 Versys off on an even more loveable Aprilia Shiver and kept the hard cases for later sale. (Blue) Will be putting them on the market in the near future (soon as I convince myself it won't be worth it to convert them to Shiver use) and was wondering what a fair price would be. They are virtually brand new with rackmounts, Versys had only 725 miles on it when traded.
If you can find someone to buy your Versys mounts, the extra you'd pay for appropriate Shiver mounting probably wouldn't be much more than a set of soft luggage. Then you'd still have hard cases. If the blue trim on the cases is an issue, I'll swap you for my black pieces.

Edit: Assuming you have Givi V45s (OEM type). So many people do that I have a bad habit of taking it as a given.

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If you can find someone to buy your Versys mounts, the extra you'd pay for appropriate Shiver mounting probably wouldn't be much more than a set of soft luggage. Then you'd still have hard cases. If the blue trim on the cases is an issue, I'll swap you for my black pieces.

Edit: Assuming you have Givi V45s (OEM type). So many people do that I have a bad habit of taking it as a given.
Actually I intend to eliminate side bags all together; will be building about a 100 liter top case to mount over the passenger seat area. Was thinking about temporary adapters to make the Versys hardware work until top box is ready. (I know, it wouldn't look cool. But my primary use of a motorcycle is as a fair weather substitute for a car for running errands, not to look cool.)
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Three bikes, three sets on panniers or saddlebags. Been using a set of these on my Versys for several months now. I must have some carrying capacity for commuting, lite shopping etc. Although speaking only for me (goes with out saying) I found that placed far enough back for rear strap to go under passenger grab rail, they pressed on and deflected the turn indicators. Also the forward strap placed under the seat allow weighted saddlebag strap to ride on and cause bending of the side plastic trim panels. I only use them accross the top of the seat. This way all the the wieght bears on the seat just like a butt. They are semi rigid holding their shape.

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... for keeping stuff secure from theft.
Locking hard bags keep the water out and yes, you can lock them, but they are only as secure as the motivation of a thief to bust them open. A screwdriver and a few seconds is probably all it takes. If your stuff is truly valuable, take it with you.


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i purchased ht sl racks for 199.00,very strong and will hold any type box you want to mount up! just wanting to carry stuff, not looking for water tight i purchased 2 plano 4 pistol cases at wal-mart for 10.00 a piece, model #1404! mount them to racks any way you want. ht makes mounting pucks for the sl racks, but their 50.00 for the set! you can find what you need to easily mount them at a hardware store for a few dollars! by the way, you can get an 18-pak + in each box! their 16 x 13 x 6!
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Actually I intend to eliminate side bags all together; will be building about a 100 liter top case to mount over the passenger seat area. Was thinking about temporary adapters to make the Versys hardware work until top box is ready. (I know, it wouldn't look cool. But my primary use of a motorcycle is as a fair weather substitute for a car for running errands, not to look cool.)
There is a really good thread in the cosmetic forums, that somebody is making a replacement for the rear hand rails w/ alum. rails and a rear rack.
It got me thinking of something similar, except the rack being over the rear seat. Then anything could be attached to it.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=12005

As for looking cool, it doesn't matter, cuz when you're riding it, yer' not looking at the bike.....right? and most likely they're not riding.....and how uncool is that?

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I just got these bags

If you get a chance can you take some pics with the seat off and from the rear? They look perfect on your bike but I'm having trouble getting them to look the same. Thanks.
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