I just picked up a 2007 V. Super stoked to be joining the club!!
My V comes with the factory OEM side racks, I believe. I am looking for bags for it. I've been reading up as much as I can and have determined the following.. please correct me if I am wrong!
1) The Versys Givi Monokey racks are specific and other monokey cases will NOT work with the rack
Correct. Only the Givi V35 or Kappa K33 side cases will work with the OEM racks.
2) The factory side bags are kawa branded Givi V35 PLX. (the v35 standard will NOT work)
Thus, my only options for bags are finding a set of OEMs or buying Givi V35 PLX. Is this right?
The PLX is the designation for the rack. Both the Kawasaki OEM rack and the Givi rack have the same designation, but the Kawasaki rack is different in that the passenger side rails are integrated. I have only ever seen a Givi V35 listed as a sidecase on their Canadian site (GIVI.CA
As far as the OEM side cases go, I believe the stockers are Kawasaki-branded V35 cases. Kappa are a cousin to Givi (kinda like Ford and Mercury back in the day), so Kappa cases fit Givi racks and vice-versa. In my experience, Kappa are also less costly. I have owned two Kappa top cases (K35 and K46 Monolock), and I have no complaints.
So, your options are
- OEM side cases
- Givi V35
- Kappa K33N (https://www.kappamoto.com/cases/Monokey-Side/K33N
I have the Givi V35 cases on mine with the Givi side racks and a Kappa KZ447 top rack.
Has anyone of this forum custom made something to bolt onto the OEM rack, like a pelican case? The stock rack mounting points are not straight. The bottom points are further in to maximize luggage capacity on the V35/Kawa bags.
What's my least expensive option to get some luggage on there?
I've always wondered if it would be possible to create an adapter to allow a "normal" side case to be used on the PLX racks. That would certainly open up the possibilities as far as cases go. I know that Givi doesn't make one, but I wish they did. If they did, I'd consider having the E21 for the daily commute and the V35 for longer rides.