Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Overland Park, KS
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replys to questions...
The side cases are 37 liter each and, yes, they are the same size on both sides.
The point about the security risk is well taken. Fortunately, they sell locks for the quick release brackets which you should be able to see in some of the photos (they're the round black objects a couple of inches in diameter.) You'll have to check the twisted throttle web site, but I believe I paid around $30 for the pair of locks (one for each side bracket.) If you order Trax luggage, you also need to specify the locks for the boxes themselves. I didn't order those initially and there is no other way to lock the boxes. Fortunately those were dirt cheap...something like $10 total for all of the locks needed (I believe there were 6) and mulitple keys.
I have no idea what the boxes and mounts are going for today, but when I originally priced them from Twisted Throttle back in April, 2008, below were the prices they quoted (as you can see, I've been very slow to post these pictures.) Note prices do not include the locks discussed above:
With natural aluminum, here's the break-down Twisted Throttle sent me from several months ago. I believe the all black boxes were minimally more expensive:
Left and right 37-liter Alu-Boxes - $550.00
Top box - $299.99
Topcase adapter plate - $35.00
Toprack - $149.99
Sidecase adapter kit - $20.00
Sideracks - $229.99
Shipping to 66207 via UPS Ground - $33.62
The prices for the Givi boxes with the SW Motech brackets was very similar. Seems like it was within a range of plus or minus $50. The options were powder coated black or natural aluminum. I went with the aluminum with the black powder coated lids.
Other aluminum boxes I priced were significantly more expensive and, personally, I didn't feel the others looked as good as the Trax.
The great thing about the Versys is that you're starting with such a reasonably priced bike, by the time you add things like luggage, a custom seat, GPS, etc. you've still got a reasonably priced bike.
In addition to the luggage and seat I've added a Garmin 450 GPS, larger wind screen (for winter only...frankly, I love the stock windscreen in the Summer...one of the best designed windscreens I've ever had on a bike) and Galfer braided brake lines. If I had it to do over, I probably wouldn't have ordered the brake lines and instead gone with handguards. I don't notice much difference in the braking, and I'm unhappy with the fit of the front brake line, which came out appearing much too long.