Join Date: May 2016
Location: Newark, Delaware
I went thru the same debate when I purchased my 2015 ABS model. I didn't want to pay for new, so I monitored eBay for while looking for second-hand factory KQR bags and mounting bits to no avail. (BTW, if you do that, keep in mind the same cases are also used on the 1000 Versys and the 1000 Ninja, too.) In the end, I went with SW-Motech quick-release side carriers and Givi E-22 cases. I also added a SW-Motech luggage rack and Givi V-47 top case (the OEM is a re-badged V-47). If you're considering going the Givi route, be sure to check the prices at Motostorm.it. I saved a lot on my cases, even with shipping from Italy.
2015 Versys 650 ABS
AMA, MSTA, Retreads
Nat'l Cycle "Sport-Touring" screen; Givi hand guards; BMW Sport Grips; Omni-Cruise throttle lock; Motowerk mirror extenders, side stand foot & highway pegs; Denali Mini Soundbomb horn; SW-Motech top rack, Quick-Lock Evo side racks, wide foot pegs & GPS shelf; Givi E-22 side cases & V-47 top case; RKA 13L Shiloh Road tank bag; Hyper-Lites; Sargent seat; Shoodaben ECU reflash; decalectomy.