I've been going back and forth with side cases. (I'm worse than a child trying to pick out what flavor ice cream they want at Baskin Robbins!)
I discussed with mentolio as he has the Shad's with the 3P system and the SH36 cases. I like their looks but didn't want the side-opening cases. I do like the Shad SH23's...but they won't fit the Versys 650 3P system. And wouldn't ya know, they're the ONLY Shad cases that have top-openings.
So, after pricing the Shad brackets and SH36 cases I'm looking at around $700.
Then I thought of the Givi's. The mounting brackets are ugly-looking if you ride without the cases. Plus, you have to lower the license plate bracket to mount the case brackets. This requires removing the turn signals, installing the Givi license plate bracket, and there's also that cross-over bar. I thought of doing that and getting the E22's as they are cheaper and also top-opening. (Had this set-up on my NC700. Not big cases but sturdy and held what I needed it to hold.) The Trekker series look tough as nails, but I find the Versys to be more street savvy. IMO, those Trekkers look awesome on a V-strom or Super Tenere as, to me, those bikes have a more "boxy" look to them. As far as the larger Givi cases, they're too "pontoon-looking" to me.
Anyway, the Givi brackets and E22's run about $350.
Then, while at Bike Week, I got a chance to mess around with the OEM cases. Yes, they're side-opening but they really look great on the Versys (IMO). And, if you don't want to use them you just simply pull them off and there's no ugly brackets! But then there's the price. Ouch!!! $800 for the cases and another $40 for the rubber mounts, then another $50 for the ignition-key locks!
So I called my dealer where I bought the Versys and asked if they gave a discount on OEM accessories. He priced me out at $750 for everything!!!
I know this is a late post but I'll be going down there tomorrow to pay for it. Any reason I shouldn't? Anyone who has these cases find them not worth it?