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has anyone use a Ventura luggage system?

I am still trying to decide on a luggage system

I am not sure I like the Givi 35's as they are ehh well wide and I don't want them on all the time (just my opinion) BUT they are functional and durable.

soft bags are easy on and easy off but lack space and I don't like how they tend to shift and need alot of attention on longer trips, may scuff paint ... ect

I came across this Ventura system tonight but I never heard of it? Looks like a pretty clean install. Basically it is 2 bags zipped together and on top to get a large storage capacity 80-100+ liters depending on set up. But my questions are with all the weight upright and behind the rider does it make for more top heavy feel (reviews say no but I duno) also would the fit help with aerodynamics compared to the Givi 35's

cost/size comparison
soft luggage (60-80 liter capacity total) tribag system $200-$350 for saddle bags and tail bag (depending on brand)

ventura system (86 liters) with 2 bags and extra grab bar $550ish

Givi 35's (70 liter capasity) color matched and with quick disconnects and all the do da's $800-$900

here are the links
http://www.ventura-mca.com/system/video.aspx
http://www.ventura-mca.com/system/about.aspx

thoughts and opinions wanted

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It definitely will make the bike more top heavy, but I have a Givi E52 and it has never given me any problems with the location of the weight. I can feel it, but it doesn't seem to cause a problem. If I am going out for a day of serious twisties and feel I need storage I have a tail bag that fits on the Givi top case rack or the pillion. If you want soft bags it looks like a pretty cool solution.

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theres an Aussie on the versys.co.uk forum (Cazzie) who had a ventura luggage rack

in fact doing a search ont he uk forum yields a good few hits
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or e41 , they are good and in upper little door is number lock

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I have a Ventura system, but only a single bag. Its great, heaps of room and easy to put on or off.
I don't notice its until I ride over 100km/h or 65mph, then it makes a little flapping noise (possible because its always half empty). Even so, it doesn't bother me much.


I think its the right option for twists
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I have the Ventura rack system with all three of the optional attachments, which are the Pack-Rack, the Sport-Rack, and the Grab-Handle, and a single bag that they no longer make but is similar to their Aero-Spada VII (Hyphens are in the official Ventura names.) I was lucky to buy them used from a member of this forum.

I only use the Pack-Rack even when I am not using the bag. I have only test fit the Sport-Rack and Grab-Handle. The Pack-Rack weighs very little more than even the much smaller Grab-Handle, and I use it to help move the bike around because the height of the Rack-Pack gives me a lot of leverage. Without the bag the Rack-Pack kind of makes the bike look like it has a sissy bar. I don't care, but some folks may want avoid the sissy bar look.

The longest I ever ride is 4-8 hour day rides, and for me the single bag is a good size. It gives me room for a decent sized cooler so I don't have to buy food or drinks when I add a Camelbak for water to drink while riding. And there is room for a fleece jacket, but not much more than that. I also bungee on a folding chair so that I can eat my lunch in comfort.

Having said the single bag is a good size, I would like to add a little storage for heavier items like a tire patch kit and a small pump. The Ventura double bag set up would give me all the room for that and allow me to add a rain outfit, but I would have to give up the folding chair, so I am looking at adding small panniers. That would also allow me to load the heavier items lower.

I have a set of the SW-Motech removable side racks that are incompatible with the Ventura rack mounting. I am studying how to modify them to work with each other, but in the end I may instead choose to make a custom permanent mounting for ammo boxes or Pelican 1430s. This would allow me to keep all the heavy stuff down low, and the Ventura bag would be for lighter things.
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center case is by me givi maxia 52l .. and its quiet and no noise .. tested by 200km/h :s
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how many revs were you pulling at 200km/h
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uff.. thats a good question .. i forgote .. i rember that on straight i got 197km/h , on revs.. i will try when the winter is gone ..
but i rember that was not on red area .. was some rpm free till red ..
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that's crazy
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