I think soft side bags are an under rated.
I've changed my mind on the necessity and desirability of hard side case since owning the Versys. Love my lockable Givi top box and use it every day for commuting but I don't need the extra capacity of side cases except when I occasionally camp on the bike. I use the expandable sport size side bags to supplement my Givi top box when travelling which is about 1-3 trips a year. The Cortech ones seem to fit the V well hold a lot of stuff, especially when combined with the matching Cortech tail bag which just clips to them. I would say they easily hold as much or more than hard cases when expanded, not including the tail bag. The big advantage is the set of side bags and tail bag I think cost $150 and will work on any bike vs $1000+ for a good set of metal side case plus mounting racks that will only work on the V.
Last edited by twowheels; 06-24-2015 at 01:18 PM.