Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON Canada
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I have the V35's. I haven't used the E21's, but in my experience, you will always want a bigger bag. This is especially true if you run without a top case. I've always used a top case on mine, so I can't comment on using just the side bags alone.
The odd shape of the V35's can make getting some items into it difficult (say, a large helmet). And the racks are specific to those bags, so if you wanted to upgrade to the E41's later, you would be out of luck.
Given that you're not sure what you need, I would get a set up that provides for more flexibility (either now or later down the road). That would mean getting the PL447 Givi racks, the SW-MOTECH racks, or the Happy-Trails racks that work with standard GIVI bags. That way, you could try out the E21's and if you didn't like them, you could then sell them and try out other options (larger Givi's, Pelican cases, etc) without having to buy new racks.
Just my $0.02,
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