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Hey....from BC

Just joined, don't have a Versys yet, but am picking one up next week, got a really good deal on a new 2012 model. Didn't really like the yellow and black at first but they definitely worked out a deal that made the yellow/black start to look quite nice! actually the more I look at it the more I like it, and I suppose the little bit of yellow there is wouldn't be too difficult to change if it ended up not growing on me.

Started riding about 3 years ago. started on a Vulcan 800 then switched the Suzuki sv1000s, but have decided that a more relaxed upright position is what I like. Am starting to do more 2-4 day rides.

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Welcome. I think the yellow/black is a great color!

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Welcome fellow Canuck. +1 on the yellow being great! You're going to love it.

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I'm in Chilliwack BC.

I need to make a decision on bags asap as I'm going to include that in the purchase "package". Kawi has a deal for $499 for Givi hard side bags with the required mounting hardware included, I think it's a good deal, however I was more interested in the rack and trunk system, seems to keep the bike a little narrower, which I like.

Can anyone who has either/or let me know what the pro's or con's to either system are?

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I'm in Chilliwack BC.

I need to make a decision on bags asap as I'm going to include that in the purchase "package". Kawi has a deal for $499 for Givi hard side bags with the required mounting hardware included, I think it's a good deal, however I was more interested in the rack and trunk system, seems to keep the bike a little narrower, which I like.

Can anyone who has either/or let me know what the pro's or con's to either system are?

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Hello and welcome from a fellow Chilliwackian. Can't help you on the bags or mounts but if you need anything else (tips or quick work done) let me know, I'm just up the road.

There are a few of us out here in the 'Wack and Abby so maybe a ride some day? You will love the Versys around Rider Lake.

edit: Did you get it at BigTop? I was just there when Jay mentioned he was getting down a 650 Versys for a customer. I think I might be there too much. If you need anything though tell Kelly at B.T. I sent you. ;-)

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I'm in Chilliwack BC.

I need to make a decision on bags asap as I'm going to include that in the purchase "package". Kawi has a deal for $499 for Givi hard side bags with the required mounting hardware included, I think it's a good deal, however I was more interested in the rack and trunk system, seems to keep the bike a little narrower, which I like.

Can anyone who has either/or let me know what the pro's or con's to either system are?

Thanks
Hi there and welcome. Which Givi cases and racks were you offered? Are you touring 2 up or solo? Have you considered both the side and top combo together?
I went from this.....

To this

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Hey Ultra, Thats exactly what I was wondering. I will do very little two up touring, however on occasion will take my daughter for a little 1-2 day trip. I was thinking she may feel very comfortable with a big trunk like you have in the one picture. But does that make the bike too "top heavy" and with the side bags is a passenger still comfortable?

I'm not really sure which Givi bags, but they are a hardshell lockable, removable bag and Givi makes them for Kawasaki.

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Hey Cuff, I have seen a couple of Versys 650's around Chilliwack so maybe it was yours. No the Versys is coming from Burnaby Kawasaki, they advertised a really low price so I went out there. Maybe I should call Big Top and see if they are willing to match price? I know the last time I was in there their sticker prices and freight/pdi prices were substantially more than BK.

A ride would be awesome sometime.
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Hey Cuff, I have seen a couple of Versys 650's around Chilliwack so maybe it was yours. No the Versys is coming from Burnaby Kawasaki, they advertised a really low price so I went out there. Maybe I should call Big Top and see if they are willing to match price? I know the last time I was in there their sticker prices and freight/pdi prices were substantially more than BK.

A ride would be awesome sometime.
If you've seen a big guy in high vis it was me. Wouldnt hurt to give BT a call. Tell them Sean (cuff) sent you. Ask for Dale.

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If you've seen a big guy in high vis it was me. Wouldnt hurt to give BT a call. Tell them Sean (cuff) sent you. Ask for Dale.
Well then I saw you today coming down Prest off of Promontory...I was heading up the hill. Do you have some funky stickers on your headlamp?
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Well then I saw you today coming down Prest off of Promontory...I was heading up the hill. Do you have some funky stickers on your headlamp?
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My suggestion - get the rack and trunk, then soft saddle-bags.

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Hey Ultra, Thats exactly what I was wondering. I will do very little two up touring, however on occasion will take my daughter for a little 1-2 day trip. I was thinking she may feel very comfortable with a big trunk like you have in the one picture. But does that make the bike too "top heavy" and with the side bags is a passenger still comfortable?

I'm not really sure which Givi bags, but they are a hardshell lockable, removable bag and Givi makes them for Kawasaki.

Thanks!
Probably the V35 Givis , they flow with the bike pretty nice and with the rack for that price it's a sweet deal. My V46 top case, with SW-Motech rack, and admore led light, plus Givi backrest cost me way more than that. But since you liked narrow, and want your passenger to feel secure I'd definitely recommend you the top box.It doesn't affect handling at all and she can lean against it. A 46L doesn't look bulky, yet big enough to carry considerable amount. Fits 2 full face helmets for example ( not XLs) I'd also suggest you to install some additional leds for extra visibility, I had them on mine, put it on the side cases too.
Passenger comfort with side cases varies of the system I guess. We've had some leg clearance issues , but easily fixed with a motowerk lowering link. I also have a passenger backrest for my seat with the side cases setup. If theres anything else let me know.Cheers!
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1 more thing I forgot to mention. The motech rack sits closer to the rear of the bike while the givi stretches further back giving some extra space for your passenger if needed. But I can assure you that it isn't necessary. Plus it's a cleaner look, imo.
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