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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-24-2013, 06:12 AM Thread Starter
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Trying to decide on saddlebags

Pelican plastics sound like the answer, a trunk looks like it it sky high on these machines. Trunks are easy to get to but the machine stands so tall, saddlebags seem better...
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There are a ton of options out there. It really depends on how you are going to use them and what look you are going for.
You are correct, a top box does get pretty high on a Versys. It is always better to keep your added gear weight lower.

There is a thread in the General section called "post pics of your V with bags" that might be worth looking at.

I have Ortlieb dry bags on mine. I though about hard bags but decided that I didn't want to lay out quite that much cash. These come on and off easy and are waterproof. They work very well for my use which is 2-3 day trips. I usually take them off for "play" riding.

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Two thumbs up for Ortlieb Dry Bags. Durable, reliable, easy to clean and comparatively inexpensive. Bought Happy Trails SL racks and Ortlieb bags and have been very happy. Unlike hard bags, these can be overstuffed if necessary.
Ortlieb dry bags $130 each: http://www.happy-trail.com/Ortlieb/Q...-Side-Bag.aspx
Happy Trails SL Racks $200: http://www.happy-trail.com/Kawasaki-...ck-Versys.aspx

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Another one for the Ortlieb's. I use them for trips.
I do have a Seahorse case mounted as a top box on the Motech Alu-rack. That's for stuff that's on the bike all the time.
For me, the hard cases made the bike too wide. A lot of folks have them and like them. I thought Chris Brown's Seahorse setup was pretty sweet.
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SOFT bags, whatever you get.


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I just went through this whole process and ended up with Dirt Bagz Ranger bags - the cheapest deal I found for soft cases. I'm not entirely pleased with the size or looks of the bags, but they serve the function I need for right now. I will probably upgrade one day to hard cases if I find myself touring on my V, but for now have my BMW for that.

Link: http://www.dbzproducts.com/

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