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Hi All

Just joined the forum, and I have been searching the web for info on the 650 Versys and this forum just kept being a wealth of information. I am trading in my current bike this weekend (2011 Harley 48) and getting a 2013 leftover versys brand new. I have been riding since 2007 when I purchased my first bike which was a 2006 Ninja 650r. Because of the experiences I had on that 650r the decision to go to the versys was easy. When I first got my 650 r I always yearned for the ER6n, and even contemplated converting it, however I felt it wouldn't be worth the money as parts were hard to come by in the US at the time, and ultimately was happy with my 650r. I since have fallen in love with the Versys, and cant wait to pick it up. I will be checking in periodically and am excited to see that there are so many other people out there who see what I do in this bike. Look forward to talking with you all.
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So does anyone have advice when it comes to luggage? I actually like the big square boxes, but don't like the big huge price tags. I am looking to get hard bags and a top case as I do enjoy going for longer rides from time to time. I was hoping not to have to spend $2,000.00 on bags, but if that's what it is that's what it is. Any suggestions on what to get or not get due to experience?
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I had a Givi E-55 Topcase and some soft saddle bags for hauling the goodies around.


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For my money you can't beat Pelican cases. After a run-in with a red light blasting bike messenger I had mine detach at speed. It had 2 client's laptops in it! Skidded/flipped an entire city block from about 50mph and NONE of the contents were damaged, nor did it come open at all. Can't beat that...



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Welcome to the forum and the V. It is a great bike as you kinda already know.
Personally I use the Givi Trekker side cases and a V47 top case which let me carry a lot of stuff and aren't crazy expensive.

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Like Kiwi41, I have - and like - the Givi V35 hard cases. No top box though. Don't care for them as it puts weight high and behind the rear axle. To each his own. My solution was to mount an Axio tail pack on the passenger portion of the saddle. It works for me.




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Nice, thanks. I really like those Givi v35 side cases. I agree with you Arion the top case if bad for weight distribution and looks, but if I want to take my girlfriend anywhere without the truck I will most definitely need the storage, and I know some of the Givi cases have a small back pad (not that I would suggest leaning against it, but im about 200lbs and I have put my weight against my friends Givi top case on his Honda 599, and it doesn't move even a little)
Weljo2001 what kind of fog lights do you have on there? Those look sweet.
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Like Kiwi41, I have - and like - the Givi V35 hard cases. No top box though. Don't care for them as it puts weight high and behind the rear axle. To each his own. My solution was to mount an Axio tail pack on the passenger portion of the saddle. It works for me.
I always have disliked those "top boxes", they make a bike look like a friggin AWAC, plus they certainly can't help the aerodynamics any, and the position and weight factor is all wrong, as you mentioned. Now, there are some really interesting tail packs available...
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