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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-12-2014, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Purchased 2013 Versys today!

Hi everyone,

New guy from Spring Hill FL. Picked up a Versys, now the fun beings. Looking to add bags first off. Any recommendations on mounting he and bags? Or where to purchase from?

Hope to learn tons from you all!

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Most folks here have Givi style bags. I came off a KLR so I lean toward adventure touring style bags. Happy trails makes bags and racks to fit the Versys. You can also use Happy Trails racks with other cases like Pelican 1550 and similar.

A rack and topcase is sometimes a better solution, lighter, cheaper, less drag. I am using a rack made by one of the guys here, very nice piece of work, and a small Rubbermaid Actionpacker as a topcase, but, again, I came off a KLR.
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Hi everyone,

New guy from Spring Hill FL. Picked up a Versys, now the fun beings. Looking to add bags first off. Any recommendations on mounting he and bags? Or where to purchase from?

Hope to learn tons from you all!

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did you get the white 2013?
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Welcome. I really like the Givi bags. I have a
2012 in yellow and color match is perfect.


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For bags, the OEM equipment only allow for either the top rack or the side racks...not both.

I can't provide detailed help on racks for the 2010+ bikes, but I'm sure others will offer great advice. And the search function will be your friend...there is a lot of great information on this site.

In general, a number of manufacturers offer aftermarket racks, with SW-Motech,, Givi, and Hepco-Becker being the most well known. Happy-Trail.com also offer side racks if you like using Pelican cases or aluminum panniers. In some cases, they allow top and side cases to be used (Givi). In others, they may not (SW-Motech, according to Twisted Throttle's website).

As for vendors, I'm a proponent of shopping locally, simply because if local dealers do not sell merchandise, they tend to close. That helps no one. If you want to buy online, check the vendor section of the site. As well, other dealers are Twisted Throttle and Happy-Trail.com.

Have fun, and enjoy the bike!

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Welcome.

I like Givi bags, but they are sort of overpriced glorified tupperware, and the locks are not very strong. Their strength is that they make well engineered mounting systems for most bikes.

Pelican or Seahorse boxes can be mounted on a Versys with a little research. They are very tough. Not high style.

DaveC really covered the bases. You should decide what your style is and go from there. JC Whitney and Shad also make generic bags for the budget minded.

This company usually gets ignored. http://cariboucases.com/
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Lots of choices I see. Thanks for the replies. I got the blue one BTW. :-)

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If you go GIVI, check out the prices at www.sporttour.com They will save you over Twisted Throttle.

I like the look of the V35s on the Versys. I did integrated run/turn/brake lights in them as well from www.admorelighting.com. You can get color matched panels from Kawasaki too.

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Sporttour is a good place. They can give you more discounts if you call vs internet ordering.
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This is a great place to learn more about the Versys and get help and ideas.
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I ordered a set of these:
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It'll end up looking similar to my BC V.
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