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Storage suggestions
« on: July 16, 2017, 04:26:24 PM »
Hi guys new here just bought 2016 500X, I'm in love with the bike, but I'm trying to find affordable options for rear storage, side and top cases. Any suggestions that don't cost a fortune? Thanks.

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Re: Storage suggestions
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2017, 06:57:06 PM »
Soft bags are always a cheaper alternative.
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Re: Storage suggestions
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2017, 09:08:56 PM »
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Hi guys new here just bought 2016 500X, I'm in love with the bike, but I'm trying to find affordable options for rear storage, side and top cases. Any suggestions that don't cost a fortune? Thanks.

I have two set ups, one is NLA, I will post a link to it. It wasn't very much, and the other cost about $470 total. Both use the Givi set up. The first rendition used JC Whitney Garage Pro medium trunks for side cases and the large trunk as a top case. These cases are NLA through JCW. They can occasionally be found on Amazon and on ebay, search motorcycle trunk and set the price range between $19 and $70. The other set up uses universal silver aluminum Tusk Large size panniers. They also have a medium size that maybe a bit cheaper. I gave $230 shipped while they were on sale through Amazon.

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This set up cost $348.12. Buying info is in the link above.






The tusk set up cost me $470.98 and uses the Givi racks. Remember Givi and Kappa are the same thing.Kappa is just a wee bit cheaper. I haven't mounted the tusk panniers yet. Here's a link to the panniers for reference.
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Here is a pic of the large behind a medium.


   
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Re: Storage suggestions
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 12:07:00 AM »
This is nearly dirt cheap.  I use it for shopping in town, etc., and something else for touring.

The saddle bags are from Jafrum, currently $80 plus shipping.  I've replaced them with unstudded ones after I failed to note that they had loosened and one rubbed against the rear tire. (>>>> link hidden <<<<
Guest - The above link is visible to MEMBERS only. Please Register or Login).  You need to shorten the distance between the two bags to use these as a throw over the seat arrangement.  The tail bag is Motogear from Amazon which used to sell for ~$35.  They have doubled that price now, and there must be a better deal elsewhere.  That goes over most of the throw-over strapping.

The tail bag uses the luggage rack to attach at the back of the bike.

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Re: Storage suggestions
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 12:23:53 AM »
First the modification of the lacing to tighten up the bags:



And what they look like together:



The tail bag lasts ~5 years before the sun damage gets to the point where I replace it.  I have one in storage that I got for $35.  That bag is due to be replaced after the monsoons (this fall).
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Re: Storage suggestions
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2017, 09:42:14 AM »
Here's a place in Italy to buy your hard luggage from. much cheaper shipped from Italy than bought in the US . Kappa luggage is same a GIVI luggage, as EscCtrl said, with a few less farkles, same company.

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Re: Storage suggestions
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2017, 03:34:25 AM »
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Here's a place in Italy to buy your hard luggage from. much cheaper shipped from Italy than bought in the US . Kappa luggage is same a GIVI luggage, as EscCtrl said, with a few less farkles, same company.

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I forgot about that place.  :062:
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Re: Storage suggestions
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2017, 04:43:18 PM »
I got the Bestem T-Box 929 off of eBay.  It is 46 liters, has a high mounted brake light, back rest, is flat black, double walled and has a metal mounting plate.  It cost just under $100 with shipping.  It arrived quickly and was easy to mount to the rack I had installed.
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2017, 06:41:51 PM »
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I got the Bestem T-Box 929 off of eBay.  It is 46 liters, has a high mounted brake light, back rest, is flat black, double walled and has a metal mounting plate.  It cost just under $100 with shipping.  It arrived quickly and was easy to mount to the rack I had installed.
Looks like a great deal SnowOwl. Do you feel that the mounting and the case in general is as sturdy as the more known brands. In your opinion do you think it will last ? Is is water proof? And is the attachment secure ?
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Re: Storage suggestions
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2017, 11:28:02 PM »
It seems as good as the more expensive units.  So far haven't had any water intrusion in rain or when washing the bike.  I did add a few rubber bumpers to the mounting plate to eliminate a rattle between the plate and box when hitting bumps.  I didn't use the supplied mounting hardware bars.  I have a tubular rack so used rubber lined P-clamps and 1/4" bolts.  It mounted extremely solid like that.  I can put my helmet in it when going into the store and then carry the goods home in it after taking the helmet out.  At most have carried 3 plastic shopping bags of groceries at once which really filled it up.  For daily commuting I carry top and bottom rain liners, all my stuff for work and my lunch bag.
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