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Super08

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I went with a set of Givi Outbacks and the matching toolbox. My factory panniers are still NIB stored in the attic of my garage for the day I sell or trade in the bike.

!. Ease of use. Very good-I have all my bags and top cases keyed alike so I only have to carry one key and the ignition key. I have used them for 2 seasons now and no issues with anything getting into the locks. The bags attach and detach faster than anything out there. I can open the lids on both side even when using the large topcase. (I have both the 38 litre and 50 litre topcases)
2. Strength. Very Good-Mostly aluminum construction with plastic corners. Bags are riveted together. I had an incident this summer on a 10 day trip where the bike was blown off the side stand on asphalt, It was a major impact as the bike was loaded heavy. The RH large 48 litre bag took the brunt of the impact. It crushed the bag around the frame somewhat and bent the frame a bit. The bag was still useable for the rest of the trip but in no way waterproof. When I got home I removed the rack and straightened it out with a 10 pound sledge hammer on some wood blocks. It took a fair bit of force. I pounded the back side of the bag back out and resealed it. I chose to replace it due to it being on a new bike and the outside was scuffed up from the asphalt but it was useable.
3. Value. Good-I would place them fairly high, you get quite a bit for your money.
4. Features. Very Good-The attachment method is really slick, I also like that I have mine all keyed alike. There are lots of accessories that you can buy for them. The lids come completely off if you wish. The lids have several anchor points for tying gear down to.
5. Price. Average-They are not cheap but not as expensive as many of the others I looked at.
6. Other. They really look good on the bike. I bought a 37 litre bag for the muffler side and both a 37 and 48 litre bag for the right side as well as both 38 and 50 litre topcases. This gives me the ultimate in flexibility with my setup. My RH 48 litre bag was not water proof. I am not sure where the leak was but I went all around the seams with Black RTV silicone on the inside and flipped the rubber lid seal over. It solved the problem so no biggie. I have read of others that have run into the same issue. Both of my 37 litre bags were good but while I was doing the bigger bag I figured I would do the smaller ones to for added insurance. I had to do some modifications to the mount for the toolbox. It was not approved for mounting on the S10 but I found a way to move the mount up 1" so it would safely work on the bike mounted behind the RH bag. The bags weigh more than the stock one, but are also much stronger. I am very happy with them. IMG_4693.JPG P1010160.JPG IMG_5112.JPG P1010026 (2).JPG
 
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#43
Happy Trails Tetons smaller clif cut size.

Prior panniers on other motos: two sets of Jesses, givi trekker and a set of givi trekker outbacks. Liked narrow profile of jesse, didnt like latches. Liked trekker outback one latch to secure, didnt like that givi forces a key as u have to keylock to secure. Didnt like givi not waterproof.

Use: I commute daily and carry my laptop and clothes in panniers. Panniers get lots of use.

1. Ease of use: 8
I like top key, one key lock, to secure. Dont like 2 latches to secure but like I can secure without locking.

2. Durabiity/strength: 10
Stout, no plastic, holding upwell.

3. Value: 10
Crazy inexpensive for what you get.

4. Features: 8
I like cliff cut, one key and twist latches oh and top hooks. Miss the cap inside storage of jesses.

5. Price: 10
Crazy inexpensive.

5. Other: 10
USA made, nice to deal with.
 

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Had Givi racks & pelicans first, switched to Jesse bags with Storm industries lid bags. Would recommend. Low profile, plenty of room, rock solid with incredible fit and finish. Plenty of used options popping up on ADVRIDER flea market as well.
 

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Paul, what kind of tail bag is that? That's another nice configuration.
That is a Wolfman tailbag, the bigger one behind it is Wolfman large dry bag (holds my tent &sleeping bag/matress). The tailbag size is ideal for the bike, bolted it to the carrier so it doesn’t jump around off road. 4D58D375-E322-416D-822B-52464595D37B.jpeg
 
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I've never really found it all that difficult to get good stickers to stay on the Caribou (Pelican) cases.



They are indestructible. I had a deer knock one off when I hit it at 75 MPH. My computer was in that case that went bouncing down the road. Computer is still fine years later, and case shows only little damage.

DM is using the Givi Outback Trekkers. She like them a lot. Although Givi does not warranty them to be waterproof, and out of the box, they clearly are not going to keep anything dry in a hard rain. We treated hers with Flex-Seal. It's not just for boating with screen made boats. Never a leak.
 
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#54
Thanks for posting so rear cargo options for the Noob. My S10 came with a rear platform, but it is a plastic (perhaps polycarbonate) and says maximum weight is 11#. I’ll have to double check, to be sure it wasn’t kg, as that seems very light.

I have been peeking at bags that have and extra brake light or turn signals, but I really don’t plan on too much night riding loaded up, at least this year.

As for the Caribou panniers, I’m looking at a set of used ones off the classifieds here. I would like to do some weekend motorbike camping while cruising around the Adirondack and Appalachian mountains in Western Massachusetts, eventually getting up to the mountains of Vermont in the coming years. While only 50, I’m not getting any younger as the years seem to pass quicker.

This thread has help we Noobs gain some great insight from this thread.
 

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My experience is the brake light option in Givi cases is worthless. They worked for less than a year and the connection made it not with fixing.

If you go with the Caribou, look at their case liners. I have them in both of mine and they make the case much more usable. Also use one their inner bags to carry everything into the hotel and leave the cases attached to the bike.
 
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