View Full Version : Luggage Options For Strom

01-20-2005, 11:34 AM
I've been looking at a lot of the luggage options for the Strom, and I ran across these if any of you Strommers are interested. This guy seems to buy things and change his mind, so the stuff is new at used prices.

DL1000 GIVI Side Racks (http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=100879375839)

DL1000 SW-MOTECH Quick-Lock Sideracks (http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=100879375858)

OR - if anyone knows where I can get a cheap(ish) set of GIVI side bags, I might just go with the first option for myself. I can afford the racks, just not the bags :roll:

01-20-2005, 11:45 AM
Gixster bought his Krausers for something like $250 off of ebay. He then bought the SW-Motech rack and mounts. There are some Givis (and Krausers) on ebay right now since I looked yesterday.

01-20-2005, 12:25 PM
I like the SW Mototechs because you can pull the racks off quickly. You have to buy the quick-release separately, BTW.

I had a 2003 DL1000. The only thing I had for it was the Givi universal rack and top box. If I would've kept it I definitely would've gotten the SW Mototech racks. They're spoken about highly the V-strom message boards.

Oh, and for $169 I would've bought them yesterday!

01-20-2005, 02:21 PM
I like the Ventura system. I have the racks and use the bags I already had. No problem doing the twisties with a full load.

This loaded up at big bend


Ventura site


Great looking bike . Looking forward to riding with you soon.

01-20-2005, 02:38 PM
Bill's setup works well. The only drawback is the bulk of the weight is up pretty high. On the paved stuff, no biggie. Offroad... Of course, he normally was not carrying that much when we were offroading.

Man... that bike has some serious mud on the front wheel :-P

01-20-2005, 02:41 PM
But that's all soft luggage - for that I'll stick with the Tourmaster tailbag and saddlebags that I already have.

What I was looking to do was add hard side bags (but probably not a top bag) that could easily come off the bike, but I'd likely leave them on since they seem so out-of-the-way.

Hood Ornament
01-20-2005, 05:27 PM
Screw that crappy plastic stuff, what you need are these: http://www.jesseluggage.com/suzuki.html

Course, they me be just a bit out of your budget. :-D

All kidding aside, I have these on my GS and they can take a beating and hold a ton of stuff!

01-20-2005, 05:40 PM
Ok, let me define "cheap"...

I can't afford $500 retail for GIVI
I can't afford the $250 on eBay for GIVI/Kappa
I most CERTAINLY cannot afford $1000 for Jesse bags, as much as I love them and know they are indestructable because Scott has run them through heck.

01-20-2005, 05:45 PM
A guy that my wife and I go to church with here in Austin made sidecases out of ammo boxes for his BMW-GS. He also made the mounting system similar to the rail mount system on the GS.

01-20-2005, 06:27 PM
You beat me to it. I was about to mention Army surplus. They actually look pretty cool when thy're mounted and you can use them to practice your painting.

01-20-2005, 06:33 PM
If I try to convert something into panniers, would I need or want the side racks and then adapt to them, or would I have to start fabricating from scratch?

Steve strom
01-20-2005, 09:48 PM
First of all......thanks for the info on the racks. I went and bought the motech setup.

I've been wanting luggage for quite a while now, specifically side cases but have been under the impression that there is alot of overpriced mediocre stuff out there and some very overpriced good stuff. Still don't have cases.

Have been considering alternatives to store-bought cases. Looked at pelican cases and some military equipment shipping containers.
DOH.....did not think of ammo boxes, though. I'm gonna pick up a couple by this w/e and add lugs or whatever to fit the motech racks, maybe w the givi adapter. Mounting lugs, a lock, powder coating and maybe even taillights.......seems like that'll work.
Thanks for the advice, guys.


btw, Rebecca, if the boxes work out alright, I'll assist you in making a set if you are still w/o at the time.

01-20-2005, 09:55 PM
Purchased racks may give you a cleaner starting point and look when you have the boxes off the bike. Then you only have the mounting brackets to fabricate. The system on the SW-Motech brackets looked like it might not be too difficult to fabricate a mount onto the ammo cases.

But I haven't looked at it close enough to really determine how to make a bracket. Just from a 2 minute look, it didn't look too difficult. Someone actually attempting this (i.e. the post above) would have more knowledge than me about this.

01-20-2005, 10:21 PM
After looking at a few rack options, I thought that even if I don't get cases for them, the GIVI racks look like they'd do a perfect job (and for that price) keeping my soft saddlebags away from the heat of the under-seat exhaust. Unfortunately, the racks were sold already by the time I got back over there.

I'd love to see what you come up with Steve. If you don't get them powder coated, I'll throw a coat of heat-resistant paint on them for ya. We have most of a can of black left from Deb's motor.

01-21-2005, 10:21 PM
OK, I was browsing the adventure rider site and found a post I thought was way cool. Might be the answer to your luggage troubles.

Click me !!! (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66445)

Click me Too!!! (http://faq.f650.com/FAQs/AftermarketLuggageFAQ.htm#Pelican1500CasesasPannie rs)

01-21-2005, 10:51 PM
OK, I was browsing the adventure rider site and...

Uh oh... It won't be long now... :lol:


01-22-2005, 03:16 PM
I was actually talking to a friend about cases like that today. He uses small ones for cameras and such, and they seem like really durable, waterproof bags - and he says they float in water too but I hope to never need that!

Now to decide if it would be best to buy a rack to mount them on or getting some tubing and having at it...

Still waiting to see what Steve comes up with, but I'll be browsing the web for more inspiration while I wait.

01-22-2005, 05:41 PM
Those hard cases rock.
Still doing my $20 softies.

01-22-2005, 10:45 PM
OK, I was browsing the adventure rider site and...

Uh oh... It won't be long now... :lol:


Probably another year. :-( The wife is finishing up her studies to get her RN, the truck has about 2 more years, my Jeep is about paid for and various other bills are about to go bye-bye. Then it'll be time for both of us to get new bikes. Been leaning toward that new R1200GS. The wife wants one too. Now just have to swing that loan.