hard bags and backrest

M & J Mason masonjs at nrtco.net
Tue Aug 28 10:51:58 PDT 2012

The wing rack I had on my GPz had 3 - 36 liter GIVI bags.  The top case 
doubled as a back rest as does the one on my V Strom.  I noticed the Venture 
rack that Charles is using has a disclaimer on it that it is not to be used 
as a back rest.  I guess the Kiwis that manufacture them don't want to be in 
a USA court.
The only 2 things I didn't like about the triple GIVI set up was --1 it made 
the bike look ugly (Like I had just looted a video store of 3 old portable 
TVs) and 2 - it was very easy to over load and be running very heavy over 
the rear wheel and behind the axle.  I surprised myself a couple of times 
when I found the front wheel in the air on a not too brisk take off.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Charles Scappaticci" <scapco at ecentral.com>
To: "Jim Mason" <MASONJS at nrtco.net>
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 11:39 AM
Subject: Re: hard bags and backrest

> Art,
> I'll second Bills comments.  I've used both the US OEM bags and now have
> the Givi 36's with the European mounts.  If you're looking for serious
> carrying capacity, I also use a 36 litre Oxford tank bag and a 36 litre
> Ventura back rack and bag.  Between these I had plenty of space I needed 
> to
> take a long trip to Alaska in June.  I've also got a Corbin seat with
> backrest should I choose to take a passenger instead of tent, sleeping 
> bag,
> etc....  See attached pic if it comes through.
> Charles S.
> On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 8:26 PM, william doyle <wfd at live.ca> wrote:
>> Art i have both the original hard bags as well as the  givi 36 with the
>> european brackets. The bags are removed with a push of a button.
>> I have been very satisfied with them and they are in great shape.
>> I am looking at selling them as i do most of my longer trips on  my other
>> bike which has a set of oem bags.
>> If you are interested in them i can send you photos.
>> Let me know .
>> Bill
>> > Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:56:11 -0600
>> > From: art-j at shaw.ca
>> > Subject: hard bags and backrest
>> > To: wfd at live.ca
>> >
>> > Any lister opinions on hard bags, top case, & mounts.
>> >
>> > Passenger backrest?
>> >
>> > Suppliers, pricing, install issues?
>> >
>> > I like the Geeper, but want more carry capacity.
>> >
>> > That or it's add a Vulcan Nomad to the stable.
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