• It s SO much more maneuverable with the boxes off the bike I had a great time...

    It's SO much more maneuverable with the boxes off the bike! I had a great time weaving thru traffic today :)

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    • I hardly remove my panniers. As I want to train myself to familiar with panniers while riding even in heavy traffic. And now I have no problem with my panniers on bike all the time. It also improve my riding and handling skills.

    • I have to remove them because it literally doesn't fit between two cars, on surface streets here.

    • Install a top box if no need for panniers. Still able to store your helmet or bagpack

    • Yup that's the plan. For now I'm riding with a backpack but as soon I can spend some extra $$ I'll get a top box.

    • Can consider the SHAD SH58X. Latest model with expandable features.

    • Haven't bothered with panniers on either of my Versys. The extra expense far out weighed the occasional use I would get out of them. They would have spent 51 weeks a year in my garage getting kicked around.. I spend way too much time filtering between traffic to render them useless. Had panniers on VStrom 1000 and FJ1200. And all 4 BMW I've had. But the Versys is my tool for getting around quickly and the panniers would slow me down

    • Haven't bothered with panniers on either of my Versys. The extra expense far out weighed the occasional use I would get out of them. They would have spent 51 weeks a year in my garage getting kicked around.. I spend way too much time filtering between traffic to render them useless. Had panniers on VStrom 1000 and FJ1200. And all 4 BMW I've had. But the Versys is my tool for getting around quickly and the panniers would slow me down

    • Darren Elbrow I wouldn't have bothered with the panniers either, but they came with the bike. Given a choice I'd go for a top box because I like lane splitting.

    • I have a 47l top case for day to day with the Kawasaki inner bag that takes my lunch and shoes etc. Then I use soft luggage if I'm going away for more than a night or two

    • I run a top box daily. I'd like a taller one though as my enormous lid doesn't fit in the current top box even though it's something like 43l. I'm on the fence on panniers. My friends have them (triumph sprint st and indian scout) and I'm honestly jealous of the cargo capacity, but it only really comes up when shopping happens on a run. Otherwise it's never an issue. And I have a giant loop coyote for trips. So still on the fence.

      What I'm really considering is one of those packable daypacks like you see at camping stores. Lightweight daypack that balls up to about the size of your fist. I figure I could toss that in the top box and pull it out if I want more cargo room on those odd runs where we hit a store or something.

    • Top box all the way :)

    • I dig that luggage rack on top of the box.

    • Very useful ! Can get alot on it

    • Kawasaki v47

    • Hmmm, interesting. My concern is that the rack for my top box says 10kg load max.

    • Trust me it's had a lot more than that on it ! Lol never been a issue to me :)

    • What rack do you have?

    • Givi rack m5 plate

    • That might even go under the seat :)

    • True that. I'll check when I get one.

    • Well, okay then. Thanks for the info.

    • I do lane splitting with my panniers on all the time.......

    • I still do it on the highway with the boxes but on some surface streets it just physically won't fit, the lanes are too narrow.

    • I used to do it on my BMW R1100RT, but the panniers were narrower than the engine , so if the front of the bike would fit, then the back wo go through.

      The Versys with panniers is just too wide for most uk towns and cities.

      I keep getting held up by a guy on a BMW GS with his giant metal boxes on the side. He refuses to move out of the way.

    • That I would agree. Those panniers are definitely wider than the front handle bars...