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Givi vs Hepco and Becker vs ? Luggage

I mounted a Givi top case rack on the GSXS. I already had the Givi top case, so it seemed like a no brainer.
The good news is the top case has large capacity and you can't beat the ease of use. One hand opening and closing and one button to install or remove the case from the mount makes the system about as convenient as it gets.
The bad news is that in my opinion, the rack doesn't exactly complement the lines of the bike. I also feel that when the top case is mounted to the rack the styling becomes seriously ugly. Take a look at the attached images and see if you agree.
While I am a big fan of function over form, I can't help but wonder if there is a luggage system out there that has both. For example, The pictures I've seen of the Hepco and Becker C-Bow system look good, but I'd really like to hear from owners about how well the Street and/or Royster bags work for them.
At any rate. I thought I'd start the thread as a place where owners of any of the different luggage systems could discuss the pros and cons of the systems you have.
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I ended up buying the SW-Motech cargobag. I have to admit that I haven't used it on a long trip yet, but I did fit it up on the bike and it seems perfect. It will not have the capacity of the Givi top case, but it looks much better IMHO.
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While I am a big fan of function over form, I can't help but wonder if there is a luggage system out there that has both.
I understand perfectly where you are coming from. In my opinion I think all top boxes and racks are ugly. But they are so useful.
I've gone down the Ventura route
https://www.ventura-bike.co.uk/fitme...s_1000_fa.aspx
There are several images at the bottom of the page you can open.

It's soft luggage, so it's not as secure as hard luggage but I don't mind that. Also the frame isn't as beefy as the Givi stuff but it is really easy to take off and on. Also the frame has a couple of quick release screws so the rear part of the frame will come off real quick so you don't have to keep the whole thing on when not in use.
I like it, it's cheep, easy to adapt and for occasional use it does the job just right. If I was going to be doing a lot more I would go for a more quality set like what you have.
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Mike the top case looks photoshopped it is so big and out of place lol. I am interested to here your impressions of the cargo bag. One thing I am concerned with is being able to lock the bags. That is a must to me.
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Mike the top case looks photoshopped it is so big and out of place lol. I am interested to here your impressions of the cargo bag. One thing I am concerned with is being able to lock the bags. That is a must to me.
The cargo bag is probably not the best option if you need high security. It has a zipper lock, but it's only strapped to the bike, I guess you could put a cable lock on it too, but it still is not going to offer the security of a top case. For my use, I don't plan on leaving it in an unobserved location for any length of time. It goes on/off easy and has a handle, so in those situations (if they do arise), I'll take it with me.
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Thanks for the link! The Ventura Bonneville pannier system looks like a winner. Now I just need to find some images of what the mounts look like on the bike when the bags aren't installed.
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Ventura & modified center/side frames

Also have a few different types of top & side cases. Yet always modify them according to which bike & function.

For the gsxs the ventura works good, yet added 2 extra bolts to the sub-frame (with new welded tabs/more points of weight distribution), 1 spacer on each side at the bottom because of a gap between the bolt hole end connection and the bike bolt on area , and extra side brackets due to cantilever weight.

The pics are (obviously) the gsx s commute/work set-up.

Don't use the center very much in the summer (in the winter/rain use it more because of extra cargo, and some protection for lap top or tablet)
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In my opinion nothing beats a rack with *big* topcase.
It looks terrible on most bikes, but I cannot say that "pannier" or any luggage system looks good on a naked bike.

If you are a "designer-type" (or pansy as some will say), you will rather use a matching (to your bike and leathers) aerodynamic backpack when hauling your makeup box and designer underwear.

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I was passed by the above type (on a ducati monster with dainese) this morning commuting to work.
I have the "ugly" Givi rack+42l topbox and love it.
(It is easy to take off for "inspired" trips/test-sessions)

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In my opinion nothing beats a rack with *big* topcase.
It looks terrible on most bikes, but I cannot say that "pannier" or any luggage system looks good on a naked bike.

If you are a "designer-type" (or pansy as some will say), you will rather use a matching (to your bike and leathers) aerodynamic backpack when hauling your makeup box and designer underwear.

PS/edit:
I was passed by the above type (on a ducati monster with dainese) this morning commuting to work.
I have the "ugly" Givi rack+42l topbox and love it.
(It is easy to take off for "inspired" trips/test-sessions)
That was pretty good! we have a lot of them out here in Los Angeles (mostly weekend riders).

Agree, Reliability and functionality first.
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im still in the days of bungee nets ...holds sun glasses at night or an extra shirt...im enjoying the pics
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