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Planning a short Euro tour on my GSXS1000F and would like some advice on the various luggage options available.

I have a Givi Tanklok tank bag of about 25 litres capacity and an Oxford tail bag of a similar size.

I would like to use throwover panniers but dislike how they hang precariously near to the rear wheel.

Considering the Blaze soft panniers with their mounting bars but wonder if I should go for a full frame and carrier system.

There doesn't seem to be a great deal of information, particularly pictures available.

Please describe what you have, where its from and some images please.
 

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Hi Simon,

You use the word "precariously" to describe throwover panniers. That's what I use and there's nothing precarious about them. I use Oxford 1 expanding bags. One of the cross-straps fits under the pillion seat to lock it in place. The lower front of each pannier is secured to the rear footpegs mount by thin cord. The rear is stopped from flapping about with a short bungee cord between the two bags hooked under the indicators. I've used that arrangement when hauling gear for nearly 3 years and it's an inexpensive solution which can be quickly removed. I have matte 3M clearfilm on the tailpiece to stop scuffing. I could provide close-up photos but the top photo in this link shows the general arrangement: Confessions of an Ageing Motorcyclist: That ain't workin', that's the way you do it......... . The silver bag on top is just a yachting dry bag which I use for overflow stuff. Don't need to use it all that often. I hope that reassures you about the stability of throwovers plus low cost.

Edit: I've now done a temporary upload of some closer photos to Dropbox and will leave them there for a day or two. This is the link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9nwuufg9dgz4rit/AABKW--Gwf1QcB-F5Qx5KkYPa?dl=0

Cheers,

Geoff
 

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There are a few good chioces out ther now.
I've gone for the Ventura system. It works pretty well and there are plenty of bag choices to suit your needs
Someone has done a you tube review here
I like the way the saddle bage are fixed so they cant flap around

and the latest prices and options can be found here https://www.ventura-bike.com/product/suzuki/GSX-S-1000FA

Its not as expensive or has the quality of a Givi system but for te money and occasional use, I'd say it was pretty good value. I've had mine about three years now and probably do 4 or 5 major trips a year and other than a bit of rust on the bolts (I should change them for stainless) its still in pretty good condition.
 

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Twisted Throttle sells the Blaze saddlebag support system. Part # HTA 05 740 80702B. I had one similar on a previous bike and it's a slick snap in and snap out system. Not cheap at around $180.00 if I remember correctly. It basically keeps the bags from rubbing against the wheel. Good Luck
 

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There are a few good chioces out ther now.
I've gone for the Ventura system. It works pretty well and there are plenty of bag choices to suit your needs
Someone has done a you tube review here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiUCnsjdMpQ
I like the way the saddle bage are fixed so they cant flap around
Small world :D I took the guy who produced this video for his IAM Advanced Roadcraft Test in NZ! Top bloke!
 

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Cool.
He was also a member on here as that is where I first saw the video. Can’t recall a name at the moment but I’m sure it will come back to me soon enough


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I think the Blaze panniers are mt current favourites for the occasional use I will be giving them. £250 for a fairly tidy installation and 28 to 42 lof capacity.

The other option is Givi ST601's at 44 litres max, semi rigid with fixed rails at almost £520 for the set.

Final option is classical throw overs (Oxford P50's) with bungees and tie wraps at about£120.

Got an oxford 40L tail pack and some generic panniers atm but really not happy with how they ft on the GSXS
 

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I think the Blaze panniers are mt current favourites for the occasional use I will be giving them. £250 for a fairly tidy installation and 28 to 42 lof capacity.

The other option is Givi ST601's at 44 litres max, semi rigid with fixed rails at almost £520 for the set.

Final option is classical throw overs (Oxford P50's) with bungees and tie wraps at about£120 or the P60 with 10 litres extra for another £5

Got an oxford 40L tail pack and some generic panniers atm but really not happy with how they ft on the GSXS
 

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Please describe what you have, where its from and some images please.

I got the sw-motech blaze. I hate the frame left behind of most systems. These are large enough for most needs. Well built and the supports clip out not leaving your bike looking like a wheel chair.



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I got the sw-motech blaze. I hate the frame left behind of most systems. These are large enough for most needs. Well built and the supports clip out not leaving your bike looking like a wheel chair.



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Hi. Just a question. Will the Blaze bags fit if you got a tail tidy on? I have a R&G one on with stock indicators. Don’t want to buy them if it will rub on the indicators. Thanks


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One thing to watch out for, if you look closely at nemer's pic, the viewing angle of the turn signals is reduced. I have a set of Hepco and Becker, same deal. I usually have mine mounted backwards cause it blocks the blinkers less. If your tail tidy moves the blinkers toward the front of the bike, it's only going to make visibility worse.
 

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I have the Blaze on an R&G tail tidy with stock indicators. They sit flush without bending. As mentioned before fully removable from clips.


Thanks Nemer
Does it chafe much on the tailpiece and damage paint?


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Yes it does, however SW MOTECH provided a cling film that sticks under the pads to avoid that. I was lazy enough not to use them but next time ill stick them on prior to mounting them.
As mentioned before yes the indicators are sunk backwards and visible to the person right behind you, but hey ho that is tail tidies for you.
 

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What tank bags are people using? I'd like one that attaches to the fuel cap ring
 
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