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I'm going to setup my GSXS to be my sport touring bike, and I'm trying to figure out what kind of luggage setup I want.
So far I've come up with:

-Tank bag and large soft tailbag only (not sure if I could fit my tent/sleeping bag and clothing in this)
-Tank bag and the Hepco&Becker C-Bow system with Royster bags and soft tailbag.
-Tank Bag and some sort of home-made/modified rack to mount my Givi E-22 hard bags.

Anyone else set up their bike for touring/luggage?
 

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I'm in the exact same situation as you, problem is I want to keep the bike rack free when I'm not touring as that's how I like the look , I do like the Ventura racks and I've always had them but I don't like the bars running down the side of the bike, I currently have small brackets so I can attach a small gear rack but it doesn't really hold my large gear sack too well and I'm not sure how my brackets will hold a large rack , I need to be able to strap a tent, air bed and sleeping bag to the back of the rack also on the pillion seat without scratching the panels next to the rear seat leaving the gear sack for other gear, if I get a tank bag it will be the clip on type as I don't like the magnetic type scratching the tank and also I have 2 tank bags now but neither fit very well.
I have seen a couple of pics with saddle bags and they look good on the GSXS but they would need to be the right ones so they don't scratch the panels , currently I'm just using my Vstrom for touring as it has more weather protection and I don't care as much about scratches but as the weather improves I would like to use my beloved GSXS for touring
Let us know what you go for
 

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I've looked for saddle bags too. Best I've seen so far are the SW-Motech Blaze. The support rod is removable when you aren't using the bags. Not cheap though. I do have 3 SW-Motech tank bags and like them. I have mounting rings on my other bikes too, so the tank bags can be used on any of the bikes in my garage and I'm not worried about magnets or straps.
 

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I've looked for saddle bags too. Best I've seen so far are the SW-Motech Blaze. The support rod is removable when you aren't using the bags. Not cheap though. I do have 3 SW-Motech tank bags and like them. I have mounting rings on my other bikes too, so the tank bags can be used on any of the bikes in my garage and I'm not worried about magnets or straps.
I was looking at the givi tank bags that do the same thing where I can buy an extra ring and have one on each bike and just swap the bag from bike to bike ,that's good to read the rods are removable for the saddle bags as they look good, only problem I have now is to set all this up I would not see much change out of $1000 in Aus as none of the items are cheap
 

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I have Oxford 1 throwovers which work perfectly. There are no permanent mounting frames. I have matte finish 3M clear film on the tailpiece to prevent scuffing as well as on the back of the tank. The bags have 3 cross straps, 2 of which go under the rear seat. The front of the bags are anchored to the rear footpeg hangers with thin yachting braid. The rear of the bags are stabilised with a bungee cord looped over the rear indicators. The whole setup can be removed in under 2 minutes. They've been on for about 7 months with no problems at all. I bungee a yachting dry bag to the top of then if I need a bit more capacity.
 

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I've had some throwovers in the past, on my first SV and my V-Strom. Wasn't really a big fan, but I won't rule them out. Waterproofing is a big deal for me, maybe there's a set out there that are 100% waterproof that I'll like.

No offense to Hepco&Becker, but $200 for the Sportrack, just a bent piece of aluminum is kind of ridiculous. I ordered this cheap generic tail cowl to replace the rear seat and use as a base to make my own rear tailbag rack:
Unpainted Rear Seat Cover Fairing Cowl for Suzuki GSX S1000 GSX S1000F 15 16 | eBay
Should arrive in the next couple weeks, I'll report on what I think of it. I've got some scrap aluminum I can use to make a mounting plate.


I have an SW Motech Evo City tankbag that I switch between my V-Strom and the SV. It fits both tanks well, but I set it on the GSXS and I don't think it would be a good fit. Right now I'm really considering one of the Givi 3d rigid tank bags, either the large one (604) or the smaller one (603).
 

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I've had some throwovers in the past, on my first SV and my V-Strom. Wasn't really a big fan, but I won't rule them out. Waterproofing is a big deal for me, maybe there's a set out there that are 100% waterproof that I'll like.
Likewise! The Oxfords come with stretchy over-covers which aren't too bad but not 100%. All I do is put the contents into plastic garden bags first. Never had a problem.

I've had Ventura gear on my last 2 bikes but I thought the rack spoiled the lines of the Suzuki and as I had the Oxfords laying about in the shed unused for several years, it was no contest!
 

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This one would be good from Ventura, I found it on their site but it doesn't show up on the Australian distributor site, all in one and it would be nice to see how easy it could be removed as in just the l bracket with a grab bar maybe, I also like how it has the two racks one on the front and rear as when I place my bag on the pillion seat the pillion seats so small the bag can rock a lot side to side and this would allow for a bag and strapping the tent and stuff like you are after

PS-SU-003-LB/B - motorcycle luggage | Ventura MCA
 

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I've just got back from doing 7 countries in 8 days in Europe in all weathers and I got everything I needed including air compressor ( in case of puncture) in a pair of SW Motech blaze panniers, and I didn't even have them expanded to the full volume. They have a waterproof inner bag and I've never had anything get wet whenever I have used them
 

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I have a givi tank bag and sw motech cargo bag, sits on the back seat and straps down. Had no problems with either. The givi has the tank ring so it's easy to pop off when getting fuel.
 

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i had the ventura rack system fitted pre-delivery, i ended up going with 2 x Mistral 47L bags, one for the work and shopping runs and then they zip together to give me enough space to stash a hitchhiker for those longer trips.
 

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I use sw motec ion tank bag, sw motech blaze panniers and a kriega us-30. Can do an overnight with the tank bag or holiday for a month with room to pick up food n booze with all the bags :D

The blaze panniers will rub on your paintwork though so make she you use the supplied clear covers on the tall piece.
 

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i had the ventura rack system fitted pre-delivery, i ended up going with 2 x Mistral 47L bags, one for the work and shopping runs and then they zip together to give me enough space to stash a hitchhiker for those longer trips.
Some bikes have a predisposition for tankslappers with high luggage aft of the rear wheel spindle under certain conditions. My Blackbird was one of them and I had 2 really bad ones which I never want to experience again. That was one reason why I didn't go for a high system on the Suzuki, apart from having some spare throwovers which I could use without spending more money!
 

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Some bikes have a predisposition for tankslappers with high luggage aft of the rear wheel spindle under certain conditions. My Blackbird was one of them and I had 2 really bad ones which I never want to experience again. That was one reason why I didn't go for a high system on the Suzuki, apart from having some spare throwovers which I could use without spending more money!
I have a givi top box 46l fitted onto a Hepco sport rack , some pics on the post givi rack. It's been very stable at very high speeds. It just unclip when your done and seat replaced in seconds ....
 

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I've got on pretty well with the ventura rack. I've done a couple of weekend camping trips with all my gear and tent and it's been great. Pretty quick and easy to set up, no marks on the plastic and it can be quickly removed and installed when you don't need it so as not to ruin the bikes good looks.
No high speed wobbles yet;) but there is still time
 
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