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    Givi vs Jesse luggage

    Has anyone tried the new Trekker luggage from Givi on their GS?

    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/givi-...inum-sidecases

    It looks to be about $500 less than a set of Jesse'

    I've always been a fan of Jesse' luggage but $500 is $500.............just sayin.

    I have a new 13 GS coming and can't wait to begin shopping.

    thanks for any input.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsjay View Post
    Has anyone tried the new Trekker luggage from Givi on their GS?

    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/givi-...inum-sidecases

    It looks to be about $500 less than a set of Jesse'

    I've always been a fan of Jesse' luggage but $500 is $500.............just sayin.

    I have a new 13 GS coming and can't wait to begin shopping.

    thanks for any input.
    jason
    It looks interesting. But before I would leap I would let somebody else do it and report back on what happens when the bike lands on a sidecase, either at speed or just a full parking lot tipover. All those corner pieces and such make it look fragile. It might not be, but it looks that way to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    It looks interesting. But before I would leap I would let somebody else do it and report back on what happens when the bike lands on a sidecase, either at speed or just a full parking lot tipover. All those corner pieces and such make it look fragile. It might not be, but it looks that way to me.
    I have been using the Trekker bags for two months. Luckily I haven't had to test them by 'falling over!' I've had Jesse and Tour Tech... these were $700 less than a pair of Tour tech. I like them. They are as large as the big tour tech. I bought the smaller bag for the right side but have now bought the largest bag to match the large one on the left. I have a 33 litre for sale at a good price!! Everything works well and they look right. I like them.

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    I've owned a lot of very good luggage, now using Jesse and wouldn't go back to any of it. There's a reason for that $500. The boxes I liked the least were all from Givi, was always buying replacement parts for them.

    That said, I wouldn't add another $500+ for Touratech.
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    Got no experience with this new Givi stuff but every other Givi device I've used or seen is a long way from the way Jesse's are built.
    (So are BMW's stock stuff).
    If I had a GS and even contemplated that I'd be riding dirt and rocks, the Jesse's would be an automatic.

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    Hi, not to hijack, but I am looking at getting a 2014R1200GSW.
    I have been researching panniers.

    Although somewhat expensive, I plan on going with Metal Mule balanced system.

    You can see them here http://www.metalmule.com

    and here (USA importer) https://www.bestrestproducts.com/c-1...-products.aspx

    GREAT reviews from everyone who has used them. Have not seen any negatives from any owners, except for folks that don't own them whine about the cost.

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    We've had Jesses on 3 of our bikes and they have all survived spills with no more than scrapes.

    When I lived in AK I used to see hundreds of bikes that had just finished the run to Deadhorse. Bikes that had been in a mishap of some sort were common. Square cases often were tweaked to the point that the lids would not fit or seal. Not so with the Jesses. I do remember a Jesse that was torn off the bike, but the case still looked in good shape. I do have square Hepco Becker cases on my R12R and they look much like the Givis with composite corners. They have survived a few tip overs without any damage, but if Al Jesse made cases for the R, then I would have them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nelliott View Post
    Although somewhat expensive, I plan on going with Metal Mule balanced system.

    You can see them here http://www.metalmule.com

    Probably sturdy I don't know, but they look like big ammo cans to my eye. Similar to the rectangle metal boxes I see guys put on KLR's.
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    It was just brought to my attention that the cost of the 10" Jesse bags includes the brackets.................

    So, my calculations are wrong, the Jesse's are only about $200 more than the Givi.

    Makes the decision much easier! Jesse's for sure.

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    Hey Jason!

    I have not ridden with the Givi boxes, and the specs on the Twisted Throttle page are very thin, so please pardon my conjectures.

    However, I have ridden with boxes that the Givi copied and here are a few comments.

    The Givis are put together with pop rivets, the Jesses are welded, which is far more durable.

    Not sure how thick the Givi aluminum is, Jesses are 2mm... very rugged.

    The plastic corners on the Givis will evaporate on the first drop of any consequence. The Jesses don't need plastic corners.

    While there are no specs for the Givi, they *look* like they hold less, are wider, and carry the weight higher than the Jesse boxes.

    Knowing the level of quality I've seen on other Givi products (not terrible, but not premium) I will bet that the hinges and mounting system are nowhere near as rugged at the Jesse boxes.

    And... one of the most important features, imo, is the shape of the lower edge. Givis are almost square, and Jesses are angled inward, especially on the front. The importance of this feature becomes immediately obvious the first time you're paddling with your feet through deep sand or mud. A squared-off bottom is far more likely to break your lower leg, especially in a get-off.

    I've got maybe 350k miles on Jesses, dating back to his first set for the R80G/S in 1996. They work.

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelliott View Post
    Although somewhat expensive, I plan on going with Metal Mule balanced system.
    Before you buy, see if you can sit on a bike that has them mounted. Move your lower legs fore and aft, as if paddling through some difficult terrain (yeah, I mostly stand, too, but there comes a time...).

    I think you'll find your legs will hit the lower leading edge of the box.

    Ian

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    All right, where did the grease mud quote originally come from? My buddy put it on his first bike in the mid 60's with dymo tape and then I looked at it for years after I bought that bike from him. I'm sure I have a picture of it somewhere.
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    just in case you don't have enough options to consider....
    http://cariboucases.com/

    bought mine from Roger in boulder. Great guy to do business with. never a worry about their getting bent out of shape, lifetime warranty, great bang for buck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    Before you buy, see if you can sit on a bike that has them mounted. Move your lower legs fore and aft, as if paddling through some difficult terrain (yeah, I mostly stand, too, but there comes a time...).

    I think you'll find your legs will hit the lower leading edge of the box.

    Ian
    Good point. I will check it out.
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