Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Auburn, WA 98401
Basicblur got the bases covered on this.
Givi. That is what to remember. They are the standard of the world on hard luggage that has mounting hardware for the most bikes, I am sure for a VFR. I have GIVI on a standard bike, I like it. For commuting it is great, as you just put whatever in the luggage and if you want you push one button to pop the luggage off of the bike, and it all locks.
I would probably think about soft luggage. I like hard better, but most sport bikers like to go without luggage when they get to where they are going and soft comes all the way off with no goofy suspension system hanging out on the bike.
I use a set of Tour Master soft bags and a Roadgear Jumbo Euro tail bag when I tour. A tank bag to fit the camera, intercom with tape player, and tapes, etc. and there you have it.
GIVI is making soft luggage, I have seen some of it, and it is very well made. I am considering purchasing that for replacement bags because my current bags have been many miles and they are beginning to show signs that they need to be retired.
Lastly, the current issue of Motorcycle Consumer News has a tour preparation article that goes over various luggage options (basically all from tank bags to tail bags, soft and hard luggage) and the pros and cons and what precautions you need to know. Check it out.
I like that VFR, but I want more engine from it, like put the V-MAX motor in there, then I will buy it.
"...If you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two imposters the same....you'll be a Man, my Son!"
- Rudyard Kipling