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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-18-2000, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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OK, here is the question. My ZR750 has mounting points for hard bags. They are branded as Kawasaki, but appear to be made by Givi. They are nice, but cost about $650 for the pair. Now, soft luggage offers a lot of bag for a lot less money. I saw a nice Tourmaster set for about $150. That is a big savings.

Well, what I am looking for are the pros and cons of getting either the hard luggage or the soft. I ride a lot in the area, including commuting, but plan to take some longer trips this coming riding season. Any help is greatly appreciated...

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-19-2000, 04:20 AM
 
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I have the Givi system and I love it. I think that hard bags are the way to go. They lock in place, can not be broken into easily (which is a big plus when you leave your bike sitting in a parking lot alone), water proof, and are easy to take off and put on.
Most soft bags do not lock on, are easy to break into, are only water proof up to a point, and sometimes can be a pain to take off and put on.
I have taken 3 full week trips and a ton of weekend trips with the hard bags and have found that they are well worth the $$.
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I just saw the bags on a Speedvision show about Kawasaki. They seem to be placed far to the rear of the bike and are very wide. I suppose that they are really nice, but are they easy to take off and put on again? For the price I am still leaning towards soft luggage, though I can be coaxed into spending more...

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-19-2000, 08:16 PM
 
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Soft or Hard?

I have only had the soft type, so I can only tell you about how good they are. I travelled quite a bit a few years back(1982 - 1984) and I had the TourMaster soft luggage. The best feature about them is they fit on most any bike. I had 4 different bikes in that time span and I used the same luggage, something that can not be done with hard luggage. Soft luggage is also somewhat expandable, whereas hard luggage is not. Drop your bike and the soft luggage collaspe's, the hard luggage either holds up, cracks, or breaks.

As long as you pack everything in a trash bag and then put that into the soft bags you will not have problems with wet clothing.
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One word- Ventura
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-20-2000, 06:09 AM
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Also Hard bags double as an ice cooler for beer on a hot day
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-20-2000, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Also Hard bags double as an ice cooler for beer on a hot day
Can you make that soda? I haven't had a drink in 14 years and don't want to tempt fate too much by carrying beer in the bags. Besides, I don't think the officers of the law would take kindly to beer and riding (unless you offered them a cold one as well )

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