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I had a Speed Triple a few years back and it was awesome (hindsight being 20/20) but touring with Kreiga luggage wasn't ideal and I was limited to 40 liters. I think the hard cases by Ducati are 25 liters each and you could strap a bag to the seat.
I am trying to solve the luggage problem with the SS and I'd rather not spend the $1300 plus on the Ducati hard cases, nor have something I'd have to bolt on/off depending on what I'm doing with the bike. I'm interested about your experience with the Kriega system. I've had some limited experience with it, but not a lot. It does seem like the best looking stuff out there for a sportbike, but I see some drawbacks. What would you say are the pros and cons (other than the max capacity)? Did you have any experience with its tank bag system?

For those of you who have thoughts on luggage solutions for this bike, feel free to share. I'm not trying to make this wonderful piece of machinery a hard-core tourer, but I'd like to make it useful for day-to-day riding while not ruining its Sophia Loren-style looks. I'm not a backpack fan either, but I suppose that's a possibility.
 

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I have a pair of Ogio bags that worked well on my Truxton and '94 SS with high mount Termi's. I'm hoping that I can finagle a way to make them fit with the Akra full system. If I can't get them quite high enough I've though about cutting a block of neoprene foam to an appropriate thickness to slip between the straps and seat to raise them up a little bit. I might work on a bracket that runs the length of the exhaust canister to attach the front and rear mounts.

Not super roomy, but will accomodate wet gear, small toiletry bag, a couple of days of t-shirts and underwear. Throw a backpack across the top of them with a bungee net for a little extra room.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/ogio-saddlebags
 

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"I am trying to solve the luggage problem with the SS"

I never realised that there was a problem. They offer panniers, yes they are expensive, but they are there, a tank bag and I believe a rear seat bag. Where is the luggage problem?
 

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I am trying to solve the luggage problem with the SS and I'd rather not spend the $1300 plus on the Ducati hard cases, nor have something I'd have to bolt on/off depending on what I'm doing with the bike. I'm interested about your experience with the Kriega system. I've had some limited experience with it, but not a lot. It does seem like the best looking stuff out there for a sportbike, but I see some drawbacks. What would you say are the pros and cons (other than the max capacity)? Did you have any experience with its tank bag system?

For those of you who have thoughts on luggage solutions for this bike, feel free to share. I'm not trying to make this wonderful piece of machinery a hard-core tourer, but I'd like to make it useful for day-to-day riding while not ruining its Sophia Loren-style looks. I'm not a backpack fan either, but I suppose that's a possibility.
Pros:
Well constructed
Keep stuff dry
White liner makes it decently easy to see what's inside
I have a 30l and 10l. The 10l can become a rear bag while touring around your destination


Cons:
Putting that weight on the rear seat puts it up high (big benefit of the panniers)
Bags can shift, but you learn what works
Paint protection film to keep any paint rash from happening

Kriega is good stuff for a non bike specific luggage system. They have some larger bag options than when I bought mine but don't get something that overloads the rear of the bike. It can cause handling issues and adversely affect the sub frame (over time). I've seen broken sub frames from people over loading them constantly.
 

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"I am trying to solve the luggage problem with the SS"

I never realised that there was a problem. They offer panniers, yes they are expensive, but they are there, a tank bag and I believe a rear seat bag. Where is the luggage problem?
The luggage problem is that two little panniers cost $1300 when they shouldn't cost any more than $400. Paying 10% the cost of the motorcycle for panniers is ludicrous.
 

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Tail Bag Solution

I spent a good deal of time looking at different luggage options. While each of us have different priorities when it comes to luggage, here were mine:

1. I wanted the bike to retain it's looks to the greatest extent possible.
2. I wanted to increase my carrying capacity as much as possible.

I felt that no matter which tank bags I looked at, they just detracted from the bike's looks too much. Being unwilling to spend 1300 ridiculous dollars on the Ducati panniers, I focussed on tail bags. I found the Ducati tail bag to be a bit ugly and I didn't like how the straps attached to the body work. Ultimately this is what I've arrived at: Nelson-Rigg-CL-1060-S-Sport Bottom line, $90, only a 22L carrying capacity or so, but it looks pretty good. The bag attaches around the seat and doesn't touch the bodywork anywhere. Pics below show the bag in standard and expanded guise. As for panniers, the search continues.

https://www.amazon.com/Nelson-Rigg-CL-1060-S-Sport-Motorcycle/dp/B00RGQ1OJW/ref=sr_1_5?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1497238833&sr=1-5&keywords=tail+bag
 

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Backpack for me - Use it every day and I would much rather limit what I have to carry to what will fit in a backpack rather than offend the look of the bike. Everybody to their own but I just cannot come to terms with fitting panniers to this beautiful looking bike. If it won't fit in the backpack I reckon I can do without it
 

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I spent a good deal of time looking at different luggage options. While each of us have different priorities when it comes to luggage, here were mine:

1. I wanted the bike to retain it's looks to the greatest extent possible.
2. I wanted to increase my carrying capacity as much as possible.

I felt that no matter which tank bags I looked at, they just detracted from the bike's looks too much. Being unwilling to spend 1300 ridiculous dollars on the Ducati panniers, I focussed on tail bags. I found the Ducati tail bag to be a bit ugly and I didn't like how the straps attached to the body work. Ultimately this is what I've arrived at: Nelson-Rigg-CL-1060-S-Sport Bottom line, $90, only a 22L carrying capacity or so, but it looks pretty good. The bag attaches around the seat and doesn't touch the bodywork anywhere. Pics below show the bag in standard and expanded guise. As for panniers, the search continues.

https://www.amazon.com/Nelson-Rigg-CL-1060-S-Sport-Motorcycle/dp/B00RGQ1OJW/ref=sr_1_5?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1497238833&sr=1-5&keywords=tail+bag
This looks ok - definitely more acceptable than the panniers I think :smile2:
 

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Backpack for me - Use it every day and I would much rather limit what I have to carry to what will fit in a backpack rather than offend the look of the bike. Everybody to their own but I just cannot come to terms with fitting panniers to this beautiful looking bike. If it won't fit in the backpack I reckon I can do without it
I agree. Backpack only. The only issue I have with a backpack though is if it's fully loaded (which I do at least once a year), the weight will pull on the shoulders on long trips. On my other bikes, I would rest the weight on the pillion seat, but can't on this one due to the cowl. Guess I'll have to deal with it.
 

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I agree. Backpack only. The only issue I have with a backpack though is if it's fully loaded (which I do at least once a year), the weight will pull on the shoulders on long trips. On my other bikes, I would rest the weight on the pillion seat, but can't on this one due to the cowl. Guess I'll have to deal with it.
once a year, you can remove the cowl...

myself i think i will add kriga's side packs once a year, and then remove them.
 

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I agree. Backpack only. The only issue I have with a backpack though is if it's fully loaded (which I do at least once a year), the weight will pull on the shoulders on long trips. On my other bikes, I would rest the weight on the pillion seat, but can't on this one due to the cowl. Guess I'll have to deal with it.
Yep I agree se7en it doesn't pay to overload it on long trips. Always best to travel light. One pair of jocks is good for three days : wear 'em the right way on day 1, wear 'em inside-out on day 2, wear 'em back-to-front on day 3, shower while wearing 'em on day 4 and when they dry they're good to go again!!! :laugh:>:)
 

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SW Motech

Any update on whether the SW Motech Blaze for the Monster 1200 (or any bike) will work on the SS?

I'm heading out on a longer trip in a few weeks and I don't think I'm going to be able to jam everything into my tail bag. I think the Blaze is the best option out there for a reasonable price.
 
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