I have the Junior 30s and I like them a lot. I don't do any lane-splitting or tight, city riding, so I don't know how obtrusive they can be. They have been great for me. I completely forget they are there when I am riding.
They're water tight, easily removed from the bike to your hotel room, lockable (both to the bike and from being open), sturdy, and very handsome as far as luggage goes.
I sported the Jr.s, and found that even with the smaller bags...... I can carry far more than what I actually need. By the way, I found a plastic box to secure to the inside of one of my Hepco's, extending out as far from the inside as possible. It allowed me to carry/stash/organize/compartmentalize the small stuff. A trick I learned with BMW System Cases.
The only other bag I would closely at would be the Leatherlyke. And don't do tassels and metal studs, unless you're seriously down for that sorta thang.
The 30s are ok. I just have to carry a lot of stuff for my work travels. And the 40s give room enough for a helmet to lock up. They also give room for winter riding gear when you are on a long trip and you don't know what the weather will do. Even without the work stuff, I'd just pay the extra $50 and get the 40 liter. They look good. Not much different from the 30s.
When you get the 30 liters, you pay $7.50 a liter. On the 40s, you pay $6.25 a liter.
Why don't you just balance the tassel look and put them on the end of your handlebars too? That would look real coooooool.
Thanks for all the replies, especially the photo posts! Odd how the manufactures don't put too many pics on the web sites. The Hepco's require rear light relocation?
I'm really in a a dilemma - I currently manage (barely) with 24 litres total, compared to 60 with the Hepco! Well, I mean with a tail bag, a tank bag, frying pan dangling on the road and Granny up top in the rocker.
But 60 seems huge. And yet .. the quality... tough decision.
The mounting hardware come's with a bracket to mount the rear indicators to. I installed small rear indicators, so I wouldnt have to mount the additional bracket. The stock indicators and taillight didnt do anything for me anyway as I was looking to make the bike look as old as possible cosmetically.
I'm a HUGE fan of industrial truck-bed liner. I bought System Case lids for my bike from an outfit servicing CA Highway Patrol Beemers. I got 'em cheap 'cause they were TORE UP!
I simply took 'em down to my local truck-bed liner shop and had them shoot my lids with the stuff.... and they look GREAT! I used them for more than just my saddle bags; used em for that seat in my latest pic's of what hides beneath my seat cowl.
Don't use duct tape if you want to patch or shape, use metalic tape instead. Rough up the surface, and have them spray a bit over the edges to kinda 'wrap' around the surface.
Oh.... with regard to case size? I also tend to want to carry TOO MUCH if given the ability. The Jr.s though smaller, just look more proportional to the size of the Bonnie. And remember, the system comes with a luggage rack; so if you do top packs, one can be fitted easily.
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