The main reason was that they provide adequate space without getting too wide, plus they are top loaders which comes in handy when stuffing in camping equipment and other assorted bits and pieces. The other nice thing is that we got them keyed all the same, Jesse keyed the F650GS cases for the same key as my Tiger cases - very handy.
|Our Trusty Steeds|
The cases on the F650GS are an overall width of 96cm, not really narrow, but not too bad either for a volume of over 80L. The Tiger has probably about 95L usable volume and is (after installation of a smaller exhaust) at 94cm width (96.5cm with the OEM exhaust).
|~ 240L Luggage Volume – Way too much to use all|
We installed the cases today, it's a well thought out rack system attaching to the OEM luggage mounting points, got them adjusted straight and nice. Looks good on the bike.
|F650GS in Full Touring Trim|
Another good thing is that the Micatech luggage liners I had for my old R1200GS cases fit fairly nicely in the bottom wide part of the new cases, so we'll probably get some liners for the upper part to get our stuff easier into a hotel/motel room or into the tent. Saves us a bit.
|Didn't get too wide ...|
I really like the Charcoal color Andrea selected for her cases and wish now I had gotten the same. But the black ones on the Tiger look good as well.
The test ride today took us – as so often – up CA9 over Skyline Blvd to the view point just on "the other side" of Skyline. From there we backtracked to Skyline and rode north to Alice's Restaurant, had some coffee and great apple pie and took Page Mill Road towards home. We were super careful there, saw lots and lots of deer on the meadows on the side of the road, no wonder I had that accident there ...