FITTING LUGGAGE? EASY!
I went for Suzuki’s official accessory panniers and top-box, costing £1540. It’s a huge amount of money, but fitting them was easy. There’s a plastic cover over where the strengthened pannier bracket goes, so you unscrew and remove this, slot in the bracket the panniers clip on to, and bolt it into place. There’s also a support for the bottom, that you bolt on to the footrest.
The panniers simply clip on, and are secured when you pull down the handle. They also rest on the footrest support. The top box was easy as well; simply bolt a plate to the tail of the bike and the box just clips on. The most difficult part of the job was fitting the lock barrels, as the screws are tiny and you have to fasten them when the barrel is in place. This means you have to work at quite a difficult angle.
The luggage feels secure on the bike. I had no problems on that first 500-mile trip… until I clipped the pannier on a bollard in a petrol station. Muppet!
12V power socket is beyond useful Easy to fit; just remember you’re riding a wide load Crash bars cost £265, but could save you in a spill