Motorcycle News (UK) - - GARAGE -

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

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