Update: There was a recall on these bags because they covered the side reflectors on the Versys. Kawasaki sent me some gigantic reflectors that were supposed to be mounted in a weird way and were going to look ridiculous, so I just put a long piece of reflective tape down the side of each bag. Problem solved! Also, one of the Versys branded logos fell off, so I made some nice Rock City Rumblers stickers and replaced them!
Original Review below.
I purchased the Givi V35 PLX Hard Saddlebags (Kawasaki Versys branded) with my new Versys. I ecalleally like the way they look and they are put together pretty well. They also hold a lot of stuff. I can fit my size M Fulmer M1 Modus full face helmet in one of them if I’m very creative and patient with positioning it. The shape inside is slightly different between each bag, so the helmet definitely only fits in the one side. But they do hold a lot of stuff in there. My only gripes have been that I don’t really like the way the bike looks with the bags off. The mounting brackets do not flatter the Versys. That said, the brackets incorporate new passenger grab handles that are much sturdier than the stock handles. I’ve since read about a company called SW Motech that makes an easily removable mounting bracket, but I don’t want to throw out mine and invest in new ones at this point. I don’t ride the bike too much without the bags anyway. My other gripe is listed on the main Versys review page which is about the trim kit. Go on over there and check it out if you’re interested.
As for durability, there are straps inside that keep the bag from opening past 90 degrees. Both of my straps on the drivers side bag came loose and let go of their mounting points. I remedied this by putting in larger screws and it seems to be holding so far. The lock system on these bags is great. There is one small key. The release button for the bags is a one push and their off the bike deal. When you push the button to unlock the bag for opening, it opens, but a latch catches it after it is unlocked to keep it from dropping until you can grab it and let it open on your terms. This is nice for one handed operation. These bags are super easy to get on and off the bike. They clean up real nice after a buggy ride too! I just use Meguiars Mist and Wipe detailing spray to clean the whole bike. It smells delicious and puts a hell of a shine on that bad boy… I will try to post some pics of the inside of the bags when I get a chance. For now, here’s a couple more pics of the bike…