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    What model of Viking's hard bags are these, Stephen? They offer several, I think
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    I'm really interested in this thread. I have the Mutazu LW side bags that hold 25 L and a Bestem 2012 top box that holds (I think) 42L for a combined 92L. While we've done two up tours of 5 days, it would be nice to have more space. Although we're pretty minimalist, our tours go from the low valleys up into the mountains and the elevation/temperature changes require more thermal gear than our existing luggage wants to hold. I have a new Bestem 929 in a box that will help by a few liters, but would like sidebags in the 37L range. As you post your recommendations, capacity would be really helpful. I have the JFC brackets, so I can mount almost anything. This is what my current setup looks like:
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    Get a bigger top case. I love my Shad SH50. HUGE - it can hold my XXL Schuberth C3Pro and my wife's L full-face Bilt helmet - AND a jacket at the same time. With that and the factory bags, I have around 108L of hard storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodswoman View Post
    What model of Viking's hard bags are these, Stephen? They offer several, I think
    https://www.vikingbags.com/viking-la...saddlebags.htm

    It seems they went up in price. I had a problem with the locks so they sent me a new set (free) which are still in the box.

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    I went with the Hepco and Becker 42 litter Journey bags. When I got them they seemed big enough that I decided to forego a top box for now and install a back rack and sissy bar instead. If I need a little extra I can strap a soft bag on the back rack and the sissy bar gives me a good place to strap my large tripod to. I’m happy with them so far.Name:  CTX700N-3.jpg
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    2015 CTX700ND
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    Hepco and Becker Lock-it side carrier
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    Hepco and Becker Sissy bar and back rack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brunnka_CTX View Post
    I went with the Hepco and Becker 42 litter Journey bags. When I got them they seemed big enough that I decided to forego a top box for now and install a back rack and sissy bar instead. If I need a little extra I can strap a soft bag on the back rack and the sissy bar gives me a good place to strap my large tripod to. I’m happy with them so far.Name:  CTX700N-3.jpg
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    Sharp setup, Brunnka_CTX! Good-looking ride you've got there.
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    I keep eyeballing Caribou Cases. The company takes Pelican or similar quality cases and modifies them with locks, internal elastic retention straps, and lanyards to keep the top from opening too far against the hinges.

    http://cariboucases.com/Cases-Only/

    The Storm cases are a good size -- 35 liters each -- but they're 16 inches tall, which I think may cause them to stick up pretty far above the side of the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyDave View Post
    Rick,

    Suggestion... Mount the new 929. Take the existing 2012, and get one more to match, and hang them sideways on the jfc brackets using the Bestem Quick Disconnect plates. That's how John (jfc) has them on his bike, and it looks great. Capacity would be 84L in the saddlebags, plus another 46 in the top case. If you and your wife need more than 130 liters, trade the CTX in on a Mazda Miata.

    Viking is going to have to come out with new bags for the 2018 H-D Softails, without the rear shock cutouts. I'd love to see them make the Extra large versions that currently have the shock cutout. My Lamellar bags are OK, but they're about the same size as Rick's bags, and you can see a lot of wasted space between the bottom of the bag and the Muffler.
    Dave, I've thought about mounting the Bestem 2012's as sidebags. Dealing with getting in and out of side loading bags each time I need something (multiplied by two when riding with a pillion) isn't very attractive, but doesn't necessarily become a deal breaker. 130 liters would certainly take care of our capacity issue though. Heck, the new 2018 Goldwing carries only 110 liters (down from 150). In any event, there won't be a Miata in my future!! We've been a "one car" family for over 20 years and now that we're a one car/one motorcycle team, I like it like this! Thanks for your thoughtful suggestion.

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    My biggest question is how do you get an even mount on both sides. You have to drill holes in the jfc brackets. Then square the bags up on there. Plus get at the grab bars so I can get the C up on the centerstand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casper View Post
    My biggest question is how do you get an even mount on both sides. You have to drill holes in the jfc brackets. Then square the bags up on there. Plus get at the grab bars so I can get the C up on the centerstand.
    Hepco & Becker's mounting brackets for the CTX700N?
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