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    Panniers - Smallest option for FF Helmet?

    I'm in the market for hard side cases (lockable and waterproof). At a minimum, I would like to stow my FF helmet (size M Shoei) in one and armored leather jacket in the other. I use a Cortech 2.0 tailbag as well. Bike is a Honda CB500F, great commuter but not a big bike, so I'd like to go with the smallest option available and still meet the min. requirements.

    I've looked at the Givi V35s of course, the Shad 36s, and the Kappa Keen 33s. From reading reviews, it doesn't sound like the Kappa's will stow a FF helmet, so unfortunately those are out. Is it really down to just the two (in which case I'll likely go with the Givi's as they're a better fit with the bike)?

    Cheers.

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    I found it really depends on the helmet, my Nolen fit in places my Schuberth wouldn't, same size just different styling.

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    Top case...... just saying.....
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    Sidecases that will fit a full face helmet are huge....better to go with a top case for the helmet and smaller side cases for the jacket and other stuff.
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    I have a set of these:
    http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/g...y-trekker-case
    on my 650 V-Strom - one 33L and one 46L (in black)...

    The 46L will easily swallow a f/f helmet with room to spare. The 33L will easily accommodate my armored jacket plus some odds and ends.

    At my age, having to hoist a leg up and over a huge top box is a pipe-dream, at best. So I had to think long and hard about the options. This particular combination works extremely well for me; others would, undoubtedly, find it too bulky. Also, Smurf is absolutely right ...


    Quote Originally Posted by MN_Smurf View Post
    Sidecases that will fit a full face helmet are huge...

    Side cases that will fit a full face helmet are, indeed, huge or, more accurately, very wide. Also, IMO, they're a pricier option than going with a large top case.

    Decisions, decisions, decisions.

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    Why would you use side cases for a helmet? Just wear a helmet.

    Helmet size matters. Mine won't fit where my wife's will.
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    John, I use my side case to stow my helmet when running around town or to work. It's easy and I only run a top case on trips. That said, the Connie spoils us in regards to storage.
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    I should have said why would you wear side cases for a helmet. Was trying to be funny.
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    I love living in a place where I can just hang my helmet & gear on the bike. You can tell the tourists, they're the ones carrying their helmets and gear into the restaurants (or stuffing them into ginormous topboxes)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kootenanny View Post
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