I'm asking for a "review" of the Vario pannier cases from BMW compared to the Givi Trekker cases? I'm not seeing much online from owners & the Givi are a bit cheaper but not bargain basement prices there either-who discounts Givi?
Having ridden thousands of miles in the rain I cannot tell you how pleased I am when I arrive totally dry in whatever BMW clothing I own. Worth every penny!! In short, buy the BMW cases as you won't be sorry. Even if you need to save up longer in order to make the purchase.
FWIW,and a bit off my purpose as OP here,I bought a Shad top case (I understand they mfg BMW cases) & it had a bad lid which didn't seal properly. It was taken care of by the retailer but still there's the question of quality that lingers for me. I'm looking at the Givi Trekker cases as compared to the Vario's which are at a much higher price point, new or used. I also wonder how the Vario "adjustable feature" works & if that's a good useful feature? I really don't want the "ride around the world" rectangular, welded alu cases that are indestructible for my rides.
I was just figuring that if I were to get a 20% discount on new BMW Vario cases that makes them a tiny bit less expensive than the Givi Trekkers-so it's a head to head competition as to which is better to own?
There is a company in the photography business called "Really Right Stuff". And, their "stuff" costs more than like-product in the marketplace. However, the like-product from others doesn't begin to equate to Really Right Stuff (RRS). You buy a RRS product and not only is the quality exceptional you'll be taking it to the grave with you. A one time purchase with no disappointment. On top of that 100% of their products are made in America. Is it really expensive when you are forced to buy like-product 2 or 3 times over the course of time because somebody forgot to add the quality in? Or, it simply doesn't work as advertised frequently right out of the box.
As to the Vario, they work extremely well and will hold up over time. Is the feature useful? Only if you make use of it and given the limited amount of space on a motorcycle you will probably make use of it over and over again. I am personally not a Vario fan but the product is excellent in my opinion. I prefer the look of the big aluminum boxes as they are pretty cool looking if you ask me.
A 20% discount will bring you pretty close to dealer cost so good luck with that. After you take dealer net and add overhead that 20% discount is probably less than dealer cost. Remember product does not cost the dealer the invoice price. Take that invoice number and add approximately 10% to 15% and you have a very realistic true dealer cost. Many dealers don't even seem to understand that as evidenced by so many going out of business. This goes back to a comment I made recently: People (including many dealers) do not understand the true cost of operations whether it be their home or their business.
My current "lean" is toward used Vario or used/new wholesale Pelican/SKB cases with adaptors from Caribou.
All three Vario cases on my F800GS. They are the right cases for the bike IMO. I like the overall versatility and of course, as they are made for the bike, the fit is/has been excellent. I have developed some "bag safety straps" for the side cases that are pretty neat. OM
PICS? thanks! Why choose Vario's over a Pelican type of case, other than adjustibility ? How does a Vario "handle" a tipover? Dents or no longer water/dust proof, etc.?
Good luck. OM
We have the Vario cases on our G650GS. The adjustable-width feature has been relatively hard to operate, recently made much easier by the application of some silicone spray.
Last weekend my wife came to a stop on new, fresh pea-sized gravel. Her foot slipped and over went the bike, with the lower portion of the side case being the contact point with the ground. Nothing was harmed, save for a handful of very small "gravel dents" in the area of contact. The wife still cried a bit, though.....
The cases seem to be a bit more robust than they first appear. As far as the value placed on having expanding cases, that is entirely up to you and whether you ever require the extra space.