Just for you RC,
Returning from the garage following some experimentation with my delicious set of SW-Motech Blaze, I am sad to report that those either do not marry well with a pillion.
However, excluding the pillion, they're awesome.
If I place them for best fit as I usually do, the rear foot-pegs are not accessible. If I place them further back then yes it works but she'll be sitting on the Velcro strap.
I haven't tried placing the strap under the seat however If I did the bags would be close to or hit the silencer. Not good.
This may be cold comfort my dear friend, but I'm in the same predicament. I'm seriously considering a Multistrada as a third bike to replace her CBR300R which she no longer wants to ride.
Always the gentleman Dar...Thanks man, i really appreciate it
Gave it a 2nd try and i think i'll be able to make it, sat on the pillion's part of the seat with the bags attached and the front velcro strap on top of the seat (with the 2nd sitting underneath it) and...it's OK and definitely doable, sure it's not as comfy as when you have the bike without them installed obviously but - again - it's OK, plus, with riding pants (padded on the hips) i don't think it's going to be that noticeable, will have to take a test ride tomorrow with the missus though just to be sure...
As for the MTS, well, it's not the bike, it's the available luggage options for each bike - or shall i say, the price in question for each available one...1800€ for the Ducati bags for the Monster ? Are you [email protected]
kidding me Ducati ? To be honest, they lowered the price down to JUST 1000€ lately, still bullshit though.
Gotta be honest, i always was a naked bike kind of guy but i just got too friggin' lazy to deal with the sub-optimal shit regarding the touring options for them (i.e: panniers/brackets etc), i'm barely 40 but...unfortunately, i do see myself with a frigging ADV mastodon just for the ease of the whole thing you know ? With nakeds, it's either the lack of wind protection (duh), the location of our oil coolers (try to imagine passing through a non-expected dirt-road while touring on an M1200/diavel), the lack of real touring accessories etc etc, in the end, it's just an immense ball-ache...just today for example, when i was fiddling with the bungie cords, i was getting tired by the mere idea that i'll have to put some paint protection film around the sub-frame so that i can loop/tighten a bungie cord around it without [email protected]
up the paint...nope.
Anyway, thanks for everything man, cheers