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Stock GS bags vs Jesse Bags

I have a 05 1200 GS with the stock bags and am thinking about Jesse bag. I am happy with the stock, yes I know they will eventuraly break, but am realy wondering how much more room there is in practical space they have over the stock.

I know they are better every which way just want to know about the space

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Doesn't the website explain the volume and size of the bags/boxes?
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I have had both the plastic vario panniers and Jesse panniers on a 1200GS.

The Jesse panniers are much larger than the varios, even when the varios are extended. The lid packing is particularly useful. I also like the way the bottoms of the panniers are cantered to allow leg clearance when 'paddling' through sand. They are strong construction and take falls well. I eventually returned the Jesse panniers due to problems getting sufficient exhaust clearance and water ingress.

In retrospect I feel the vario panniers are stronger than most people realise, so long as you don't fall with them in the extended position, and I have a grudging respect for them. An example of one fall is at A piste too far.

If you never use them in the extended position you can substantially increase the carrying capacity by removing the extending mechanism.

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