Cheap easy effective farkles
I bought my GS a few months ago and it came with Vario luggage. I was looking for a way to stow my rain gear on the left pannier as its odd shaped an sort of useless. I rolled up my rain gear and stuffed it in the upper side and was not happy. I tried everywhere and thought the lid would be great but how to secure it. Then I looked over and saw a bungee net laying in the tool box and the gears started turning. After a few minutes I saw screws in the interior of the Varios the hold the aluminum shells on and had some 1/4" cable clamps and it all came together. Unfortunately the bungee net I had was too big so I started looking on the internet for one sized properly and low and behold Harbor Freight had the perfect sized net and prices at around $4 minus 20%. Went and picked one up and outfitted the top case as a beta test. The fit and function was so good I ended up going back and getting two more cargo nets and another trip to Lowes to get another 10 pack of 1/4" cable clips to do the L/R pannier lids.
So for about $15 I outfitted all 3 Varios with lid nets making the Varios even more flexible.
While I was at Harbor Freight I also picked up a Velcro LED under cabinet light for $7 and it works perfect for lighting the top case.
Then with necessity being the other of all invention and coming from a Guzzi background (cheaper is better) I set to work on a set of deflectors to keep my toes from getting wet. I had a section of 1/4" rubber mat from Tractor Supply and bought a few 3/4" rubberized conduit clamps and some machine screws at Lowes and a hour later sucess. I did use CAD (cardboard aided design) to make templates then it was down hill from there.
All told the mods cost about $100 ($22 in parts and $78 in beer).
Last edited by PerazziMx14; 16-Jan-2019 at 03:02 AM (376).