bag one: sx appeal topcase, $135.00, available at www.scooterwest.com (on the lx accessories page)
the sx appeal top case is almost an exact replica of the pricey piaggio leather top case but at a fraction of the cost. it's made from canvas rather than leather, but it looks sharp nonetheless.
although the exterior is canvas, the interior of the case contains a hard plastic liner, which is great, as it helps the case maintain its shape and keeps it from getting squashed or bent out of shape. it's pretty roomy; i can carry 2 small bags of groceries or a six packs inside it . i suppose the plastic liner would also help contain beverage spills, etc., but i haven't had the chance to experience this yet.
the top case also has two small compartments on either side.
one of my pet peeves about cases such as this is that it takes too long to open and close them. scooter west has solved this problem by
fitting the straps with snaps and then covering them with a faux buckle strap. they look like the real thing, but they take about a quarter as much time to open and close. great time saver.
another nice feature is that the sides of the case 'zipper shut.' this is great for keeping dust, rain, etc. out of the case.
my only complaint with the case is the manner in which you affix it to the rear rack. the case comes with 4 nylon straps (whith little plastic clips on them) that you thread through leather grommets to affix to your rack. they work fine, but you have to be careful that you don't attach them too tightly, lest they pop open and fall off while riding. i think scooter west should sew the straps to the case, or if they are going to stick with this design, include 1 or 2 replacement straps in case you lose one. this system of affixing the case just seems too risky for me.
all in all, the case is a great value for the money, it looks sharp, and other than the strap issue, i'd recommend it.
bag 2: sx appeal helmet hook bag, $55.00, available at www.scooterwest.com (on the lx accessories page)
the sx appeal helmet hook bag is the one accessory i can't live without. it is exceptional.
the bag hooks on your vespa's front helmet hook and includes a velco strap if you want to attach it to your scooter's floorboard. i haven't used the velcro strap myself, as my et4 has the rear passenger foot peg bar and that gets in the way. i suspect the velcro works better on the lx rather than the et4, but as i don't own an lx, i can't tell for sure. on my et4, the velcro doesn't exactly line up to the floorboard, but i suspect it lines up perfectly on the lx (based on the photos displayed on scooter west's website).
when i first got this bag, i was worried that the wind would be blowing it all over, but the front cowel shields it from the wind, and i've had no problems. it stays in place securely when riding, and you don't even know its there.
the bag also comes with 2 detachable straps that turn it in to a backpack. i don't use these, but they'd be great if you were a student, courier, etc.
the side has mesh compartments for stowing small items, and the front of the case has a small compartment for smaller items (i stow my ipod in there).
great bag; for price, there's no way everyone shouldn't own it. buy it now.
bag 3: sx appeal under-the-seat bag, $59.00, available at www.scooterwest.com (on the lx accesories page)
i don't use this bag as much as i should, but it does come in handy. sized to fit perfectly under the seat of an et4 or lx, this bag sports a handle and a shoulder strap that makes it great for quick trips to the store, etc.
i typically store this bag, empty, under the seat of my et4. when grocery shopping, i fill up my et4's seat compartment with 2 small bags of groceries, take the sx bag out, and carry the rest home over my shoulder.
i also use this bag to carry around my laptop computer; it fits great inside, and it has a small layer of padding to protect my computer from dust, bumps, etc.
i'd have to say that scooter west has done an exceptional job in producing these 3 bags. if they fixed the strap issue with the top case, i'd say they got them perfect. the canvas material design is great, the zippers top notch, and the look and fit of the bags are superb. the fact that they fit both the et4 and lx is also a great selling point, as you can switch them between scooters at will.
if you can only afford one bag, i'd go with the helmet hook bag, as it's the one i use the most, and it's the cheapest. now, my only remaining question is: when do they come out in colors besides black????