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Old 07-17-2008, 12:33 PM   #46
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[quote=meanmotorscooter]Here's my Givi E52:


that thing looks like a 'droid in one of the starwars movies.

i have same top case in silver on my strom.

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Old 07-17-2008, 12:59 PM   #47
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Thumb Now that's what I'm talking about...

What's in the PVC tube? Is that for your fishing pole? It is beautiful in all it's uglyness.
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:14 PM   #48
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You know, I used to kind of agree with you, and then I realized, THAT'S WHY YOU GET TWO (or three) MOTORCYCLES!
You buy me a 1098, I'll put it in my garage.
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:18 PM   #49
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You buy me a 1098, I'll put it in my garage.
Ya, right, you just want to meet her.
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:28 PM   #50
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I have the same setup as DirtGeek except mine is all beat up from taking naps. It's too big, it's too bulbous, it makes my bike look even more like a mutant scooter, but man is it handy for commuting. I can look valuables in it (helmet, 'stich) and not worry about in town, or one button push and it's off. I can carry a case of oil and split lanes. On tour solo, i prefer a dry bag on the pillon seat as the load is carried too high and far back in the top case. The bike definately handles better with sides than the top case, but you adjust. If I couldn't split lanes, I could do without the topcase.
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:33 PM   #51
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They do look 'that bad' but that is what the world is coming to. Next, there will be one hand on the cell (or is it already wired...), with the other wrapped around the de rigeur latte (don't forget to add loads of sugar)!
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:34 PM   #52
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What's in the PVC tube? Is that for your fishing pole? It is beautiful in all it's uglyness.
I just keep little handy stuff in it. Hand cleaner, kleenex, bug spray, lighter, ink pen. Nothing I'll sweat if I lose it, but handy stuff to keep around.
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:36 PM   #53
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They do look 'that bad' but that is what the world is coming to. Next, there will be one hand on the cell (or is it already wired...), with the other wrapped around the de rigeur latte (don't forget to add loads of sugar)!
mmm.... time for a starbuck's run!

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Old 07-17-2008, 08:21 PM   #54
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that thing looks like a 'droid in one of the starwars movies.
Like this?



i have same top case in silver on my strom.

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Old 07-17-2008, 09:01 PM   #55
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I dont think mine is too too ugly

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Old 07-18-2008, 10:55 AM   #56
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Top Box, yes ugly, but useful

I have a 37 litre on my 950SM and it makes the bike look kinda stupid, but my computer bag fits in there and some other stuff. You can actually do a small grocery run with it and can lock your helmet etc. if you'r walking around. Also it doubles as backrest for my g-friend and she can put all her crap in there when we take the bike. So I agree, looks stupid/ugly, but more than makes up for it in convenience factor.

As far as handling, I don't notice it, even at speeds of 100+ .
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Old 07-18-2008, 11:43 AM   #57
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My top box is my favorite piece of luggage.

Perfect for storing my helmet (XXL Araid XD), great for beer runs, groceries, etc. And I have even used it as a cooler while at my destination. I fill it with ice, pack it with beer and flip open the top for everyone to help themselves.


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Old 07-18-2008, 03:00 PM   #58
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Like this?



i have same top case in silver on my strom.

al
I was thinking more like Paulie's robot from Rocky IV.

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Old 07-18-2008, 08:22 PM   #59
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my top box has a beaver under it!

'chomper' lives on the left turn signal light. notice the four eyes on this box. custom beer holder too!

xr's top box (a thing of beauty)


what kind of bike would this one go on?


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Old 07-19-2008, 05:36 PM   #60
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You're right...most bags, top & side, mess up the lines on a bike. But one day a guy on a nice Triumph Bonnie and I pulled into the grocery store parking lot, chatted as we went in, bought our goods and went to our bikes. I stored mine stuff in the stock 22L BMW topbox while he was tying the grocery sack to his belt. Try that with a gallon of milk.

I tried commuting with my backpack for a couple days and wound up putting the bags back on. I didn't like the higher center of gravity.

Advantage: cases...top and side. Heavy stuff in the side, light stuff in the top.
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