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Old 07-19-2008, 08:33 PM   #61
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Makes the commute SO much easier...

If you're bike is an everday thing, and you tote laptops and files and such, why worry about the ugliness of a top box?

I have noticed roughly the same # of women flocking to me as a result of my KLR, whether the top box is on or not...
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:33 PM   #62
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Fugly?

Picture this beauty with the sissybar removed and a plastic milk crate bolted to the luggage rack. The blue milk crate had been sprayed white and the white paint was peeling off. I can't believe I don't have a picture of it like that.
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Old 07-20-2008, 06:45 AM   #63
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Picture this beauty...
First 55 gal drum I've seen used as a top box. I'll bet you really get the wimmen with that!
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:28 AM   #64
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Last week I caught up to a BMW GS (not sure which one.. I think it's rude to stare at bikes uglier than my V-Strom). He had something on the back that looked odd and as I got closer I realized it was an actual laundry basket. It was tied down to the rack on the back. At a light I chatted with the rider and complemented him on the basket.. he said it had a few odds and ends in it and actually happened to have his laundry in it as well.

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Old 07-21-2008, 02:05 PM   #65
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Last week I caught up to a BMW GS (not sure which one.. I think it's rude to stare at bikes uglier than my V-Strom).


I know it's none of my business but you really shouldn't ride impared....

Ahhhh when function meets form it is truly a wonderful thing.......




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Old 07-21-2008, 05:50 PM   #66
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I don't understand the "impared" comment.. could you please explain to me?

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I know it's none of my business but you really shouldn't ride impared....

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Old 07-21-2008, 06:08 PM   #67
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Ugly, but then so is the bike... The top box is way too useful not to have.


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Old 07-21-2008, 07:43 PM   #68
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I don't understand the "impared" comment.. could you please explain to me?

..Tom
you said this..



is uglier than this....



I figured you must have been drinking (impared/blurred vision/blind, etc)...

It was just a little joke...very little it appears...
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:41 AM   #69
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Ahh.. now I get it!

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you said this..



is uglier than this....



I figured you must have been drinking (impared/blurred vision/blind, etc)...

It was just a little joke...very little it appears...
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:48 AM   #70
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I used to have a red DL650 and now own a yellow and black 12GS. I'm not sure which is more ugly, but I like how both of them look. Getting back to the subject of top boxes, I always leave mine on and I also leave the paniers installed all the time. I think the GS looks better with them on. The rear end of the GS looks too small compared to the fat gas tank when the bags are removed. The bike looks more balanced when the bags are in place.
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Old 07-23-2008, 07:26 AM   #71
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Ugly? Topboxes on bikes? Fine, MB, but a top box is probably the handiest thing every invented to compliment a motorcycle (as far as "usefullness"), it ranks higher then even the venerable bungee net and classic milk crate. I think it makes a bike say "I'm ready for anything! Camping, groceries, spare helmet, laptop, briefcase, anything!" and isn't that what adventure bikes are all about? Go buy a shiny ducati sport bike or a chrome-covered machine if you're that into how a bike looks. I'm ready to ride! My top box rarely leaves my bike.
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:59 AM   #72
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The V-Strom is beautiful with the top Case...

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Old 07-23-2008, 09:39 AM   #73
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Flames on the top box would be a nice finish.
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Old 07-23-2008, 11:53 AM   #74
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I totally agree!

It is the best thing I ever added to my bike by far!

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Ugly? Topboxes on bikes? Fine, MB, but a top box is probably the handiest thing every invented to compliment a motorcycle (as far as "usefullness"), it ranks higher then even the venerable bungee net and classic milk crate. I think it makes a bike say "I'm ready for anything! Camping, groceries, spare helmet, laptop, briefcase, anything!" and isn't that what adventure bikes are all about? Go buy a shiny ducati sport bike or a chrome-covered machine if you're that into how a bike looks. I'm ready to ride! My top box rarely leaves my bike.
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Old 07-23-2008, 01:33 PM   #75
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Hmm...one's got a bucktooth hairlip...the other one looks like a flat-faced pug. They're BOTH awesome!

I worship my topbox on the Wee-Strom...so much that I just bought a second mounting plate so I can use it on my KLR!

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