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Old 07-23-2008, 03:05 PM   #76
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top boxes are for gasoline...
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:46 PM   #77
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They're BOTH awesome!
I couldn't agree more, I just had to pick at Tom for saying a GS is uglier than a wee, and for telling a lie about actually catching up to one...


Let's see if he gets it this time...
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Old 07-24-2008, 01:57 AM   #78
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When I started paying more attention to bikes and started noticing more than dirtbike, cruiser, and sportbike, I put tank bags in the same category as top boxes: "they are ugly and just don't belong on a bike." Now, for everything other than a cruiser, I think a topbox and tank bag are they way to go; unless you need even more storage, in which case, side panniers are acceptable.
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:50 AM   #79
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When I started paying more attention to bikes and started noticing more than dirtbike, cruiser, and sportbike, I put tank bags in the same category as top boxes: "they are ugly and just don't belong on a bike." Now, for everything other than a cruiser, I think a topbox and tank bag are they way to go; unless you need even more storage, in which case, side panniers are acceptable.
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:54 AM   #80
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I said caught up to one at a light.

Do they go fast? I have never had one pass me while riding.

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I couldn't agree more, I just had to pick at Tom for saying a GS is uglier than a wee, and for telling a lie about actually catching up to one...


Let's see if he gets it this time...
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:55 AM   #81
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When I started paying more attention to bikes and started noticing more than dirtbike, cruiser, and sportbike, I put tank bags in the same category as top boxes: "they are ugly and just don't belong on a bike."
Unfortunately, for those of us who aren't profilers and have actually used them before, they become an indispensable "ugly and just don't belong" item.

I'm not knocking your opinion, I share it, but unfortunately I've learned the utility and thus use a tank bag and have had top boxes on a few bikes. I hate them, but they're damn useful! If nothing else to go get the brewskis for after the riding and to start the bench racing... Synchronized belching...
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:19 AM   #82
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I saw a KLR ther other day that impressed me a lot. He had a topbox, a tank bag, side racks (but no cases currently on them) and a neat large PVC tube in front of the engine behind the front wheel for extra storage. Looked like he was really getting his use out of it (and it was pretty dirty as well.)

Funny Thing, he comes from a little town in Ontario near where I live called Pefferlaw. I think it is becoming a bit of an Adventure Bike town as I know of a KTM 9** Adventure, a V-Strom and now the KLR. I wouldn't be surprised if the laundry basket GS came from there as well.

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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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Old 07-24-2008, 07:20 AM   #83
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I said caught up to one at a light.

Do they go fast? I have never had one pass me while riding.

..Tom
Same here for either bike.....rarely see one down here. One of the best things bout owning one in Florida....easy to find in a parking lot full of cruisers....

Fast is relevant to what you're used to I guess.....my little 1200 goes thru the gears on the back wheel to 90+ MPH with little effort at all which is fast enough for me...
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:20 AM   #84
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The other nice thing about top boxes is that they are behind us when we ride (or should be) and we can't see them anyway.

..Tom

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Unfortunately, for those of us who aren't profilers and have actually used them before, they become an indispensable "ugly and just don't belong" item.

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Old 07-24-2008, 07:24 AM   #85
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Fast is relevant to what you're used to I guess.....my little 1200 goes thru the gears on the back wheel to 90+ MPH with little effort at all which is fast enough for me...
What effect does that have on the lubrication of the final drive?

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Old 07-24-2008, 09:12 AM   #86
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What effect does that have on the lubrication of the final drive?
..Tom
None whatsoever evidently.....they changed out the FD fluid for the first time on the 24K service and it was still purdy...

As for the top box & tank bag......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToTkATuVCFY


The side cases are in my shop and only used for 2up overnight trips....
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:15 PM   #87
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The other nice thing about top boxes is that they are behind us when we ride (or should be) and we can't see them anyway.

..Tom
Kind of like riding a Buell Ulysses

I used a line like that at the barbershop today. Said I wanted my wife to like my hair cut, 'cause the only time I see it is in the morning and at night. Far less than she has to see it.

By the way, my brother has a Ulysses, he loves how it works and I do too. Damn fine machine!
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Same here for either bike.....rarely see one down here. One of the best things bout owning one in Florida....easy to find in a parking lot full of cruisers....

Fast is relevant to what you're used to I guess.....my little 1200 goes thru the gears on the back wheel to 90+ MPH with little effort at all which is fast enough for me...
You got your top box overloaded on that little 1200? That could be your wheelie problem!
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You got your top box overloaded on that little 1200? That could be your wheelie problem!
Problem????
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:19 PM   #90
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Top Box!

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It's not got the Deer skull on it any more but I've fitted an orange revolving light beacon in it's place-just no pics of it yet.
It weighs a bloody ton and I'm going to mount it over the pillion seat very soon but with the option of moving it back to the rack if I need to take anyone on the pillion.
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