F800GS top cases

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by markas, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. AMERUS

    AMERUS Traveler

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    thought I would have to do this was thinking of some large stainless washers underneath and then an 2mm ally plate on the inside will put up some pics when I have settled on which case to get
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  2. Y E T I

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    My bike came from the dealer with Jesse Odysseys. I need a top case for going to court, etc. but don't want it on there the rest of the time. I had a Jesse top case on my 1200 but didn't like that it was difficult to remove. I thought a Vario top case would be perfect since I could key it to the bike and it would be simple to remove when I didn't want it. Problem was everything said it couldn't be done because the Vario rack would not work with the Jesse rack. I decided to try it anyways and bought a Vario with rack from an inmate on here.

    Got it and tried to mate it up and saw what the problem was, there are two "legs" on the Vario rack that would go into holes on the stock rear rack. However, the Jesse rack is solid. I looked more closely at the Vario rack and realized that the "legs" were actually tubes which were tack welded onto the rack. I simply used an angle grinder to cut the tack welds and the "legs" twisted right out. I then got a little spacer from the dealer to make the rack level and it's now perfect. I have a Vario case with Jesse bags.

    If anyone cares, I'll take pictures. If no one cares, I won't. :lol3
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  3. Harry Swan

    Harry Swan One more time

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    I'm using several top boxes with my Jesse's. This one, a Pelican 1500, fits perfectly allowing the Odyssey tops to open while installed, but the fun part is how quickly it goes on and off. Nice to grab and go.

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    With the Jesse quick release plate mounted with fender washers only - no internal plate ... yet.

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    I don't mind the weight carrying it but I have to be careful where I put it down.

    Mounting takes ten seconds. Align, pull rearwards and lock.

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    That's it. Now about that interior plate ... I think Touratech or Wunderlich has a setup similar that comes with one but I"m just not convinced I need one.
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  4. Y E T I

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    That's a slick set up you've done. :thumb
    I thought about doing that (using the Jesse top box) but I just don't like the way the quick release mechanism dangles down. It just doesn't look right to me. :scratch I wish Al had figured out a more "elegant" way to make the quick release work...
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  5. alexcorral

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    Can't belive no one is using the vario top case. It's great!
    Mounts & dismounts in seconds
    Expandable when required
    Uses same key as ignition
    Good back padding for 2 Up riding
    Looks great on bike when on
    Mounting plate looks great on bike when top case is off
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  6. Y E T I

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    Post #43 :huh


    Geez.
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  7. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Vario has negative points too:

    Really heavy
    Relatively small carrying capacity because of the internal expansion hardware
    Fairly fragile
    Expensive

    We have a full set of Vario luggage which came with a used bike we bought and like it, but would never have paid the original full price for the set.
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  8. alexcorral

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    I'm sure... as all cases/parts have pros & cons. But I have had a good experience so far. I can fit my full face helmet when expanded and don't have to carry it around when I get to the office.

    I'm sure there might be cheaper options out there. I never saw one I liked or that matched the bike. My take was after spending $24K on a bike I'd be OK with pitching an extra $1000 for Top Case (including carrier, backrest padding and lock set to match ignition key) and handguards.
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  9. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    Which case is that on the 650 in the background?
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  10. markymcd

    markymcd Been here awhile

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    that's the bmw vario topcase
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  11. alexcorral

    alexcorral Long timer

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    Used to have a GIVI on my KLR... man those things are ugly:ear
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  12. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    Mind if I ask where purchased? At the dealer?
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  13. DidYouSeeThat

    DidYouSeeThat Uhhhh... Where?

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  14. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    I had this on my KLR, nice bag and it fit like it was made for the bike. Probably would be using it now but the bag is red and the bike is blue. It is eBay bound.
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  15. DidYouSeeThat

    DidYouSeeThat Uhhhh... Where?

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    I can use the Cortech 18 liters to hold the bare minumins for 3 day two night trip. 3 pair underware, 2 t's, 1 sweat shirt, pair of shorts, etc.
    I leave the house wearing the jeans that I'l be wearing for 3 days in a row... But everybody wears the same jeans for three days in a row.... :eek1
    Right? :huh
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  16. alexcorral

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    I got mine form BMW San Francisco and picked it up while on a vacation trip to SF. The OEM price for parts needed are:

    Carrier $137.95
    Vario Top Case (without cylinder) $451.95
    Lock Cylinder with key $24
    Backrest Cushions (optional) $100

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  17. Harry Swan

    Harry Swan One more time

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    Oh it counts ... my other top box on the f8gs
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    Next ... I'm thinking a nice vintage steamer trunk might look good up there.
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  18. DidYouSeeThat

    DidYouSeeThat Uhhhh... Where?

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    Holy Cow! :rofl

    As long as you have enough weight in the steamer trunk it you shouldnt have to worry too much about the side winds. :lol3

    I have never had Saddle bags before. any words of advice?
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  19. DidYouSeeThat

    DidYouSeeThat Uhhhh... Where?

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    The whole sha-bang.
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    18 Liters to 72 liters - :clap
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  20. Dave92029

    Dave92029 Been here awhile

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    I use the Givi Traffic II - not big and bulky but it has a a very usable 35 L of storage that locks to keep the contents secure. Does not effect handling and I feel looks good on the bike. :clap : :freaky :clap
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