Mounting the Vario top case further forward than stock location?

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  1. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    Currently I have a Pelican 1520 top case.

    Since I rerely if ever have a passenger on the bike, I mounted the case further forward such that it covers most of the passenger seating area.
    This gives me better weigh distribution and ... of course keeps the bike from looking like it has a bubble-butt ... :lol3

    Question:
    Has anyone studied the feasibility of, or actually figured out a way of mounting the Vario top case further forward than its stock location?

    I'm wishing I had a "variable" size top-case, that was keyed with the bike....
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  2. Reaver

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    Well my topcase is on it's way to Cali where the buyer is putting it in the pillion spot on his 12GS.

    Keep in mind that a 12GS or 658/800 mount works with either the R or F GS topcases. The 12's pillion seat is removeable and separate from the riders so with the case mounted pillion, the back rest cushions work now for the rider.

    You have vario side cases right? You'd have to fab up cross pieces then mount a mount to it. :D There's often 12GS mounts in the FM.
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  3. JRWooden

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    Reaver:
    Yeah, I have the vario side cases.
    I'll start watching FM for a mount kit ...

    Thanks!
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  4. ktownbobski

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    I'd like to do this on a 700GS, but the stock Vario racks are different than the 650 I think. Any idea how this could be done on the 700?
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  5. JRWooden

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    I do think the thumpers are a different mount.

    Sorry if I wasn't clear - I have the 650-twin and am 99% sure the setup is the same as the F700GS.
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  6. GH41

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    How will you remove the seat if brackets are attached to the Vario cases?? I wouldn't trust the plastic Vario cases to adequately support an empty top case much less a loaded one. Last but not least... the case moved forward will complicate mounting the bike. GH
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  7. JRWooden

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    yeah... I'm not sure it's a good idea... I was hoping for inspiration / a clever solution from a fellow inmate :lol3

    Here's a shot of how my current pelican is attached - it is a solid setup.
    I have the tourtech luggage rack installed and the pelican is bolted to it with thumb screws in four places - can be removed easily but only when empty, it would be very nice to have a quick-release for carrying to tent/hotel...

    But at least I can slide the seat in and out with this setup in place.

    [​IMG]
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  8. toowheels

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    Hey JRWooden,

    The MOD Top Rack will allow you to slide the entire rack forward 50mm (2") for exactly that reason. It isn't Vario compatible but will work with Givi/Kappa Monokey, SW-Motech TRAX and Steel Pelican adapters for external quick release options.

    Doesn't affect the removal of the seat either.

    Details here:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=536723

    Thanks,

    Dave
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  9. JRWooden

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    Thanks Dave!

    I was actually just staring at the MOD plate the other day!
    It's an awesome plate ... wish I'd seen it before I bought my TT.

    (but actually I may have to forgive myself ...
    maybe you hadn't designed it yet...
    I got my bike & plate in fall of 2008 :lol3)


    Starting over (something I may still do) ...
    MOD plate would still be my first choice ... esp. the new 2013 model

    I'd like to be able to move it fore-aft by somewhere in the range of 6" to 8".
    So that in forward position it would cover most of the passenger seating area (I usually ride now with small diameter stuff sack lashed to front of top case with cloths or sleeping bag in it and it makes a great little back rest), and then in the rear position it would "reveal" all of the passenger seating area.....

    I'm thinking about a pair of cheap metal drawer slides (cheap as in no ball bearings) mounted between the top box and plate with a shot pin to lock bag in front or rear position ... but ...
    it's too early in the day for this kinda thinking ... :freaky

    There's a good chance your plate will end up being at the bottom of this rig if the idea ever gets off the ground.
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  10. Reaver

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    Jimmy, if you're going to do it then do it well.

    Take an electric seat base from a small car and mount the toggle switch on the bars. Fully adjustable on the fly for those long journeys. Spot a distressed biker? Toggle that seat base/topcase rearward without getting off the bike. That'll impress the temp pillion.

    If it makes you feel better, use a BMW seat base..........
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  11. JRWooden

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    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm electric ...... :rofl
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  12. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    Or just buy a 2014 R1200GS and remove the pillion seat. Probably be cheaper.

    Fred
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  13. JRWooden

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    Oh ... no ... not after you count all the other farkels I'd have to re-buy ... :lol3
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  14. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    Another alternative: I have a BMW small sport case which I use on both my bikes. Not only does it attach to the racks, but also attaches to the pillion seats. It is waterproof, and contents are easily accessible. When traveling light without camping gear, the top case on the rack and the sport bag clipped to the pillion seat is my last step before being forced to install side cases

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  15. toowheels

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    Thanks! and yeah we didn't come out with it until Mar. 2010.

    Interesting idea with the drawer slides. I figure you can go about 6" forward of the mounts (depending on height) and not interfere with the seat removal.

    Electric car seat base Reaver...wow!!

    FredRydr I haven't seen that BMW small sport case. Is it a hard case? Got a pic?

    Thanks,

    Dave
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  16. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    Soft. This is the small one. Comes with a variety of mount straps to fit to tail rack or pillion seat. You see them for about $90-120 in the FM once a month. Search BMW sport bag or case.

    http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=71802

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  17. JRWooden

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    Thanks guys!

    My pelican case covers ~4 inches of the seat now and I can still get it on and off without issue ... I think I could come up another inch or two and still be ok...

    May be a good January project ... once the eggnog wears off.
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