What is up with all the TOP BOXES?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DAKEZ, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. MouthyMainah

    MouthyMainah Adventurer

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    It sure makes a weekend camping trip a lot easier.
    It's pretty amazing the camp site I can pack in that ugly thing.
  2. vortexau

    vortexau Outside the Pod-bay

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  3. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    It doesn't appear to belong.

    It looks like it is just sitting there and is going to fall off. May work well for keeping tailgaters back a little.

    "So So"
  4. perterra

    perterra -. --- .--. .

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    I just had a fuckin flat and my repair kit was in my top box,,,,,,,,,,,,, sitting in the garage. :dog

    I hate fuckin flats.
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  5. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    I would hope so.

    I had to have my bike hauled home on a trailer from the Urban Enduro 2010. [hangs head in shame]

    The suport crew looks on as I repair flat #3 for the day.

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    One last ditch effort (after I ran out of tubes) before giving up and waiting for the trailer ride home after flat Number 4.

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  6. perterra

    perterra -. --- .--. .

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    I feel better now knowing I aint the onliest one, learn to be one with the shame, thats what I did. :lol3
  7. Wasser

    Wasser Spilt my beer

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    Which one is the top box now? :lol3


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  8. RBnite

    RBnite Been here awhile

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    when I rode out west the gusting wind moved it all over the place.
  9. MadMax

    MadMax Marveling...

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    I imagine that the utility aspect of top boxes are why people suffer them on their normally good looking bikes... that's why I have one. I use my bike every day, and have done so over the last 10 years.

    I run errands on my bike, so I need a secure place to stash my body armor and helmet. When I come back, I load my groceries, or whatever, and I'm off.

    When my wife rides as pillon, she enjoys the perceived security of a backrest.

    When I ride in very heavy city traffic, I could not "split traffic" with saddlebags, but there are no issues with a top box.

    Finally, my bike has a very narrow rear profile, so the top box gives an added dimension of width to the bike, that might be more noticeable to distracted drivers, behind me. I have Hi-Viz stickers attached to the back of the box for low-light conditions.


    So, for me, the poor esthetics of it are outweighed by the everyday utility of a topbox. YMMV.



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  10. misnomer

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    There's a joke here somewhere. Somebody care to lead us to it?
  11. MadMax

    MadMax Marveling...

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    Yeah, my bad! :rofl:rofl
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    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Nice shot, is that up in the Golan? Is that a 660 Tenere? Mind if I ask how many shekels that bike runs in the holy land?
  14. DAKEZ

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    As it should be. :deal


  15. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com TPB all the way

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  16. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Beer fridge! Awesome!
  17. Mambo Dave

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  18. Tip Over

    Tip Over Whoopsie!

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  19. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    No, unfortunately :cry no flippin' joke. My own SWMBO feels the same way (hangs head in shame too)

    Thought I could do a work around by getting a Corbin for the K100RS (dual touring, but if you spread it around, I will find you and the details ain't pretty) with a passenger backrest.

    But I don't know which is more hideous- a top box acting as a backrest or a backrest being a backrest.

    Please avert your eyes if you see us ride by.....it is NOT my choice. :deal
  20. Joey Jo Jo Jr. Shabadu

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    Doesn't affect handling at all, swallows up my Multi-Tec & gloves when I get to where I'm going, carries my briefcase & laptop & lunch to work, and best of all doesn't add to my width (like saddle bags do) as I slip through Atlanta traffic.

    Bangin' idea, and I don't give the first shit, damn, fuck or rat's ass what anyone thinks it looks like. We're riding motorcycles, not struttin' up & down a Paris runway at a fashion show for Christ's sake.