What is up with all the TOP BOXES?

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

  1. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    Any luggage that keeps me from having to drive the cage is good luggage.
  2. Sun Ray

    Sun Ray Polyglottic Moran

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    I believe you. I have a shad case 45, not a very good quality case, but I do not feel much of a difference. Admittedly I'm a bit dense… :lol3
  3. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Sweet. I built a big'un for a particular trip and it's fine for cold + hot trips but too big most of the year. (Posted a page or 12 ago.) I've been thinking of cutting it down, but the width is right for tent poles and sleeping pad, so it's height I need to cut.

    What IS yours? Custom?
  4. HarveyMushman

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    You're dense? I've been riding with a top case for years and always known it makes a difference, but only now have I decided to make a change. :D
  5. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek rookie adventurer

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    There's an inmate, Kirkster70, who makes hard luggage. I sent him a drawing of what I wanted and he turned it into that sweet trunk.

  6. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    I think we need more info on that.
  7. James Adams

    James Adams ɹǝsn uʍop ǝpᴉsdn Administrator

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    I think you need to read the post above your own. :lol3
  8. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    I meant HIS specific box, how it works, how does the center enlarger connect to the base and reuse the lid from the small one, e.t.c.

    I was considering something similar using a Dewalt modular tool box setup, using a drawer base with a regular open box that snaps to the top which would hold a helmet.
  9. DAKEZ

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  10. Sun Ray

    Sun Ray Polyglottic Moran

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    Top boxes are ugly, but they're so convenient especially for those of us who like to go camping and do long road trips, and I've never experienced to much of a difference with it in the handling. It's not like I'm going to the track with it. But I did put a couple Stella Artois in when I first got my Shad 45, thinking it would be great once I got to my destination, to kick back and down them with a nice view. Well, after 30 minutes of twisties and a rather rough logging road, with ruts in it, I'll just say there was only about a half a beer left and my top case smelled like a brewery. I was sad, but the place and the ride made up for it. Here is a picture of my first top case experience.
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  11. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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    I would actually check your forks and seals. Make sure your adjustments are equal in both legs and you don't have any fork oil leaking. Running lower tire pressure can also cause a tire to wear funny. I had a bad front tire due to a weeping fork seal on one of my previous bikes. I seriously doubt the top case will cause uneven front tire wear. I have gone through 4 sets of tires on my KTM 950 with over 43,000 miles and probably at least half of those miles running the top case. Front tire always wore perfectly evenly.
  12. Sun Ray

    Sun Ray Polyglottic Moran

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    Yeah, I've noticed a lot of people here have engineering degrees and work for BMW and they also race professionally.
    Read your manual folks! My top case instructions, case in point, specifically says no more than 10 lbs, and I haven't had a problem with it. It's damn ugly but it serve my intended purposes. It stores my helmet, jacket and a few other items like gloves and a bottle of water. It also gives my pillion a false sense of security. But there is always that person that puts way to much weight in those and wonder why his bike handles funny, and why oh why, did the subframe crack? It has nothing to do with the top case as demonstrated by thousands of commuters across the world and especially in Europe, and everything to do with illiteracy. But I can empathize with part of OP's reaction, they are damned ugly and I rather not have it on at all. It's fucking embarrassing. My friend had his without his bags, it looks like a sick camel wearing a hump on his ass. :lol3
  13. DAKEZ

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  14. marty_uiuc

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    installed my V46 on the wife's F700GS, and put a brand-spanking-new e52 maxia on my multi. in addition to being able to carry more crap, my fuel mileage has gone up by ~2mpg. hah!
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  16. Hot Stuff

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    Hepco and Becker box on my V-Rod:

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    My China hard tail with top box and trailer. AKA Two birds with one stone.
    Love giving nightmares to DAKEZ.:D
  18. DAKEZ

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    The fairing on the Honda:rofl:poser:jack

    Top box on a V-Rod :huh:waysad:becca:confused:stoned:fpalm:loco:uhoh::puke2

    The China thing: :thumbup Anything done to that thing is an improvement... :fitz
  19. DC2wheels

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    You just had to show off your Dong again, didn't you?:lol3
  20. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    You axed for it.
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    And a DF with a big twin in it. Not mine.:D
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