What is up with all the TOP BOXES?

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

  1. lymanwhite

    lymanwhite Monkee Bidness

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    Just a bad idea that has taken root... like so many. Actually, I've got to cop... here's mine, just moved forward a bit.

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  2. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    The lid appears to match the bike and with that stylish mounting system...
    SO SO ugly:thumb I like the bike. What year and size is it?
  3. Aethonar

    Aethonar n00b

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    Well, in the Netherlands you are allowed to drive through traffic jams and fitting side cases increases your width so that's a nono and that only leaves my topcase to carry stuff in when I go to work. I've tried a backpack but it's just annoying which I can't say about the topcase which I had on my V-Strom. I'm thinking about which one I'm gonna buy for my new GS since there isn't one on it at the moment.
  4. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    2 to rate...

    #1 is a Ventura...
    <img src=http://www.photostorage.nelson.geek.nz/sports/motorsport/mybikes/Trips/20070914%20Maitai%20Dam/slides/20070914-174234-000019.jpg>

    #2 is a plastic toolbox...
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  5. stackingreasyBBs

    stackingreasyBBs I ride a girl's bike

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    It's a 2004 Ninja 250. My first bike, and it's taken me through about 7k miles in my first season with nary a hiccup, teaching me something new everyday. It does everything I ask of it, though I admit I occasionally lust after a Ninja 650 or a Versys. Someday...

    And the mounting system? Yeah, that's what happens when a biologist tries to engineer something.
  6. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    I think it is about 8 gallons. Maybe a little smaller. No problems with water intrusion and I ride in all types of weather. You do need straps over the top to hold it secure. I use it like a rigid duffel with bolts to the center of the rack to keep the box on while unstrapped. The plastic is to thin for support.
  7. matloik

    matloik kludge

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    The change-over from one Pelican to the another is not quite click-turn. I was going to use stainless bolts/machine screws with wingnuts on the inside of the Pelican ... but then I just removed the top deck of my rear rack and screw directly into the welded-on bolts that the top deck plate bolted onto. It only takes a moment with a drill and socket bit. I guess some quick-release mechanism would be preferred if one wanted to remove and take the case with you. Also, drilled holes in a Pelican might be anathema to some, but I figure rubber washers make it about as water tight as I'd ever need it.

    No, it's not nitrous ... It's a camping fuel bottle in the place of the Calif-immissions canister filter for the fuel tank evap/overflow. The cannister sort of fell off not long after I bought the bike :augie ... and the bracket perfectly holds the fuel can. The Xc bikes have really small tanks.

  8. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    woulda been fun if it was!
  9. The Big Bear

    The Big Bear THE BIG BEAR

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    Hey Dakez,

    I have a 37 liter on the back of my 950 SE; I carry a Optima Deep Cell Blue Marine Car battery to power my "HEADLIGHT MODULATOR" just to annoy people on my daily commute.:wink:

    It is amazing how much I like it because the extra weight adds stability when I do high speed manuvers when people scramble out of my way in mass confusion from my super powerful, seizure causing modulator that is shinning in their eyes.:huh

    So mine besides being Butt Assed Fugly :eek1 actually adds stability from the 45+ pounds I carry in it.:lol3

    He He He
  10. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    That car is pretty ugly too.
  11. Merle O'Broham

    Merle O'Broham too beaucoup

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    F*** Givi! Give me Stanley!!! :lol3
  12. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    That's a trailer. You didn't read the instructions did you.:deal

    :jack Be sure to grease them wheels
  13. Wout67

    Wout67 Long timer

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    Now, threadkiller is a definite KLR rider. We're much more form over function type of riders.

    Also, I'm not going to call anyone any names, but I do agree with the premise. And I have one on my bike for the same reason as others have mentioned. Bringing stuff to work, and storing my helmet & gear.

    How it looks are secondary.

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  14. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    This guy rides from Pacific City to Portland everyday.


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  15. VFR_firefly

    VFR_firefly Buh Bye!

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  16. Cat Daddy

    Cat Daddy Cob Artist

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    Pelican bolted on permanently. I ride my junk rain or shine, so protecting my valuables is foremost over fashion statement.

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  17. openboatt

    openboatt Don't harsh my mellow

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    It is big and ugly, but my medium sized NRS soft cooler fits it perfectly. If I cared what I looked like, I'd wash my mc and get a haircut... obt
  18. OzRoundin'

    OzRoundin' Been here awhile

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    Dakez, what's the dimensions of your top box?
  19. Global Rider

    Global Rider Alps Adventurer

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    I don't know...I never see it when I'm seated on my motorcycle.

    But a lot of riders refuse to install one because topcases don't look cool. Those thinking that who ride with me know not to ask me to put their stuff in my topcase because if they do, this is all they'll get...:flip

    Somehow it looks just right...:D
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  20. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    My Top Box is a Dry Bag.:D There are some reasons behind this. Other than the fact that I think most Top Boxes look like a BIG UGLY WORT ON THE END OF A NOSE:lol3 I used to do 100 mile backpacking trips every year. My Kitchen, Bedroom, Patio... are all high tech and pack down very nicely so I do not cary around half as much unnessesary shit as I see others dragging around with them... :dunno Why some of you have not figured this out I do not know. I do know that you learn real fast just what it is that you NEED when you carry it on your back:deal

    Since starting this thread I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised at how good some of the Top Boxes look. That Triumph a couple posts ago... Not bad, not bad at all. "NOT SO UGLY":thumb

    KEEP EM COMING... You may make a believer of me yet... NOT!!!:lol3

    All the best. RIDE RIDE RIDE