Sub $120 top cases

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by sajor, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. sajor

    sajor Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2015
    Oddometer:
    278
    Location:
    arizona
    So today after 3yrs of use my cheap $45 top case died, as i was riding around town the top part came loose and cars destroyed it lol. Now im in the market of another cheap top case but preferably more robust material, I ocasionally trail run or go hiking so basically need something to secure my jacket, gloves and water , the helmet i can secure on the bike, im looking at these two top cases , they are both sub $100, should i go with the givi 29l (probably smaller) and pay the extra $30+ or get the amazon Emgo for $63.

    Emgo top case


    Givi
    #1
  2. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Oddometer:
    6,551
    If you need something robust many used Pelican/Storm cases can be had for $50-70 on fleeBay.. just saying.
    #2
  3. sajor

    sajor Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2015
    Oddometer:
    278
    Location:
    arizona
    Never heard of fleebay , similar to eBay?
    #3
  4. TripleTriples

    TripleTriples Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2019
    Oddometer:
    676
    Location:
    OH
    Luggage by DeWalt. IMG_20190606_202351.jpg
    #4
  5. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    Oddometer:
    17,644
    Location:
    Canada's ocean playground
    Lots of cheaper waterproof boxes as mentioned above. You can cut your budget in half. Even cheaper if used.

    So motorcycle specific stuff like givi, I'd hunt down a used one.
    #5
  6. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2010
    Oddometer:
    5,880
    Location:
    Central Mn
    block of gray.jpg

    I have used the Emgo with no problems on a past bike. But I did not utilize the quick-release feature,
    I drilled through it and bolted it on permanent. Never any leaks or dust inside, good box for the money.

    1100 emgo.jpg

    I am not a fan of quick-release top boxes, heard too many accounts of boxes going tumbling down the road loose. Pelicans also make a nice top box.
    But I always have done the through-bolt thing for securing them.

    I have Holan-Nomada panniers and top box on my current bike and love them.
    #6
  7. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

    Joined:
    May 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    3,174
    Location:
    Louisville, Ky
    Harbor Freights Pelican knock-off, about $45...

    rack4.jpg
    #7
    Bigger Al and PineLaneRider like this.
  8. Newfiebullet

    Newfiebullet Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 25, 2013
    Oddometer:
    588
    Location:
    Goose Bay, Labrador
    I had a Givi that came with my bike. It was nice, but I sometimes had trouble with it not latching closed, and I didn't like the way the clamshell design made it impossible to open if I had gear strapped on the passenger seat in front of it.

    I ended up going with a Plano box from C-Tire. Super cheap. I just bolted it to the rack. It offers tons of weather-proof space.
    Another option is an Action Packer.
    [​IMG]
    #8
  9. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

    Joined:
    May 4, 2005
    Oddometer:
    6,790
    Location:
    Way out West
    Apache cases from Harbor Freight,as mentioned above.

    JR356
    #9
    Bigger Al likes this.
  10. Seminole88

    Seminole88 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2015
    Oddometer:
    11
    Location:
    NW GA
    #10
  11. Smashy

    Smashy Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2014
    Oddometer:
    342
    Location:
    Toronto
    here's a review of the emgo:
    #11
  12. PineLaneRider

    PineLaneRider Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2016
    Oddometer:
    928
    Location:
    Between Michaux and Tuscarora State Forests
  13. Seminole88

    Seminole88 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2015
    Oddometer:
    11
    Location:
    NW GA
    IMG_0886.JPG Seahorse case. Drawer pulls installed as tie downs. Reflective strips = $75 maybe? RTV to used to seal holes drilled in bottom to secure to rack.
    #13
  14. sajor

    sajor Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2015
    Oddometer:
    278
    Location:
    arizona
  15. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2016
    Oddometer:
    1,102
    Location:
    Upstate SC
    I went to my local cycle salvage yard and bought a Givi V46 top case for $20.00. No base or key, I wanted to bolt it directly onto the bikes luggage rack. They had all types of luggage and boxes stacked up on shelves. Might give it a try. (Borrowed a past photo from tag o rama)
    [​IMG]

    Attached Files:

    #15
  16. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2007
    Oddometer:
    8,719
    Location:
    Kentucky-Eastern that is!
    SHAD is another choice-they are one of the major mfg..
    Ebay or FM and importantly->patience = the best deals for most people IMO.
    That Amazon box doesn't catch my eye...
    Much of your answer lies in just how much space the goodies need to have? and what bike the box needs to fit on as some are an easier mounting than others.
    #16
  17. sajor

    sajor Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2015
    Oddometer:
    278
    Location:
    arizona
  18. 9mm

    9mm Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2006
    Oddometer:
    513
    Location:
    "Southeast of Disorder"
    Got a Givi V46, mounting hardware, & keys for 75 bucks off Craigslist. Bargains can be had if you are not in a hurry.
    #18
  19. Doug Just Doug

    Doug Just Doug Silly Party Candidate Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,194
    Location:
    Newark, Dela-where?
    #19
  20. CDMAN

    CDMAN Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2014
    Oddometer:
    70
    Location:
    Puslinch, Ontario, Canada
    Good choice...I have had one for 4 years with no problems...good value for the money.....holds a helmet nicely
    #20