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zero 06-14-2008 09:58 AM

Whats better than a topbox?

Two top boxes..

The frame is all flatbar, some of it welded together, but really theres no reason why it couldn't be done all with bolts and carefull bending in a vice. A power saw and a pillar drill make it less hard work than a hacksaw an a drill.

The (top) top box is fiberglass so weighs almost nothing, its empty till i get to uni and then its where i stash my elmit.

The tube has either spare petrol or oil, or waterproofs.

6 for the steel box (which has been laying arround for a couple of years)
2.50ish for the amount of flat bar used.
2 nuts and bolts
2 lock and hasp
Had the topbox on my last 3bikes and the tube was free.

Wouldn't take long to add brackets for panniers after this, but being a 125 its going to struggle as it is when its loaded up!

Doesn't seem to have affected the aerodynamics :rofl

bradatlarge 06-14-2008 11:32 AM

wholly hell man, thats the most inelegant solution that I have ever been unlucky enough to see.


Good on-ya.

zero 06-14-2008 01:19 PM

Thing is, when your rideing you can't see it :evil (besides its the least of your worrys!)

I've had "propper" givi racks, krauser panniers and allsorts in the past and they have been utter shit compared to this arrangement.. in terms of how strong it is how easy it was to fit.. but then when you made it yourself you know its gonna fit :lol3

Get allot of WTF :huh looks which is hard not to chuckle at.

britbiker 06-14-2008 01:42 PM

damn... I'd at least paint the locker and lose the top topbox... use a drybag and your storage will increase and it might look a little more road worthy.

but on YOUR bike it looks great! :lol3 :lol3

GB 06-14-2008 02:34 PM

I like the rocket propulsion on the side... :lol3

JStory 06-14-2008 02:36 PM


Originally Posted by Gadget Boy
I like the rocket propulsion on the side... :lol3

I thought it was a missile launcher.

zero 06-14-2008 03:29 PM

Apparently the tube is what they transport howitzers in.
And the big steel box is what they chuck the plastic tubes into.

Its totally watertight and strong.. when i get arround to it i'll be sticking another underneeth (when i find somewhere else for my arc rods to live)

Bet you lot get some really intersting stuff for surplus!

The fiberglass box can be taken off in seconds and then have a kit bag on top.
At the moment the ammount of stuff i could physically strap on is more than the bike would keep trundleing allong with.. its 12/13 bhp as it is!
(yes folks, it really is.. but its also 100mpg)

DirtyOldMan 06-14-2008 03:37 PM

A carpenter by trade, I've always been jealous of you folks that commute on 2 wheels. But with a similar setup................................

zero 06-14-2008 04:12 PM you need is a tradesman box... and a sidecar..
this is a mates setup, i'd reccomend useing something like thin sheet ally riveted together to build it though. This one is plate steel and very very heavy.

cheating a bit yes but still..

klebel 06-14-2008 08:36 PM

That has to be the most ridiculously redneck setup I have ever seen. I think you need to get your weighted load a little higher! Sheesh need to move to the US and live south of the Mason Dixon line!:rofl

Colemanfu 06-15-2008 08:48 AM

Mason and Dixon were both English. In the 1760's most of America was to. Bet the UK has it's own term for "ridiculously redneck" ?

I would add a foam pad to make a nice back rest then some highway pegs so you can kick back.

twotracks 06-15-2008 09:43 AM

If that was my bike I would cover my license plate too!

taki5 06-15-2008 10:05 AM

i posted a similar idea a couple months ago, except it involved a givi bolted on top of a pelican case, all bolted to a luggage rack..

everybody said it would be unstable and too topheavy...

thanks for proving all those nay-sayers wrong! :rofl

ghostdncr 06-15-2008 10:30 AM


Originally Posted by zero
And the big steel box is what they chuck the plastic tubes into.


The big steel box is marked "RDX/TNT" (RDX = Rapid Detonating eXplosive, and we all know what TNT is, right?) and "3 BOMBS 81MM L4xAx IN CNRS (cannisters?), so I'm guessing the live rounds come in the steel box, packed 3 per.

Being in the market for a box very similar to this, was curious about the country of origin. Is it MoD issue, or some other country?

zero 06-15-2008 03:36 PM

ghostdncr - Heres where there from, a bit of a way off but 30minutes ride for me! if you really wanna know i'm sure they can tell you what they are for/from.
They do ship to the states but it'll be the postage that costs, there something like $12/13?

Its a damn site tronger than even the most expnsive touring cases i've seen, but also a fair bit heavyer, but it makes feck all difference to this bike so i can assure you it'll make even less difference to anything thats a reasonable size.

taki5 - tbh i agree to an extent.. when its loaded up with anything heavy then it wont go well, but it you use the higher up stuff for roll mats, sleeping bag, light clothes e.t.c. then theres no problem. Start carrying beer kegs in there and its a different story.

As said, mine is more for a place where my elmit wont get rained on and gloves wont be stolen. Haveing said that I do take my bag and books in there too with no problems.

Another factor is (i'm not sure how clear it is from the pic) but its over the back seat, japanese 125s are designed with tiny japanese folk in mind (my reccord is picking up three in one go) so its all on there, reasonably far forward.. if you can concieveably carry a person on there why on earth wouldn't you be able to carry 25% of the weight of one? weight evenly distributed carefully enough..
Shift that weight further back and i'd not be quite so confident about it.

Dont be affraid to experiment, but if it turns out shit be prepared to rearrange things :rofl

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