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Old 11-15-2013, 08:16 AM   #1096
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After years of topbox use, mainly while commuting, on my Wee-Strom and now 1250 Bandit, I've decided I'm done with it. It must be the worst place to locate any mass on a motorcycle, and the effects on handling dynamics are significant. I notice it more on the 1250 than I did on the Wee, I'm guessing because the Wee carried relatively little weight on the front anyway.

The last few days have been a revelation. Without the box the Bandit steers markedly better, holds a line better, manages mid-corner bumps better, is more stable at speed, and buffets my helmet and jacket less. Wind noise is reduced too--go figure. I'm also now suspecting that the somewhat irregular front-tire wear I have seen is due to my topcase habit. No more!
What the heck are you putting in that top-case? Mine only has light bulky items, and the handling remains the same, unless of course I put a 12 pack of barley-pops in it. But then again, I'm on a heavy FJR pig.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:04 AM   #1097
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What the heck are you putting in that top-case? Mine only has light bulky items, and the handling remains the same, unless of course I put a 12 pack of barley-pops in it. But then again, I'm on a heavy FJR pig.
Usually nothing heavy--gloves, liners, etc. It's worse with more weight, obviously, but even empty I notice a difference.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:48 AM   #1098
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After years of topbox use, mainly while commuting, on my Wee-Strom and now 1250 Bandit, I've decided I'm done with it. It must be the worst place to locate any mass on a motorcycle, and the effects on handling dynamics are significant. I notice it more on the 1250 than I did on the Wee, I'm guessing because the Wee carried relatively little weight on the front anyway.

The last few days have been a revelation. Without the box the Bandit steers markedly better, holds a line better, manages mid-corner bumps better, is more stable at speed, and buffets my helmet and jacket less. Wind noise is reduced too--go figure. I'm also now suspecting that the somewhat irregular front-tire wear I have seen is due to my topcase habit. No more!


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Old 11-15-2013, 10:05 AM   #1099
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:34 PM   #1100
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just read through this thread...

wow, lots of interesting bikes and trunks...


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Old 11-15-2013, 02:35 PM   #1101
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Any luggage that keeps me from having to drive the cage is good luggage.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:41 PM   #1102
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Usually nothing heavy--gloves, liners, etc. It's worse with more weight, obviously, but even empty I notice a difference.
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…
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:47 PM   #1103
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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?
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:00 PM   #1104
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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…
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.
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:52 AM   #1105
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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.

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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.

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Old 11-16-2013, 03:16 PM   #1106
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wow, lots of interesting bikes and trunks...


Here's my convertible DR trunk:






I think we need more info on that.
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Old 11-16-2013, 04:18 PM   #1107
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I think we need more info on that.
I think you need to read the post above your own.
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:05 PM   #1108
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I think you need to read the post above your own.
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.
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:52 PM   #1109
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Old 11-26-2013, 02:11 PM   #1110
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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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