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Old 10-09-2009, 10:55 PM   #46
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Can't belive no one is using the vario top case. It's great!
Mounts & dismounts in seconds
Expandable when required
Uses same key as ignition
Good back padding for 2 Up riding
Looks great on bike when on
Mounting plate looks great on bike when top case is off
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Old 10-10-2009, 05:19 AM   #47
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Can't belive no one is using the vario top case. It's great!
Mounts & dismounts in seconds
Expandable when required
Uses same key as ignition
Good back padding for 2 Up riding
Looks great on bike when on
Mounting plate looks great on bike when top case is off
Vario has negative points too:

Really heavy
Relatively small carrying capacity because of the internal expansion hardware
Fairly fragile
Expensive

We have a full set of Vario luggage which came with a used bike we bought and like it, but would never have paid the original full price for the set.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:56 PM   #48
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Vario has negative points too:
Really heavy
Relatively small carrying capacity because of the internal expansion hardware
Fairly fragile
Expensive
I'm sure... as all cases/parts have pros & cons. But I have had a good experience so far. I can fit my full face helmet when expanded and don't have to carry it around when I get to the office.

I'm sure there might be cheaper options out there. I never saw one I liked or that matched the bike. My take was after spending $24K on a bike I'd be OK with pitching an extra $1000 for Top Case (including carrier, backrest padding and lock set to match ignition key) and handguards.
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Old 10-10-2009, 09:15 PM   #49
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I have the Givi e46 and Vario boxes on my 800 and they work well together:


Which case is that on the 650 in the background?
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:05 AM   #50
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Which case is that on the 650 in the background?

that's the bmw vario topcase
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:18 AM   #51
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Used to have a GIVI on my KLR... man those things are ugly
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:28 AM   #52
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that's the bmw vario topcase

Mind if I ask where purchased? At the dealer?
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:28 AM   #53
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Harry Swan - Nice!!!! - thanks, that gives me an idea ;)

Top Case, Does this count?


I use a Cortech Tail bag. Got it on ebay a little used for $25.
Holds 18 liters.

http://www.tourmaster.com/xcart/cata...-p-148_31.html


I just got the Moto-sport Yukon II ;
http://www.moto-sportpanniers.com/soft.htm

I just out mine on Friday... I'll go take a photo ;)
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:30 AM   #54
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Harry Swan - Nice!!!! - thanks, that gives me an idea ;)

Top Case, Does this count?


I use a Cortech Tail bag. Got it on ebay a little used for $25.
Holds 18 liters.

http://www.tourmaster.com/xcart/cata...-p-148_31.html


I just got the Moto-sport Yukon II ;
http://www.moto-sportpanniers.com/soft.htm

I just out mine on Friday... I'll go take a photo ;)

I had this on my KLR, nice bag and it fit like it was made for the bike. Probably would be using it now but the bag is red and the bike is blue. It is eBay bound.
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:32 AM   #55
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I can use the Cortech 18 liters to hold the bare minumins for 3 day two night trip. 3 pair underware, 2 t's, 1 sweat shirt, pair of shorts, etc.
I leave the house wearing the jeans that I'l be wearing for 3 days in a row... But everybody wears the same jeans for three days in a row....
Right?
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:46 AM   #56
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Mind if I ask where purchased? At the dealer?
I got mine form BMW San Francisco and picked it up while on a vacation trip to SF. The OEM price for parts needed are:

Carrier $137.95
Vario Top Case (without cylinder) $451.95
Lock Cylinder with key $24
Backrest Cushions (optional) $100



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Old 10-11-2009, 11:56 AM   #57
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Harry Swan - Nice!!!! - thanks, that gives me an idea ;)

Top Case, Does this count?;)
Oh it counts ... my other top box on the f8gs


Next ... I'm thinking a nice vintage steamer trunk might look good up there.
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:03 PM   #58
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Holy Cow!

As long as you have enough weight in the steamer trunk it you shouldnt have to worry too much about the side winds.

I have never had Saddle bags before. any words of advice?
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Old 10-11-2009, 01:00 PM   #59
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The whole sha-bang.




18 Liters to 72 liters -
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:57 AM   #60
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Laugh 35L , locks and fits a large full face helmet -approx. $200

I use the Givi Traffic II - not big and bulky but it has a a very usable 35 L of storage that locks to keep the contents secure. Does not effect handling and I feel looks good on the bike. :
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