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Old 03-17-2010, 10:56 AM   #76
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Smallest Topcase for Givi Base Plate

Question for all the top case junkies here ...

I have a F800GS with SW Motech Aluminum rack and Givi Adapter plate on that. Normally I use a Maxia E52 top case.

Now, for about 80% of my rides, that top case is WAY too big. My question now is, what is the smallest top case that fits a Givi Monokey base plate?

Thanks for hints!
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:59 AM   #77
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zero case for top case...added drawer pulls for tie downs...

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Old 05-29-2010, 11:10 AM   #78
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Old 05-29-2010, 12:49 PM   #79
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Nice!! I have the same laptop with the same stealy sticker:) Still touring but in a different direction.
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Old 05-29-2010, 05:38 PM   #80
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Wicked BMW Factory Case's

We have the BMW factory top case and panniers on the little woman's F650GS twin. They are slick as snot. On or off in seconds, lockable, width adjustable, and become mini suitcases for easy carrying.

What's all the hub-bub about cases?

Get Motorrad and be done.
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Old 05-30-2010, 04:42 AM   #81
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We have the BMW factory top case and panniers on the little woman's F650GS twin. They are slick as snot. On or off in seconds, lockable, width adjustable, and become mini suitcases for easy carrying.

What's all the hub-bub about cases?

Get Motorrad and be done.
Top case is fine but don't drop the bike with those panniers on.
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Old 05-30-2010, 04:45 AM   #82
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We have the BMW factory top case and panniers on the little woman's F650GS twin. They are slick as snot. On or off in seconds, lockable, width adjustable, and become mini suitcases for easy carrying.

What's all the hub-bub about cases?

Get Motorrad and be done.
I thought the same thing about my side cases...then my F800gs fell over from a total stand still while not even on and the hinges of the left expanded case shattered like rock candy. They are not durable at all and I have no doubt after seeing the damage from a fall standing still that they will destroy them selves in a real crash... I still use the right one and I do love the convenience of taking it on and off but when I get the money to buy replacement ones I will be looking for more a more durable brand.
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Old 05-30-2010, 02:30 PM   #83
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I thought the same thing about my side cases...then my F800gs fell over from a total stand still while not even on and the hinges of the left expanded case shattered like rock candy. They are not durable at all and I have no doubt after seeing the damage from a fall standing still that they will destroy them selves in a real crash... I still use the right one and I do love the convenience of taking it on and off but when I get the money to buy replacement ones I will be looking for more a more durable brand.
Note taken. She has dumped it twice, but the cases were not expanded. No damage was done other than minor scratches. I presume that they were not designed to be crash bars, but if they are fragile then thats not right either.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:30 AM   #84
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Do I need more support ...

Okay, I've got a fairly good sized Storm Case made by Hardigg mounted on a Jesse quick release on a Jesse F8 rack and it weighs in at 29 lb. total! My question is to those who have mounted Pelican cases and the like ... do I need a complementary supporting plate inside the case with that weight?

Without getting into the actual contents be advised it's equipment I need to carry to those places really less traveled. If not need I'm tired of traveling without equipment germane to my interests.

This is the same plate/rack system mounted to a smaller Pelican case for reference

http://hsswan.smugmug.com/Other/GS/6...75189471_fRavR
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:05 PM   #85
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Note taken. She has dumped it twice, but the cases were not expanded. No damage was done other than minor scratches. I presume that they were not designed to be crash bars, but if they are fragile then thats not right either.
I should clarify that the case hinge shattered because it was expanded. They are not designed to withstand impact while expanded. It also kind of bent itself inward and the rubber piece that's supposed to keep water out came off its seam. My husband was able to get it to a point where I can use it but had to choose expanded or unexpanded after that.
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Old 06-07-2010, 03:17 PM   #86
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Caribou rack and pelican 36 liter cases top and side. Probably go for some soft water proof saddlebags if only running longer trips off road, but most my solo touring the hard cases make the most sense.

http://cariboucases.com/store/?name=...=i&item=000159
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:53 PM   #87
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Okay, I've got a fairly good sized Storm Case made by Hardigg mounted on a Jesse quick release on a Jesse F8 rack and it weighs in at 29 lb. total! My question is to those who have mounted Pelican cases and the like ... do I need a complementary supporting plate inside the case with that weight?

Without getting into the actual contents be advised it's equipment I need to carry to those places really less traveled. If not need I'm tired of traveling without equipment germane to my interests.

This is the same plate/rack system mounted to a smaller Pelican case for reference
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I'd either use some big "fender washers", or if not too much trouble find a plate of aluminum that fits the "flat" part of the inside of the case, mark the holes and then bold thru it for extra strength.
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I should clarify that the case hinge shattered because it was expanded. They are not designed to withstand impact while expanded. It also kind of bent itself inward and the rubber piece that's supposed to keep water out came off its seam. My husband was able to get it to a point where I can use it but had to choose expanded or unexpanded after that.
The BMW cases are made of "thermoplastic" resin -- the kind that softens with heat and then hardens again when cool.

If the case is distorted (not broken into pieces) you may be heat it (with something like a hair dryer on high) and soften the plastic enough to get it back into better shape...
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I'd either use some big "fender washers", or if not too much trouble find a plate of aluminum that fits the "flat" part of the inside of the case, mark the holes and then bold thru it for extra strength.
Thanks, I think you're right. I am using 1 1/2" fender washers on the inside now but I think I should invest in some aluminum to be safe....
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The BMW cases are made of "thermoplastic" resin -- the kind that softens with heat and then hardens again when cool.

If the case is distorted (not broken into pieces) you may be heat it (with something like a hair dryer on high) and soften the plastic enough to get it back into better shape...
Good advice. That's exactly what my husband did to jerry rig it back together. I can not expand or contract the case but, for now, it works to just open and close the outside.
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