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Custom top case

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:47 pm
by mgdavis
I got tired of wearing my backpack during my commute, so I installed a custom rack case on my V-Strom today. I think I now have one of the more "distinctive" bikes in the area. :blink:

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On the plus side, it cost thirty dollars for all the materials, which is just a touch cheaper than a Givi.

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:07 pm
by RC DAVE
Mg looks like that will serve its purpose never have enough storage space i bungy my tank bag to the tail section also when it's on the tank it changes the areo's behind the windsheild big time. (big bag). I like the Vstrom ya don't see alot of them in florida. Very nice bike

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:49 am
by Wrider
Hahaha very nice mg! Now that's redneck engineering for ya! :laughing:

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:34 am
by mgdavis
It's difficult to see, but I used a cutting board as my mounting plate. 8)

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:50 am
by redb1ker
OMG. That is truly a custom install. I love the locks. Remember you only get about 15-20# storage, even if there is room left when you are packing. Can't have that Ugli beauty squatting under the weight.

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:06 pm
by Mr. Invisible
Now if that was truly redneck you would have added cup holders, (beer can holders.)

No need to go half way. :laughing:

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:24 pm
by redb1ker
Mr. Invisible wrote: would have added cup holders, (beer can holders.):laughing:
Save the drink holders for the outside of your helmet.

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:19 am
by SHADOW1100T
OK,,you been kidded and joked about but how about something serious, be careful how you load it, keep anything heavy on the bottom and pack it so it won't slide around, that trunk, which is a very clever solution to your problem) set very Hi and if things move around or weigh very much you could get a nasty surprise in a corner or a sudden evasive maneuver, be careful, be aware and most of all ride safe.

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:20 am
by jstark47
SHADOW1100T wrote:OK,,you been kidded and joked about but how about something serious, be careful how you load it, keep anything heavy on the bottom and pack it so it won't slide around, that trunk, which is a very clever solution to your problem) set very Hi and if things move around or weigh very much you could get a nasty surprise in a corner or a sudden evasive maneuver, be careful, be aware and most of all ride safe.
That could happen with any topbox designed for motorcycles, too. They sit up high.

Riding my wife's Trophy recently, I stopped at the store for a six pack. I thought I had it wedged in good - NOT!!! All the way home, those bottles banged and clanked around loose in the topbox, especially in the corners. I had visions of a topbox full of broken glass and suds by the time I got home - fortunately those were some tough beer bottles, no breakage! :D :beer:

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:03 am
by mgdavis
SHADOW1100T wrote:OK,,you been kidded and joked about but how about something serious, be careful how you load it, keep anything heavy on the bottom and pack it so it won't slide around, that trunk, which is a very clever solution to your problem) set very Hi and if things move around or weigh very much you could get a nasty surprise in a corner or a sudden evasive maneuver, be careful, be aware and most of all ride safe.
Contrary to popular opinion, I am not totally lacking in common sense. While I do appreciate everybody's concern, I have the basic concept of how things should be packed in the box.

Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:12 am
by redb1ker
Did you install the top box easy to remove (like the Givi)? I did see you mention that you used a bread board for mounting. I am to a point (with a new motorcycle) that I want to put some inexpensive luggage on it. I kind of want the top box to be easy to remove. I really do like the way your install came out.

Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:30 am
by mgdavis
No, I didn't take the time to figure out any kind of quick-release system. It isn't all that hard to remove, but it does take a few minutes to unbolt everything.

I used the cutting board between the box and the rack to give the bottom of the box a bit more support. The sequence of hardware is: Bolt, fender washer, box, cutting board, rack, nylock nut.

I used five pre-existing holes in my rack to bolt down the assembly. I'm not sure what you ride, but it would be a more difficult install if you don't have a rack in back.

Later today I'll take a couple more pictures to illustrate the system better.

Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:29 pm
by demon_racer23
The sequence of hardware is: Bolt, fender washer, box, cutting board, rack, nylock nut.
Shouldn't duct tape be in that formula somewhere? :laughing:

Just kidding. Red Green would approve

Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:56 pm
by mgdavis
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You were saying about the duct tape? :P I use it to cover the holes that let me access the bolts that hold the rack on.

Use A BEACH BALL

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:58 pm
by mbrudolph
I came up with this idea years ago and it works great.

Get a medium or small size BEACH BALL and inflate it to the appropriate size to fill in the empty space in the top box or side bags. It does a good job of securing almost anything. Good for around town and long trips as well. You can carry them with you all the time, they don't take up any room when deflated.

Re: Use A BEACH BALL

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:32 pm
by TorontoBoy
mbrudolph wrote:I came up with this idea years ago and it works great.

Get a medium or small size BEACH BALL and inflate it to the appropriate size to fill in the empty space in the top box or side bags. It does a good job of securing almost anything. Good for around town and long trips as well. You can carry them with you all the time, they don't take up any room when deflated.
That's an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing.