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post #1 of 68 Old 03-15-2017, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Top Case or Side Case?

Hi all, I am going to be getting my first case for any bike I've owned and would like to know the pros one cons of both kinds. I am leaning towards a top case because it won't make the bike any wider. I this point I only want one type. Any input appreciated
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post #2 of 68 Old 03-15-2017, 11:56 AM
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Start with the top. It's usually cheaper as your only need to buy one case, and the stroms already come with a top rack. Besides taking up less of a footprint in your garage, one 40L topcase is more versatile than two 20L side cases. If you do any two-up riding, get a top case which can fit both of your helmets.

If you decide you need more space, you can get side cases later.
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I would also go with the top case.

Purchased my bike used. Previous owner bought both top and side cases and sold them with the bike. Have only used the side cases a few times compared the the top case getting used almost all the time.
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^ I agree. I use my top case every ride but rarely my side cases. They are a must on a trip but do get in the way. Garage pro from jc Whitney are a low budget option. I've had several with no issues.
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Start with the top. It's usually cheaper as your only need to buy one case, and the stroms already come with a top rack. Besides taking up less of a footprint in your garage, one 40L topcase is more versatile than two 20L side cases. If you do any two-up riding, get a top case which can fit both of your helmets.

If you decide you need more space, you can get side cases later.
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I already had a Givi V47 top case on my Beemer so I just bought the Monokey mount from Givi for my Strom for about $125. Perfect fit and the case looks great. No need for side cases yet.

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Yeah , get a top case. If you don't mind spending a little more check the Shad cases. They are the only ones that allow you to leave the case unlocked . Nice to have access without using the key. Lock it only when you want to. Also I just saw they have a new model called the E58 that will adjust to 3 different sizes. It looks great in pics but I havnt seen one in person yet. If thrift is important that box from JC Whitney , like CPD419 mentioned , works very well. If they still offer 2 sizes get the large one.
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Top case, definitely, before side cases. Great for around town. Get one big enough for a full face helmet and you will usually be able to fit your riding jacket in there too.
Brand can be important if you are considering future side cases and want them all to work with the same key. Givi Monokey is great for that. They can be expensive but offer a great functional product, racks to fit too.

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Top case definitely, I also have soft side bags if I need them for camping trips.
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Like everyone else, I say top case too.

Started with Givi E35 which was too small for commuting but great on the weekends. Got a Givi V46 for commuting. I now have moved on to side cases and top cases (Trax) for traveling but leave them on pretty much the whole riding season.

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