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post #1 of 17 Old 02-01-2008, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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50 litre topcase

is a 50 litre topcase too big ?

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post #2 of 17 Old 02-01-2008, 06:23 AM
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is a 50 litre topcase too big ?
Not if you have 60 litres of gear.

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50 Litre Top Case

It is NOT too big.

I have one and sometimes wish it was larger !
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I have a GIVI 52 liter that is pretty much always on the bike. I think it is about right.. if I need more I have a couple of side case options.

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Nope and 41 liter side cases compliment it perfectly!!!

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46 top case and 43 on the sides.

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96 liters is just right!

I bought a very simple storage box at Wal-Mart, and fastened it to a verandah (there just is no other word for that platform!) that was fastened to the luggage rack (I removed the rubber pad).

It served me well in Ontario and four states and five eastern provinces. If you study the messages posted here by Newfoundlander, you will see that platform and box. I must admit that crosswinds north of Gros Morne Park in Newfoundland were a positive pain, and I was very glad that I had planned to turn south at Cow Head NL.

Cost: $22. Waterproof and sturdy. I took precautions against losing the lid: I tied it loosely to the latches on each side, and always fastened bungee cords across it in both dimensions.

Technically, it is lockable, but a box that can be cut into pieces with a twenty-five cent knife can hardly be called secure.

It was just narrow enough (mounted the wide way) so that I could see past it with the mirrors. I could see a car squarely behind me in both mirrors by turning only my eyes.

I used it again on a 2200-mile trip from Sarasota FL to Williamsburg VA and it was again ideal. I will be using it next month on a 4000-mile trip to Texas (scenic route). I think I will make a smaller platform for the box.

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shad 46

im looking at the shad 46 . it costs $ 261 and comes with the mounting plate . it has the color match lid option , and you can add back rest and tail lights as well . a givi 46 costs $100 more and then another $180 for the mounting plate . the shad 50 comes with the tail light and backrest included , i think i will have too go see them in person too make up my mind .

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Chris, I have the Shad 46L. You won't need a backrest pad if the passenger has a jacket with back armor. Works great as is.

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For economy, I added a Bestem 46-litre top hard case on my Wee - $80 shipped. More than enough for my needs - has a tail light built-in that needs to be wired up and includes the rack plate to mount it. Holds my openface helmet with gloves, down vest, and other items.
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