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post #1 of 22 Old 03-02-2016, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Choosing top case

i m in kind of a dilemma guys..
Go for OEM top case vs Kappa Grada top case..

i tend to think that 35 liters for the top case are too few compared to the 52litres of Kappa
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IMO oem cases are WAY overpriced.

I have a hard enough time with a 47L Givi, i would cry if i had to scale down to a 35L...
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Big B a tarty answer. True enough though. My Hardigg military box would hardly fit in any ones description of a classy back box!
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I'm very happy with my Givi v46. We all have different ways of selecting equipment, for my top box I waited until the right size and right quality box showed up on Craigslist within my budget envelope; that said I'm tighter than bark on a tree so your experience may differ...
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I just installed the Touratech top case last night. Function over form in this case! It matches (well pretty close) the panniers that I've removed for commuting. Not cheap that's for sure but if it's like the panniers it's bullet proof.
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i m in kind of a dilemma guys..
Go for OEM top case vs Kappa Grada top case..

i tend to think that 35 liters for the top case are too few compared to the 52litres of Kappa
I'm not familiar with either of those cases but have a general recommendation.
Get one that can be opened without the key! The first top case I had was the OEM for my K100, 2 latches to open and close, lock-able. Bought a Bestem for my Vstrom, assuming it would have the same operation. Wrong! And, I must say, what a PITA. I'd leave the key in the case and people would drive by me pointing at my top case, or if I was stopped pull up to tell me the keys were there...."Thanks!"
Granted I live in a rural area, I never take the keys out of my bikes or cars...so it's particularly annoying that I don't have the option not to lock my top case.
Unless you're paranoid about such things, get one you can open and close without locking. Much more convenient!
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being a not-more-than-250 mile daytripper, the givi 33L worx great for me. sometimes i forget to remove the key, but i doubt anyone will attempt to grab it while i'm sailing along....

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Granted I live in a rural area, I never take the keys out of my bikes or cars...so it's particularly annoying that I don't have the option not to lock my top case.
Unless you're paranoid about such things, get one you can open and close without locking. Much more convenient!
since 1971 my folks have lived in the blue ridge mtns next to a small church and a small private boarding high school. they have never locked their cars or the house or the detached one-car garage.

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Another thing to mull over. Do you ever want to add lights? I am a fan of being visible and Admore Lighting makes lighting kits for several manufacturers cases. This was one of my requirements when looking for a top case.

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