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post #1 of 9 Old 01-09-2018, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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sw-motech 38L top box question

I have a tight parking spot. I want a top case. I like the SW motech aluminum cases. I'm worried about the added length to the bike.

Can anyone tell me how far this box sticks out over the rear fender. How much length does the box add to the bike?
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I have a tight parking spot. I want a top case. I like the SW motech aluminum cases. I'm worried about the added length to the bike.

Can anyone tell me how far this box sticks out over the rear fender. How much length does the box add to the bike?
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I suspect it has everything to do with the type of mounting plate and where and how that mounts to the oem rack. I would think it's removable so you could just take it off if that close when parked.
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Take it off when you're done.
Now why didn't I think of that?
I don't know about the Motech, but the Suzuki top box takes me about 2 seconds to remove.

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Take it off when you're done.
Now why didn't I think of that?
I don't know about the Motech, but the Suzuki top box takes me about 2 seconds to remove.
I'm pretty sure that SW-Motech makes the Suzuki luggage. At least, that's what I've learned here about my side panniers. So, the SW-Motech will take you exactly as long to take of as the Suzuki, as they are the same. No?

Someone, I know, will correct this for me if I am wrong.

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I have the SW-Motech top case (38L) mounted with the SW-Motech adapter plate. The locking bracket to the mounting plate (the piece furthest back) is about flush with the license plate light and reflector. BUT I have a K6 Wee so not sure if yours will be the same.

Mine is a real snug fit and removing it and re-installing it takes some effort and pounding with my hand. I am sure if I did it enough times it would loosen up but it's just easier for me to leave it on.


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Thanks for the info.

I ended up getting it. It ads a little length, but it's easy to get off as you've said.

Now I just need to come up with a lid stay solution. Or maybe they're completely unnecessary. I definitely can't allow myself to spend 38 dollars on two lengths of wire.

Overall I think the box seems a little shoddy. I expected more for a $400 aluminum box.
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I have the SW-Motech top case (38L) mounted with the SW-Motech adapter plate. The locking bracket to the mounting plate (the piece furthest back) is about flush with the license plate light and reflector. BUT I have a K6 Wee so not sure if yours will be the same.

Mine is a real snug fit and removing it and re-installing it takes some effort and pounding with my hand. I am sure if I did it enough times it would loosen up but it's just easier for me to leave it on.


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Have you tried adjusting the bracket to the back of the rack? There was a good bit of play in mine and I fiddled around with its positioning until I got that perfect SNAP! when closing the latch.
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SW Motech top case

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"Mine is a real snug fit and removing it and re-installing it takes some effort and pounding with my hand. I am sure if I did it enough times it would loosen up but it's just easier for me to leave it on."

It will loosen up at the front, mine has and I've left mine on for 33,000 kms. I have to use a shim to keep it tight in the front. It's the old metal vs. plastic and we know who wins every time. You may also want to check the key lock mechanism and add some thread locking product as I've found the vibration will loosen the nut fastening the lock mechanism to the box.

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