I have the Shad SH48 top case with the pad kit and the Shad SH23 side cases. I built my own adapter plate and side braces for the rear rack. (absolutely, YES, add some bracing to the OEM rear rack because it's a flimsy thing.) In all, it's a pretty good set up.
My wife is 5-8 with long legs. She is not cramped with the rear case.
Keep in mind that even with the SH48 and backrest, your XT will not be comparable to a Goldwing or other nicely appointed bikes.
Here is what I like about my Shad top & side cases:
a- The Shad top case can be opened & latched without locking/unlocking the latch set. It can be locked only when I want.
b- The side cases are top loading, and very sturdy.
c- The Shad side rack mounting system is a very positive lock- much more secure than the Givi system which I had on my past 650.
d- The top of the Shad side cases are a little bit lower than the Givi cases.
e- The Shad side cases are supplied with an extra key lockset so that the top case will use the same key as the side cases.
f- The SH48 passenger pad set is the best I found when shopping.
On the downside, the Shad side case mount system is sort of a contraption where it mounts to the upper sides of the bike. The kit comes with fairly long spacers which cantilever the screws too far out. In the event of a tip over, parts could get bent. I should think of some better bracing maybe. Not sure if the Givi system is any better though.
18 1000 XT yellow. Bunch of goodies installed.
2015 Yamaha WR250F- Street plated woods bike
Previous rides- about 25 different bikes, mostly dirtbikes.
Last edited by Bazooka Joe; 03-24-2019 at 03:26 PM.