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post #1 of 36 Old 03-23-2019, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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What top case for two up?

Picked up the new bike today. 2018 1000xt. Put around 90 miles on it. 25 of those with the wife. She is 5’6 and about 150 lbs. Within 5 min she said she doesn’t like not having a backrest. She is use to riding our Harley cvo road glide with top box.

So I have researched most the night on the forum and have confused myself. 😫

Here is what I’m looking for...

Top box that will look good and not out of proportion with the bike.

She doesn’t want it to make her feel cramped or any closer to me. Prefer it not push her forward or make her lean forward. It would be great if we could fit 1 medium modular helmet and another xxl modular without being to big. Reference 1st comment on looking good with bike

It needs to work with future side cases.

I like the look of the Givi v47 tech top case, but didn’t know if it takes up passenger seat space or causes pillion to lean forward.

Also are there any differences in mounts? Givi vs Motech etc.

Appreciate feedback and direction.

I got a bit of a dog cussing for not having a top case. 😂
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Givi is good but take a look at Shad...I think it's a step up in quality and very good fitment.

https://www.shadusa.com

https://www.shadusa.com/collections/vstrom-1000

Do you have side cases ?? the 3P system from Shad is pretty slick.

These all fit

https://www.shadusa.com/pages/top-cases

I think the backrest is a separate buy.



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As above, Shad.
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Whatever box You use, ensure that the plastic carrier is well braced from underneath because it is too flexible to support a top box that is being used and relied upon as a backrest. I have used a combination of a GIVI Strom-specific kit together with a very old small top box that has been used on many bikes. I tried others but the Wife settled on that set up as being the most comfortable.

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Whatever box You use, ensure that the plastic carrier is well braced from underneath because it is too flexible to support a top box that is being used and relied upon as a backrest. I have used a combination of a GIVI Strom-specific kit together with a very old small top box that has been used on many bikes. I tried others but the Wife settled on that set up as being the most comfortable.

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imho the best rack is the givi because of the side supports. No plastic...all metal here:



The Givi outback trekker 58 held 2 helmets or 1 helmet and ALL my riding gear...strong and secure.



I never got it but Givi sells a back rest pad for this case but it's @$80 you could probably make a better one for $20.

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imho the best rack is the givi because of the side supports. No plastic...all metal here:



I never got it but Givi sells a back rest pad for this case but it's @$80 you could probably make a better one for $20.
Totally agree and that is what I also used albeit instead of the alloy plate I used the Universal Givi plate. There is actually plastic involved on your carrier though and that is the OEM Suzuki item under the alloy plate. That is the item I refer to as being flexible. You will see from my photos that I am also using the Givi side supports.
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If you want to go cheaper but still functional and low profile, then a Pelican box is the answer. I do not have a pad on mine and the wife says it's comfortable,, but if she is going to ride long distance I would add a pad.


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MacDoc don’t have any side cases, I’m starting from scratch with new bike.

One of previous bikes was a bmw 1200 gsa with Aluminium top box and side cases. I liked the loading from the top. I know Givi has the trekker series that loads from the top.

I’m going to start with top box and then get side cases later this summer.

I like the Shad and how it mounts to the bike, but should I be concerned of of how the top mount works with Shad set-up vs Givi that has the side brackets?

Shad vs Givi- does either have a benefit in giving passenger more room? Meaning does one sit farther back vs the other?

Am I over thinking this? 🤓

Just want to purchase once and cry once. Fear is I will get a top case and it will push her forward or cause her to lean forward.

Motorcycling was so much easier when I was single. 😄
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Shad makes some great expandable cases that pads can be added to. I saw them at the AimExpo in Las Vegas, made me want one when I upgrade from the $88 special top box I got from Amazon. http://www.shad.es/en/shad-world/pro...sh58x/c17r160/

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Luggage is important but I like Shad quality tho I have no arguments with Givi ...I think Shad a step up.
You are overthinking the top case.
This is really nice -expandible
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...case?rrec=true

Side cases are another story...

I really like my Shad SH23 - they weigh nothing ( 3 lb each ) and the 3P mounting system is almost invisible when the cases are off.
This is what the 3p looks like on yours



The whole luggage on mine adds only 10 lb to the bike when not loaded - mounts and side cases and looks decent.



Yup - much easier solo

46 L total might not be enough for you. Tho with a 48-50 L top case might be fine.

I was very pleased with the cost

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...h23-side-cases

I think I was $400 US cases and rack.

Yours would be about $450 - rack and cases.
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...0-xt-2014-2018

I noticed Revzilla has a good deal on the SH35s $200 off.
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...h35-side-cases

BTW we had a top case rack on my kids bike and it was great for drying clothes or strapping on light stuff,


https://www.shad.co.uk/product/5141/...x-luggage-rack

The kid always had socks etc drying


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