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post #1 of 4 Old 03-27-2014, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Saddlemen HC2900 Topcase

My '09 Wee came with a Saddlemen HC2900 top case when I bought it used. I know that top cases are a frequent topic of discussion here, so I thought I't toss this one in. It seems like a decent case, but definitely not a top of the line one, and had it not come with the bike, I'd have likely gone with something different. I'd be interested in seeing the impressions of others here who might have that top case on their VStroms.

For myself, I think the material is a bit flimsy, but it keeps the weight down a bit. I've had trouble with the lid hinges working their way out. My solution has been to replace the hinges with long finishing nails, then fill the open end with clear silicone sealer. So far that has worked. The alleged "quick disconnect" system consists of a screw with a small bail attached that screws into a threaded receive in the mounting base. Still, it works, hasn't leaked water, and I don't see any reason to get rid of it, and really, it isn't all that much of a hassle to unscrew it from the base to dismount it. And the price is reasonable.

Here's a link to Amazon.

Amazon.com: Saddlemen HC2900 Hard Case Trunks - --: Automotive

Here's the link to Saddlemen's ad for the top case. Quite a price difference, but still not overly spend.

http://www.saddlemen.com/products/k2...unk-large.html

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No one have any experience with this case?

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Yeah, I have experience with the Saddlemen HC2900

The case I had just wasn't quite big enough, so I searched like a lunatic until I came across the Saddlemen HC2900. It's BIG, which is what I wanted, and the deal I got at jcmotors.com (which is still ongoing) was too good to pass up -- $118. This is about half the cost of other cases, and is about what these things SHOULD cost. I found the quality of the plastic -- flexibility and thickness -- about the same as any other top cases I've owned or seen, including Givi. They're all flimsier than you would imagine but they seem to hold up for a long time.

As far as looks go, the matte finish of the HC2900 is BETTER than most top cases I've seen. And the lid sealing method is far better than most; instead of relying on rubber or a baffle type seal, they went the easy and sensible route and made the top lid rim overhang the bottom edge about 1/2 inch, which happens to work great. No problems with the hinges so far, BTW.

Finally, the SIZE is exactly what I wanted, because I carry a lot of emergency stuff and clothing extras all the time. True, the quick-release isn't all that quick -- it takes about 15 seconds to unscrew the inside knob -- but for the size, the looks, and the price, and the fact that I rarely take the case off -- who cares? This case is a seriously good deal, in my opinion.

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I'm not dissatisfied with the case. In fact, I was glad I didn't have to spend the money to get a case to put on the bike. It looks like it was made with cost savings in mind. Definitely the simpler approach. And it holds what I need for it to hold. I have no idea why the hinge pins came out. That was a mystery to me, and it happened while I was on my Alaska Hwy trip last August. Fortunately things held together until we got to Whitehorse, and a stop at the Wal-Mart there landed the necessary stuff to fix it. First it was the left hinge, I got it fixed, then the right one let go, so I fixed that one. A dab of silicone sealer has kept things in place so far.

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