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post #1 of 88 Old 12-02-2017, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Top box or tank bag? Which one is your fave?

My bike has aluminum sideboxes but no top box. Since it's going to be a 90% commuter, I reckon I'll ditch the hips and go for overall "slimmer" storage.

If you were going to pick ONE, would you go for a medium-size tank bag, or a top box? What are YOUR reasons for your choice?

Sidenote, Does anyone have experience with the Moose Expedition series of side cases and top boxes?
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Since I don't see an edit button, I'll clarify: I'll ditch the side boxes for daily use, not do away with them altogether.
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Top box. It can fit your helmet and has better security.

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Top box.

When it rains, you don't need to put a giant condom on it. Also what 2bigfeet said.

Oh and, more storage space.
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I really like having the top box (Givi Trekker 52) and leave it permanently on the bike always ready to throw a bag into when commuting to and from work. It is also big enough to keep a puncture repair kit in and to stash my helmet securely if I stop off at the gym. Super convenient and highly flexible. No real drawbacks in my opinion. Tank bag might be fine for throwing your laptop and lunch into but doesn't offer the capacity or the security of a larger top box.
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Top box all the way. More secure that's #1. My tank bag, helmet, gloves and GPS goes into it when I commute to work. Stays there when I come back home from work. Just sold Givi Outbacks 2 days ago because I used them only few times a year on longer trips.
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As said above, a top box will give you;
better security
superior weather proofing
greater storage space (some will store two helmets)

They also can be used as a pillion backrest
they are easier to take on and off than tank bags
obviously don't scuff your fuel tank

and I love being able to carry my top box around like a suitcase.

Also an important consideration is you can fill your top box with ice and beer!
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Assuming I could have only one, another vote for the top box for all the reasons stated.

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Top box all the way. More secure that's #1. My tank bag, helmet, gloves and GPS goes into it when I commute to work. Stays there when I come back home from work. Just sold Givi Outbacks 2 days ago because I used them only few times a year on longer trips.
Top box and small e21 panniers for me, these small panniers are no wider than the bars so good for commuting,I use them all the time, puncture repair and tools etc in one and wet gear in the other,keeps the weight out of the top box, the Givi e55 I have fits my helmet and tank bag, I also have Kappa Kventure similar to the Givi Outbacks that are only used a few times a year,they fit on the monokey racks with adapters unlike the Outbacks which need specific rails, like everything else they are great to have when needed, what will you use in their place?
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Chiming in too. YES top box BUT I also use a small tank bag to keep my paperwork in, change for tolls, handy tools, etc. Essentially a glove box or console equivalent so the small stuff while commuting I may need is handy. I got one of the small no name tank bags from China, went to Home Depot and bought two heavy duty round magnets to replace the tiny ones it came with and boom, instant junk drawer on the bike! I try to go with the adage, if you have to chose between two things, figure a way to get both because there are reasons for wanting both. And less than $20 for the advantage of a small tank bag is an easy choice to live with along WITH a nice top box.
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