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post #1 of 18 Old 08-03-2009, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Smallest top case?

Who makes a good small top case? I don't want a monster case, just something to put my netbook and phone in, maybe enough for my lunch. I keep forgetting my phone under my seat whenever I stick it under there.

Needs to be lockable, obviously.

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post #2 of 18 Old 08-03-2009, 01:41 PM
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I have the JC Whitney case. I've had it on for 2 years now, and no problems. I ride on the street only, tough. If you are going to do the dirt road/trail thing, I would get the GIVI. They are definitely top notch qualiy.
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What about just using a laptop computer case strapped on the rear rack? It you are trying to avoid permanently installing something, that might give you the option that you are looking for. I use one for work and the case is really, really nice...and waterproof!

I've got to tell you though, I bought the big stock case(45L ?) when I bought my bike and I love it. It hold an extra full-faced, extra face shield and my mini-compressor and tire kit along with a gallon of milk if I need to stop at the store. I got caught too many times when I rode "back in the day" without any room to carry anything that i jumped on the chance to get the topcase.

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I have a Seahorse SE 540 case that I bolted to the stock rack, about $60 CAD total. It is lockable. My only complaint is that it is too small, so it may be perfect for you. Here is a picture . . .

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Don't go too small, you'll fill that space up in a hurry.
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I plan to get side cases for real hauling. I have the Stealth back rest which I usually leave in place. I just need something small for commuting, I can't take my netbook or phone into my place regular office but I need access to them during the day (saves me from driving from my office at my customer location to my work office). So I need something lockable... hmm... what about a small case that would mount to the Stealth's plate in place of the backrest. Hmm,... what about a small case mounted behind the backrest that I could also lock helmets to... hmm, that sounds like what I really want. Trying to get my boss to approve the cases and racks as a business expense since I can't take my work netbook into my customer site.:rolleyes:

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I have two different 3-case set ups, both by Givi, that I switch-up depending on the need. Prices shown is from http://www.sporttour.com/luggage/givi/cases.htm (where I bought them).

For daily commuting/light sport touring, I have a pair of E21N side cases ($169.00 per pair) and an E35N Traffic II top case ($195.00). Large enough to take along the necessities yet small enough to do so with grace and aplomb. Streamlined and highly functional, they seem to just fit the proportionality of my Vee about perfectly.

For the occassional extended weekend getaway, I have a a pair of E360N side cases ($195.00 each) matched to an E52N Maxia top case with optional brake-light kit ($306.00). While this setup gives me enough luggage capacity to take along everything but the kitchen sink, I really don't like the overall dimensions they give the bike. But since I bought them first, I'm stuck with them unless I can find a buyer.

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Don't the Pelican/Seahorse cases come in just about any size imaginable? I don't own one, but every time I see a Pelican topcase, it always strikes me how small it is. If you're carying a notebook and a couple small items, one of the lower profile topcases of this variety would seem like a good choice.

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I have two different 3-case set ups, both by Givi, that I switch-up depending on the need.

For daily commuting/light sport touring, I have a pair of E21N side cases ($169.00 per pair) and an E35N Traffic II top case ($195.00). Large enough to take along the necessities yet small enough to do so with grace and aplomb. Streamlined and highly functional, they seem to just fit the proportionality of my Vee about perfectly.

For the occassional extended weekend getaway, I have a a pair of E360N side cases ($195.00 each) matched to an E52N Maxia top case with optional brake-light kit ($306.00). While this setup gives me enough luggage capacity to take along everything but the kitchen sink, I really don't like the overall dimensions they give the bike. But since I bought them first, I'm stuck with them unless I can find a buyer.

Anyone out there looking for Tour Givi Bags?
After looking for a small top box, I was thinking of doing something similar, small sides for daily and big a$$ ones for camping weekends or shopping trips. I won't be doing a top box, I'll need to lash or backpacks across the back.

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Don't the Pelican/Seahorse cases come in just about any size imaginable? I don't own one, but every time I see a Pelican topcase, it always strikes me how small it is. If you're carying a notebook and a couple small items, one of the lower profile topcases of this variety would seem like a good choice.
I took a look at Pelican, they do have 1 case that seems to be a good size. It would hold the netbook and charger plus my cell phone. The flat top would also give me a place to set the netbook if I were to work in the parking lot.

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Is that Seahorse pretty strong as far as being bolted to the rack without a supplemental base plate?


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I have a Seahorse SE 540 case that I bolted to the stock rack, about $60 CAD total. It is lockable. My only complaint is that it is too small, so it may be perfect for you. Here is a picture . . .


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