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post #1 of 26 Old 08-15-2006, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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What size top-case?

I need some storage space on the Wee, so I'm looking into a Shad top case.
I just don't know what size I should order. I would like to have room to store my riding jacket and pants when I get off the bike, and would like the option to put the helmet in there as well, although I could always use that cleverly designed helmet holder for that. :roll:
As I would like to start commuting with the bike, I'll need to carry some things for work, e.g. lunch bag and briefcase, but I'm sure even a small top case would work for that.
I do worry that a case which would accommodate all my gear would be/look to large on the back of my bike (I have no side cases)
I've seen a lot of pictures of Stroms w/top cases, but I don't know the size of the case to judge if I think it is too big or not.

So what do ya' think?

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post #2 of 26 Old 08-15-2006, 09:25 AM
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I think once you go beyond a small top case, it doesn't much matter, might as well go all the way, the storage comes in so handy. I run a Givi Maxia up top (52 litres, I think). Sure it's big, but perfect for light stuff (sleeping bags, thermarest, jackets, etc..)
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Remember the weight limit on the luggage rack including the case and mounting hardware is 10kg or 22lb. Bikes running luggage, especially topcases, need to be run at lower speeds than the bike is capable of. I've seen 80mph as a recommended top end. I'm still recovering from a speed induced tank slapper from when I didn't apply that knowledge and wanted to see how fast the bike could go.

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Remember the weight limit on the luggage rack including the case and mounting hardware is 10kg or 22lb. Bikes running luggage, especially topcases, need to be run at lower speeds than the bike is capable of. I've seen 80mph as a recommended top end. I'm still recovering from a speed induced tank slapper from when I didn't apply that knowledge and wanted to see how fast the bike could go.
How fast did you go?
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119mph indicated, 109mph true. See https://stromtrooper.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5999 for the gory details.

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119mph indicated, 109mph true. See https://stromtrooper.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5999 for the gory details.
Glad you survived to tell the tale, think I'll keep it below 100.
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post #7 of 26 Old 08-15-2006, 10:54 AM
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119mph indicated, 109mph true. See https://stromtrooper.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5999 for the gory details.
damn. sorry to hear about your get-off, but damn glad it appears you're healing nicely, squeezing a clutch, buying new gear and anticipating the arrival of the new wee. crashing sucks, but having an opportunity to heal is better than the alternative.
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I use Shad top cases on both my Stroms. I have a Shad 37 (37 liters) and a 48. They all use the same mounting system, so are interchangeable.

The 48 is a little big, but I use it for commuting. It will take my full face helmet, jacket, over- pants and boots (will also hold two full helmets if riding pillion).

The 37 looks a little better, will still take a full helmet and some of the gear.

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Have a Shad 46L top case and like it. Also have Shad side cases but would never do that again, they are 43L and far too expensive and of poor quality.

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post #10 of 26 Old 08-16-2006, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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water warrior:

Are the Shad top cases poor quality as well? I thought the Shad side cases were resonalby prices compared to Givi. Too bad they are not of better quality.

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