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post #1 of 32 Old 12-16-2006, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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What's in your top case?

I was wondering what the different riders on this forum kept on their bikes at all times. I went from a BMW K1200LT to an M109R (cruiser), and now I am back to a semi-tourer/adventure bike. When I had the LT I kept a flat tire plug kit, small air compressor, rain suit, zip ties and duct tape. ... oh and a freshly severed human head. So, what is in your top case? Thanks.

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post #2 of 32 Old 12-16-2006, 11:53 AM
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Air compressor, tire repair kit, zip ties, tape, windbreaker pants & jacket incase it gets really cold or wet, and a first aid kit. Cell phone is always in my pocket.
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post #3 of 32 Old 12-16-2006, 12:00 PM
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Mine's actually a tail bag right now, but it's got a couple maps, some extra earplugs, a tire pressure gauge, sometimes an MP3 player and some batteries. If I'm on my way to work, a lunchbox

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2005 HD FXDCI, sold
2003 Yamaha FZ1, "Bee", sold
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For long trips, clothing only. It's for easy access to those items that need to be added or removed depending on the weather. I also make sure to keep the load light. I don't need another incidence of the tail wagging the dog. Items needed for quick access go in the tank bag. Stuff that needs to be accessed only when stopped for the night or to make roadside repairs not covered by the tool kit and compressor under the seat go in the side cases. Heavy items that don't fit under the seat go low and forward in the side cases.

Around town on short trips, I'll only use the top case if I want it to contain my helmet rather than taking it with me or going through the time to play with the kludgy helmet lock system.

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post #5 of 32 Old 12-16-2006, 01:13 PM
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Tire repair kit with mini compressor, tire gauge, rain gear if it looks bad, and textbooks most weekdays.
post #6 of 32 Old 12-16-2006, 01:34 PM
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Works great for my backpack with my laptop in it for work..Around town I leave it clean for helmet and what I buy at the store.
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post #7 of 32 Old 12-16-2006, 02:24 PM
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For me it's rain gear , extra pair of gloves , Balaclava , bottled H2O ,first aid kit,Sidestand Foot plate.
Under the seat is "jacks Stand",Better tool kit,tire plug kit, extra turn signal head/lens &bulb. Plumbers Tape 10 mill thick..

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IF I only Rode in Good weather..
I WOULDN'T get to Ride in Vermont.at ALL!
we have 2 types of roads in Vermont, Unpaved roads and decaying back to .............Unpaved roads..

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post #8 of 32 Old 12-16-2006, 03:46 PM
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I had SUPER POWERS!!...But my therapist took them away!..

That my friend is hillarious!:mrgreen:
post #9 of 32 Old 12-16-2006, 11:37 PM
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Top Case contents

Whoa - kind of a personal question there....... not.
I commute to work every day, in any weather (not that SoCal has anything particularly tough to deal with). I go in at 5AM (dark and cold) and in winter I wear some warm stuff under the Roadcrafter - so there is nothing in the case except a plate for the sidestand and some rags (to wipe something off in case..) At lunch, the gym bag goes in and at the gym, the riding jacket and helmet go in. On the ride home, it is usually warmer, so some of the warm clothes go in. I frequently run errands and shop on the return trip from work, so the case may have groceries, Christmas presents, or just about anything. The Givi 46 holds a lot of stuff and makes the bike even more useful. I even use the Wee for Costco shopping.

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2007 R1200RT - the highway beast
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post #10 of 32 Old 12-16-2006, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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cool man...very insigtful.:rolleyes:
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