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post #1 of 11 Old 10-24-2013, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bestem 929 with LED lights

Just wanted to share some pictures and observations about the Bestem 929 with LED lights that I just installed on my bike. I had a Kappa Moto K26 top box that I really liked, it was well built and nicely finished. After commuting with it for a year I came to realize that more hauling power would be a good thing, and I liked the added lighting on the rear. So first some side by side pictures of my Kappa Moto box and the new Bestem.



As you can see the Bestem is a substantial increase in size, it has really made commuting more enjoyable. I not only have more room for my stuff, but I also like to occasionally pick up a little take out food on the way home from work, and it was rather difficult with the Kappa Moto. And don't forget the new lights!


The pros and cons of the Bestem 929 with led lights.
The Pros-
The lights. I love the lights, you get a brake light on the lid and the band around the middle has two rows of lights, one row is running lights that are on all the time. The other row is brake lights. I gotta tell you the lights are so bright that they make my hyper lights seem insignificant.
It gets you a lot of bang for the buck. It has a lot of space and looks pretty good.

The cons-
No wiring diagram. Really? Not even if you go on the Bestem web site. I had search this forum for wiring instructions.
The latch, lock, mounting plate and hardware are all rather cheap, however they do work.

I can recommend this box for anyone looking for a good sized top box that offers a decent amount of features and still meets a tight budget.
I am planning to post a wiring diagram for anyone who might find it useful.
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-22-2013, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ok, a little follow up on wiring the Bestem 929 with LED lights. The lid of the box has a small brake light incorporated in it, with 2 wires coming from it.
The lower half of the box has 2 bands of LED's running around the edge of the box under a red lens. That has 3 wires coming from it. So here are the wiring instructions.
( The Lid)
Blue = Ground
Brown = Brake light
( The Lower Box)
Red = Brake light
Black = Ground
Green = running lights
So, here's what you have to do, inside the box, connect the wiring in the lid to the wiring in the lower box. I will tell you what wires to put together in the Top Box and then what corresponding wire on your bike to tie into. I made all of my connections in the tail compartment by tying into the wires going to the tail lights. I soldered my connections, though you could do it with various electrical connectors, or really do a bang up job with some Eastern Beaver wiring blocks and specialty wiring harnesses.

TOP BOX............to.................... BIKE WIRING
Blue and Black............To....................Black w/ white stripe........... Ground
Red and Brown............To....................White w/ black stripe........... Brake
Green.........................To.................. ..Grey.................................Running

Note: for the ground, I didn't tap the bikes wiring, I put an eye terminal on the end of the wire and just connected it to one of the luggage rack mounting bolts.

(Disclaimer: my bike is a 2011 DL650, I have no knowledge if wiring harness colors are any different for various models and years. So do your homework and tap into your wiring at your own risk.)

This photo shows the wires after they have been tied together and then connected to a wiring harness that I made myself consisting of a black, red, and green wire that I then slipped into some heat shrink tubing. All the wiring included in the Bestem box is extremely small gauge so be careful not to break it. The material you see on the bottom of the box is just some non slip shelf liner to keep stuff from sliding around.

Here you can see the wiring coming out the bottom of the box. The hole is pre drilled and has a rubber grommet to keep your wires from chafing.

The wiring harness leads up under the tail and into the space in front of the taillight. I installed quick dis connect terminals in this space so the trunk could be removed if necessary.
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Mounting hardware

Did you have to buy separate mounting plate hardware or did you use the "universal mount" included with 923? If so, which one? On Bestem site, they have a mount plate for only 2012+ model year Vstroms. Are you using the OEM rack or something else from your previous case?
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I have s 2012. Pretty sure I used the universal rack. Some grinding of the adapter plate was required because I wanted mine mounted 2" rearward. Also, if you ride 2-up, it is best the put fasteners through the box and into the stock luggage rack. It is so embarrassing when your S/O flips off the back. Of course, the box is not easily removable.

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I have one on my k6 and love it. I used the mounting plate it came with as well. Had to drill through the soft rubber pad on the stock rack but it was no problem. Like the OP the wiring was sketchy to say the least. LOVE how bright it is and lessens my anxiety about being rear ended which is what killed my last bike.

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Did you have to buy separate mounting plate hardware or did you use the "universal mount" included with 923? If so, which one? On Bestem site, they have a mount plate for only 2012+ model year Vstroms. Are you using the OEM rack or something else from your previous case?
I used the universal mounting plate that came with the Bestem Box. That was bolted to my stock luggage rack on my 2011 model 650. I drilled a few holes in the universal plate in order to locate mounting bolts where I wanted them. I also used a combination of mounting hardware that came with the Bestem and some stuff that I had lying around. You kind of have to be creative when you are working with " one size fits all" components. Also, I thought that the fit between the Bestem box and the mounting plate was a little loose, allowing the box to rattle a little. What I did to address this was take a little foam weatherstrip with a self adhesive strip on on side, and stick it around the edge between box and mounting plate. Snugged it right up and it doesn't show.
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Ok, a little follow up on wiring the Bestem 929 with LED lights. The lid of the box has a small brake light incorporated in it, with 2 wires coming from it.
The lower half of the box has 2 bands of LED's running around the edge of the box under a red lens. That has 3 wires coming from it. So here are the wiring instructions.
( The Lid)
Blue = Ground
Brown = Brake light
( The Lower Box)
Red = Brake light
Black = Ground
Green = running lights
So, here's what you have to do, inside the box, connect the wiring in the lid to the wiring in the lower box. I will tell you what wires to put together in the Top Box and then what corresponding wire on your bike to tie into. I made all of my connections in the tail compartment by tying into the wires going to the tail lights. I soldered my connections, though you could do it with various electrical connectors, or really do a bang up job with some Eastern Beaver wiring blocks and specialty wiring harnesses.

TOP BOX............to.................... BIKE WIRING
Blue and Black............To....................Black w/ white stripe........... Ground
Red and Brown............To....................White w/ black stripe........... Brake
Green.........................To.................. ..Grey.................................Running

Note: for the ground, I didn't tap the bikes wiring, I put an eye terminal on the end of the wire and just connected it to one of the luggage rack mounting bolts.

(Disclaimer: my bike is a 2011 DL650, I have no knowledge if wiring harness colors are any different for various models and years. So do your homework and tap into your wiring at your own risk.)

This photo shows the wires after they have been tied together and then connected to a wiring harness that I made myself consisting of a black, red, and green wire that I then slipped into some heat shrink tubing. All the wiring included in the Bestem box is extremely small gauge so be careful not to break it. The material you see on the bottom of the box is just some non slip shelf liner to keep stuff from sliding around.

Here you can see the wiring coming out the bottom of the box. The hole is pre drilled and has a rubber grommet to keep your wires from chafing.

The wiring harness leads up under the tail and into the space in front of the taillight. I installed quick dis connect terminals in this space so the trunk could be removed if necessary.
I did something similar. I left the disconnects right below the box, so I can more easily remove. Its pretty marly looking nest of wiring, though.
Nice write-up. Thanks.


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great write up

Thank for this. I am very happy to say I just got my first v-strom, a 2007 650 and I am looking for a good top box, or saddle bags. Money is definitely an object so a top box seems the best route right not. I saw the Bestem on Amazon with good reviews and thought I would check out Stromtrooper. Really appreciate this thorough review. Thanks
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Thank for this. I am very happy to say I just got my first v-strom, a 2007 650 and I am looking for a good top box, or saddle bags. Money is definitely an object so a top box seems the best route right not. I saw the Bestem on Amazon with good reviews and thought I would check out Stromtrooper. Really appreciate this thorough review. Thanks
I just got Kappa K35 box from TourandRide.com for $59 bucks. It is a little more flexible than a Givi but still good quality. It holds my 3x helmet, gloves, sweatshirt,extra visor with a little room left. Comes with it's own mounting plate. Only a couple of rides with it, but I am very happy with it.
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I use these connectors for my Bestem and a few top and side cases. They are 3-wire and work well for quick disconnects, solid snap and watertight connection.





I got them off eBay a few years ago for less than $10, part number is:
TURCK PKG 3Z-1-PSG 3/s760/s771
for the 3ft long version.

Just cut where you need the wire lengths and splice each end into case/bike. They come with a male and female end.




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