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post #1 of 4 Old 11-20-2017, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Question Topbox recommendations?

So I had one of these cheap eBay top boxes, which was wrecked in my little accident last week. I could get another one for $33, but 1) it wasn't big enough for my helmet, and 2) it was pretty cheap in all senses of the word.

OTOH, my bike came with aluminum Happy Trail panniers (for which I have to replace the rack that holds them on), and I'm tempted to get one of their top boxes, but you get what you pay for; quite solid, but they're pretty pricey.

I've seen lots of good reviews of the Bestem boxes, but also lots of complaints about how much of a pain they are to install.

So, any suggestions for something that's inexpensive but not cheap, decently solid, not a pain to install (my more-than-basic tools are all back in Canada), big enough for an XL-sized helmet for a guy with a big head, perhaps comes with its own lights, and a backrest so's I can convince the missus to take a ride with me now and then?

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-20-2017, 09:21 PM
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I have the Shad SH45 and am very happy with it. My modular HJC and jacket fit, it's tight but they both fit.

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-20-2017, 09:32 PM
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There are already a lot of threads on this. I have the Givi V47 with Admore Lighting LEDs added and a seat back rest.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-21-2017, 11:08 AM
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So you don't like the JC Whitless box, eh? I got a 18X18X12 Hardigg military box for my Strom. Ugly but big and probably more crashworthy than the cheap boxes.
But it only cost $19.99 and the shipping was only $25! Such a deal.
I hard mounted it to the rear rack.
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