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What is a good top case and side case combination? I don't want those suitecase looking side cases either....hehe! What about a tool tube? Would I need to get the racks for a 1000 or a 650, mine is a 650. Didn't know if a tool tube would require racks for a 1000.
 

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You need to get the 650 racks. That much I can tell you. The rest just depends on what you like. I like the aluminum boxes, others don't. Look at the luggage thread to get ideas.

Tool Tubes depend on what racks and luggage you get. Some will be easier to mount than other.

I have Happy Trails panniers, a lot of people on here do also, and I really like them.
 

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I've got the OEM tour pack that you can see in my avatar. These side bags are huge - larger than my ST1300 bags. The top box will hold two full-face helmets.

Givi has a new adventrue touring-style case set that is plastic but has aluminum inserts that provide the aluminum adventure appearance. The nice thing about these bags is that they are a little slimmer and open two ways - they top open and fully open as a clamshell - so you can use the same box as a top box too. These are reasonably inexpensive when compared to the full aluminum cases and look really good with rounded corners.

There are tool tubes available. Check TwistedThrottle.com. I've also seen them on e-bay.
 

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I'm running with the TraX ALU-BOX side cases, but a CooCase top case. You'll need to purchase the SW Motech luggage racks.. The whole thing can amount to some serious cash. :thumbdown:

With regards to the tool tube, also check out the Mega Tube (Mega Tube, MegaTube, Large size Motorcycle Storage Tubes, Auxiliary Fuel Storage solution.). It's large and I kinda had a difficult time with getting attached to the racks. Still, it holds exactly what I needed it to!
 

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What is a good top case and side case combination? I don't want those suitecase looking side cases either....hehe!
A good combination? That is up to you....and your budget!

Suitcase looking? They all look like suitcases to some degree. You can find a suitcase that looks similar to all the luggage you can buy for the bike.

I went with Seahorse cases (Pelican alternative; suitcase looking??) because they were very inexpensive and I already had a Bestem 929 T-Box (Givi clone). So it just depends on what you want and want to spend.

Happy Trails looks like a nice way to go if you like aluminum or you can buy Givi 360's/460 on Sporttour.com with free shipping which is even less.
 

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top case only is my style. Any side cases need to be a quick removal system..
Good point. The Trax system has quick-release mount points that allow you to remove the racks with a quarter turn of the fastners.

The OEM rack is one piece and I recently had to pretty much disassemble it to get the trim panel off to get access to the rear brake master cylinder. A bit of a pain.
 

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I have the OEM side cases that came with the bike... they wont fit my laptop backpack so thats been a pain for me... plus i dont like how they stick out farther than the handle bars... can split lanes as much here in Cali with the side cases on... other than that they seem ok. no top case on the wee yet.

Are there any side cases you guys have that do not stick out past the handle bars? Or do they make any hard side cases that are expandable out like bmw has?
 

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I have the OEM side cases that came with the bike... they wont fit my laptop backpack so thats been a pain for me... plus i dont like how they stick out farther than the handle bars... can split lanes as much here in Cali with the side cases on... other than that they seem ok. no top case on the wee yet.

Are there any side cases you guys have that do not stick out past the handle bars? Or do they make any hard side cases that are expandable out like bmw has?
Doubtful. The problem is the high exhaust. Aluminum cases tend to be even wider than the OEM cases. There is always the soft bag option over the OEM frames.

BTW, I just commute with the OEM top box. Fits my 15.6" laptop with plenty of room to spare.
 

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Doubtful. The problem is the high exhaust. Aluminum cases tend to be even wider than the OEM cases. There is always the soft bag option over the OEM frames.

BTW, I just commute with the OEM top box. Fits my 15.6" laptop with plenty of room to spare.
Yeah that was what i was thinking of doing is just picking up the OEM top case and use that for commuting. you mentioned that the OEM top case will fit 2 full face helmets also??
 

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Yes. It seems bigger than the two 43 ltr Givi top boxes that I already have for other bikes.
 

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Ok... after 30 minutes of using google to try and find an OEM top case with no success... does anyone know where to buy OEM luggage top case?? Thx!
 

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I think that you'll have to contact a Zuki dealer.

FYI, Givi bags do not fit the mount points on the OEM rack. Different spacing.
 

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I like mine just fine. I originally bought it for occasional use on my Triumph and it has worked for me so far. There are many threads on this if want more input.
 

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The caribou cases are awesome.
But they are suitcase-looking.

They also take a tremndous amount of abuse and are shaped to take a lot of useful stuff, but will not fit a real helmet..
 

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if you can find a deal on the OEM cases, buy 'em. they're huge and I'm really happy with mine. I could live out of the topcase alone for a weekend.
 

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There is no reason to believe you are forced to have side cases. If you ride solo there are plenty of good soft bags that can be secured behind you, as a backrest. Combined with a good top case there are good mounting points for the straps that come on soft bags. I have a Deemeed roll type bag and a Deemeed sissy bar type cruiser bag and I can carry a lot of stuff. The two of them cost over $350 so they are not cheap leaky junk. I am one rider who does not think wider is better.
 

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I started with Givi top cases; V46 (for commuting) and a E35 Traffic (for day trips). I have now switched to Trax top case and side cases with SW Motech racks. They work well for me.
 
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