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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-01-2017, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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Cheap top cases

Hey folks I'm chasing a cheap top case for my MK 3 (keeping the other half happy). What can I get away with? I saw this one.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/391586447982


Do-able? Easy to install/has the right fitting's? Or has kawasaki made things complicated? Thanks!
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For my tastes it seems a bit on the small side.
You didn't mention if you have a rear rack to mount it on, you will need one.
I just got a 44 liter top box for $50.00 delivered from Canada & am okay size & shape, but not sure how long the hardware will last.
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Cheers for response!
Like I mentioned, I'm after the cheapest solution. The only reason why i'm getting it is for the wife, she would feel more comfortable with a back rest. I'm looking at this:
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SR4114 - Givi rear rack for MONOLOCK or MONOKEY Kawasaki Versys 650 (15>16)

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M5 - Givi MONOKEY plate

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B27NMAL - Top Case Givi Monolock Black universal fitting kit 27lt

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If there's a cheaper option I wanna hear it ! Thanks

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If you are looking to use the box as a back rest I would caution you to save your pennies for the big buck box. While I trust my cheap box with hiding my coat & helmet, I would not bet my wife's life on the flimsy mounting system used on the budget items. I made an aluminum plate with pad that bolts to my rack when I'm forced to take a passenger I want to keep.
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Both boxes you mention are pretty small, and do they come with a backrest pad? If they do, being that narrow, the pad wouldn't be very comfortable. She won't want to be leaning on the box without a pad. Personally I'd save up for a better box. I bought a Givi V47 from Motostorm.it with the pad, mounting plate, and LED brake light kit for just under $300. I bought the Kawasaki rear rack though. I want to figure out a way to haul my bicycle on back, and it just seems much more sturdy/robust than the Givi one you mentioned above.
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Cheers for the advice on this, certainly making me think of the options.
Blackdog @ have you got any photos/design of the plate and pad?
I'm wondering I might bring out my mig welder and fab something up. would be an interesting experiment.

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I had an eBay cheap top case on my Suzuki, the biggest one, about $50 onto a SHAD bracket. Unfortunately it still wouldn't fit two helmets by just a little bit. I hacked a license plate stop/turn signals light onto the case handle and ran the wires it inside it and out the back. I attached the wires with a computer wire harness connector under the seat for quick release. No you don't need to spend $300 unless you want to.
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I had a JCWhitney box on my KLR 650. It is a GIVI clone and fits the GIVI rack. The only changes I made to it was painting the orange trim green, and adding weather stripping to make it waterproof.


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which box is that? Do you have a part#?

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https://www.amazon.com/Emgo-72-32440.../dp/B000GVD0VE We've been beating this up for quite a while. No back pad, but glue and foam are OK. Does not seem to care what we do to it.


Not as cheap but very adjustable: GranTour Bag | Seat, Trunk & Rack Bags | Luggage, Organizers and Storage Covers | Kuryakyn I use one of these on my Guzzi for either me or the passenger, depending. Adjust fore and aft with straps to get position just right. Good bag. Mine looks new, but has been through weather. Good quality.

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A 28 ltr is fine for a back rest and will hold 1 f/face helmet .... I had this top case on 2 bikes and the other half just thought it was the Bee's knees ... the mounting place offered with your top case is generic and should be good for most racks... you may have to get a couple of extra washers etc to make it work, but it will be fine.





While a larger top case may hold more, you are in the land of OZ and I know how much stuff costs there, I'm originally from Alice Springs.

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BTW .... Ma Kawi a smaller top case for the ninja 1000, @ this link .... https://www.kawasaki.ca/accessories/.../bags-luggage/

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I installed a Givi E30 Monolock top case on my Versys X300. It's exactly the same as the Kawasaki branded one except for the custom mount that's on the Kawasaki one. It looks small on the outside but spacious enough for a full face helmet.

https://goo.gl/photos/15XzVGBE8DpWmKo5A
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I would not bet my wife's life on the flimsy mounting system used on the budget items
You never know ... he might have a nice life insurance policy on her ... LOL
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I bought this one.
Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.ca/itm/301425703016
$67 canadian shipped to my door. Works great, I just added a backrest pad for the kids.
They also have a 35l for 49.99.
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You never know ... he might have a nice life insurance policy on her ... LOL
I'm not too worried. wife is 5ft and 45kg
Seems any case will do so long as I get some decent mounting brackets for the plate.
So many projects so little time...

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