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Top box size, what is too big?

I've got a chance to pick up a nice Pelican Case for cheap. Only problem is it MIGHT be too big. It's 27 X 27 X 15. I would only have it installed for long trips.


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I'm assuming your measurements are in inches? Almost 180 litres, that's a big topbox.

My 43 litre topbox looks big


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Here is mine with the Givi trekker 46L top box and with 33L's on the sides. I can fit a full face helmet in the 46L top box.
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I've come to the conclusion that monster IS TOO BIG for a top case, on my bike anyway! After some extensive research, I did however find a more manageable size on Amazon Warehouse Deals. It is the Storm iM2600 by Pelican. Exterior Dimensions of 21.2 x 16 x 8.3" I think that is around 35 liters?


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Good call. 27x27x15 is enormous! I went to the basement to measure my old army foot locker, something that I would consider way too huge to use as a top case, and it measures at 23W x 20D x 12H. That Pelican case would be better suited on the roof rack of an SUV.

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I've come to the conclusion that monster IS TOO BIG for a top case, on my bike anyway! After some extensive research, I did however find a more manageable size on Amazon Warehouse Deals. It is the Storm iM2600 by Pelican. Exterior Dimensions of 21.2 x 16 x 8.3" I think that is around 35 liters?
46 litres actually, yeah that other one would be too big for any bike I reckon.
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Had a 46 litre at first....

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But liked the 55 liter much better...

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Had a 46 litre at first....

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But liked the 55 liter much better...

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Wow! Wasn't that almost large enough to carry your petite GF?

In your photo it looks enormous - rather like a UFO attempting to abscond with your Versys!
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Wow! Wasn't that almost large enough to carry your petite GF?

In your photo it looks enormous - rather like a UFO attempting to abscond with your Versys!

Yes but my petite girlfriend carries lot of stuff.
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I've come to the conclusion that monster IS TOO BIG for a top case, on my bike anyway! After some extensive research, I did however find a more manageable size on Amazon Warehouse Deals. It is the Storm iM2600 by Pelican. Exterior Dimensions of 21.2 x 16 x 8.3" I think that is around 35 liters?
Seahorse makes a similar(but smaller) SE720 which is super cheap off their website. You may want something bigger though. It's been plenty big for my uses- It'll fit a full Aerostich Roadcrafter one-piece, but it's tight!

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Seahorse makes a similar(but smaller) SE720 which is super cheap off their website. You may want something bigger though. It's been plenty big for my uses- It'll fit a full Aerostich Roadcrafter one-piece, but it's tight!
I did look into the Seahorse cases but shipping to Alaska...... KILLS whatever savings I had over Pelican. I got the iM2600 WITH foam for $125 off Amazon, I think that's a pretty good price and the size will work well for what I am doing with it. I can't put a helmet in it, but I don't ever think I would have a need to.


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indeed, the 55 looks like your being followed around by an alien spaceship.
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indeed, the 55 looks like your being followed around by an alien spaceship.
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What is needed to go along with the top box is some meaty saddlebags,



an 18" high tank bag (if you can see over it, how freakin' convenient is that?),



the huge top box,



and if that is not enough storage, you can retrofit some large medium saddlebags hanging off of each side of your forks, to also help balance the load out.



You would then slide onto the seat like a slice of meat in a luggage sandwich Vs. 650: no rear-seat-bag storage capacity required.

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YIKES!! Those are some Massive side cases. NOT......my style.
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I have the Givi E 52 which was the largest they made at the time. It's big. Not quite as big as the E 55 though but big enough.
That Pelican is crazy big, perhaps better suited for mounting atop your car LOL.
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Twisted Throttle have a mounting frame for attaching to a number of top racks but I cant remember the details. You have to drill into the case but they provide weather proof sealing. Send them an email.

They used to sell a Pelican case based system but discontinued but still have a few of the frames.
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One thing to consider is how much weight you are putting in back of the rear axel. I took a trip last summer with my loaded Givi. It was fine in the dry but when we hit twisty mountain roads in the rain the front end was definitely light and vague.
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I got the Givi Trekker Outback 58L which I thought was completely massive when I first got it, but after riding with it a few times, I don't even notice it any more.

One thing I did notice though is that since it extends so far back, it does do a pretty good job of covering up the tail light, so I'm working on adding some running/turn/brake lights onto the top case as well.
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Check GIVI's 55 liter max weight capacity out (22 lbs.), and check YOUR specific trunk model capacity out (for your bike.) Failure to do so could result in a bent frame harming your safety and pocket book.

Monokey Cases : 55 LITER TOP CASE - MAXIA III

Most rear racks when OEM's made them were for 5 kg or 11 lbs. Multiply this times 3 (300% x max stated-limit for safety engineering) equals 33 lbs MAX. GIVI's 55 l bag weighs 11 lbs and has a 22 lb capacity = 33 lbs! If physics, weights, and gravity has not changed, it looks like manufacturers have eliminated all of the OEM safety allowances (for vibrations, dynamic forces, unbalanced weights, ...) And GIVI is maybe one of the best, so their 22 lbs limit MEANS 22 lbs and no more (it's big to carry 2 full coverage helmets, and it's not to be loaded full of groceries!) ymmv


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