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Top Box vs Looks

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I've got a 2009 Versys which I use everyday to comute to work and back. I've got a top box on it, which is very practical and I do need the storage space, but it fir me it makes the bike look much less sporty. One of the things I like very muck about the V is its looks, but the box is kind of spoiling that for me.

Is there someone who share my sentiments?

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+1 on that, in my opinion! Although I think the trunk you've got on the back looks pretty good on the Versys.

I have struggled with luggage choices also- looks vs functionality, hard bags vs soft bags, etc., etc. I like the look of the Givi V35 side bags, but prefer top loaders, so I have some aluminum panniers on order from Happy Trails...well that just blew the 'sporty' look of the Versys all to heck!

Add the gargantuan CalSci windshield....oh well, it's still fun to ride, just might not look as cool!

I've had top trunks on other bikes, and for me the usefulness far outweighed the lack of 'cool'.
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Hmmmmm, practicality and sporty looks.

I think the Versys can get away with the panniers and keep its sporty looks, but a top box, no, not on any bike does a top box look sporty.
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I like the top cases compared to side cases. But to carry and still be sporty. i go this route.


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Any add-on luggage trades looks for practicality. Hard bags like the V35's preserve more of that sporty look than a top case, in my view, but sometimes you need to carry stuff. One advantage of a top case alone is it keeps your bike narrow.


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+1 I like soft luggage and take the big bag off as soon as I can.

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Thats why I use a rucksack was thinking of a sports rack but did not like the either
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It's a Versys. You're going to get looks no matter what's bolted to it.


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Personally I'm partial to the look (and carrying capacity) of my Vs with soft saddle bags only, and add a tail-bag if I'm heading out for an extended period.
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Get a top box that has a quick release mount so you can pull it off when you don't need it and "NEED" to look cool(er).

Having the top box to drop a few groceries in increases rather dramatically the amount I can ride the bike instead of taking the car. Sure, soft bags and saddle bags work for groceries but I also want the security, albeit a bit on the minimal side, when I lock my helmet, gloves, etc. up.

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I got mine with the oem side cases and to be honest, I do not like the look of it without them. I do not believe it distracts from the sporty looks and add a lot of the touring look I was looking for. I recently added a top box (Givi e450). At first I though the box was massive but when I took a second look It complements well the V35's. The look is no longer that of a sport bike. It looks more like a tourer. However, the praticality more tham make up for the aesthetics and my wife really like the back rest.
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I just picked up one of those Giant Loop Great Basin bags and cant wait to test it out. i think for now it is a great solution as it is compatible with most any bike, less weight and a better distribution of that weight - the only thing is security being that I cant lock it down like aluminum panniers or something.

http://www.giantloopmoto.com/product...asin-saddlebag

So that 51L of storage combined with my 29L top case from Shad (which has a quick release so i can retain a more sporty look if needed), should be some sufficient traveling capacity!

Will get pictures after it arrives packed with gear on my bike with the top case also

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I don't mind the look of just a top case on a bike. My Givi V46 top case was the first thing I bought for it. If I could have chosen just 1 farkle, then the top case would be it. It makes the bike so much more practical for me. I use it every day. It means not riding with a backpack, like I did on my Ninja. With just a top case, it's still narrow enough that I can ride up the side of the driveway to get the bike in and out of the garage.

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Personally I'm partial to the look (and carrying capacity) of my Vs with soft saddle bags only, and add a tail-bag if I'm heading out for an extended period.
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That's a GREAT photograph. I envy you.

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I've got a Givi e460 top case on mine. I really don't like the look of it, but the practicality wins hands down. Plus, with the added admorelighting led strips in it, the safety aspect goes up with the extra brake lights and signals. Those two things make it a permanent part of the bike for me.
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Personally I don't like the look of top luggage. I had all three on my V-Strom and no doubt they are handy but the strom didn't look sporty with or without them so it didn't matter. I like the cleaner look of the V so I mounted a small tailbag on the pillion seat to carry small stuff like gloves, lunch for work, etc. Works for me. If I know I'll need to carry something bigger I use a backpack.

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I've got a Givi e460 top case on mine. I really don't like the look of it, but the practicality wins hands down. Plus, with the added admorelighting led strips in it, the safety aspect goes up with the extra brake lights and signals. Those two things make it a permanent part of the bike for me.
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I just picked up one of those Giant Loop Great Basin bags and cant wait to test it out. i think for now it is a great solution as it is compatible with most any bike, less weight and a better distribution of that weight - the only thing is security being that I cant lock it down like aluminum panniers or something.

http://www.giantloopmoto.com/product...asin-saddlebag

So that 51L of storage combined with my 29L top case from Shad (which has a quick release so i can retain a more sporty look if needed), should be some sufficient traveling capacity!

Will get pictures after it arrives packed with gear on my bike with the top case also
I liked it until I saw the price. $440 for a funny looking duffle bag Not that the Givi stuff is reasonable priced either. That bag has to be better than sliced bread.
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Personally, its my ride and I don't care what anyone else thinks about the way my bike looks. Its only gotta work for me.

The only people who "might" pay much attention to your bike is other bikers. Most non riders think there are two kinds of bikes.... Harleys and Crotch Rockets.. That's it... They could care less if you have bags or what kind.
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Yes. The top box makes it look lame. But I never take mine off. I love having it. Its a trade off that doesn't bother me. I eel the V is fugly anyways! Looks unique.
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