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Top Box?

I know top boxes have been discussed many times but here is my question.

I've been looking at the Pelican and Seahorse cases but I can't find a size I like. I keep looking for something around the size of the Trax 38 which is around 16x13x13. Everything I find seems to be short, maybe 8" tall at best.

Whatever I get is going to be going on a rack from Sam. I'll work out any necessary mounting for it so that really isn't important. Going to be working out a mating plate for a bow case too.

I did come across this case from Plano, but I would neeed to see how "stiff" it is, and it does seem a bit wide.
http://www.planomolding.com/product....ID=126&PID=877

I'd like to find something that I could build a bit of backrest into for the few times I coax my wife into getting on.

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If that's your only requirements, you're working way too hard.
Go to JC Whitney and oder one of these. It's 11" tall, comes with a mounting base, locks, has a backrest and is relatively inexpensive.
http://www.jcwhitney.com/garage-pro-...rid=c14523u0j3
I had one on my KLR, it wasn't the highest quality but it worked fine. It would hold a full face helmet and it stayed secure and dry.
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Thanks, I completely forgot about checking JC Whitney. I see they have a couple options.

http://www.jcwhitney.com/emgo-univer...61729y2009u0j3
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I use a Rubber Maid Action Packer. They use to sell them at Walmart but now they have a Chinese clone about the same size. The Action Packer is cheap, durable, fairly waterproof and lockable. I am using it on Sam's rack. When I get around to it I will figure out a way to mount my milk crate.
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I'm running a Pelican Storm Case iM2450 Dry Box, 19.2x15.2x9in.
It meets my needs.


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Large top box option

My top box may be a bit too large for you. Here it is anyway. It measures 22 wide, 16 deep and 12 tall. It swallows two full face helmets no problem with room for more gear. Weighs about 12lbs empty. Has a rubber seal and four latches. It isn't water proof "as is" when you buy it. (I put a bright light in it, closed it, and took it into a dark closet and had light showing through a depression in the seal near the handle) but with a little ingenuity, it can be made water tight. At 22" wide, its still narrower than the handle bars. I don't take a passenger most of the time, but it is tall enough that mounting a back rest to the hinge side looks like an easy adaptation. I ordered hinge stays and lock from Pelican, although they aren't in these pictures. I run with it empty. Just a big trunk to store gear in when I get off the bike. It's built from a resined plastic sililar to a pelican case. Its much better than half as good (4/5 as good?) as a pelican case for 1/3 the cost and 1/2 the weight. It is a case for a plasma cutting machine made by Thermal Dynamics. Paid right at $100.00 for it before the stays and lock. Fits my needs to a "T" . Also have a set of Pelican im2600 panniers from twisted throttle. Using the Motech attachment system. I love it.
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Don't want to hijack, but what's the rack made by Sam a couple people have mentioned in this thread?
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Don't want to hijack, but what's the rack made by Sam a couple people have mentioned in this thread?
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His rack is the best I've seen for the Versys, fit is perfect and I had my rack in a couple of days.
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His rack is the best I've seen for the Versys, fit is perfect and I had my rack in a couple of days.
I bought a used steel one from another "inmate" here... TWO thumbs UP!!!

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Holy Cow, Round Rock, that is a BIG box!
I carry a cable lock to attach the helmet and s'tich when I'm off the bike. I keep it in my bright yellow Seahorse case.
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I love the cleat idea Baron. I think I'll incorporate that into my pelican cases. Yeah.... my top box is large. OK.. HUGE... but it only weighs 12lbs and I don't travel with it loaded. Its sole purpose is to stash gear I get off my V. Well, maybe a few groceries on the way home too.
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