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Foreward Mounted Top Case

I picked up a $45 top case off fleabay and decided to mount it closer to me over the passenger seat. I commute daily and never take a passenger. I like the compact look and feel.

The only problem was that the mount would have to have many goofy angles. So, I started by making a little wooden frame that mirrored the mounting holes of the baseplate that came with the top case, and getting the basic metal pieces ready:



I then tacked them in place with my Oxy Acetalyne welder:



Then, I removed the assembly and welded it up a bit more:





This photo shows a little of the aforesaid goofy angles:



A little clean up with the wire brush and a little paint:



Now a test fit:





Now with the base plate:



And the top case:









I have about 200 miles with it now, and so far, so good!
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Great job Mike, and I see you picked up the Photobucket thing too.

I like the mock-up, sometimes something cave man simple, or cardboard & duct tape helps to hold a "thought" long enough for fingers and hands + torch to catch up to an idea stuck in one's head.

Not everyone has that kind of "vision" or can see stuff like that. There is also an absence of people in the trades anymore that can weld or torch or have an interest.

I really like the profile of the rig when you have the side cases on at the same time.
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It looks great, but how do you throw your leg over without the rear seat space? You've got to do an Andre the Giant ring-rope step over every time you mount your bike. It's not bad at first, but it will get old eventually.

You must not be a geezer (yet)
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Probably an interesting dismount in the same vein of thought... sort of a Chuck Norris flying wheel kick..
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I was thinking something like that would be awesome for a backrest on long trip one-up. Love it!
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I was thinking something like that would be awesome for a backrest on long trip one-up. Love it!
Exactly, if you could slide it back to mount and roll it up to ride. The center of gravity, weight capacity limit increased, and looks are all improved (but no Army duffle bags on back.) But long term, if you are not a kung fu fighter or 6'-6", one of those mounts/dismounts is going to give you a hernia unless you are doing 200 sit-ups or leg-rises a day with your martial arts/wresting work outs.

When I got my Vs. 650, the PO had one of those Kawasaki rear seat bags (for sale!) GAWD, after tearing meniscus in both my knees, the 40" high leg kicks over the seat bag on the back half seat rise (44" inflated up) nearly killed me. I could do the ring-rope step over with my last short 1993 Nighthawk 750, but that is almost 6" difference in height.

I really would like to see an MPEG of the owner getting on and off the bike Whatever he is doing, I'd start doing it to get on mine if it helps that much!

** He has to be climbing on his foot pegs on the side stand :-O

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Yeah, the mounting is fun. Bike on side stand, left foot on peg, right foot up and over. Like a horse. I'm 40 and 5'9". The bike wasn't easy for me to mount anyway.

Another downside is that one has to remove the baseplate to get under the seat. I don't go there often, but if I did, that would be a hassle.

I left a little space for my backpack, so using it for a backrest is a bit of a stretch. Resting at stoplights is nice. With a backpack (minus laptop), leaning back is very comfy.

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looks great .. good job on the welds and mock up only one problem i see... what happens when you want/ need to remove the seat?

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Nice job! I wish knew how to weld and work with metal for making custom stuff for my bike. Very cool!

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I use the same mounting technique when I ride with a bag on the back seat, even though I'm 6' 3". It's just more elegant than practising high-kicks and works better when I'm stiff after riding for hours
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Nicely done!
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Kawdog, there should be post here from a young man in upper mid west who made that sliding backrest you are referring to. I recall he did distance riding and wanted a comfortable ride.
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Wow! Impressive! I was searching for "top case mounted over seat" and found this. It's exactly what I'm looking for....now I just have to find one that doesn't require welding skills

By any chance have you seen one commercially available (haven't found one in my searches yet).

Great work! Thanks for sharing.
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our you mount from the right side, right foot on peg, stand on it, step over.
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