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So this past weekend I got engaged to my girlfriend!! Being the loving girlfriend/fiance that she is, she said as an engagement gift she would buy me a top box.

I had been looking at them for a while, but hadn't been able to figure out which to go with. I have SW Motech's TRAX 45L side cases now, and want something to go with them. (Forgive my hacked together MS Paint pictures)

The obvious choise is the TRAX 38L top case. It matches the rugged looks of the side cases. The problems I see are it can't fit 2 helmets, and it doesn't appear to be that great of a backrest for my girlfriend (the real reason she wants to buy one, actually she doesn't refer to as a box, but as a "back rest"). Not fitting 2 helmets isn't a complete detriment, but it would be nice. Also it is the most expensive of the 3 when you factor in needing to buy the mount, $400.



Next is the Givi V46. I really like the looks of the new Tech Trim version. It says on the website it can fit 2 helmets, and is available with a back rest pad. Also I could add the light kit, and add some visibility. The downside is I'm not sure if it clashes with the TRAX sidecases. I'm not purely form over function, but I do want it to look nice. It is however the cheapest at $312.30.



I am also considering the Givi E55. Again I like the looks of the Tech Trim version, and it can fit 2 helmets, and has a back rest pad. I could also use the light kit. It has a bit more space than the V46, I can add the liner kit to keep things from thumping around and being damaged, and I think has a little nicer styling than the V46 (again not sure how it meshes with the TRAX bags). I read this thread, and that is what got me considering the E55, as previously I was thinking it was too big. It is priced middle of the road with comparable options at $373.50, or $408.60 with the liner.



The other option is to buy a Corbin seat/backrest combo for $570.85, but then you lose the usefulness of the top box.

So what are your thoughts, real life experiences, and opinions on how it all goes together?
 

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For the money the Givi is a good buy. Don't get the accessory light system though because mine has failed after a couple of years. Get an accessory light bar for break lights if that is a concern.
 

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Congratulations on the engagement. Sounds like you found yourself a good one!

Since the side cases are top loading, would there be any clearance issues with the E55 due to the width?

And I'm not sure I understand why you would need a mount for the Trax, but not for the Givi? The case has to attach to something...

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How about the Shad SH-40? I have it. Pretty nice.

So what is that front fender concept you have there?
Can the SH-40 hold 2 full face helmets? How's the build quality?

The front fender concept is from a Buell Ulysses. It is another winter project of mine. You can see more about it here.

Congratulations on the engagement. Sounds like you found yourself a good one!

Since the side cases are top loading, would there be any clearance issues with the E55 due to the width?

And I'm not sure I understand why you would need a mount for the Trax, but not for the Givi? The case has to attach to something...

Dave
Thank you. I think she is a good one too, the best one in fact.

I hadn't thought about the clearance issues. I will have to look into that. It may be an issue with any top box. I will have to measure the width between the insides of the side cases.

The reason I said I wouldn't need a mount with the others, is I am using ktmduals rear rack, which is completely flat, so I can use whatever comes with the Givi cases. From what I saw they come with a generic base plate. Is that not correct? I don't believe that the TRAX box comes with anything, as in Twisted Throttle's checkout system you can select a baseplate, or none.

Thanks everyone for the advice. Keep it coming!
 

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This will confuse you.....I voted for the Trax. I like the whole system approach, and they look awesome.

However, the E55 is a close second. If it will clear the opening of the side boxes it sure holds a lot! Also, to consider, if you are going to ride without the side boxes some or most of the time and only use the rear box, then the whole system approach might be less important. Just a thought....
 

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I have a Trax top box, and I just ordered the EVO side racks with the smaller Trax side cases. I love the quality of my Trax top box, no leaks so far, plus waterproof liner as added security. It holds one helmet (my helmet has a euro ratchet quick disconnect, no d-rings), or plenty of groceries. I use my top box to carry rain gear, hand warmers, defog spray, chain lube, and my cellphone inside the waterproof liner, if it's really rainy.

If you just want a place to lock helmets up to when you're in a restaurant or store: The Versys has two 'helmet locks' under the seat. You unlock the seat, there are two metal d-ring hooks on either side of the battery. You just slide your D-rings on there, and lock the seat in place, and it's pretty secure. It keeps honest people honest, but as with anything, if somebody wants your stuff they can take it, box or no box.

Go to school at University of Houston in the 3rd ward. Thuggish of the thuggish areas. There's a dude that just sets his helmet and motorcycle jacket on his old ninja, and just goes to class. I guess people generally aren't interested in a sweaty helmets or soiled jackets as nobody messes with it, but I would be paranoid as heck.
 

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Congrats on the upcoming nuptials.

Coocase S48 Deluxe Edition Less than $350 shipped including backrest.

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/4417/686/

I was a little worried when I ordered it. (Price was too good to be true) But, after having it a while, I think it is a lot of value for the buck. I ordered the extra panel and painted it myself. (Colorite) additional $150 for the panel and paint.


 

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How about the Shad SH-40? I have it. Pretty nice.

So what is that front fender concept you have there?
I've been looking at the SHAD case. I like the looks. Do you have any pictures you can share? What rack did you use? Any idea if that rack will work with the GIVI V35 side case rack? Thanks.
 

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I have the E-55 with backrest,liner and admore light kit as well as an admore light bar. Love the extra room and i'm well lit up as well.

 

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Just my 2cents, as i have no top box at all:

Don't dismiss the Shad 40 Cargo. It has an available backrest. I believe it is narrower than the Givis, so possibly less interference with the lids on your side cases. The flat black and top cargo rack should compliment the sidecases as well. I also believe the price is better than the Givi and it comes with a universal mounting plate to fit most racks. Quality should be excellent, Shad builds factory cases for BMW. It claims to hold 2 helmets, though I would be skeptical about its ability to close with 2 full face helmets inside. If/when I buy a top box, this is what I'll get.

You also might look at a Pelican or something similar as a more rugged looking option, but the backrest might be an issue with that.
 

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This will confuse you.....I voted for the Trax. I like the whole system approach, and they look awesome.

However, the E55 is a close second. If it will clear the opening of the side boxes it sure holds a lot! Also, to consider, if you are going to ride without the side boxes some or most of the time and only use the rear box, then the whole system approach might be less important. Just a thought....
That's a good point. I would assume there would be lots of times with just the top case.

I have a Trax top box, and I just ordered the EVO side racks with the smaller Trax side cases. I love the quality of my Trax top box, no leaks so far, plus waterproof liner as added security. It holds one helmet (my helmet has a euro ratchet quick disconnect, no d-rings), or plenty of groceries. I use my top box to carry rain gear, hand warmers, defog spray, chain lube, and my cellphone inside the waterproof liner, if it's really rainy.

If you just want a place to lock helmets up to when you're in a restaurant or store: The Versys has two 'helmet locks' under the seat. You unlock the seat, there are two metal d-ring hooks on either side of the battery. You just slide your D-rings on there, and lock the seat in place, and it's pretty secure. It keeps honest people honest, but as with anything, if somebody wants your stuff they can take it, box or no box.

Go to school at University of Houston in the 3rd ward. Thuggish of the thuggish areas. There's a dude that just sets his helmet and motorcycle jacket on his old ninja, and just goes to class. I guess people generally aren't interested in a sweaty helmets or soiled jackets as nobody messes with it, but I would be paranoid as heck.
Good points.

Get a BIG one (search for "big box"). No reason to pay Givi prices for a plastic box.
Couldn't find it, do you have a link?

Congrats on the upcoming nuptials.

Coocase S48 Deluxe Edition Less than $350 shipped including backrest.

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/4417/686/

I was a little worried when I ordered it. (Price was too good to be true) But, after having it a while, I think it is a lot of value for the buck. I ordered the extra panel and painted it myself. (Colorite) additional $150 for the panel and paint.
Thanks again. I like that case. Heard about them, but had forgotten about them. I think I would want the backrest, and smoked lens for the lights. Would make it $364.98, but does have a lot of extra features.



I think it looks pretty good on there. This might be in the lead for me right now.

I have the E-55 with backrest,liner and admore light kit as well as an admore light bar. Love the extra room and i'm well lit up as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMxj3DEMVbQ
It definitely is bright. The Admore kit adds $140 to the case though, but it is definitely something I would want in the future.
 

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Coo Case V36

I have had several large hard trunks in the pass, Givi E52 was the last and I should have kept it. I had it on a DR650, Talk about a dimunitive looking rear tire!
For the Versys I decided to go not as large since I have removable Cortech side and tail/rear seat bags. I went with the Coo Case Deluxe V36. It holds 36L and has running and brake light as well as remote open, lock & burglar alarm system control and will easily hold a X/large full face helmet. I like the look.
 

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Installed the Coocase. It was a breeze, only problem was that I was missing a connector for the wiring kit which Twisted Throttle is sending a replacement for (great customer service).

Haven't installed the backrest pad yet as I'm waiting for my fiance to test fit it (there are two different locations on the box you can install the actual pad).

I am suprised by how much you can fit in there. Last night I had a pair of headers for a Mustang in with room to spare!!

I think it looks pretty good too. I'm not completely sold on the keyless entry, but I think it is growing on me.







 

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I've just installed the GIVI Trekker TRK46N on my 2011 Versys it looks really good. I think 46 liters is the best size for the versys, so the Givi V46 its a good choice.
 

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My vote is for the V46 due to the physical size of it. I have both the V46NT and the E55NT (E55NT on my C14). However, I have never chosen to use the E55NT on the Versys due to the physical size of it. Although I like the style of the E55NT better, the V46NT's size is just a better fit on this bike.

That being said, depending on your two helmets, you may not be able to fit both of them it there. We have two modulars with Comm devices on the side, and they will NOT fit in the V46 together. However, my wife usually chooses to wear a 3/4 helmet, so my modular and her 3/4 fit together.

Houston
 
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