Vario vs alloy topbox?
I would appreciate some feedback from anyone on the forum regarding topbox choices. I have just replaced my 2010 R1200GS which had Vario panniers and topbox with a new R1200GS with alloy panniers. I had thought to keep the Vario topbox on the new bike but when the alloy panniers arrived the brackets and fittings for the alloy topbox were included. The dealer says he can supply and fit a new alloy topbox and brackets for $NZ1,250 ($USD973) giving me $NZ300 ($USD234) credit for the Vario topbox and brackets.
I am planning a reasonably challenging trip this year which will include some quite gnarly roads.
Do you think the alloy topbox is sufficiently better than the Vario one to justify the additional cost?
Any thoughts appreciated.