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Now that I've pulled the trigger on my very first GS, I am very interested in putting a top box on the bike. Was wondering, with all the choices out there, if you folks can post a pic of your top box/case and what you like or don't like about it... Cheers!!!!!
 

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I have the Vario top box from bmw, it comes in really handy and is height adjustable, the key matches the ignition key. it also comes off really easily. I don't think I would use the Vario side boxes if I were going off road but the top box has been great. I love the security of a box as well.
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How big is that OEM box? is it a good size for a full face helmet? Bike looks awesome!
 

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Ok, 3 top cases, and one side storage case.

I use the largest square case as my commute box. Holds briefcase, jacket etc. It also holds 2 full size helmets

The smaller box is my, well, smaller box... Holds one full size.

The largest, round shape, has a carry handle. I use that for travel with clothes. Holds 2x full size helmets.

The side box inside sideracks, holds tools etc. Best thing ever.

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How big is that OEM box? is it a good size for a full face helmet? Bike looks awesome!
Thanks Asaulo1. My full face large Schuberth helmet does not fit in the Top Box. A smaller helmet would.
 

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I've been fortunate to do a lot of motorcycle touring. For years, if I had space in panniers, I filled it up with "stuff." Since retirement, though, I've figured out the old travel adage, "Less is more." When I got my newest machine, I equipped it with Bumot panniers and top box and I've been impressed with the quality. The top box, though, is 41 liters and, on last summer's trip to The Last Frontier, my camera equipment seemed to get "lost" in there. Of course, I filled in the spaces with more "stuff."


Well, I got in touch with Jason at ADV Motorrad and told him what I needed. Just after I got back from a trip to California, the 25 liter top box arrived and I got it mounted:


Jason was nice enough to include a liner for the top box and it really suited my purpose:


I wanted a padded place to store my camera equipment so, after figuring out that, I removed the liner from a waterproof camera case and inserted it into the Bumot liner:


I need to take a little putt to make sure everything the equipment doesn't move around too much but, if it does, I think I've a solution for that.

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I've been fortunate to do a lot of motorcycle touring. For years, if I had space in panniers, I filled it up with "stuff." Since retirement, though, I've figured out the old travel adage, "Less is more." When I got my newest machine, I equipped it with Bumot panniers and top box and I've been impressed with the quality. The top box, though, is 41 liters and, on last summer's trip to The Last Frontier, my camera equipment seemed to get "lost" in there. Of course, I filled in the spaces with more "stuff."


Well, I got in touch with Jason at ADV Motorrad and told him what I needed. Just after I got back from a trip to California, the 25 liter top box arrived and I got it mounted:


Jason was nice enough to include a liner for the top box and it really suited my purpose:


I wanted a padded place to store my camera equipment so, after figuring out that, I removed the liner from a waterproof camera case and inserted it into the Bumot liner:


I need to take a little putt to make sure everything the equipment doesn't move around too much but, if it does, I think I've a solution for that.

Mike


Love that Fuji X100! For the smaller top box that you have, does it fit at least 1 full face helmet? Also, was an adapter necessary to mount the top box or did you have to totally replace the rack?


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Do you notice any type of drag when you’re at speed with any of the boxes? I assume that the smaller one has less drag. I currently have a small top box on my Versys X300 and was just thinking of getting the adapter plate to install on the GS but I think it would look really small and funky on it....



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Love that Fuji X100! For the smaller top box that you have, does it fit at least 1 full face helmet? Also, was an adapter necessary to mount the top box or did you have to totally replace the rack?

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No, the 25 liter box will not accommodate a full face-helmet. I know others use top boxes for that purpose but it has never been important to me. The Bumot attachment system requires no special adaptations to be used on the GSA. Here's what it looks like underneath with the OEM rack system:

not my photo

Since that photo was taken, they've modified the attachment somewhat and it is rock solid.

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Look at the Pelican case foam insert with the pluck foam. They come in various sizes, are cheap, and can be made to custom fit your cameras/lenses.
 

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Regarding drag, 1200cc, what drag?!

Actually, where I feel the difference is the nimbleness. I do notice the difference with and without the boxes.
 

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I've been fortunate to do a lot of motorcycle touring. For years, if I had space in panniers, I filled it up with "stuff." Since retirement, though, I've figured out the old travel adage, "Less is more." When I got my newest machine, I equipped it with Bumot panniers and top box and I've been impressed with the quality. The top box, though, is 41 liters and, on last summer's trip to The Last Frontier, my camera equipment seemed to get "lost" in there. Of course, I filled in the spaces with more "stuff."


Well, I got in touch with Jason at ADV Motorrad and told him what I needed. Just after I got back from a trip to California, the 25 liter top box arrived and I got it mounted:


Jason was nice enough to include a liner for the top box and it really suited my purpose:


I wanted a padded place to store my camera equipment so, after figuring out that, I removed the liner from a waterproof camera case and inserted it into the Bumot liner:


I need to take a little putt to make sure everything the equipment doesn't move around too much but, if it does, I think I've a solution for that.

Mike
+1 on the fuji. That's some great glass...
 

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No, the 25 liter box will not accommodate a full face-helmet. I know others use top boxes for that purpose but it has never been important to me. The Bumot attachment system requires no special adaptations to be used on the GSA. Here's what it looks like underneath with the OEM rack system:



not my photo



Since that photo was taken, they've modified the attachment somewhat and it is rock solid.



Mike


Thanks for that my I have a GS so the rack is somewhat different than yours. When I asked about the factory top boxes from the dealer, they said that they will need to replace the rack on my back with the one that the GSA uses.... kind of a waste, if you ask me... currently looking at the sw-motech ones as well as the Givi top boxes so as not to replace the OEM rack that I have.


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Thanks for that my I have a GS so the rack is somewhat different than yours. When I asked about the factory top boxes from the dealer, they said that they will need to replace the rack on my back with the one that the GSA uses.... kind of a waste, if you ask me... currently looking at the sw-motech ones as well as the Givi top boxes so as not to replace the OEM rack that I have.


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The Givi top box will need a Givi plate..... Givi plates are different for the GS and the GSA
So anyways you have to use a extra plate....ur OEM rack will not direct fit the Givi Boxes.
I have a givi trekker aluminium box and use the givi plate over the OEM Rack of the GSA
 

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I've been fortunate to do a lot of motorcycle touring. For years, if I had space in panniers, I filled it up with "stuff." Since retirement, though, I've figured out the old travel adage, "Less is more." When I got my newest machine, I equipped it with Bumot panniers and top box and I've been impressed with the quality. The top box, though, is 41 liters and, on last summer's trip to The Last Frontier, my camera equipment seemed to get "lost" in there. Of course, I filled in the spaces with more "stuff."


Well, I got in touch with Jason at ADV Motorrad and told him what I needed. Just after I got back from a trip to California, the 25 liter top box arrived and I got it mounted:


Jason was nice enough to include a liner for the top box and it really suited my purpose:


I wanted a padded place to store my camera equipment so, after figuring out that, I removed the liner from a waterproof camera case and inserted it into the Bumot liner:


I need to take a little putt to make sure everything the equipment doesn't move around too much but, if it does, I think I've a solution for that.




Mike



Did the same with my Fuji outfit in my OEM BMW top case.

But found that in outback Australia the case got so hot inside, the camera and lens etc was in danger of a melt down.

So.. fitted a really thick chunk of foam into the lid and also under the camera bag.

Great shock protection and temp protection too!

Cheers

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Did the same with my Fuji outfit in my OEM BMW top case.

But found that in outback Australia the case got so hot inside, the camera and lens etc was in danger of a melt down.

So.. fitted a really thick chunk of foam into the lid and also under the camera bag.

Great shock protection and temp protection too!

Cheers

M
Great minds! I've a piece of convoluted foam I cut to size and used Velcro to install on the top case lid. I can insert in into the liner when I transport the cameras from the bike to a hotel room to stabilize the equipment.

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Having come to the GS world from a KLR, I tend to be a bit, shall we say, frugal in my farkles (oh, let's be honest and say I'm a cheapskate). My "top box" is a Plano Molding Company "Sportsman's Box," a big plastic box with a lid that's held in place by a couple snap-handles. Because the lid can be completely removed (yes, it flew off once), I have a couple nylon straps on the inside to keep it in place. The snaps can be locked (with padlocks).

It's mounted to a plastic plate and secured to the GS's luggage rack by four bolts and plastic wing-nuts made for folding lawn-mower handles. So, if you know where the fasteners are, the thing can be removed in a minute or two when I arrive at the day's destination. Convenient. Holds a full-face helmet and a six-pack cooler, or various other stuff.

And did I mention, cheap?
 

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