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Author Topic: Top box, top case, feeling old...  (Read 131 times)

Offline dogshome

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Top box, top case, feeling old...
« on: June 10, 2022, 01:13:04 PM »
My friend has the 800 twin with huge expanding top boxes. Very practical but (Shhh!) fug uglee  :Oscar: That and being priced the same as a Range Rover   :stare:

I have the pretty little Kruaser 25L panniers and they take a can of coke, pair of shoes, bank card, that sort of thing. Well, a bit more, but a 15" laptop in a bag is a struggle. I also tend to take the panniers off to fight past the cars parked recklessly around and on my drive! Missus, lad and sometimes me.

I just ordered a top box and no longer feel 18, but 90 (I am 58). The one I've picked is a Shad SH37. Better quality than the Oxford and chinese carp below it and not so huge as to look like a blimp (I hope). Some of the boxes for sports bikes look like the house from "Up!" being towed. I hope this one doesn't  ??? I feel like purchasing a leather waistcoat to offset the top box, but that will make me feel even older  :o


Thoughts on top boxes / top cases  / biker shopping (old lady) bags?


https://shad.co.uk/products/shad-sh37-top-box-d0b37100

« Last Edit: June 10, 2022, 01:24:31 PM by dogshome »
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Offline Justin B.

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Re: Top box, top case, feeling old...
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2022, 02:58:29 PM »
Nice looking top box.  I have a small BMW top box I can put on my R100RT if I need one but haven't used it in years.
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Offline dogshome

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Re: Top box, top case, feeling old...
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2022, 06:25:23 AM »
It's what comes with it! The urge to put a tartan rug and packet of tissues on the back shelf, and the Werthers Original in the glove box of the car. You have bead mats and 'I slow down for horses' stickers over there?

When I started biking, if you had a top box, you were either a despatch rider; rode a CX500; or were very, very old  :-\
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Re: Top box, top case, feeling old...
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2022, 09:09:24 AM »


When I started biking, if you had a top box, you were either a despatch rider; rode a CX500; or were very, very old  :-\

True then & true now.  At some point in one's life practicality will trump your sense of style....................you just arrived ;D
Joe Wilkerson
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Re: Top box, top case, feeling old...
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2022, 10:33:24 AM »
I'm feeling a little better after watching this (music)  8)
https://youtu.be/jMxl2XDAc70

Then I saw this (men's watch and red nail polish)   :o
https://youtu.be/JVDbI7lx3Ig

Then this (the house from Up!)  ???
https://youtu.be/DPSm8UHnaGc

It's a pandora's (top) box, a whole sub-culture!!! It wasn't like this when I was a lad  :D
« Last Edit: June 11, 2022, 10:34:58 AM by dogshome »
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Re: Top box, top case, feeling old...
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2022, 04:20:51 PM »
I thought your lil top box was kinda nice not too big, just right. Then I looked at the last video with the box mounted on that blue BMW. It appeared to be a Gargoyle not a top box. Talk about a wart on a crystal ball, for sure. You should have stopped at the first vid. Black Box plus hip music and called it a day  :)
Joe Wilkerson
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1980 R65
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Re: Top box, top case, feeling old...
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2022, 12:28:35 PM »
I'll get used to it  ::)
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Re: Top box, top case, feeling old...
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2022, 03:28:34 AM »
Dogshome,
You are lucky. Long time ago, every time I put some weight on the rear Krauser platform on my RT R65, handling was terrible above 90 km/h....
So I thought top boxes where a no go for Airheads.
Now, the RT fairing is gone and the bike returned to it's naked glory, the Krauser frame and panniers are gone, replaced with the period correct BMW Touring cases and I do not have a top box....

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Re: Top box, top case, feeling old...
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2022, 01:36:09 PM »
Hiya, I've been on the A1 (dual carriageway, runs almost the length of the country) with a hefty laptop in it at 70-80 MPH (indicated) and it's fine. I don't go any faster. I have the 25L Krauser panniers and they have a similar effect i.e. you know they are there (just) at motorway speed in amongst the lorries and side winds, but nothing near terrible with either. I have not tried the ensemble yet.

It is quite a modest size top case (marketed for motorbikes or scooters) and egg-shaped (aerodynamically better than a box), so maybe that makes the difference. I do have fresh suspension, bearings, modern tyres and frame braces. I'm also 1.9M tall and 140kg. I guess that might stabilise anything, in the way of a bag of cement  ;D

On the B roads (50 and 60MPH) I have to check my shadow on the road to see if the topbox is still there!


I do like the RT fairing, cage drivers definitely notice me, flying pests generally get deflected and it is a rain-shelter as long as you keep moving. I also like the look. It's all personal taste though.

Hey, what do the 'period correct BMW Touring cases' look like and how do they attach? Did you keep the Krauser lower frames?
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Re: Top box, top case, feeling old...
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2022, 04:51:57 PM »
No, I did not kept any part of the Krauser frame. HEre is how the bike looks, just before I rebuild the engine. She is more gorgeous now  !
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Re: Top box, top case, feeling old...
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2022, 05:34:32 AM »
 :tekst-toppie:
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Re: Top box, top case, feeling old...
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2022, 01:04:49 PM »
Nice choice of colour Georges  8)
Keith.
肉(r?u)包(bāo)子(zi)打(dǎ)狗(gǒu) (meat+bun(2nd and 3rd)+hit+dog)
* Literally: To hit a dog with a meat-bun.:-O