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Tiger 800 - 800XC Mods & Workshop Workshop and technical talk for the 800 - 800XC Tourer - Adventurer Tigers

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Old 09-17-2012, 03:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best top case?

Got a 2012 Tiger and would like to purchase a rear mounted top case. Anyone had any experience in this area? Best case, least expensive, ease of mounting, most durable and reliable, etc?
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a trax ALU top box, it's durable as hell and works really well but it's not cheap. My girlfriend has a Coocase Wizard on her Versys and it seems to be fine as well, not as durable but less than half the price.
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This is the Rjays top box, AU$149.00 and dosen t leak. Big enough to put my helmet and jacket in when I get to work. Simply drill 4 holes in the mounting bracket put some spacers underneath and mount where the plastic luggage rack is now. I have had to brace the mounting bracket underneath, just using marine ply, due to cracking at the rear mounting holes. Its probably not designed for off-road work.

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Old 09-17-2012, 11:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Can anyone chime in on top boxes that have the backrest pad or an option to put one on? My wife wants to ride but needs backrest. I have heard that the Triumph box works well for that but....?
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The Coocases have the ability to add backrests, lights, and an internal 12v outlet for charging your cell. I had the 48ltr on my nomad . Good value for the money. I would recommend a mounting plate.

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Old 09-25-2012, 04:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have the Triumph top box and I've been mostly happy with it. My main gripe with it is that it is just a hair too small internally. I can fit my full face helmet, spare visor and over pants in there and thats about it. I need to check and see if my riding boots will fit but I'm worried they will not.

That being said, I have carried all mannor of stuff in there and I haven't had an issue with putting heavy stuff in there. I had about 10+ laptops in it at one point and it worked just fine. Another nice thing is that it is keyed to the ignition key.

I wouldn't buy the Triumph panniers again but I would buy the top box again.
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Plus 1 on the Trax Alu-Box. Receiving mine today. Can't wait! Yes, a bit pricey but from what I have read its well worth it. I have Wolman soft panniers but wanted the Topeka case with backrest for the wife.
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I've got all the factory hard luggage. For me, the panniers have been fine and serve their purpose but I haven't crash tested them and hope to keep it that way.

As far as the top box. It also does its job just fine. I don't ever try and store a helmet in it so that isn't an issue for me. It houses my rain gear, extra helmet shield, jacket liners, sweatshirts, and sometimes my lunch all on a regular basis. When I camp and ride, its duties change to hold more camping supplies.

The things I never quite liked about it was the silly sliding carriage. I never saw the purpose for it and all it did was rattle and bang around over bumps. I have since eliminated that feature by stacking a few washers onto the sliding mechanism. Now it is much quieter, it still rattles slightly seeing there is some play in the latching mechanism.

I do like the fact that with just a twist of the ignition key and a lift of the handle I can pull it right off the bike. It makes for great luggage if you're traveling to a motel. I'd even pull my panniers off and bring them right in the room with me. In less than a minute all your luggage is off, same goes for re-installation
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Plus 1 on the Trax Alu-Box. Receiving mine today. Can't wait! Yes, a bit pricey but from what I have read its well worth it. I have Wolman soft panniers but wanted the Topeka case with backrest for the wife.
Let us know how the backrest works out on that...from your wife's perspective. The foam peice looks a bit small and I wonder how comfortable it is.

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I've got all the factory hard luggage. For me, the panniers have been fine and serve their purpose but I haven't crash tested them and hope to keep it that way.

As far as the top box. It also does its job just fine. I don't ever try and store a helmet in it so that isn't an issue for me. It houses my rain gear, extra helmet shield, jacket liners, sweatshirts, and sometimes my lunch all on a regular basis. When I camp and ride, its duties change to hold more camping supplies.

The things I never quite liked about it was the silly sliding carriage. I never saw the purpose for it and all it did was rattle and bang around over bumps. I have since eliminated that feature by stacking a few washers onto the sliding mechanism. Now it is much quieter, it still rattles slightly seeing there is some play in the latching mechanism.

I do like the fact that with just a twist of the ignition key and a lift of the handle I can pull it right off the bike. It makes for great luggage if you're traveling to a motel. I'd even pull my panniers off and bring them right in the room with me. In less than a minute all your luggage is off, same goes for re-installation
Great review, thanks
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Will do....

We wanted to ride this weekend but foul weather kept us in the cage.
She did sit on it after I installed it but sitting on the bike leaning on the backrest is a bit different from riding. The initial impressions are positive.
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