I have the Top box, it came with the bike and no I would not buy one. I would upgrade the front suspenders with that money or get the TOR exhaust. The top box in my opinion is heavy when you consider it does not carry that much. On trips I use a soft bag that holds three times the amount of stuff and strap across the back over the side hard bags.Yeah...the interest rate I got through our credit union was very good, so I am going with the 800 instead..I did the math. Anyone think the top box is worth it?
I have to agree with COBlue's list.DTHARP=
You didn't say how much you plan to do loaded touring so here's what I'd do-
Magnetic tank bag- I find it handy to have stuff in front of me rather than behind me. For the extra $10 get the big one. => $150
If you take lot of gear touring, think about the top box and carrier but at $640 for the set you're done shopping.
Heated Grips if you ride when it's cold ================> $220
Tank pad carbon fibre (not cause its carbon) ===========> $ 60
Gel Seat (I like mine but haven't ridden the stock one) ====> $240
Rear axle nut cover (It's their money) ================> $ 90
Total ========================================> $760
I have an '05 and added the aero (not flip up) screen. I believe it's standard on the '08 and works great for me at 5'9"ish.
Happy riding, you'll love the bike!