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Hi Folks... I've been lurking here quite a bit but have not posted much. Now I'm looking for your advice.
We are gearing up to ride from Eastern Canada through South America starting this fall (2008). I say we as we'll be riding 2-up on our '06 R1200GS Adventure.
I've read the various threads about the pros and cons of topboxes. And I can appreciate why some (if not most) would counsel against having one. However, my significant other would feel more comfortable leaning against something solid. And I'm all for keeping her as comfortable as possible. If she's happy, I'm happy.
From the reading I've done, this South American trip will be about 80% hardtop and 20% loose dirt/gravel/salt.
I was considering adding the Hepco-Becker Gobi, but as I was reading this forum tonight, it hit me that this might be too large. The danger, as I see it, is that topboxes can add a lot of weight up high, raising the center of gravity. That's obvious. But with the Gobi's 42 liter capacity we might be tempted to pack too much that high. Also, I understand (from reading this forum) that this box is not the lightest. So we'd already be starting at a disadvantage.
We have the BMW OEM R1200GS Adventure panniers. Not the greatest, but we will give them a test this summer before we leave in September.
Taking into consideration the above, what would you suggest we use as a topbox.
You already have a lot of weight up top, you and the misses! I wouldn't worry about adding a topbox. You will get used to the extra weight in a few days, if you notice it at all. They're so usefull for giving you quick access to you camera, day food, waterproofs etc I can't imagine touring without mine. For two of you you want a big one. I prefer Givi and have a Maxia 52 litre. They have rounded edges. I don't like the sharp corners on metal boxes. Try one.
I'm in on that one too. It's not a fashionable box but offers so many practicalities that luggage without locks cannot compete with. Only one suggestion that goes with this - If you take the GIVI box try to get hold of the metal catch that secures it to the frame. Mine broke on rough trail in Peru and being a cast piece it could not be repaired very easily. Without that piece the box isn't quite the same - just try bungying it on.
It might just be me though - I have a habit of wrecking my kit.
me three or is it 4..
I also have the a huge top box mines from Jesse panniers.. I think it is like 60ltr, But the wife wants something to lean on so she gets it.. that simple.. As for the weight. well we keep it empty mostly, only things that we will be pulling in and out each stop .. so my camera gear (not the main body as i want faster access to that..), when we stop anywhere, rest of the camera gear comes out helmets go in.. locky locky .. and we are off ...not having to lug the helmets around.. It has made a lot of trips alot nicer... so get a big one.. and remeber you dont HAVE to fill it..
I found a peli case with a sturdy hand made base was indestructable on my ktm 640 through africa. It is wide, low on height has rounded corners and can be bought in lots of sizes.
Lockable too, bought it at the factory in spain cheep years ago.
hope this helps,
I use a small Givi for two up riding, very handy for keeping washing/bathroom kit, snack food, tire inflator and medical pack in. The misses also leans up against it, she hates to ride without it on the back.
I don't put in too much kit as you can make it way to heavy, mine has a BMW barrel lock installed, and it doesn't rattle around too much. Just make sure you have a good mounting solution and that the mounts can be stabilised by a good rack. (Touratech one in my case, that my panniers mount to) That way it should mess up your frame or crack anything that shouldn't be cracked.
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