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post #1 of 18 Old 01-12-2010, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Top Case mounting question

I'm shopping for a top case for a ride I'm planning for this spring that I'm taking with my girlfriend and I'm seeing that most have a "universal base plate and mounting hardware". I am trying to figure out how I would mount this to my 919. Does anyone have any advice or, better yet, pictures of how they have mounted a top case to your bike?

Here is a case I'm looking at currently:
Amazon.com: LARGE BRAND NEW MOTORCYCLE TRUNK TOP LUGGAGE CASE: Automotive

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post #2 of 18 Old 01-12-2010, 09:38 AM
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Maybe this will get you started.

Search for 919 on Twistedthrottle
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The bracket this cheap case comes with looks like this.

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TwistedThrottle.com is a good place to check.

You could get either ther SW-MOTECH Alu-Rack Toprack or the GIVI FZ256 toprack, and finagle a connection between either of them and the topcase you are interested in, or possibly you could find an alternative topcase that mates directly to the GIVI or SW-Motech topracks.

I would get the largest topcase that I could afford.

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That givi one looks great, but is $136 what I should expect to pay for a rack? That seems really pricey.

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That givi one looks great, but is $136 what I should expect to pay for a rack? That seems really pricey.
It is pricey. I think the GIVI unit is predicated on the idea that, sooner or later, GIVI sideracks and sidecases are going to be used. That toprack anchors the GIVI sideracks.

Are you anticipating the use of sidecases? If not, send me a PM and I will share a simple solution to your query with you.

Also, there are many smart people here, and they might be able to figure out a mounting solution for that case that costs a lot less than $136.

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Tom,

Share what you've got brother. Anyone who stumbles upon this thread in the future will be wiser for it.

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Share what you've got brother. Anyone who stumbles upon this thread in the future will be wiser for it.
2000TJ,

This is not a problem. The reason for my "PM secrecy" suggestion to brickonwheels was that my solution was a one-of-a-kind solution (I think), and not generally applicable.

Here is the deal: A while back, when I was struggling to make my GIVI racks work with the Sato exhausts, I took a GIVI toprack and cut it down so it would attach to the bike only at the four grab bar bolts.. This avoided the mis-match between the front mounting points on the GIVI rack and the angled Sato cannister hangers (the GIVI rack is not manufactured to easily attach to the angled hanger fittings on the Satos).



As you can see above, the front of the GIVI toprack is missing. This was no problem for using with just the topcase, but eliminates the chance to attach GIVI sideracks and cases. Still a firm mount, and perfect for commuting.

Now I am back to a stock exhaust, and will return to a stock, uncut GIVI toprack. This makes the cut down rack surplus. If brickonwheels wasn't going to use sidecases along with his topcase, I was going to offer to give him the cut down rack to see if he could get it to work with the case he referenced.

That's the story.

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I recommend the Givi topcase rack and E360 topcase--it's the setup I've got. I found someone on WT selling a used Givi rack, and found a local seller selling a topcase. All told, I paid $180 for my setup, and as I lived out of it for 2 months on the road this summer, I'd go with Givi for the build quality.

I did later add on sideracks and E41 sidecases. Found the sidecases used as well, but had to order the sideracks new from CA Sport Touring. Expensive, but worth it.



Edit: like Tom, I had to redo the angle on the topcase rack attachment point in order to make it work with the Sato exhausts.

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Don't mean to spam you, but I've got a like new SHAD 42 liter topcase & rack I took off my '07 919 when I got it. I've got a listing here in the classifies.

I think I posted a picture of the bike with the case mounted. I'm willing to discuss price, if interested.

I removed it because I went with HB Junior side cases, instead. Just personal preference.

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Made my own. Takes a little time to get the bend angle right (so the topcase lies semi flat) but it cost me about 36 USD with the price of chrome mounting bolts incuded. If you have the time and welder (or good friend with welder) it's not too difficult. Finished mine with plastic coat (20 USD). I have same topcase (JC WHITNEY) and mount it with three bolts and nylon wing nuts. Works for me and looks good.

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Edit: like Tom, I had to redo the angle on the topcase rack attachment point in order to make it work with the Sato exhausts.
Nemo,

Now that I am returning to stock exhausts, I have to try to re-bend those GIVI brackets. I have already lined up a welder as I am expecting some breakage along the way...

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Tom, given my experience with the strength of that not-so-great mild steel, you might just saw off the tabs and have them welded back on at 90 degrees for the sake of security.
Have the Satos gotten too loud, or proven otherwise bothersome? I'm at the point of repacking mine...as soon as the packing material arrives.

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As many folks as there are who have transitioned away from the 919, I'm suprised there aren't more used accessories like the Givi racks for sale...at least I haven't found any...

Well, fire the engines! Spur this iron space-pony on!

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Tom, given my experience with the strength of that not-so-great mild steel, you might just saw off the tabs and have them welded back on at 90 degrees for the sake of security.
Have the Satos gotten too loud, or proven otherwise bothersome? I'm at the point of repacking mine...as soon as the packing material arrives.
Yes: they got too loud. They lost their nice bark in the middle of last summer's trip and became just clumsy-loud. I couldn't outrun the irritation. The first thing I did when I got home was to put the stock cans on. It was excellent therapy. I'll repack the Satos later this year, but my next big trip is in May, and I will go stock.

Thanks for your advice regarding the GIVI toprack. I will have those tabs welded.

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I really have to go with the Givi set-up. It has served us well over 45K.

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Heres some pics of my Givi , I use Swmotoch quick disconnet hardware.. even the adapater plate is quick disconnect... and their racks are stylish..







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