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post #1 of 15 Old 07-11-2006, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone buy from Happy Trails?

I have been looking for a top box for my Tiger. The one that matches is $500!

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It is $1000. Not sure i want to drop that kind of coin on boxes. I live in VA, and I do not see me doing more trail than road, so i think I will stick with the Factory boxes.

But i also saw

This will be a must before I head off road too far.

Anyone have any alternative ideas?

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Did you look at amotostuff?

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panniers are outrageously priced! Micatech, Jesse's, H&B - they're all crazy! I'm half tempted to run down to the military surplus store and pickup some ammo boxes and get to bending some roundbar.

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Well, i have decided the Triumph Panniers with a soft tail bag will suit me fine fo rthe time being.

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panniers are outrageously priced! Micatech, Jesse's, H&B - they're all crazy! I'm half tempted to run down to the military surplus store and pickup some ammo boxes and get to bending some roundbar.
Alot of guys are using the following:

Pelican cases
Ammo boxes
Rocket boxes


Personally, I just ordered the Givi V46 top box, and I am entertaining alternatives for the side cases. I saw a kick-ass tool compartment. PM me if you want the specs. I'll just say the Lowe's has the components for about $20

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Using them for the VIR trip?

Does anyone else laugh (I giggle) when seeing Happy Trails? :tt2:

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Looks like I'm close to picking up a set of standard issue BMW vario panniers which should be just fine for commuting and touring as I don't get heavily offroad much.

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What do these vario panniers look like? I am going w/ the Givi top case, but I dunno yet on side cases. Lean angle keeps popping back into my head every time I look at them.

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The Givi top box is a great deal. 60L?

If I has a V-strom, i would probably go for soft panniers. You will only use the paniers on longer trips. The top box will do your daily duties.

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No, I went with the 46 Liter. Like you said, the top case is for daily duty, and I didn't want to wire a back-up beeper on the strom.

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The vario's are proprietary to BMW. I attached a shot, they expand / slide out and don't look out of place on the bike. They're not the toughest panniers out there but they'll do the job for me.
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PIF'd - they're shipping out tomorrow. woohoo! I can travel to Erick's properly packed!

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Nice job. Those look like a good set. They look tough enough, is the outside skin thin or what? I know they aren't the titanialuminasteel armored cases they have out there, but they look adequate.

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right, adequate is a good word to describe them. They integrate on the subframe less intrusively than any others. The upside of some of the other options (very expensive options) is they practically become a structural part of the bike, even providing crash/tipover protection. These will get the job done for me but I wouldn't take them offroad unless very gently.

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