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Offline Gladiator99

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With or without top box.
« on: April 11, 2014, 02:14:52 am »
Hello Riders!
As I am contemplating purchasing a new Trophy, I was wondering if the top box impacts the handling or performance.  My current BMW k 1200 LT has the rear box and it does provide a backrest for the wife, and lots of extra storage as well as a high brake light and a rack for more tie-downs.  I really don't need more storage as I don't do a great deal of long distance touring.  Should I invest the extra 1200 or whatever it is for this item??
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Re: With or without top box.
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2014, 02:42:42 am »
*Originally Posted by Gladiator99 [+]
Hello Riders!
As I am contemplating purchasing a new Trophy, I was wondering if the top box impacts the handling or performance.  My current BMW k 1200 LT has the rear box and it does provide a backrest for the wife, and lots of extra storage as well as a high brake light and a rack for more tie-downs.  I really don't need more storage as I don't do a great deal of long distance touring.  Should I invest the extra 1200 or whatever it is for this item??
Thanks,
Jim :187:   :821:
Having the top box gives you a choice to use it when you want. It's easy to remove and put back on.  If it is used correctly, it won't affect handling and performance a noticeable bit.  I find the extra storage to be handy even for day rides. Such as put your helmet or jacket in there when stopped for a while. Anyway, I purchased my TTSE new with every Triumph accessory they make. So my vote is to buy it and then decide how often you wish to use it.

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Re: With or without top box.
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2014, 03:28:38 am »
When i first got my bike a never road with the top case because I didn't like the way it looked. Now, If I am just riding in town I ride without the side cases and with the top case on. I don't think the top case effects the handling at all. I don't notice the weight at all with just the top case. I do notice the additional weight with the side cases on if though its lower.

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Re: With or without top box.
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2014, 04:02:25 am »
*Originally Posted by Gladiator99 [+]
Hello Riders!
As I am contemplating purchasing a new Trophy, I was wondering if the top box impacts the handling or performance.  My current BMW k 1200 LT has the rear box and it does provide a backrest for the wife, and lots of extra storage as well as a high brake light and a rack for more tie-downs.  I really don't need more storage as I don't do a great deal of long distance touring.  Should I invest the extra 1200 or whatever it is for this item??
Thanks,
Jim :187:   :821:

There are a lot of options out there for top boxes, other then the Triumph box. Just sayin'.
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Re: With or without top box.
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2014, 04:04:27 am »
I had a top box on the ST1100 for quite a while, but never used it much as I could feel an adverse effect on handling and in windy conditions. I went back to a rack and bag system.  On the Trophy I have to remember whether the top box is on the bike as even though it is heavy even empty, full of all the junk I cart around unnecessarily does not seem to affect stability and handling.  When on a tight twisty road I have to pull myself up a bit because it is a heavy and wwhen you are on the edge of the tread it would take some rding to catch it if it broke away (I have not found that limit yet!)

Lockable waterproof storage is great.

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Re: With or without top box.
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2014, 04:40:09 am »
The top box won't affect the handling unless you overload it.  As for usefulness I wouldn't be without.  I have had one on my 2001 Sprint 955 ST since new and have found it to be a wonderful accessory.  When I bought my 2011 Thruxton I came to quickly realize how much I missed having some place to store my stuff when riding (other an my backpack)
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Re: With or without top box.
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2014, 06:49:18 am »
Hey Gladiator99

Buy the top box :047:
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Re: With or without top box.
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2014, 07:00:32 am »
G'day Mate,

Go for it for all the obvious reasons. It's 'easy as' to dismount if you don't want to ride with it, but earns brownie points with the missus when you're two up travelling. No noticeable difference in handling as well.
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