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Offline Tonny

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Alternativ Topbox mounting.
« on: Apr 02, 2009, 05:42 PM »
After the winters restyling of my Versys, I could no longer use the Ventura Luggage System  :006:  so another solution was needed.
Read more about the "new" look here:
https://www.versys.co.uk/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=45&topic=5329.0

I decided that I wanted a topbox mounted above the rear part of the seat, as I no longer was able to ride with a pillion anyway.

I ended up buying a GIVI V46 with a universal adapter plate, and then had mounting brackets made from 3mm stainless steel.
The brackets mounts where the passanger grab handles used to be.

I'm happy with the result  :2:









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Re: Alternativ Topbox mounting.
« Reply #1 on: Apr 02, 2009, 06:03 PM »
Looks good  :152:
One thing I would change is the nuts just above the seat. I'd shorten the bolts slightly and get some dome head nut's to help avoid seat damage.

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Offline Tonny

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Re: Alternativ Topbox mounting.
« Reply #2 on: Apr 02, 2009, 07:04 PM »
The bolt ends is rounded and I've glued a small piece of rubber to the ends to protect the seat - but I will shorten them a bit next time I remove the rack.
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Re: Alternativ Topbox mounting.
« Reply #3 on: Apr 02, 2009, 08:12 PM »
Looks very neat but can you remove the seat to get to your tools  :034:  ??

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Re: Alternativ Topbox mounting.
« Reply #4 on: Apr 02, 2009, 09:10 PM »
Tonny - Looks very neat, nice work.  Can you remove the seat with that close tolerance to the plate/rack?  

Another very interesting option is bolting the plate straight to the seat pan.  The downside is that you are destroying the rear section, but if you never plan on having passengers and don't mind the loss of value the seat would have (and it's pretty significant in the case of the Kawasaki gel seat) it makes the whole setup even lower and helps centralize the weight better.  On bikes that have a stepped, two section, seat (like the SV650, for example) it's trivial to do because you can easily find a spare rear section if you ever want to convert it back into a two seater.

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Re: Alternativ Topbox mounting.
« Reply #5 on: Apr 02, 2009, 09:35 PM »
No, I can't remove the seat without removing the rack - but it's only a 2 min. job to remove the rack with a 10mm wrench and a 5 mm Hex key (that I carry in my pocket or in the lid of the topbox).

My first plan was to bolt the plate straight to the seat pan (I don't care about the loss of value) - but I couldn't figure out a way to do it that I liked, so I ended up with what you see.
As you say Gustavo, it would have been a piece of cake if it was a two section seat.

I don't plan on riding around with the rack and top box unless I'm on longer trips, as I don't like the look of a topbox on any bike (but it's just sooo nice to have when touring..) - for everyday use I have my Kriega R25.
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Re: Alternativ Topbox mounting.
« Reply #6 on: Apr 05, 2009, 01:45 AM »
Excellant job.
Mounting the top box directly over the passenger seat works great. I fabricated some brackets for my VFR 800 that I had, and made up 5 more sets for friends. The box has little to no pendelum effect in that position and can also be used as a backrest. I have never been found of factory mounted bags, and having the top box mounted up high and over the tail, always seemed to ruin the handling when riding aggressively.
I will be making some brackets this spring for my Versys. I too, had to remove the bracket, to get under the VFR seat, but it was only minutes to remove it.
« Last Edit: Apr 05, 2009, 01:47 AM by Rayminator »

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Re: Alternativ Topbox mounting.
« Reply #7 on: Apr 06, 2009, 11:52 AM »
How do you get your leg over with the box on?


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Re: Alternativ Topbox mounting.
« Reply #8 on: Apr 06, 2009, 07:34 PM »
Get your leg over in bed like the rest of us

Offline suepahfly

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Re: Alternativ Topbox mounting.
« Reply #9 on: Apr 08, 2009, 07:31 AM »
Nice job. I generally dislike the looks of top boxes that are trailing by half a mile, this is a lot better.


Your pics make me curious:
What is the blueish coloured thing? (It is in the lower left corner of the picture where the 'versys' seat is clearly visible.)
And where/how did you mount the garmin holder? You leave the holder on permanently?

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