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Hi gents as i do not want to fork out a second mortgage for a top box from BMW any recommendations ? buy a second hand one and spray it ? or another top box supplier ? stay safe .
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hammo wrote:Any recommendations.
I used a Givi V46 top case with a specific rear rack on my 2007 Hexhead.

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hammo wrote: Hi gents as i do not want to fork out a second mortgage for a top box from BMW any recommendations ? buy a second hand one and spray it ? or another top box supplier ? stay safe .

It does rather depend on the effect you are trying to achieve.


Ebay, Motorworks etc. might provide a old, cheap OE box which you might like to get resprayed. It will still require a key to lock it.


The Givi V56 Maxia comes with an option for keyless opening via an phone app (Kit E175) and also pre-painted covers (option CV47). The covers do mask the bulk of the case and smarten it up.


The Givi V47 Maxia comes with an option for keyless opening via a fob  (Kit E132) and also pre-painted covers (option CV47). I think the E132 is also compatible with the older V55 Maxia (call Givi on this).  [size=78%]There are also optional racks for both the above. [/size]


The Shad SH48 has options for adding a painted cover as well.


Kappa luggage is made by Givi but without some of the frilly options and there are some good Case incl. fitting kit choices on eBay.


When I bought my first 1200RT in 2005 there were no aftermarket kits, so I had to buy BMW. 15 years later it is on its second respray.

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A secondhand BMW one looks the part and fits straight on. My dealer changed the lock FOC, to match the other locks.


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hammo wrote: Hi gents as i do not want to fork out a second mortgage for a top box from BMW any recommendations ? buy a second hand one and spray it ? or another top box supplier ? stay safe .
What size are looking for? I got a 29 litre BMW topbox off eBay for 75 quid. Absolutely mint.
If you take your time eBay can throw some bargains up.

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I would always go for the BMW topbox. If you need to re-key the lock a new barrel is only £19.
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Having one key fits all locks is a bonus but at what cost.

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The Givi Top Case on my 2007 RT got damaged & needed replacing, the Dealers wouldn't fit a Non-OEM Part, therefore I paid the difference in cost & got the BMW 49L Box.
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It's worth remembering that as far as I know, the old style 49L top case,
https://www.online-parts.co.uk/bmw-bike ... nth=04#sub fits the Wethead

and is around half the price of the one listed for the Wethead itself, https://www.online-parts.co.uk/bmw-bike ... nth=01#sub
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If you wish to take your BMW top case on/off frequently, IMO, the old style 49L case is more user friendly, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9dDg9s7f1M

than the one listed for the Wethead, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg5Lhk023_c same as K1600GT.
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Cant fit an Led brake light on the earlier box or auto lock then you have to physically lock/unlock with a key.
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hammo wrote: Hi gents as i do not want to fork out a second mortgage for a top box from BMW any recommendations ? buy a second hand one and spray it ? or another top box supplier ? stay safe .
With luck I'll have a full sized, not fully equipped for sale soon....
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If I were to go with something other than the OEM topcase, I think it would be the variable capacity SHAD top case. I really like the looks and how it functions.


That said, I did buy the expensive OEM top case for my 2014 RT when new. They gave me more than I expected for my RT trade-in, figured it was a good omen to buy the current OEM top case. Absolutely no regrets about it. There is NO equal in quality.
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I have the OEM top case and it is ok.
If I were doing it again it would be the SHAD SH58.
It just would work for what I want out of the top case.
It also looks a whole lot better than the brick that BMW use!


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I've had a shad for 2 years on my RT.... give it high marks for its ability to change volumes and generally solid build.    Now that the RT has gone from Ebony black to Mars Red,  I want to get a color panel and get it painted to match the bike. 
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Don’t forget the BMW one comes with a interior light and carpet for the discerning Gentleman Rider.


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