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For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box...Modified
« on: January 28, 2012, 10:31:03 pm »
The top box that was on my Connie when I bought it is kind of small and somewhat damaged, cant even get a helmet in it. Wanting a box that would hold a goodly amount of stuff, started rooting around the garage & came up with a Rubbermaid box, some perf angle, a couple of trailer tail lights & a piece of a poly cutting board & cobbled up what you see in the pics.  I still need to replace the plywood tail light mount with a proper panel and tidy up some rough edges to come up with a "finished" product. 
« Last Edit: February 12, 2012, 07:13:42 pm by Mr. Bill »
Once you go over the hill, you start picking up speed.

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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2012, 11:17:43 pm »
Wow Bill. If you fill that box up with anything other than feathers. Your going to be riding on one wheel most of the time!  :))

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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2012, 11:23:30 pm »
Oh boy. I think when you load that up with anything other than bubble wrap or helium....your rear axle will become a fulcrum! First good bump and its going to be a wild ride!

I like the innovation, but for the love of God...be cautious!
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2012, 11:36:26 pm »
I certainly don't intend to put a lot of weight in that huge box,  :))  I will be replacing it with a smaller more practical one that will not pose a danger from too much mass hanging over the rear.
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2012, 12:51:03 am »
That would be great to get my two 5-gallon water jugs home from the filling vending machine.  :-\
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2012, 02:07:52 am »
Rubbermaid also makes a smaller box in that "Action Packer" series, an 8 gallon size, IIRC. About $20 at Walmart in the Auto section. I(and many others) use them on a KLR. Kinda high zoot for a KLR but I couldn't find a cheap milk crate.
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2012, 02:18:50 am »
Rubbermaid also makes a smaller box in that "Action Packer" series, an 8 gallon size, IIRC. About $20 at Walmart in the Auto section. I(and many others) use them on a KLR. Kinda high zoot for a KLR but I couldn't find a cheap milk crate.

That's an Action Packer sitting on there now, only it's a 22 gal.....I'm thinking about installing a heating element and make a hot tub out of it.
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2012, 02:32:11 am »
Wow, that thing would be perfect for laundry runs!  You run a cantilevered weight extended past the front wheel?

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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2012, 02:53:23 am »
If he makes it into a hot tub he can just was his laundry while hes in it!  :rotflmao:
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2012, 02:54:25 am »
To be fair - that box is probably lighter , when full, than the Corbin big a** box for the C-14. It weighs about 45 lbs. empty and sits in about the same place! Some guys love em. Putting a back rest pad on it? Or just putting the wife in it?

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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2012, 03:10:20 am »
And here I was thinking I did some crazy sheete hanging things on my bike!  Wow that thing is ba-big!  :-\

Me thinks  the temptation to overfill it could make for a very bad day........  :(

You know the saying; "Give them an inch of rope and sooner or later they'll figure out a way of hanging themselves"  ;)
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2012, 05:46:16 am »
All I can say is "Wow"! ...  :o

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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2012, 08:44:04 am »
Just beware of the as-yet undiscovered Fourth Law of Thermodynamics:

"$4it expands to fill the space available."

(also known as the Garage Rule). 

Sooner or later, you'll want to fill it up.
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2012, 12:43:26 pm »
Wow Bill. If you fill that box up with anything other than feathers. Your going to be riding on one wheel most of the time!
Yeah, but how many other people can keep 6 full face helmets in their trunk?
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2012, 05:46:22 pm »
Wow Bill. If you fill that box up with anything other than feathers. Your going to be riding on one wheel most of the time!

Yeah, but how many other people can keep 6 full face helmets in their trunk?
Or 4-6 cases of beer on ice. Maybe even a pony keg. I'm thinkin' I like it.
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2012, 05:54:39 pm »
Good containers, I use them for CAR camping. NEVER would've thought to put one on the Connie. How's the aerodynamics? You've got room between those tailights for a sign that says "Back Off!"
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2012, 06:31:52 pm »
Did some thinking last night....why put on a smaller box when I already have the big one that will hold all my stuff. I know that the box is lightweight and not nearly as sturdy as a "real" one, but it won't be on the bike unless I am taking a multi-day trip anyway. Decided to reconfigure and place the box pretty much over the passenger seat for better weight distribution. The whole business weighs just 8 lbs, and with the stuff I usually carry the total will not exceed 70-80 lbs, much less than a passenger.  I think it'll work. I plan to take a short ride tomorrow and see how it does. It's supposed to be windy, so I should get some idea if it is indeed a good idea.  I added some pics of the changes.  BTW, I DID have an Erector Set when I was a kid.
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2012, 06:33:55 pm »
Here's a couple more pics. I'm keeping the taillights, don't hurt to be more visible. And yes, the seat still comes off easily.
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2012, 06:41:17 pm »
started rooting around the garage & came up with a Rubbermaid box...


What? ..no Igloos in your garage?  ::)

Moving it forward over the passenger seat and the extra tail lights both great ideas.   8)

I suppose lowering the tail lights and have the case mounted sideways (over hanging the lights) so that your
shoulders would block the air drag better is not a viable option? You might want to shock cord the lid so you can
just let it hang when you want root around in there while you're on the side of the road...and side and rear reflector
tape too.  ;D
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2012, 06:45:01 pm »
 The Big Boy Box needs the Big Boy Tire, CT! :bravo_2:
 

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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2012, 07:35:47 pm »
fartymarty......the setup in your photo gives me hope...........yes, I do have some larger coolers, but I may have overdone it already. Your idea of mounting the box longways has some merit, I'll turn it and see how it fits up.
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2012, 08:01:53 pm »
Caption:

Even with two baskets full Mr. Bill still has the need to drag a bag of stuff over his license plate holder

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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2012, 10:04:30 pm »
I like the idea of shoving forward but you still have the top heavy of the bike with a full tank and then adding this so high up. I see a parking lot problem....

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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2012, 02:30:11 pm »
Scary... I wonder if a trailer wouldn't be a better choice, if you really need to carry that much stuff.
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Re: For Your Amusement....Homemade Top Box
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2012, 02:39:43 pm »
The Big Boy Box needs the Big Boy Tire, CT! :bravo_2:

Naaa.....if he needs that much storage he should just get a car......they come with 4 ct 's. :-D
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