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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #25 on: December 26, 2013, 01:59:18 pm »
And the video of the Admore light kit.....
http://s167.photobucket.com/user/ljcorby/media/2010%20Concours%2014%20ABS/GiviCasewithLights5.mp4.html


Larry, love your lighting set-up.  Mind if I ask a couple of questions?

Did you replace the normal TS bulbs with LEDs?
Where did you get your smoked brake light?

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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #26 on: December 26, 2013, 02:13:52 pm »
Kap, the breaklight is aftermarket, and would have to look as to where I got it.  I believe it was from ebay.  It glows read for running and brake, and I have also wired up the blinkers so the left or right half glow amber when the blinkers are on.  To me, it seems much brighter than the stock light.

I did have to solder inline a diode for it to work correctly.  There is a thread somewhere on the forum explaining what had to be done but can't find it at the moment.  The lighting kit in the Givi case is directly from Admore...

http://admorelighting.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=E55&product_id=59

Hope I have answered your questions.  Let me know if you have any more.  Thanks.
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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #27 on: December 26, 2013, 04:19:26 pm »
I have a Givi 55 and love it,  I opted to use the Givi mount instead of alternatives cause it has braces back to the subframe and I tend to overload it..

As for handling, I've never noticed any difference... Maybe a tiny bit of swaying on the slab at REALLY high speeds (not that I ever do that..*cough* )
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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #28 on: December 26, 2013, 04:37:26 pm »
I have a Givi 55 and love it,  I opted to use the Givi mount instead of alternatives cause it has braces back to the subframe and I tend to overload it..

As for handling, I've never noticed any difference... Maybe a tiny bit of swaying on the slab at REALLY high speeds (not that I ever do that..*cough* )

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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #29 on: December 26, 2013, 08:14:04 pm »
Ok, I got it narrowed down to a 52 or a 55...why? why not?

The 52 is out of print now isn't it? But it seems lower height than the 55 which I would tend to like

The 55 seems to have a better Admore light scheme and the latches have improved from the 52.... >:( indecision is a brutal stage of mind.
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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #30 on: December 26, 2013, 09:09:03 pm »
I'm giving a thumbs up to the Givi E55 ('cause that's how I roll). I originally had the Givi mount with the side struts and all, but switched to the Phil's setup and find it just as secure, with a cleaner look and a lower profile to boot. With the Phil's rack the whole case sits about 1-inch lower than with the Givi plates.

Aesthetically, I think the E55 look great on the C14. There is something in its proportions that looks "right", and I like the capacity. I have been (mostly) careful to mind the 22 pound recommended limit, and find it has minor effects on handling and feel. I tend to carry a lot of photo gear and such, and the larger case lets me toss in quite a bit of gear (like lightweight carbon fiber tripods and the like). I can stuff my 'Stich 1-piece in there when needed (Roadcrafter Light) along with the other tchochkes that end up coming along for the ride!

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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #31 on: December 26, 2013, 11:46:09 pm »
E55 all the way with the admore lighting! Mine has been outstanding. Many positive comments about it.  :motonoises:  :great:

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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #32 on: December 27, 2013, 03:07:53 am »
I'm using my older Givi E460 case w/ light kit (that I kept when I sold my C10).  It works great, and can probably be found cheap.  It'll hold two large Scorpion helmets, even with Senas attached.

It did come open on me one day on a lonely stretch of the Nevada desert.   I don't know if the mechanism is similar on newer cases, but you want to be careful to not let an object--like a piece of clothing--get closed in the latch.
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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #33 on: December 27, 2013, 03:10:15 pm »
I like my Givi Maxia 55 but I did get a smaller 33 to use without my bags.  I would also recommend the Givi mount personally
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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #34 on: December 27, 2013, 03:50:11 pm »
I've got the Corbin trunk.  It's got more than enough space   We are very aware of weight in the trunk because its so heavy out of the box but at 60- some odd cu/L of capacity we can put a lot of light stuff in it.  I've not noticed too too much of a handling difference, but this is my first season with my Connie and with 10,000 miles logged I'm still in aw at the handling.  I tend to drive it like an old man on a Gold Wing anyways so the extra weight doesn't bother me.
My wife loves the huge back rest and the little arm rests the Corbin offers.  It matches the heated Corbin seats perfectly too.  I think Corbin did a great job matching the body lens perfectly on this trunk.
I guess I'm always of the mind set, if you need storage...bigger is better.
Heck if I was concerned with weight I'd never have bought this behemoth in the first place haha
Here's a couple pics of the trunk.  Excuse all the stuff jammed in the garage. We've under several feet of snow here so anything at all resembling a summer toy has been long since put into storage

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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #35 on: December 27, 2013, 03:56:56 pm »
Hey CD,
How did you get your bike to hang from the ceiling? You must be pretty big guy to put it up there and take it down huh?
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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #36 on: December 27, 2013, 04:00:49 pm »
Hahahaha its not as hard as you might think.
I'm not much the computer wiz.   I was still patting myself on the back when I read that making your reply even funnier when I said....Awwww darn it !

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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #37 on: December 27, 2013, 04:09:50 pm »
CD,
Take heart, I have had far more than my share of goofs in my years. If only they were all as trivial and minor as this one.
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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #38 on: December 27, 2013, 04:15:46 pm »
It was easier to mount the trunk than to post the blasted pictures haha
I got the seats and the trunk from a member on here. 
My wife and I will be doing a 3 week trip next August from Ontario out to Colorado, down Utah and Arizona through New Mexico and back.   I've been working at getting the Connie just the way I want it for 2 up camping.  Truth be told, I very nearly went with a trailer.  There are 2 brothers in my home town that build the most beautiful trailers. Third Wheel Trailer.  They have a web site.  Beautifully engendered and built just a tad pricey.


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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #39 on: December 27, 2013, 04:32:56 pm »
How I figure we'll pack is the same way I normally pack the trunk full of lighter stuff. I found ultra light tent, sleeping bags and pads all coming in at under 10lbs together.  I'll pack them into a tank bag...still to be determined and go with the bike cover, rain gear and my wife's mesh jacket in the trunk.  The advantage of the huge trunk is that we can consider those big bulky things.  I really don't like the look of a sport tour bike with soft luggage.  Now... I love the look on a cool adventure bike !

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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #40 on: December 27, 2013, 07:37:42 pm »
I had the Corbin and worked with Phil to develop the adjustable rails.  They were very helpful to get the Corbin just where my wife needed it.  The rails also adjusted the angle so that the lines in the Corbin perfectly mirrored the lines on the saddlebags, from the factory they are slightly off.  Well worth the very small investment.  They actually work with any box as they will bolt directly under the rack and allow great adjustments.   Ultimately I found the Corbin to be too large and structurally inadequate.  I carry just as much in my E55.
« Last Edit: December 27, 2013, 07:43:45 pm by TJ »

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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #41 on: December 27, 2013, 07:41:35 pm »
E55 with GIVI mount.  Can haul  load of wood with it, only thing I don't like about it is its not a Phil's rack.  I'd have supported a forum member had I known about his racks before I bought it!
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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #42 on: December 27, 2013, 07:43:00 pm »
My wife likes it just the way it is.  There's plenty of room between us and the backrest sits right where she needs it.  She's just little maybe we're just lucky that way.
What do you mean by "structurally inadequate" ??
It does have a funny shape inside to deal with, but I think if one packs loose things that aren't used too too much it should work well to fit that bill.  No ?

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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #43 on: December 27, 2013, 07:45:44 pm »
Dan trailer looks great, on a side note I like those tabs open on your ipad  :beerchug:
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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #44 on: December 27, 2013, 07:45:57 pm »
Mine began to crack underneath where it met the supports and on top in one location.  Decided to sell it with known defects and go with the Givi.  Much lighter and I never worried about the weight on the factory supports.

The backrest and passenger support is the best out there and if you do not notice the weight it works well.  They may have changed the way the form was inlaid for mounting on the newer trunks and eliminate the stress cracking.
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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #45 on: December 27, 2013, 07:50:00 pm »
Hahahaha see above    Did I not say I'm very lucky to be able to find my way to the forum and get as far as posting a pic.....albeit up side down !

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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #46 on: December 27, 2013, 07:54:02 pm »
TJ when I first got the trunk I thout boy this thing is heavy.  That's why I've decided it will be used for big and bulky stuff only.  Some times I second guess my decision not to go with the Third Wheel Trailer. 
I may only use the trunk for bigger trips that way maybe I can save it.

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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #47 on: December 27, 2013, 08:00:20 pm »
Phil's rack or the Givi rack or the Mo-Tech rack?
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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #48 on: December 27, 2013, 08:09:03 pm »
I worry a lot and probably a lot more than I should have!  The rails brought the Corbin a little closer and changed the backrest angle, to get her back a little more straight up and down.  It also brought the Corbin more over the rails allowing the center of gravity to be closer to the bike.  The change was about 1.5"
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Re: Calling all Topcase.rs
« Reply #49 on: December 27, 2013, 08:09:31 pm »
The corbin trunk attaches to the stock rails.  The stock rear rack is removed