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Offline Tim

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Couple of trunk questions
« on: August 10, 2017, 11:42:10 pm »
Hello All,
I'm looking at a trunk for my recently purchased 2013 C14.
I've got my eye on the Givi V47NNT, installed on a Farkels luggage rack and adjustable rails.
My questions...

What noticeable effect, if any, does a trunk have at higher speeds (100+mph)?

Can the C14's stock tail lights be seen with the trunk installed, or is a trunk lighting kit a necessity?

Do you notice any difference in gas milage with a trunk installed?

I'm really interested in hearing from Concours owners with trunks.

Any advice, experiences, and guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Tim

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Re: Couple of trunk questions
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2017, 11:53:56 pm »
Hello All,
I'm looking at a trunk for my recently purchased 2013 C14.
I've got my eye on the Givi V47NNT, installed on a Farkels luggage rack and adjustable rails.
My questions...

What noticeable effect, if any, does a trunk have at higher speeds (100+mph)?

Can the C14's stock tail lights be seen with the trunk installed, or is a trunk lighting kit a necessity?

Do you notice any difference in gas milage with a trunk installed?

I'm really interested in hearing from Concours owners with trunks.

Any advice, experiences, and guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Tim

I have a SHAD 48 trunk.
Can't help you on the 100+ mph question ... I don't ride that fast.
Stock tail lights are easily seen with trunk installed.
No noticeable different in gas mileage with it installed or not.
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Re: Couple of trunk questions
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 12:01:40 am »
Hello All,
I'm looking at a trunk for my recently purchased 2013 C14.
I've got my eye on the Givi V47NNT, installed on a Farkels luggage rack and adjustable rails.
My questions...

What noticeable effect, if any, does a trunk have at higher speeds (100+mph)?
XX    I won't say that it makes no difference. I will say that I hardly notice it behind me. But I seldom ride that fast.  >:D

Can the C14's stock tail lights be seen with the trunk installed, or is a trunk lighting kit a necessity?

XX Tail light can be seen fine. Trunk Lighting Kit is a personal option.
       In my opinion, the more lighting you have on the back, the less likely someone will run over you at a stop light.

Do you notice any difference in gas milage with a trunk installed?

XX Always had a trunk, so don't know. My numbers see compatible with those that don't have a trunk.
      My guess is; your driving habits will have far more effect on mileage than a trunk.
       NOTE: WE are always comparing mileage figures... But when you see a nice/twisty road,,, "who cares"??
                   Yahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo..............................
                (Fir instance) Above, you asked about handling at 100 MPH...   
                   When your riding at 100,,, "Who cares"!!!     <evil grin>.

Any advice, experiences, and guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Couple of trunk questions
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 01:28:11 am »
Hello All,
I'm looking at a trunk for my recently purchased 2013 C14.
I've got my eye on the Givi V47NNT, installed on a Farkels luggage rack and adjustable rails.
My questions...

What noticeable effect, if any, does a trunk have at higher speeds (100+mph)?

Can the C14's stock tail lights be seen with the trunk installed, or is a trunk lighting kit a necessity?

Do you notice any difference in gas milage with a trunk installed?

I'm really interested in hearing from Concours owners with trunks.

Any advice, experiences, and guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Tim

I've had the same Givi 52L on a C-10 and a C-14 for 6-7 years now for about 35,000 miles. I see and feel no instability at any speed and recently got 46.8 mpg on the C-14 in the NC mtns. I once got to 100 mph (or so that grossly maladjusted speedometer said, because it didn't feel a mile over 75 mph  :-X) and no instability.

Always got 43-44 mph on the C-10 with the trunk. Mileage is better two up on both bikes hauling 400#. Maybe more conservative throttle use or better aerodynamics? Only times I ever rode the either bike without a trunk, I was hauling two new tires to be installed so don't think that counts.

The trunk shades the tail light but I think that accents the tail light/brake light. I've added Hi-lites to make a braking "triangle". Very noticeable (under the trunk in the shade). HTH.  The Givi trunk has a side benefit: It shields the pillion or me from flying rain spray on rainy days like a big fender. The C-14 rear fender is tiny.

A big trunk does make over packing of stuff tempting just because you can. We routinely pack a cooler with sandwiches, drinks, ice, etc for picnic trips. Store two full face modular helmets and other gear in the trunk and panniers. Enought room for solo camping. I LOVE this bike.

I recently put a spare Givi key and a spare pannier key on a retractable lanyard key chain and attached to my jacket so I can gas or get in any bag without fumbling for a big key ring or the stove knob key. Nice improvement to the process. I wish the Givi and side bags were keyed the same, but whatever.

Ron
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Re: Couple of trunk questions
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2017, 09:28:40 am »
My previous bike DL1K had metal rack, so fitting huge ~60-65L pelican case wasn't an issue. Pelican case swallowed 2 full face helmets and extra gear with ease. I've had it up to hundred or so. I will not dare fitting it onto Ducktape as its plasticky rack is rather weak. However, at illegal speeds, I've never felt DL being unstable. DL is not as stable as Connie at high speeds. So I thing large trunks will not affect handling of a massive sport-tourer.

Cheers... 
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Re: Couple of trunk questions
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2017, 10:33:19 am »
I have a Shad 50 trunk on my 2008.  I'm not confessing to anything, but my bike did once hit 140mph with no noticeable stability issues.  Maybe I just dreamed that!  Yeah, that's the ticket.   :)
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Re: Couple of trunk questions
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2017, 11:22:56 pm »
Thanks folks, you've all convinced me to purchase Farkels' rack and a trunk.

Goodie, I get to shop for bike stuff!!! :)

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Re: Couple of trunk questions
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2017, 01:02:07 am »
You won't be disappointed.  Phil's rack is a quantum leap beyond the crappy plastic OEM rack.  I have a Givi V56NNT with Phil's rack and am very happy with that combo.
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Re: Couple of trunk questions
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2017, 03:26:15 pm »
That's the great thing about motorcycle forums...
There's never a shortage of people to encourage your gear buying desires!

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Re: Couple of trunk questions
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2017, 08:47:44 pm »
I just bought a new to me 2014 Connie.
This bike has a Corbin trunk on it that is the size of Dallas.

As you might imagine, I am now pushing the boundaries to discover my operating envelope fringes.
The cop said I was doing 132mph but I told him that was impossible since I hadn't been riding for an hour. I guess the judge will be the judge of that.
The fuel pump and calculator told me that I'm averaging 40.3mpg.

My trunk has lights on it and I can tell you that when I mash on the brake at night it sure nuff lights up the road behind me in a red glow.

I can't tell you how this compares to the same bike without that monster trunk hanging off the back.
It's not likely that I will pull the trunk because I like being able to carry my Samsonite Overnighter lunch box in it.

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Re: Couple of trunk questions
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2017, 09:29:18 pm »
If that's the mega sized Corbin, it's YUUUUGE alright. I've only ever seen one in a photo. Amazing...
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Re: Couple of trunk questions
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2017, 10:22:00 pm »
I only put the Givi V56 on when I am going on a long trip.  For most rides (including 2-3 days), saddlebags and maybe the tail bag are sufficient.
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Re: Couple of trunk questions
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2017, 10:59:51 pm »
Corbin is the way to go, mine is now 4 years old, looks great, huge storage, locks, and looks like it's part of the original bike.
Must be aerodynamic too, don't even notice it at 100+

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Re: Couple of trunk questions
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2017, 11:15:36 pm »
I ordered Phil's luggage rack yesterday, and a Givi V47NNT today.
Now I wait!!!