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Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« on: February 17, 2017, 01:06:32 pm »
Trunks..after a few years the wife has decided to get back on my bike, keep in mind she has never been on the c14, rode on teh previous HD Ultra that had a full trunk. SHe is not a big woman, about 105lbs 5'4" but she will require a trunk with back rest. What is the sturdiest most secure unit out there, im not a fan of the corbin. I was looking at the givi? i also want to be able to remove it easily when she isnt on board. this is for a 2013 c14

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 01:14:20 pm »
Why does it have to be a trunk, as opposed to a back rest?
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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 01:26:50 pm »
I have the Shad SH-50.  Murph sells them.   :great:
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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2017, 01:32:48 pm »
if im going to put something on I would like to have the option of having storage, so yes it has to be a trunk.

I see murph sells them, are they as strong or stronger than the givi? im not a givi fan they just seem to be the most popular, ive never bought a trunk.

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2017, 01:39:54 pm »
I have the oem Kawasaki trunk and have been fairly happy with it.  My girlfriend thinks it is good.  It is extremely easy to take off.  It has more room then the trunk on my GTL 1600.  The only problems I have had is the rubber grommets on the bottom keep falling out. They keep it from rattling when there is no passenger putting pressure on it. After replacing them twice I ended up with a small piece of foam that I stuff on the front side to keep it from rattling.

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2017, 02:06:33 pm »
thanks, I guess I have to start shopping, there is a dealer near me that sells givi, that's the only reason im really looking at that brand. I will check murphs, I don't mind giving him the business as he has been great in the past, so I doubt he would sell an inferior product.

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2017, 02:09:03 pm »
Giving some thought to adding a trunk but wonder if the already top heavy factor of the C14 would be a problem.  With that space available it is a given that you will put "stuff" in there adding weight and more high center of gravity.   Wife already has a problem getting on the bike and the trunk would prevent her swinging her leg over to take her seat, just a thought.  Already have a backrest and it is in the way somewhat for her getting on the bike.  Don't know how easy the trunks are to take off and reinstall but if they were as easy as the luggage cases that could be a solution if you did not mind doing so each time she gets on and off the bike?? 

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2017, 02:39:56 pm »
I personally like the Givi, but you should shop around.  there are several available and everyone has their own opinion of how they look.  ease on and off is pretty good for all of them.

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2017, 02:59:34 pm »
if im going to put something on I would like to have the option of having storage, so yes it has to be a trunk.

I see murph sells them, are they as strong or stronger than the givi? im not a givi fan they just seem to be the most popular, ive never bought a trunk.
Never had a Givi.  This Shad seems plenty strong to me.  I would recommend getting Phil's rack for support.  I've had mine for 5 years now and not an ounce of trouble. 
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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2017, 03:54:50 pm »
I have an 08 C-14, it came with the Kawasaki rear storage/backrest unit. It goes on and off easily. Stores a lot of stuff. Backrest is fine. A side benefit is that my fuel mileage actually goes up slightly with it on. Then, take off the trunk and bags, viola, a sport bike!

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2017, 04:22:08 pm »
I just ordered the phils rack with the sw motech setup, so I guess im committing to the givi, was looking at the V47 monokey, anybody have that and if so do you like it? I don't want anything too big, wife doesn't need a steamer trunk to store crap in!

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2017, 05:01:51 pm »
I just ordered the phils rack with the sw motech setup, so I guess im committing to the givi, was looking at the V47 monokey, anybody have that and if so do you like it? I don't want anything too big, wife doesn't need a steamer trunk to store crap in!

I've set up racks on all three of my bikes with Monokey hardware. The V47 I have is then transferred from bike-to-bike in seconds. It's probably personal choice but I think the V47 looks good on the C14. 
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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2017, 05:46:52 pm »
Ditto the Givi V47

The OE Kaw trunk is Givi

Ditto a metal rear rack with Givi hard mounts (way better than Givi adaptor plate)

Pack heavy stuff in the side cases; light things in the (quickly accessible) top case

Back rest pad stays on the Givi top case

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2017, 06:08:12 pm »
We had an older Givi on the C10, and my wife loved it. Plenty sturdy for support.
She never had any problem climbing on, she would grab my shoulder, step on the peg,then swing her other leg over. The first few times we were careful, but it got easier. BTW... She's 5'0".
As for Shad, if Murph sells them, they must be OK.
I'm in the process of installing the trunk on the C14 using the Givi adapter. It has some brackets that should make it a pretty sturdy setup.
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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2017, 11:59:02 pm »
Oh, Yeah:

Put your foot on the leeward peg before mounting. This will save scuff marks atop your Givi.... :great:

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2017, 12:08:03 am »
The V47 is a nice case. Big enough for two, (not huge) helmets.
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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2017, 04:22:03 pm »
I'm cheap. I don't want to be, but I have to be.

I got a good deal on an entry level Givi top box. It's labeled "Blade" as the model. It's the type that requires the base plate to be left in place when the box is removed.

I have been very happy with it. For me I use it for lighter items I want quickly available at a stop. Ipad, snacks, stuff like that.

I have not noticed any issues with mounting other than the fact I cannot have the corbin backrest in and the base plate mounted.

I am hoping a Phil's rack will allow me to move the base plate back enough for both.

My wife doesn't have any complaints about it as a backrest. That said she doesn't shove against it like a lazy boy.

For me the entry level box has performed well given my demands and expectations.

Looks perfect also which is what really matters........
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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2017, 05:30:16 pm »
Sppd796, you sed,,, I'm cheap. I don't want to be, but I have to be.

Most of us are exactly the same. We agree to your statement. With 1 slight clarification.   ;)

I suggest; I'm "Frugal".   I don't want to be, but I have to be.

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2017, 01:29:04 pm »
I'm cheap. I don't want to be, but I have to be.

I got a good deal on an entry level Givi top box. It's labeled "Stealth" as the model. It's the type that requires the base plate to be left in place when the box is removed.

I have been very happy with it. For me I use it for lighter items I want quickly available at a stop. Ipad, snacks, stuff like that.

I have not noticed any issues with mounting other than the fact I cannot have the corbin backrest in and the base plate mounted.

I am hoping a Phil's rack will allow me to move the base plate back enough for both.

My wife doesn't have any complaints about it as a backrest. That said she doesn't shove against it like a lazy boy.

For me the entry level box has performed well given my demands and expectations.

Looks perfect also which is what really matters........

Chris,
Phil sells some custom rails that allow front to back adjustment of the rack positioning. You would probably need them as well in order to get it "just right".
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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2017, 03:30:37 pm »
got my rack from phil, that was quick and it is a nice product!

I will be going with the givi v47 trunk as others have suggested.

thanks.

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2017, 12:57:43 pm »
Just and update, finally got a V47 trunk on with Phils rack, took the wife for a ride and she found the trunk to be too close. So...I just ordered the rails from Phil to see if moving the trunk back an inch or so helps her. She is not very big so I was surprised but the last bike she rode on was a Harley Ultra which has much more seat and back rest space.

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2017, 09:04:18 pm »
sc,
The trunk and position is important, but I've also learned (via the hard, expensive way...)
the seat and it's material is just as important for your passenger.

I had every creature comfort on mine, good trunk on a Phil's rack, lowered rubberized wide foot pegs, you name it...and still heard lots of complaints from my GF every time I'd brake, shift, or even gently accelerate. She always felt like she was going to slide off, with nothing to hang on to.
I directed her to the side rails, but their position wouldn't work for her.
Finally, after trying 4 different seats, (even a RDL,) I bought a Kawasaki Gel Seat.
The cover on these seats is different from any other I've seen. It has a rough textured surface that really grips. After that, she felt totally confident, and even stopped hanging on to me with a death grip!

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2017, 06:06:25 pm »
im running a Sargent seat, I had a corbin cement bag and wont go back. She had commented on the cut of the seat being better for her....its all about her comfort, I learned this 30 years ago!

Im trying everything to avoid going back to a road barge...I mean Harley! And no im not ready for Wing either.

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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #23 on: June 08, 2017, 01:01:26 am »
I found the backrest to be unnecessary with the padding in most jackets. If yours is installed try taking it off...
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Re: Trunks...not the ones with junk in them either
« Reply #24 on: June 08, 2017, 02:25:26 pm »
I can see where she would feel it is too  close. Particularly after the big area of the Harley UC.
Take her on a twisty road. She'll learn to like the cramped seating..
I moved my bag back about 1-2". Judy think's it's ideal now..

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