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So a couple of people have mentioned top boxes and rear carriers lately, and how they look fitted. I thought I'd post a few pictures of mine, so's people can see for themselves what it may look like.

As you can see, it doesn't look particularly good (does a top-box ever look good..?), but [as any of you who've seen my bike already are probably aware] I'm not too precious about looks and things; my XSR is my only means of transport, and a top-box is so useful day-to-day that it's basically essential, for me!

The XSR is so controllable and well-balanced that even when the box is laden well over its given weight capacity there's no real problems with drop-in to slow corners or anything of that sort, and there's no noticeable speed-weave at your regular, legal-ish motorway speeds.

Touring-wise, though, if I'm travelling one-up and I have to carry much more than just a couple of changes of clothes or whatever, in future I expect I'll probably leave the top-box at home and carry a big duffel-bag/roll-bag type thing, lashed across pillion and rear carrier. It's difficult to fit much on the pillion seat when the top-box is on - not only does it reduce space quite a bit, but it also makes the tie-down points a bit harder to access.

@chop_juice, hope this info helps! If you'd like me to take a tape-measure to it, or photograph from a particular angle, feel free to let me know!
 

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Awesome, thanks EJ. Useful info.

Nice to see the bike is dirty from use :)

Looks like quite the touring machine. Out of interest what is the capacity of box?

I guess they don’t look too good but I suppose it would stop the gf falling off the back ;)
 

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So a couple of people have mentioned top boxes and rear carriers lately, and how they look fitted. I thought I'd post a few pictures of mine, so's people can see for themselves what it may look like.

As you can see, it doesn't look particularly good (does a top-box ever look good..?), but [as any of you who've seen my bike already are probably aware] I'm not too precious about looks and things; my XSR is my only means of transport, and a top-box is so useful day-to-day that it's basically essential, for me!

The XSR is so controllable and well-balanced that even when the box is laden well over its given weight capacity there's no real problems with drop-in to slow corners or anything of that sort, and there's no noticeable speed-weave at your regular, legal-ish motorway speeds.

Touring-wise, though, if I'm travelling one-up and I have to carry much more than just a couple of changes of clothes or whatever, in future I expect I'll probably leave the top-box at home and carry a big duffel-bag/roll-bag type thing, lashed across pillion and rear carrier. It's difficult to fit much on the pillion seat when the top-box is on - not only does it reduce space quite a bit, but it also makes the tie-down points a bit harder to access.

@chop_juice, hope this info helps! If you'd like me to take a tape-measure to it, or photograph from a particular angle, feel free to let me know!
Hey,

Could you tell me where you got the givi windscreen? The ones they got on their website are the smaller cafe racer ones, but I'm looking for a larger one for touring as well... Cheers!
 

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@chop_juice The top-box is listed as 47 litres, but it's a slightly awkward shape; I suspect a rectangular box around the same volume may be easier to pack.

Yeah, I've noticed most pillions seem to feel more secure with a top-box, as a rule. (Hopefully it's not just a consequence of my riding style..)

@republicj I believe it's a Givi A210. Must say, though; it's a screen I had over from my Moto Guzzi, and certainly isn't designed for the XSR. I bodged it on by making a couple of struts from a strip of aluminium, as you can see from these photographs, but it's certainly not ideal! It seems solid enough, but it doesn't half vibrate at motorway speeds, and at a certain speed it seems to deflect air perfectly in through my partially-open visor!
 

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Thanks EJ,

Bit the bullet and went for it. Hoping this weekend is dry and it'll be a long weekend on the bike


For anyone else contemplating the givi sr2126 rack, please note the rear bolts aren't long enough to fit the evotech tail tidy. Took a trip to B&Q for M6 40-50mm and problem solved.

Agreed doesnt look great but lady is happy she has a backrest and pleased the box has point to affix a duffel bag


Also, surely only an italian company would ship parts in a pizza box?
 

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Would love to see a photo of the rack without the top box plate. Maybe it wouldn't be so ugly and would be useful so that one could use it for carrying a tailbag.


Thanks EJ,

Bit the bullet and went for it. Hoping this weekend is dry and it'll be a long weekend on the bike


For anyone else contemplating the givi sr2126 rack, please note the rear bolts aren't long enough to fit the evotech tail tidy. Took a trip to B&Q for M6 40-50mm and problem solved.

Agreed doesnt look great but lady is happy she has a backrest and pleased the box has point to affix a duffel bag


Also, surely only an italian company would ship parts in a pizza box?
 

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Hey BBJ,

Yeah i contemplated just the rack, which actually looks pretty good. Saw someone has post in the recent pics thread with just rack. Would be great for bungying a bag or 2 and more than enough space for short weekenders. Plus cheaper than side bags.

The givi universal mount is a real faff to put on and take off and as the whole rack is just 4 bolts to bike i plan to mount on and off as needed for when touring.

Only pic i have with out plate attached.
 

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Hi guys,

I've got the GIVI plate with their Trekker box. I think it matches the style nicely. Thoughts?
Hey Luke, definitey ;)

Pity you hadnt posted that a week ago, would have taken some uncertainty from my purchase :)

For others considering, im really happy with the setup, took it for a test ride today. So much better for pillion!!! I can now ride unencumbered and open throttle at will :D

Defintely dont bother with the givi E157 back rest. Literally a waste of space, expensive and uncomfortable, shape digs into back. Much better without. Luckily sportbikeshop free return for refund.

Also worth noting i got the oxford rainex large cover for topboxes to help hide and protect bike at BnB carparks. Fits perfectly with bar end mirrors (could prob go med without bar ends). Definitely recommended.
 

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The givi universal mount is a real faff to put on and take off and as the whole rack is just 4 bolts to bike i plan to mount on and off as needed for when touring.
Thinking about fitted a top box and tried fitting a Shad top box plate on, and the bolts were all at various angles and I wasn't happy with how secure it was / how long it would stay on. With the Givi one, are the bolts vertical or not? I'm guessing not as there isn't anything to keep them upright. Maybe I should think about plates going across the underside of the rack so that the bolts can go straight down.
 

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Can anyone give me a picture of how you mounted the universal monokey plate to the rack? The rack seems so small I can't find a decent place for the fixings!
 

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Looks decent and what the heck, if you need to carry stuff and make the bike useful, you have to add something. The problem with most sport bikes these days is a lack of carrying capacity.
 

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An alternative well worth thinking about is the Ventura Bike-Pack system from New Zealand but available from U.K. [and other countries]. I am going for the 47 litre Mistral bag as it is their highest quality one. I had the system on a BMW R1100GS and it worked well.
 

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Hey Luke, definitey ;)

Pity you hadnt posted that a week ago, would have taken some uncertainty from my purchase :)

For others considering, im really happy with the setup, took it for a test ride today. So much better for pillion!!! I can now ride unencumbered and open throttle at will :D

Defintely dont bother with the givi E157 back rest. Literally a waste of space, expensive and uncomfortable, shape digs into back. Much better without. Luckily sportbikeshop free return for refund.

Also worth noting i got the oxford rainex large cover for topboxes to help hide and protect bike at BnB carparks. Fits perfectly with bar end mirrors (could prob go med without bar ends). Definitely recommended.
I need to transport some equipment + full face helmet... maybe better this one:
https://www.givi.co.uk/cases/Monokey/TREKKER OUTBACK 58 BLACK LINE

What would I need to buy to have this top case? Is it easy to install, or better to take to the yamaha dealer?
 

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You'll need the Givi bike specific rear rack + monokey plate. See Uti's post/pic above.

At 58L, that's one huge top case for the XSR. Personally, I go for a smaller top case and use a pair of throw over panniers as well. They'd keep the weight a bit lower down.
 
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