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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-13-2015, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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I'm looking for a little more storage just for trips. Has anyone tried one of these on a '13 or later 650?

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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-14-2015, 07:31 AM
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That doesn't look to bad. Would you have to buy a rack to mount it to, or a mounting kit?
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Looks kinda small. Reading one of the comments the top box needed modification and it's only just big enough to fit a full face helmet.
A number of Lardy owners have bought and installed Besteem branded top boxes which are also quick release. Besteem top boxes are rebranded ADLO branded products.
ADLO is a mainland China manufacturer in Guangdong province. I've 7 motorcycles in the stable all of which I've fitted one ADLO box or another and I have got a few top boxes spare since the boxes are really quite affordable at about half the retail price of the USA new price. Besteem have a website AFAIK though the boxes can be found for sale online on eEbay etc.
www.adlo.net

To answer the question, yes a luggage rack is required although it is possible to fabricate a rack with a little ingenuity utilising the top box base plate depending on the brand. ADLO boxes have a metal base plate (usually) to allow quick release.

ADLO produced a new and bigger improved top box last year though I'm unsure if the model has been picked up by Besteem or not. I tried to cut and paste a link from Taobao but my smartphone isn't allowing me to place that URL here <frustrating>
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Here's an alternative you might want to consider if you don't carry a passenger.

I had an old set of Nelson-Rigg CL-850 saddlebags (now model CL-855) on my VStrom. Due to a misfire (coil wire worked loose), one muffler overheated and melted the back of one bag. I kept the other bag. When I bought the Burgman, I found it fit perfectly between the two backrests. (See photo below from a recent ADV Tag-O-Rama photo). It's easy to get into, locks with a micro padlock, and can be removed in less than 5 minutes. A set of two (should last at least 3-4 years each so you're good for 6-8 years) will cost you around $125. The mounting straps that come with it work great to attach to the grab rail, and the longer strap runs around the front backrest. Good and secure mounting. I can also strap my sleeping bag on top of the saddlebag when I camp.








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Thanks BurgProMan, I will definitely consider this as I really prefer storage on the seat. The only drawback I see is not having access to the under seat storage without untying the bag from the grab rails.... Incidentally, I see that I have the same rider backrest as you; have you found a way to cover the backside of the backrest?

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Thanks BurgProMan, I will definitely consider this as I really prefer storage on the seat. The only drawback I see is not having access to the under seat storage without untying the bag from the grab rails.... Incidentally, I see that I have the same rider backrest as you; have you found a way to cover the backside of the backrest?
There are only 2 small clip-straps on the rear lower corners that wrap around the grab rail. It only takes a few seconds to unclip them to raise the seat. The front one loops around the base of the backrest and stays on as the seat is raised. When I strap on the sleeping bag, it does take longer.

The previous owner fabricated this raised backrest using a piece of plywood. Roughly a "C"-shaped piece with the 2 ends facing down, he mounted it to the existing seat hardware, then cut holes and mounted the backrest about 3 inches higher on the wood. Works great. If you are interested, I can take some close-up photos and PM you. Here is a similar project - scroll down to posts # 4 -10 and you will get the idea. Custom backrest extension for my 2013 Burgman 400




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post #8 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-17-2015, 11:21 AM
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J.C. Whitney(or whatever they call themselves now) carries a decent large size topcase that should work fine for occasional use. I bought one for my wife's Majesty and fabbed up a rack to mount it. Total cost shipped was about $45 and another $7 for some square aluminum tubing and nuts, bolts, and washers. The red lens across the back unbolted easily and I wired up two strings of red L.E.D.s over some alum. foil, bolted it back together, and wired it into the brake light circuit. It made for a very nice topcase, once I took off the Maltese Cross sticker that was on the top!
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The Bestem 2012 model (42L see their site) was about $80 with the mounting hardware, quick release plate, instructions, and box with paint that matched my burg. Extremely happy with the case, took me a couple of hours to install (mainly to figure out how to get off the Tupperware). I keep a spare helmet, jacket, gloves, etc. for a rider in the case.
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I bought one of those about 4 yrs ago. It does the job. At that time I put it on a Helix and it will hold a helmet with a face shield etc I now have it on my An 400.
As you say short trips and it is handy for sticking your helmet in while you leave the scoot.
I'd get a larger one but what for?
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