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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-06-2019, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Back rest or top case

So....weíve been doing some great two-up riding lately.

My wife would like to have a ďback restĒ to make her feel a bit more secure, even if itís only in her mind.

Outside of Garouldís beautiful hand built pieces there are no good economical choices out there. Corbin makes a nice piece but you have to get the entire assembly, from what I can tell, and thatís $800+.

So Iíve considered a Shad 29 or 33 top case with a back pad. However, Iím concerned about the sub-frame issue. I have a gen1 so maybe itís not an issue.

What do you all think? Should I get the full top case or one of Garouldís (hope Iíve spelled that correctly) back rest.

We donít need the extra luggage room but of course we would use it lol

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I recently purchased and am very happy w/the Garauld back rest. I don't want/need any more storage at the moment so the top case was superfluous. Matter of fact, I sold the one that came w/the bike as my daughter, my riding partner, hated the feel of the case/pad and preferred the backrest.
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We use a Shad 46 liter top case with the mount that is similar to the Givi SR357

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I'm a top box guy, I think they are much more useful... wish some of them were lower profile, but hey, all good. I carry a few tools, tire repair kit/compressor, Roc straps, and use it to store my rain gear and heated liner/gloves.

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I run a topcase almost all the time. TheV47 tech looks like it came from the factory. Frequently accessed gear goes in the topcase. Less frequently used items go in the side cases.
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My wife, and several others that have posted on different forums I read, did NOT like the backrest that came with the Givi Top Boxes. It was too high on her back. {she IS vertically challenged} so I just took it off and the "front" of the Givi Top Box was very comfortable against her back. JMO
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Also think about it this way, if she wears a motorcycle jacket with armor in back, you don't really need any type of backrest for a tail trunk since it will hit the armor anyway. Bemster has a tail truck for under $100, I think, that includes a backrest and you can remove it. You would need something like SR357 if you plan to carry anything in it.
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While I donít ride two up all that much, I do have a Givi 40l too case. My wife likes the back rest. Plus, I like the smaller size top case for solo riding. Itís great for stashing my helmet and gloves while riding. I also keep small odds and ends in the top case as well.

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I don’t like the look of a top case but I see it can be way more useful. Plus a small Shad model is under $200 with a back pad and can quickly be removed.
I think that’s the way I’ll go.
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What do you all think? Should I get the full top case or one of Garouldís (hope Iíve spelled that correctly) back rest.
I'm biased *against* top cases so my opinion doesn't matter but I wanted to correct the spelling. It's "Garauld TechWorks LLC" and, as we all know, he makes great stuff. My wife had the same issue as yours so we got a backrest this past summer for her and she loves it.
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