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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-06-2014, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help me find a trunk/tour pack

I'm looking forward to a 1,350-mile trip from Colorado to southern Ohio this summer. Wondering about tour packs (hard trunks) for my 2007 V-Star 1300 with touring package. I want something large enough to hold two full-face helmets, with electric tail and/or brake lights, a chrome rack on top, a spoiler with LED lights, and wrapped with leather or vinyl to match my hard saddlebags. Any suggestions on where to find a trunk that meets these criteria? I've tried several online vendors, and even ordered one that turned out to be too small and cheap-looking.
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-06-2014, 08:51 PM
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Givi has a pack that big if you have a rack large enough for it. Has turn signals, big enough for two full face helmets, removes like luggage and looks horrible on a cruiser.

Just a suggestion to get you started. A mounting adapter for your rack is required to install it. Research it, but anything 46 liters and up should genuinely fit two full face helmets with exception to large helmets. Anything large and up and I'd say 55 liter case.

Look for Givi E55 MonoKEY. It's the biggest Givi and is very rugged.

In the videos you may hear that bike specific mounts are required. That's true, but it also includes the universal mount. What they are trying to deter is just bolting it directly to your rack and defeating the quick disconnect feature to make it usable as luggage.

Has a brake light option. Black top rack option. No spoiler. Matte black option (no vinyl or leather cover).

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It's a lot of hassle and cost. What about wearing the helmets?
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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-07-2014, 08:37 AM
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For what it's worth, my 2 cents. I just returned from an 1100 mile weekend, riding 2 up. I have hard bags and a Kuryakan, "Ultra Tour" tail bag. It was more than adequate, but we pack light and it doesn't hold helmets or riding gear. We're both wearing Motoport kevlar jacket and pants with full face helmets. I use a cable lock ran through the sleeves and a pant leg then through both helmets, all is stacked on the seats. I think I'll add a roll bag to the top of the tour bag, just to carry the rain/wind liners. It's a lot of gear, but I won't go without all of it.

The saddlebags and tour bag carry enough clothes etc for a two week trip, although you may have to do laundry at some point.

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One thing that has not been mentioned. Adding a tour pack / trunk to any bike will drastically alter the handling of the bike. Not only does it catch more wind, but whenever we have more storage space, we just have to fill it up. Watch the amount of weight you put in there. Adding a bunch of gear can add up very quickly, resulting in a drastic change in your center of gravity. This can result in some very odd handling characteristics if you are not used to it.

Myself, I hate tour pack or trunks and will not put one on any of my bikes. But, I am old school and learned to travel very light. If it doesn't fit in the saddle bags, then it stays home.
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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-09-2014, 04:08 PM
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Dave,
I added the Givi V47 to my 950 and it holds plenty.
I also have the biker's friend roll bag that I mount on the seat. I carry 1 half and one modular helmet.
I pack enough for 2 week trip and no laundry mats. That's an extra helmet for me and not for another passenger.

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ID:	34034Have had a heck of a time finding/mounting an after-market trunk (top box/tour pack), as Yamaha doesn't make one. Bought a TP Extra Large Tour Pak with Wrap Around Backrest, Large Top Rack and Slimline LED Spoiler...got it online from RideBikeGear.com. Bought a Yamaha rack, and had it installed by the local Yamaha dealer. But the dealer can't figure out a way to mount the trunk on the rack! I have a trip planned...northern Colorado to southern Ohio...in less than two weeks, and am going crazy!

Photos attached show the new Yamaha rack, mounted by the local Yamaha dealer. Sorry the pics appear upside down or sideways...can't seem to correct that. A separate photo shows the after-market trunk from RideBikeGear.com. Click image for larger version

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It's a lot of hassle and cost. What about wearing the helmets?
Aide: Hahaha! Of course we'll wear the helmets when riding; just want to store them in the trunk when we're stopped.
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In looking at the rack itself, looks to me you need to loose the sissy bar and you should be fine. It appears from the pics that the trunk just clamps to the rack with brackets that are placed under the rack and screws go through the trunk and into the brackets. The fact that your rack has that raised lip may be an issue as well. If so a small wooden or aluminum spacer should solve that issue.
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post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 08:17 AM
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The most cost-effective solution is a sissy bar bag, about $200 or a little more.

Mustang makes a really good looking hard leather-look trunk, but it's over $900 w/ hardware.

In between those price points are Givi and Shad top cases. On my V-Star 1300 I have a Shad 50L case, mounted on a Mutazu (sp?) rack I found on eBay. Total cost less than $500. Those cases can fairly easily be transferred to a different bike if needed.

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