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Inexpensive unbranded top-box

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There are top-boxes and there are top-boxes, and I'm amazed at the prices one can pay for some, often many times what this cost.  I have just received and fitted this 35L $AUD35 matte black top-box, which will suit me very well for infrequent use.   I'm a great believer that 'you get what you pay for', but there's nothing wrong with this item for light loads infrequently carried.   

It was delivered within ten days of ordering from China and comes complete with all fastenings, including a pressed steel mounting plate (normally plastic, not that it matters - second pic), but thankfully without the 'RUYIDA' brand on the back.   The bright yellow moulded insert which runs right around the back will be taken advantage of, as I have some yellow twin pinstripe PVC tape of a matching colour, so I'll apply a length of this to each pannier lid along with the existing red stripes, which will give a further visual 'lift' to the lids and complement the yellow top-box feature.

The very lightly textured matte black finish matches exactly the OE panniers, and visually the box does not overwhelm the rear of the bike unlike some much larger ones.   

Running around the inside of the top-box lid there's a useful moulded stiffening 'lip' or flange (last pic below).   With similar items in the past I've used this feature to insert some small hooks around the perimeter, to which I fasten a plastic or elastic net.   This has been detailed by others here recently too, and the idea is to hold in-place the lid contents when the top-box is opened, preventing stuff inside from scattering all over the road.   I use the lid to carry wet-weather gear for quick access if needed on the road, so it doesn't need to be removed too often, hopefully.

This top-box will be fitted only for longer multi-day trips, and for the rest of the time I'll just carry my smaller 16L Pelican case, which is more than enough for day-ride outings. 

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@wordsmith That is a crazy price for a top box, you could easily pay more for a soft gym bag.  I agree with you, its amazing what some manufacturers charge for a motorcycle-specific product with a name brand.  Sure, the construction might be more "budget-oriented" on these Chinese knock-offs but even at the low price they are still selling them for a profit. 

Here are two perfect examples -

Powerbronze Rear Mudguard

Generic Mud Guard

I have the generic version and it is VERY well made but no manufacturers name brand sticker.

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2 hours ago, betoney said:

@wordsmith That is a crazy price for a top box, you could easily pay more for a soft gym bag.  I agree with you, its amazing what some manufacturers charge for a motorcycle-specific product with a name brand.  Sure, the construction might be more "budget-oriented" on these Chinese knock-offs but even at the low price they are still selling them for a profit. 

Here are two perfect examples -

Powerbronze Rear Mudguard

Generic Mud Guard

I have the generic version and it is VERY well made but no manufacturers name brand sticker.

Thanks, betoney - you have caused me to wonder if I should get one of those generic rear guards - the OE piece is a bit of a joke!    I recall from seeing pix of yours on your red bike that the colour match appears to be OK: is that correct?

Still on the subject of top-boxes, I have recently seen on E Bay a new-to-me item, being a bolt-on 'rack' that sits on top of the box, allowing - presumably - some other items to be strapped on top.   Seems like useful add-on - pic below.   

Geriatric riders like me may foggily recall that some 1950's/ 60's Triumph motorbikes had a chromed rack that bolted to the top of the tank, for a similar purpose.  

Universal Motorcycle Motorbike Top Box Rack Shelf Mount Carry Extra Pannier Case

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15 minutes ago, wordsmith said:

Thanks, betoney - you have caused me to wonder if I should get one of those generic rear guards - the OE piece is a bit of a joke!    I recall from seeing pix of yours on your red bike that the colour match appears to be OK: is that correct?

@wordsmith  No issues with color, fitment, construction, quality or price.  It is better than the small oem mud guard but on wet roads you will still get spray on the bottom of the sub-frame area.  And be forewarned that it comes without mounting instructions and there is an inner mounting bracket system (different on each side) that must be assembled, it is sort of a puzzle but if I can figure it out it can't be that difficult.

 

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Thanks!   While I'm in spending mode, betoney, would you care to share a link to that under-engine spoiler you have?   Same question on colour - is it a good match?   Thanks...

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1 minute ago, wordsmith said:

Thanks!   While I'm in spending mode, betoney, would you care to share a link to that under-engine spoiler you have?   Same question on colour - is it a good match?   Thanks...

It is made by Ermax Products and is an EXACT color match.  It isnt an Ebay product and the price reflects that.  It is not cheap in either price or quality but I think it completes the look of the bike nicely. 

Worthy to note, they make both a 2 and 3 piece version though I'm not sure what the purpose is of the 2 piece model.

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Thanks, betoney.   I do agree that the belly-pan completes and visually balances the look, especially in a stand-out colour like yours.   ERMAX pic below FYI others...

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