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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 2013, 7:44 am Thread Starter
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BMW top case fell off

I had an almost-new condition BMW top box until yesterday - pic attached.

I rode from Paris to London, sometimes very fast, with no problems. At Heathrow airport my pillion put his helmet back in the box, pressed the lid down to close it, and went to catch his plane. I got home 30 miles later and to my horror discovered the box had done a disappearing trick.

It wasn't overloaded, it contained a lock, helmet, gloves and child's jacket. I made sure I secured the claw properly, as I am aware this can cause problems. The attaching lock was also locked.

I have absolutely no idea how this happened, but I thought I'd flag it up in case anyone might benefit from the info, or have a suggestion as to what happened, or found it by the side of the A406. I'm really pissed off. If you own this box - NEVER put anything valuable in it!!

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 2013, 6:52 pm
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Sorry to hear about your lost gear. It sounds like you did everything right. This is rather troubling as part of the reason I added the 49L topcase to my K1300GT was as an additional safety measure for my kids (9 and 12) that ride on the back with me from time to time.

Thanks for letting us know about this as a reminder to have our passengers hold onto the handles and not rely on just the case behind them.

Hope your case and its contents find their way back to you.

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I've had my Givi top box on at least 7 years and it has never fallen off. However, I do not use the unlock facility as it is wired and stays on the bike. I do check the side rail support bolts under the rack though, because they can work loose.

Do you take your box on and off the bike and think it may not have fully latched home?

Usually there are more problems reported of side case problems than the top cases. Fitting a safety cord gives peace of mind.



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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 2013, 4:27 pm
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I had a system case fall of my K1200RS at the MotoGP races in Indianapolis. It was raining. In my haste to move quickly, I didn't properly latch the case to the mounts. The case fell off and slid down the road..... a real bonehead mistake.
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I had the same problem. I lost the "top box" and never found it. So, I bought a replacement. The way the top box attaches itself to the luggage grid is a very poor design. It does not matter if it is locked or not, it will come loose and fall off. The two "hooks" that swing under the luggage grid have thin rubber spacers. If these get deformed or work them selfs off, as they eventually will, there is enough play to allow the case to vibrate off.

I purchased a new one and use bungee cords to add security. These bungee cords have save the new cas from comming off several times. It comes loose but stays on the bike.

As I said before, the BMW design of the way these attach to the bike is the problem. If you have one, tie it down.

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For the pile-o-money we shell out for these top cases, they should be designed to attach to the bike very securely. What's the point of having a lock on the dang thing if it can just shake itself loose!!

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Quite right!

My Givi top case has been fine, but I don't often take it off. A lid on my oem side case broke and hinged down whilst riding. My stuff stayed inside kept in by the elastic strap, but this was at night and I couldn't first figure out why the bike was handling so badly.

The early OEM side case lids seemed to have quite a weak molding attaching their strongarm latch mechanism. No good designing a gorilla latch if what it fixes to is weak!

I bought a pair of new deep lids and I could see they had made the plastic molding stronger.



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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 2013, 8:52 pm
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My BMW top case came off on a rough road. Fortunately my girl was on the back. Her warning over the AutoCom was priceless! I have locked it on ever since with no repeat.
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Must be one of those issues.... owner of the K12GT I'm buying had to replace his for the same reason, it just dropped off and he never found it. Replaced it with an aftermarket which is still on it and he reckons far more secure than the OEM topbox.

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The Givis with their side rail fixing kit have a higher spec. weight load than the oem anyway.



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