A few weeks ago I wrote a post on my suggestions for things I was thinking about for modifying a new motorcycle. One of them was to add a top case which in my opinion is the best thing you can do to a motorcycle. I was extremely surprised to hear that some people thought that they weren’t worth it and made the bike ugly.
I’m here to respectfully disagree. Well at least on the first part, (that they aren’t worth it) I’m unwilling to argue aesthetics since it’s too subjective.
Of course my first question to anyone who doesn’t think a top case is amazing is “Have you ever had one?” Because I have to say they are life changing. Very similar to getting a Roadcrafter riding suit, a top case makes it easier to ride a motorcycle more often. Since riding a motorcycle is one of the best things you can do in your life this is a “good thing”!
How does it allow you to ride more? So many ways.
A top case allows you to pick up groceries from the store on the way home, or even run errands on your motorcycle. In combination with a decent backpack I’ve been hard pressed to not have enough room for anything but the largest shopping trips.
It also allows me to ride to places and not have to worry about my helmet and suit as much. Both fit in the top case with a little squeezing. This is great since now that I have the Sena attached to my helmet I’m loathe to just leave it locked to my bike for extended periods or in neighborhoods I don’t know well.
Now if you live in any part of the USA that isn’t California you might be forgiven for thinking that saddle bags are just as good or better since they aren’t as “ugly”. However since I do live in the only state in the Union with the intelligence to legalize Lane-sharing, a top-case is infinitely superior since it is no wider than my handlebars and I can still fit through gaps easily.
Maybe I’m just old, and don’t feel the need to impress people with the aesthetics of my bike.
Although maybe not, one of the criteria of my new motorcycle was so that it wouldn’t look stupid with a top case.