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Old 02-23-2018, 10:01 AM   #1
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Need some help with a top box

OK bear with me one this one guys. I am a luggage newbie, never having a bike that really wanted to have any kinda luggage on it. I want to put a top box on the Versys without breaking the bank but do not want to waste money.

Looking at the mount/rack hardware - the Givi/Kappa bike specific mount is by far the most economical that I have found for a bike specific kit (by like $100 or more) so that has kinda pushed me in that direction.

So I was looking at the Monokey/Monolock boxes. It looks like the Monokey is the more premium product so I was looking at the Monolock to keep pricing down. Is this a mistake?

Also trying to find out what size I need. I don't really want a massive box but would like for it to hold my laptop backpack for work so I can put it back there instead of wearing it.

Backpack specs

Large, multi-compartment design. Body Dimensions: 20.0 x 15.0 x 9.5 inches
Fully-padded CUSHION ZONE computer sleeve fits most 17" laptops
Integrated TECH SPOT tablet computer sleeve (12.5 x 11 x 0.75 in.)
*and I keep it pretty full*

Was looking at a 35L Monolock that has these dimensions (19.6 x 17.1 x 12.4 inches). Big enough everywhere but height but I am sure the backpack is not a pull 20 tall solid (measured it full and it scrunched down to less than 18").

Anyways, is this a mistake? Should I go a size up. Its a bit more money to do so but not as much as buying a bigger box in a year if a 35L is too small. Is the Monolock vs Monokey a mistake?

Bike has smaller (17L) soft bags on the side with racks that I thought about upgrading but want the top box to double as a backrest for the pretty wife.
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Old 02-23-2018, 10:48 AM   #2
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Re: Need some help with a top box

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OK bear with me one this one guys. I am a luggage newbie, never having a bike that really wanted to have any kinda luggage on it. I want to put a top box on the Versys without breaking the bank but do not want to waste money.

Looking at the mount/rack hardware - the Givi/Kappa bike specific mount is by far the most economical that I have found for a bike specific kit (by like $100 or more) so that has kinda pushed me in that direction.

So I was looking at the Monokey/Monolock boxes. It looks like the Monokey is the more premium product so I was looking at the Monolock to keep pricing down. Is this a mistake?

Also trying to find out what size I need. I don't really want a massive box but would like for it to hold my laptop backpack for work so I can put it back there instead of wearing it.

Backpack specs

Large, multi-compartment design. Body Dimensions: 20.0 x 15.0 x 9.5 inches
Fully-padded CUSHION ZONE computer sleeve fits most 17" laptops
Integrated TECH SPOT tablet computer sleeve (12.5 x 11 x 0.75 in.)
*and I keep it pretty full*

Was looking at a 35L Monolock that has these dimensions (19.6 x 17.1 x 12.4 inches). Big enough everywhere but height but I am sure the backpack is not a pull 20 tall solid (measured it full and it scrunched down to less than 18").

Anyways, is this a mistake? Should I go a size up. Its a bit more money to do so but not as much as buying a bigger box in a year if a 35L is too small. Is the Monolock vs Monokey a mistake?

Bike has smaller (17L) soft bags on the side with racks that I thought about upgrading but want the top box to double as a backrest for the pretty wife.
Monokey cases will be more adaptable since the available Givi side racks are only Monokey style. You could buy 2 Monokey cases & use either on the sides...or just 1 on top. Also..the dimensions you gave for the 35ltr. Would be 12 on the height..19 wide. E360 Monokey cases have been around a good many years & should hold your pack... Also avail for low $$ & on used mkt all the time

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Old 02-23-2018, 11:05 AM   #3
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Re: Need some help with a top box

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Monokey cases will be more adaptable since the available Givi side racks are only Monokey style. You could buy 2 Monokey cases & use either on the sides...or just 1 on top. Also..the dimensions you gave for the 35ltr. Would be 12 on the height..19 wide. E360 Monokey cases have been around a good many years & should hold your pack... Also avail for low $$ & on used mkt all the time

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yeah sorry, I was equating the width of the case to the height of the bag (laying down in the case) but yes. At the moment I do not have intentions of doing the side cases as it would require me to buy new racks (the ones I have are the Happy Trails for soft bags) as I do not think they are compatible with the Monokey cases used on the side.

I will take a look at the E360 if it is a better option than the 35L Monolock.
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