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Got an old Givi plastic box on the Mrs TDM, I also use it on my V-Strom commuter, seems much better than the plastic looks suggest, never had an issue in several European tours and a lot of commuting miles.
 

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Forgot to mention the Mrs one survived her being rammed by a pissed tosspot at a roundabout, just a couple of scuffs.

Yep, security is probably very poor, then again it is not exactly hard to break most luggage, I have used SW Motech Trax in the past and reckon I could bust into those fairly easily. The Givi Trekker Outback I have now (KTM Branded Metal Boxes) look a bit stronger and might require thief being a bit brutal / noisy making them a better deterrent, but I doubt they would keep a committed thief happy to make some noise at bay for long.

You need to compare the security of a lid left hanging in full view on your handlebar to one hidden in a top box, I have commuted into towns and cities and left my £450 helmet in the top box hundreds of times, it was always there on my return - doubt it would be if left hanging off the mirror.

Secondly I try and avoid the sort of shit holes where it is likely the people wandering around will be looking to steal your stuff, as if they want it they will get it, when touring Europe I notice so many "locals" will leave their entire bike kit draped over the seat and wander off, I know a Hotel owner who leaves his key in his bike at all times - try that one in London or Glasgow.

I am not keen on the looks of a top box, I have yet to see one that improves the look of a bike, but they are amazingly handy things and if I wanted a bike to look at I would buy a Benelli Tornado and park it in my front room.

The 1190 is a bike to go places on and a top box is a fantastic addition for that purpose.
 

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TBH no top box looks great, go for what works, or even have a couple of different sized one.

In the past I have leaned towards the SW Motech top box racks as they can take a variety of boxes with a swap of the (relatively) inexpensive mount bit that clips into the rack, on my last bike this gave me the option of my smaller metal box or the Mrs larger plastic one.

Another advantage with buying a really common model of box is there is a fair chance of finding second hand boxes at a later date, so maybe buy the biggest you need now as it will be rarer and then keep an eye out for a smaller used one for day to day use.

As for load, any weight in a top box is BAD, it is high up and behind the wheel spindles, the perfect place to ruin handling and do the most to upset suspension, I keep mine as light as possible, on tour nearly everything goes in the panniers, top box is for maps / spare gloves / spare visor and to store the Helmet / sat nav when I stop for lunch / to look around.
 
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