Light weight top box

Finklejag

Well travelled
I know about the weak top rack on the Himalayan but I was looking at the Shad 29L that weighs 7 pounds. That falls under the 7.5 pound max weight of the factory top rack. The reason I was looking at a top box is that I’m getting tired of carrying my helmet into stores. I own a Shoei helmet and their $200 transition shield, so I won’t be locking my helmet to my bike. I will only use the top box to store my helmet when the bike is parked. Do you think the 7 pound box will cause a problem with the rack breaking if it’s at the upper range of the weight limit?
 

Eatmore Mudd

Moderator
Staff member
The rack will support more than seven pounds..if the bikes not moving. My suggestion is beef up the rack like 'ol what's his name does or add bracing that ties into the pannier system.
 

oldphart

Well travelled
Beef up the rack or fit a stronger one. Some day. you WILL stop off to do some shopping on the way home and, having this big box on the back, you'll put it in the top box. Better not to have the worry.
 

Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
NW USA
I also run a pin-lock Shoei helmet with transition shield. It sounds like all you need is to install is a $10 to $12 dollar helmet lock on your bike. I’ve been locking my helmet on the bike for three years no with no worries.

3045
 

Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
NW USA
My only worry with them is some dropkick cutting the strap. Sure, it makes the helmet useless, but we're dealing with brain cells here.
That is always possible. But let’s face it if they really want it they are going to steal it no mater where it’s on the bike or in a locked top box!
 

Robert

Well travelled
Location
Holland
I have a Shad 33 permanently on my bike with some raingear and it also serves to hold my helmet whenever I park the bike. Been there for almost two years now, no signs of the rack falling of. Could be different tomorrow, don' t give any warranty.
 

Roy Gavin

Well travelled
Just front up for Hitchcocks reinforced rack, if you want something that looks right and works.
It is possible to get a bit bracing in, either to the the plates at the seat lock area or to the muffler mount.
There have been changes since most failures were recorded early in the model life, so maybe the problem is no longer as bad-----?
The cheap reinforced racks on fleabay will break PDQ, DAHIK! ,
Tube too thin and crap stick welding,
 
I have a Givi Trekker Outback 58L on mine and I would say it is definetly over that weight limit but haven't had an issue yet. They make a smaller one as well that fits a single helmet instead of a double like mine. The mounting plate weighed a ton but it adds a little bit of extra support bolting to bike where the tail light is. Its a pretty expensive top box and mount in my opinion but I like being able to store my helmet and jacket inside without worry. I don't care much for the look of a topbox but it sure is handy to have. I would think you would be ok with the weight of the box you're thinking about.
 
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