Rear cases/bags for 2021 Himalayan

filip989

Finally made it
Location
Croatia
Hi everyone,

I was wondering if you'd share which hard or soft rear luggage you're using?

Being my first bike, I'm kinda clueless about what's a good size.

I would prefer a soft bag, just cause the hard cases look kinda... well, boxy, but I would like to be able to store a helmet inside from time to time, so I'd go function over form.

Givi and Hepco&Becker are pretty straightforward since they have all the accessories listed for the bike on their websites.

If you could suggest models which you use and briefly state what you are using them for and what kind of roads you ride, that would be perfect. I haven't really taken a longer trip yet, where I would need a top box. One thing I can say is that I like to take the bike off road as often as possible, so I'd like to have something that mounts completely securely onto the rack mount and/or pillion seat.

Being my first luggage, I'd love to spend not too much money, just in case I completely miss my needs. But it's just a plus if it's on the cheaper side, not mandatory.

P.S. I quite liked the look of RE boxes, but can't seem to find them anywhere except RE India web store. Are they discontinued or should I ask my dealer about them?

Cheers!
 

modiorne

Well travelled
Location
Charlotte, NC
LOMO soft throw overs, well made, totally waterproof, and I think they send abroad.
This. I have both the LOMO soft bags and some nice Moose Racing Expedition hard (Aluminum) panniers. 90% of the time I use the LOMO. Yes, like saddlebags, but you can separate them, use one soft bag and one hard pannier, etc.

I have the LOMO tank bags as well - took the LOMOs on multiple camping/off-road trips, including the full MABDR, they have stood up to everything. I use some sturdy (Trader Joe's) shopping bags sometimes as "inserts".
 

filip989

Finally made it
Location
Croatia
This. I have both the LOMO soft bags and some nice Moose Racing Expedition hard (Aluminum) panniers. 90% of the time I use the LOMO. Yes, like saddlebags, but you can separate them, use one soft bag and one hard pannier, etc.

I have the LOMO tank bags as well - took the LOMOs on multiple camping/off-road trips, including the full MABDR, they have stood up to everything. I use some sturdy (Trader Joe's) shopping bags sometimes as "inserts".
Huh, not sure if I then used incorrect terminology, but I'm not looking for side bags, but a rear box/top box/whatever you call it. I'll check out LOMO for sure for side bags when I'll be getting them.
 

Robert

Well travelled
Location
Holland
I use a Shad 33 top box, looks bloody awful but I find it very practical, mainly for putting my helmet and gloves in when I go into a shop or restaurant/eating place. Its reasonably priced and has been on the bike for 22k km and three years. It holds several kilo's of groceries and it's lockable.
 

Roy Gavin

Well travelled
I have fitted Hitchcock's improved rack and a cheap 35l / $35 Givi knock off top box. Light, cheap and does the job.
Holds a helmet OK, but not if you have much else in it.
The Givi is probably OK too, but the knock offs look identical!
I carry a decent puncture, etc, kit for serious off road riding and that takes up most of the weight allowance.
The PO included a mid sized Shad box which he had never fitted, strong and well made, but empty it is not far short of the OEM rack's max load so is best used for storing your helmet etc when you are off the bike.
Square boxes like the Hepco and Becker on my BMW are well over empty!
As the previous poster has said bouncing / vibration can be as much a problem as total load, so some bracing which triangulates and braces down a bit lower is helpful if you are going to load up any box and ride off road - Don't ask!!
I don't trust the latch between the box and the fixing plate either , I add a couple of bolts through the bottom of the box and the plate to hold the box good and firm. Again, don't ask !
I pack the gear inside in an old tank bag to stop it rattling around and also give a bit emergency space if / when needed.
 

filip989

Finally made it
Location
Croatia
Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

Yeah, I've been reading about the rack breaking. I'm having second thoughts about this, I don't really feel like paying 600-ish euros just to have some place to put my helmet.

I think I might go soft luggage in the end. Maybe something like a bigger tailbag... no idea yet, but unless I can find a light alu top box or a decent looking plastic box, I think I'll carry my helmet with me.

Btw, checked out LOMO, looks good, but honestly, I've been avoiding ordering from UK since Brexit. Croatian customs are too big of a pain to deal with, so I don't really order outside of EU unless I absolutely have to.
 

JurS

Finally made it
Location
Swindon
I use a Ricah tailbag that is big enough for my helmet. I can secure it to the bike with a Kriega steelcore security strap when parked up. When riding I use the bag to store a small backback for carrying my stuff when walking around. I have a rain cover for when the weather is bad.

Works very well, is cheaper and far lighter than a top box, and is also less sensitive to crosswind.

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filip989

Finally made it
Location
Croatia
If you ride a full-face helmet you could use a chain or cable with a lock and thread it through your helmet and/or jacket whilst off the bike. I do that.
This could be the best option for me if I cannot find anything I like.

I don't know how plastic givi boxes fare offroad. I found a monolock model I kinda like (E43) and price with the givi sr9054 rack is tolerable, but I cannot find any info on how it holds up on rougher terrains. Below is one of the worse trails I took so far.5870

Of course, I wouldn't take the box when going out for such a ride, but I wouldn't want to go on a trip and then having to miss out on such a trail cause of the luggage.
 

K Graham

Total noob
I have been using the Nelson Rigg Deluxe Adventure Dry Soft bags. I have used them without a rack and currently with a rack. The rack is not needed but you have to pay more attention to ensure they do not loosen up and come in contact with the rear tire. The bags have proven on several off-road trips to be totally waterproof and they come with a convenient zippered liner that allows you to leave the bags on the bike and remove the contents. The Nelson Rigg can be found on Amazon below retail pricing. I also use an older Givi top case in conjunction with the bags.
 

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nunyas

Total noob
Location
United States
I’m a first time rider and put the Royal Enfield hard panniers (eBay) on my Himalayan thinking I’d use them for grocery store runs, but they’ve served more as a helper when I’ve laid the bike down (while slowly practicing on dirt). May not be suitable for everyone, but I noticed they prevented the risk of my leg or foot getting stuck while going down. Also with them and the engine guard I had on, the bike really didn’t lay all the way down and made it easier to get back upright.
I bought a GIVI B29NT2 case (came with their universal mount) for my helmet which mounts to the rear rack. I only use that when running errands around town and needing to secure my helmet. I’ve heard stories of the back rack breaking under too much weight, so I’m paranoid it could happen while riding off road somewhere. Someday I’ll get that rear rack reinforced and will upgrade to a tougher box.
 

Tami-O!

Total noob
Location
Texas
Hi Guys -- Really dig the LOMO bags, but dang, I'd pay more for shipping to Texas than the bags cost! Any other alternative sources?
 

OldGuy

Well travelled
Location
Seattle,WA
Tami-O! - unfortunately not for Lomo. Same deal for Naz bags out of Oz. Shipping is the killer, but I think even with that, Lomo comes out pretty fair in terms of total cost/value.

The US made options (MoskoMoto) and distributed stuff (Kreiga, LoneRider, SW-Motech) are all expensive. A few other options are Giant Loop, DrySpec and Wolfman - in between Lomo and the high-end stuff.

OG
 

Eatmore Mudd

Moderator
Staff member
Fwiw I'm still diggin' the Viaterra trail packs on my front racks/tank bars. After fours years of sun bleaching the color is fading a bit but they're still a solid and the waterproof liner are still waterproof.
 

JimBob

Getting there...
Location
Dundee Scotland
This could be the best option for me if I cannot find anything I like.

I don't know how plastic givi boxes fare offroad. I found a monolock model I kinda like (E43) and price with the givi sr9054 rack is tolerable, but I cannot find any info on how it holds up on rougher terrains. Below is one of the worse trails I took so far.View attachment 5870

Of course, I wouldn't take the box when going out for such a ride, but I wouldn't want to go on a trip and then having to miss out on such a trail cause of the luggage.
I would recommend a monokey type system, monokeys capacity is 10kg and monolocks are 3kg, doesn't matter if it's 33 litre or 52 litre, the weight capacity remains the same. I've had a Givi E52 maxia for over ten years now and I was planning to fit it to the 2018 Himalayan which came with Enfield panniers but realized the top box was too wide (you can't open the panniers properly with the box on), I looked at Givi / Kappa monolock and Shad alternatives, the best i could come up with is the Shad SH34 litre or for a safe choice the Shad SH33 (both 3KG and just wide enough), I initially thought these were all monolock but Shad have their own system and although similar are not compatible.
Just before I committed to buy the Shad SH34 I strayed on a Givi oddity, the B33 NMK, 10kg, 33 liter's and 45cm wide (perfect fit), odd in that this is the only monokey box under 40 litre Givi ever produced, unfortunately they are no longer in production but you can still get them used online, there are 3 right now on eBay as I type.
There is of course the aluminium rectangular top boxes and as far as I know they're all rated at 10kg also but I'm not going down that road, being a true Scot I don't like spending money!
 
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Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
NW USA
The best bags to get depends on what kind of riding you plan on doing and how much money you have to spend.

I have the set of RE stock hard bags and racks. They are very good value for money and I can lock up my stuff when I’m away from the bike. Very important where I live. I also have Viaterra trail packs on my front racks/tank bars. I to have soft rear bags set up for when I’m riding trail/off road riding. Soft bags a much easier on your legs and the rest of you body when you go down (less app to break a leg or something) and you will go down at sometime if you ride dirt gravel/off road. I also have a old Guzzi H/B top box with small back rest I put on only when the wife want to come along.

First thing I put on the bike was a helmet lock and at magnetic tank bag. Then I added and repurposed things to fit me and to fit what I was going to use the bike for.

As you can see you have a lot of options depending on what way you are going to be using the bike. The Himalayan is the Definition of Dual-Purpose!
 
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